Gobustan and Mud Volcanoes Tour

Overview
Gobustan National Park is one of Azerbaijan’s most popular sights that attracts thousands of tourists annually. You will spend overall 6 hours in order to enjoy this trip. Visit the Mud Volcanos near Gobustan State Reserve where has more than 600,000 rock paintings, which depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years. Azerbaijan keeps the first place in the world for the number of mud volcanoes. About 300 mud volcanoes are to be found in Azerbaijan – at the shore, in the sea, and on islands. During this trip, you will get a great chance to see these amazing active volcanoes from very close distance. 

Detailed itineraries

Gobustan: Outstanding Universal Value
Gobustan National Park is one of Azerbaijan’s most popular sights attracting thousands of tourists annually. Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.
Start your day with a breakfast at your hotel and enjoy a beautiful drive out of Baku to visit the Gobustan National Park. You will travel 64 km southwest of Baku along with the Caspian shore. On the way to Gobustan, you will see the geography of the region covered with volcanic desert, craggy stones, and withered mountains.
The tour will start off from Gobustan Museum where you will see ancient human bones, work tools used in back to thousand years ago during the Mesolithic Period.Then, you will advance to the mountain in order to see real Rock Paintings in the open air museum.
You will also get a chance to marvel at the Mud Volcanoes in the Gobustan Reserve which is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes.Nowhere else in the world are there so many mud volcanoes as in Azerbaijan – which has literally hundreds of these strange things, more than in the rest of the world put together.
While most of Azerbaijan’s many mud volcanoes are way off any tourist routes, the ones near Gobustan are the exception to the rule.
The mud volcanoes of Gobustan are not the biggest specimens of their kind, but they are fascinating all the same. In fact, their comparatively small size has the advantage that you can get right up close – you can even touch the mud if you like (it’s indeed just cold mud, as we can testify). The best bit, however, is just watching the bubbly action. And listening to it. Many of these flatulent little vents make rather suggestive noises.
How much action there will be at any given time will vary a bit, but at the very least you should be able to see some bursting gas bubbles and spluttering ejections of mud from the more virile volcano vents.
Most of them are on the top of cones some 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) high, but there is also one flat, almost perfectly circular mud lake a bit off the mud volcano cones proper.
 At the end of the Gobustan tour, you will return to Baku. On the way back to Baku, we will have lunch at a local restaurant on the Caspian Sea Coast. After the lunch around 14:00 we will see the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. It is a historical mosque in Baku.
The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum, and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan. It is locally known as “the mosque of Fatima”, which is what Alexandre Dumas called it when he described the mosque during his visit in the 1840s.
Our tour ends here for today.We will drop off you at your hotel.

Private Tour Prices
1 Pax Adult: 155 $ per person
2 Pax Adults: 85 $ per person
3 Pax Adults: 65 $ per person
4 Pax Adults: 50 $ per person
5 Pax Adults: 45 $ per person
6 Pax Adults: 40 $ per person

*Choose the date you depart, how long you stay and activities that fit your level of enthusiasm.

​* This tour is available all year round.

​*Departure Time: 10:00

Return Time: 17:00
Family Tour Prices
1 Adult/1 Child: 150 $
2 Adults/2 Children: 160 $
3 Adults/1Child: 180 $
3 Adults/2 Children: 200 $
4 Adults/2 Children: 220 $
 
​*These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 16, you’re a family in our eyes.

*Choose the date you depart, how long you stay and activities that fit your level of enthusiasm.

* This tour is available all year round.

​*
Departure Time: 10:00

Return Time: 17:00

Gabala Tour

Full Day Tour

                                           Overview

Gabala is one of the most ancient cities in Azerbaijan.
From picnics to paddles, Gabala is ideal for a
springtime family adventure break, with an abundance of
things to do and places to explore. Rich in culture, rich in
activities and most definitely rich in sights. Explore Gabala,
home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital
of Caucasian Albania. Visit Nij village, see one of the ancient
Caucasus Albanian Churches in the region. Spend your time in
Gabala’s beautiful nature. Visit Tufandag Mountain Resort for
more entertainment.you can see more of the local culture,
sights, and activities: Sport, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting,
Skiing and the list
goes on.


Detailed itineraries

Gabala: Home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania

Gabala, or also and more locally known as Qabala, is one of the most ancient cities in Azerbaijan. Rich in culture, rich in activities and most definitely rich in sights . In the mountain region to the North of the country, you can see more of the local culture, sights, and activities: Sport, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Skiing and the list goes on. Unique, interesting, fascinating and delightful. Roman scholar Pliny the Elder who lived in the 1st century AD, in his work Naturalis Historia, called the 2400-year-old town of Gabala located on the ancient Silk Road as Kabalaka. Greek geographer Ptolemy called Gabala as Khabala, while Arab historian Belazuri as Khazar.
  Gabala truly is one of the most beautiful places in Azerbaijan, a mountainous town that hosts an International Classic Music Festival and International Piano Competition every year. The Gabala Music Festival has seen world’s famous classic performers including London Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Tartini Quartet and others. The people of Azerbaijan are well-known for their love of music, especially classic music. It is very common for many families in Azerbaijan to have piano and national music instruments such as tar or saz

We will leave Baku for Gabala early morning.You are in the ancient capital of Azerbaijan and this veritable melting pot of culture and tradition is a joy to explore. Whilst traveling through Gabala in the north of Azerbaijan you will take the time to experience a small part but significant part of the religious tolerance within the country. Religion is 100 percent removed from the state here and freedom of religion is something you feel brings pride and togetherness. For a country that is 95% Muslims the signs and support for all religions are evident. If a new church is built for whatever denomination, the heads of all other religions are invited.

First, we will visit the Church of the Udi, near Gabala, in the village of Nij. This small church is special. It belongs to the native people of this part of the world – The Udi people. One of the most ancient of the Caucuses with mentions dating back to 5BC. There are only a few thousand Udi people in the world today and the majority, approx. 4.000 live in this area and village in Azerbaijan. Today they practice Orthodox Christianity and you will be welcomed with their kindness to see their church, renovated and used. In their homes, a flame always burns and the moon plays a great part in their beliefs. All signs that they followed much more before Christianity. They have kept their own language but of course, most are bilingual. Farming plays an important role in the Udi language naming calendar months after things like grapes and seeds.
You will then head to Chukhur Gabala, home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania, along with the famed Silk Road, beginning in the 4th century BC. During the tour, the guide will explain interesting facts about the history, cultural heritage of Gabala.
Now that you have seen Chukhur Gabala, it is time to get yourself acquainted with the Gabala Archeology Center. The three-storey building of the Gabala Archeology Center has a showroom, an archeological collection, a restoration lab, a conference hall and study rooms for archeologists. The office of the Gabala state historical-artistic reserve is here too. So here, you can see the exhibition features about 1,500 items discovered during excavation. The items found are put on display at the Archeology Center after restoration in the labs equipped with the most sophisticated technologies.
From here, you will come back to Hotel for lunch. Following the lunch, it is time to visit the must-see natural beauties of Gabala. First, you will head to the Gabala Lake, where you can ride a non-powered boat. The Gabala Lake is a gem, half natural, half man-made. It is brimming with activities galore and especially in summer. Then continue on to the Seven Beauties Waterfall. At the end of the day, you will return to Baku.


Private Tour Prices
1 Pax Adult: 360 $ per person
2 Pax Adults: 180 $ per person
3 Pax Adults: 130 $ per person
4 Pax Adults: 100 $ per person
5 Pax Adults: 90 $ per person
6 Pax Adults: 80 $ per person

*Choose the date you depart, how long you stay and activities that fit your level of enthusiasm.

​* This tour is available all year round.

​*Departure Time: 08:00

Return Time: 18:00
Family Tour Prices
1 Adult/1 Child: 360 $ 
2 Adults/2 Children: 365 $ 
3 Adults/1Child: 385 $ 
3 Adults/2 Children: 399 $
4 Adults/2 Children: 420 $

​*These trips are for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 16, you’re a family in our eyes.

*Choose the date you depart, how long you stay and activities that fit your level of enthusiasm.

* This tour is available all year round.

​*
Departure Time: 08:00

Return Time: 17:00

 


Ruins of Chukhur Gabala
View from Qafqaz Riverside Hotel
Nij Churc
Lake Gabala (Nohur)
Qafqaz Riverside Hotel
Tufandag Resort
Inside of Nij Church