«Peoples’ Friendship» tour - 340 $

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Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Tour category: Kultur
Price: 340 $

Culture Tours in Azerbaijan
Since time immemorial, the territory of Azerbaijan was full of a variety of peoples and cultures. They came, mingled, died, leaving his mark on the fate of the entire nation. Until now, a mountainous country that borders with the countries of the Christian and Islamic world, and lying at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, is home to many small nations and ethnic groups. Each of them keeps their traditions, language and culture; every nation is interesting and can tell their story.

Day 1. Baku
Arrival to Baku.
Accommodation in Hotel.
Free time.

Day 2. Trip to Guba-Khachmaz region (310 km – 5 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel.
Drive to Guba region.
Krasnaya Sloboda is a unique place in the Caucasus where 3000 Mountain Jews live. This Jewish settlement of Quba has been inhabited by Jews since the 13th century. In 1742, a local ruler named Falikhan gave the Jews, who were being persecuted by Islamic fundamentalists, permission to settle on the left bank of the mountain river Kudiyal-Chay opposite his town. Today, seven synagogues have been preserved. They are all built of bricks, and the larger ones are decorated with onion domes. Red roofs, sculpted panels of beige limestone, and rocky cliffs are the distinctive features of the settlement.
Lunch in the village consisting of traditional food of the place. (for additional price).
Not far from Krasnaya Sloboda you'll also find the village of Khinaliq, with an ethnic group of 2000 Khinaliqs who have preserved the original language, customs and traditions. The small yet miraculous Khinaliq is located at the peak of the Caucasus Mountains, 2,350 meters above the sea in Guba region.
Khinaliq ethnic group has been living in the Caucasus for thousands of years. They have managed to retain their language, customs and traditions for thousands of years.
Until 2006, the village was inaccessible for nine months of the year, due to poor road conditions. However, the situation has changed and now more and more local and foreign tourists visit the isolated village.
The village is inhabited with over 2,000 light-skinned and blue-eyed people who consider themselves as ancestors of the prophet Noah. People of Khinaliq are supposed to be one of the 26 Albanian tribes described in the "Geography" of Strabon. The feature is reflected in the numerous Albanian cemeteries in the village and the language that stands out from other Albanian tribes' languages.
Today, the inhabitants are engaged in sheep breeding and creating traditional household facilities.
Laza village is located 30 km away from the rural village of Khinaliq and belonging to Lezgin ethnic group. Rural residents living there keep their traditions as long years ago. They were one of the oldest ethnic Lezghins tribes the great state of Caucasian Albania, which became the leading tribes. 26 out of the houses of the village consists of a total of 130 people. The last representatives of the most ancient population of the Caucasus live here. In addition, in the village, travelers are impressed with the look of hand-carpets of Laza village residents.
Dinner in the village consisting of traditional food of the place. (for additional price).
Drive back to Baku.

Day 3. Baku
Breakfast at the hotel.
Excursion to the Old City City tour begins with a visit to the Upland Park.
Upland Park is located on a hill in the western part of the city. This is the best place to see the city and the Baku Bay.
The tour proceeds with the visit to the Old City - with its fortress walls, historical buildings and narrow paved streets. The tourists will see and appreciate the main attractions of the Old City, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the famous Maiden Tower. Just imagine that the bricks under your shoes for centuries keep memory of city’s history, its fame and glory, its grieves and sufferings. During the walk you will definitely feel that the air smells like a magic – salty and oily odor of the Caspian Sea mixes up with the flavors of Oriental spices and kabab from the numerous restaurants. Baku is a young girl – it is full of energy, beautiful, bright and vivid. It is ready to change but nevertheless follows the traditions of ancestors. Behind the walls the city life sparkles like a melting pot, while in the Old City everything is calm and dutiful as it was for centuries. Baku people do not like to live in hurry.
Lunch (for additional price).
Free time.

Day 4. Trip to Ismayilli region (260 km – 4 km)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Drive to Ivanovka. Ivanovka is a village and municipality in the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan. Ivanovka is the last Soviet collective farm in country.With over 3,000 inhabitants, the village is situated 200 kilometers away from the capital city in the northern Ismayilli region. Being dispossessed from their homeland, the hardworking Molokans did not lose courage and quickly got accustomed to their new location. As soon as you come into Ivanovka it´s clear you´re in somewhere ´different´. Many of the locals are blond haired and blue-eyed. Many homes are built in old Russian village style with timber-sided uppers and red-tile roofs. Most notable are ´Molokans´, whose nickname literally translates as ´milk drinkers´. This was originally an 18th-century term of insult over the fact that they would drink milk in Lent (when Russian Orthodox Christians were fasting).
The term was later re-interpreted more positively as drinkers of the spiritual milk of God, so it´s no longer considered derogatory. The Molokans´ particularly puritanical creed eschews smoking, swearing and icons. Rather than churches, their religious gatherings are in unadorned prayer houses that are virtually indistinguishable from other homes.
Lunch in the village consisting of traditional food of the place. (for additional price)
The town of Nij, located forty kilometers south west of Gabala in the Republic of Azerbaijan, is the only place in the world that has had a settlement of Udi people. It has a population of 6,196. The forefathers of this ethnic minority, known as the Utis, were members of one of the twenty six Albanian tribes who played an important role in the creation of the State of Caucasian Albania in the IV-III Centuries B.C. According to the latest studies, ancient Udin was the language of Caucasian Albania. The Uti Albanian tribe, the ancestor of the current Udins, has been described in the writings of Herodotus, Strabo and Pliny the Great. According to these chroniclers, the Utis became politically active following their involvement in the military incursions into Greece of Persian Emperor Xerxes I. The Udins, as they are the most ancient ethnic minority in the Republic of Azerbaijan, enjoy many measures undertaken to preserve and develop their culture. As a result of the efforts made by the Government of Azerbaijan, the cultural and educational society of the Udins, the Orayin (Spring), has resumed its activities. This society promotes the history and culture of the Udins.
Dinner in the village consisting of traditional food of the place. (for additional price).
Overnight in Gabala.

Day 5. Trip to Sheki, Ilisu and Lekit (250 km – 3,5 hours)
Start exploring Sheki. Sheki is one of majestic in the past cities of the East and one of the most ancient cities of Transcaucasia. There are many historical and architectural monuments here. Ancient roots have here forge, weapon, jeweler and copper business, potters, tanning, craft, silky - and rug-weaving, joiner's business and ornament manufacture. Here you will meet a real Sheki farmer’s family, will get accustomed with everyday’s life of Azerbaijani villager and have lunch made of fresh local meat and vegetables.
Lunch in the village consisting of traditional food of the place. (for additional price).
Drive to Ilisu. Ilisu is a small place, built around a single street who still remembers its glory days when it was the capital of an autonomous Sultanate coveted by Russia. Besides some charming old houses a few buildings denounce Ilisu's past: the almost ruined 16th century Sumuggala tower, the 19th century Galaja tower and a well cared 18th century mosque. Here you can buy a genuine honey produced by local beekeepers, have a walk to the waterfall and enjoy samovar tea in an open-air café.
Drive to Lekit. Lekit is one of the sightseeing’s of Gakh region. People say that the village is 1600 years old. The village is situated in 12 km from the regional center. Here you will find the ruins of the temple complex (12 cent) and the magnificent natural monument – a waterfall covered by moss. The region is full of thick forests, mountain rivers and springs, and the complex of mountain castles. The village is inhabited by Tsakhurs – Caucasian ethnical minority with and old history and traditions.
Drive to Gakh.
Dinner (for additional price).
Overnight to the hotel.

Day 6. Trip to Baku with a stop in Shamakha (350 km – 5 hours)
Drive back to Baku. Shamakhi Tour
On a way we will make a stop in Shamakha. Being the capital of Shirvanshahs state from the IX century, the town was one of the most important on the Great Silk Road. In Shamakha the tourists will visit the famous historical and architectural monuments of the country, such as "Juma Mosque" and the mausoleum "Diri Baba".
Arrival to Baku.
Lunch (for additional price).
Check in.
Free time.
Dinner (for additional price).

Day 7. Baku
Breakfast. Free time.
Check out from the hotel.
Transfer to the airport.

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