(7 nights/8 day)
There is a long history of Poles in Azerbaijan although the current Polish population of the Republic of Azerbaijan is lower than in former times, the number of people with Polish descent in the capital city Baku is around 2,000 and several thousand self-identified Poles live in Azerbaijan. Poles as an ethnic group have lived in Azerbaijan for centuries. The Russian Empire has included Azerbaijan and parts of Poland itself during the 19th century so that it became a significant cause of the Polish minority in Azerbaijan.
- Meeting in Airport by professional guide. Transfer to hotel. Check in at hotel.
- After breakfast meeting with guide. Baku City tour. Panoramic tour of Baku. Highland Park, on Funicular transfer to Seaside park. Azerbaijan National Carpet museum. “Old City” tour. Maiden Tower, Shirvanshah’s Palace, Museum of “Miniature book”. Walking tour through Old City
- Lunch, free time
- Polish Architecture in Baku. Buildings of Baku City Executive Power (Jozef Goslawski, 1900-1904), Palace of Happiness (1911-1912, Jozef Plosko), House (1899, Eugeniusz Skibinski), Academy of Sciences (1896, Jozef Goslawski), Museum of History of Azerbaijan , (House Museum of Haji Zeynalabidin Tagiyev, 1893-1902, Jozef Goslawski), building of Poland embassy during first Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (1918 y.), Mansion of Karbalai Israfil Hajiyev. (1912 y. I.K. Plosko)
- Dinner in National restaurant.
- Transfer to Hotel
- Free time
- After breakfast meeting with guide in hotel.
- Tour to Haydar Aliyev Center. Tour to Gobustan.
- Unique proves about the habitants of the region of stone age and of the later ages are collected in Gobustan mountains – drawings on rocks, human settlement points, tombstones and others. There are located remains of the great prehistoric cromlech, which can be regarded as the Azerbaijani analogue of Stonehenge.
- There are approximately 6000 drawings in Gobustan – petroglyphes - stone and iron-age figures carved thousands of years ago and now considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pictures dating back to 8 millenniums reflect different hunting scenes, ceremonial and ritual processes of the habitants of these places.
- One can also find a rock beside the approach lane that is the most easterly known graffiti by a Roman legionnaire, which was discovered by scientists in the 30-s of the 20th century. It reads:
- <Imp Domitiano
- Caesare avg
- L Julius
- Leg XII Ful.
- It means "The time of Emperor Domitianus Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Lucius Julius Maxim, and Centurion XII of the Lightning Legion."
- Lunch in seaside restaurant.
- About petroleum engineer Pawel Potocki, who worked in Baku in the beginning of XX c., during the oil boom. According to his will, Pawel Potocki is buried in Baku.
- Transfer to hotel. Free time.
- After breakfast meeting with guide in your hotel. Absheron Peninsula tour.
- The Yanar Dag fire temple. Fire is never extinguished here.
- Alexandre Dumas, during one of his visits to the area, described a similar fire he saw in the region inside one of the Zoroastrian fire temples built around it. Only a handful of fire mountains exist today in the world, and most are located in Azerbaijan. Due to the large concentration of natural gas under the Absheron Peninsula, natural flames burned there throughout antiquity and were reported on by historical writers such as Marco Polo.
- Ramana Tower – is a tower in Ramana village of Baku and dated back to the 12th century. Height of the tower is 15 metres (49 ft). Exact construction date of the tower, which is built of white stone, is not known. It is considered that the tower was built for the purpose of defense and used as a castle during the Shirvanshahs’ reign.
- The Baku Ateshgah, often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani town (in Suraxanı raion), a suburb in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetrapillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural "eternal flame" went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city.
- Gala Archeological and ethnographic museum. The Qala Fortress related to the 10-14th centuries includes a tower and a stronghold. Used for surveillance and defence, the tower related to the 10-14th century is 13.8 meters tall. Golden coins, remnants of a golden bracelet and ceramic samples related to the 10-16th centuries are displayed in a stronghold related to the 16-17th centuries.
- After breakfast transfer to Guba district. The fertile region surrounding Quba is best known for its production of apples and the city area of Quba is known for its fine carpets. Also Quba famous with historical places and Jewish village.
- Ancient Guba contains at least 134 historical and archeological monuments. These include the temple of Fire-worshippers near Khynalyg village, tombs of Aghbil village dating back to the 16th century, the Mosques Sakinekhanum, Hadjy Djafar and Djuma of Guba which dates back to the 19th century, and the Gumbezli bath house.
- Overnight in Guba.
- After breakfast transfer to Gabala city.
- Shamakhi-Ismayilli (Basqal- Lahij)-Gabala tour
- Juma Mosque in Shamakhi (restorated by Polish architect I.Plosko on beginning 20th century).
- Basqal village. Village of silk manufacturing in Azerbaijan. Famous Azerbaijani kelaghayi (head cover for women made with color silk).
- Lahij village in Ismayilli. Lahij historical village with 7 mosque, 7 bath and 7 streets.
- Lahij is located at a height of 1376 meter above sea level. Also the first sewer line in Caucasia was here.
- Check in at Gabala hotel.
- After breakfast meeting with guide and transfer to Gabala tour.
- Archeological museum of “Chukhur Gabala”.
- Nohur lake.
- Historical village Nij. The forefathers of the Udi people were members of one of the twenty six Caucasian Albanian tribes who played an important role in the creation of the state of Caucasian Albania, which was situated in Azerbaijan and in the southern territories of Daghestan (currently in the Russian Federation) in the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.
- Ancient Udi was the principal language of Caucasian Albania. The Udi tribe was described in the writings of Herodotus, Strabo and Pliny the Elder. According to these chroniclers, the Udis became politically active following their involvement in the military incursions into Greece of Persian Emperor Xerxes I.
- They are the only ethnic minority retaining their affiliation to Christianity in Azerbaijan. The Caucasian Albanian-Udi Apostolic Autocephalous Church is located in Nij. The Udi language is a North Caucasian language. Modern Udis are bilingual in both Udi and the Azeri language.
- Lunch in local village house.
- Overnight at Gabala hotel.
- After breakfast check out from hotel transfer to Azerbaijan-Georgian border or Baku Haydar Aliyev International airport
- Accommodation breakfast included in twin/double sharing room
- Transfers as per program
- Tour Guide
- Museum fees as per program
- Diners (simple local lunches with soft drinks)
- Only one lunch in Gabala
- Flight tickets
- Minibars at hotel
- Extras at hotel
- Lunches beside one lunch in the village