You will explore Yanardag Mountain often called as "eternal flame mountain" and get acquainted with famous fire temple of Ateshgah. You will also visit Gala Archeological-Ethnographical Museum complex in Gala village and Mardakan Castles. There are two castles in Mardakan and both have played an important role in Azerbaijan' history dating the 13th and 14th centuries. They are known as Mardakan Towers and they have different tower shapes, one is round and the other one is rectangular.
What is included/excluded
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional Personal Driver Service
Entrance tickets to Museums - Fire Temple, Fire mountain, Gala Museum Complex & Mardakan castle
Professional English Speaking Tour Guide
Entry/Admission - Ateshgah - Fire Temple
Entry/Admission - Yanar Dag
Entry/Admission - Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
Entry/Admission - Mardakan Castle
Any personal expenses
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup time and location to be agreed 24 hours prior to the tour start date.
What to Expect
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Ateshgah - Fire Temple, Сураханский район, Baku Azerbaijan
The temple of fire worshippers Ateshgah is located at the Apsheron peninsula at the outskirts of Surakhani village in 30 km from the centre of Baku and was revered in different times by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up).
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Yanar Dag, Binagadi-Balakhany Highway, Baku 0125 Azerbaijan
One of the most famous and popular tourist places of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan is the mountain of Yanar Dag. Actually, it is rather a hill than a mountain, with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. A few meter long tongues of fire are licking the stratified earth approximately for 10 m in width, searing those who approached too close. People occupy the benches to watch the blazing hill in the evening, when its sight is most effective. Yanar Dag is located 25 km to the north from Baku. From the year 2007 Yanar Dag is declared a state-protected conservation area.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex, Mira St., 5 Qala district, Baku Azerbaijan
Gala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex is situated in the historical part of Gala village. There are 216 monuments in the territory of the village. You will see petroglyphs (stone carvings) dating back to the third and second millennia B.C and the Middle Ages, household ceramics and archaeological artifacts discovered in the Absheron Peninsula. Merchant’s house is a magnificent example of medieval dwelling houses existing in the village.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Mardakan Castle, Mardakan AZ1044 Azerbaijan
Then we’ll continue with the trip to see the tower in Mardakan village. Mardakan toponym is related to the name of tribe “Mard”. With the consolidation of the Shirvanshahs many towers were built in Absheron Peninsula. In addition to its historical significance, Quadrangular Tower in Mardakan is one of the majestic castles and a part of Absheron’s integrated defense system.
Duration: 30 minutes
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate