Discover for yourself the treasures of Baku’s ancient Old City (İçərişəhər). This tour will help you get acquainted with the history that began in the 5th century, the most historical sights of Baku - Maiden Tower, the Palace of Shirvanshahs, the mosques and minarets, caravanserais and public bathes. You will meet its most photogenic and friendly residents, the community cats, who laze about the streets waiting for your good head scratch. Our professional and friendly guide will tell you about rich history of the oriental side of Baku and show you the places that were used as scenes for many Soviet films.
What is included/excluded
Food and drinks
Departure & Return
Icheri Sheher metro station entrance/exit10:30 AM
What to Expect
Uncover the of Baku Old City (Icheri Sheher or Inner City) on a 3-hour insider walking tour with a local guide. Explore for yourself medieval period bathes, mosques, caravansaries (old inns), towers, palaces, museums, attractive souvenir shops and local traditional restaurants. You’ll see and enter to the top attractions and most historical landmarks like the Maiden tower and Shirvanshahs palace in. As you walk, you'll learn the history of the oldest part of Baku and its ancient roots.
• 3-hour walking tour of Old Baku hidden treasures and gems with an local guide
• Visit a Maiden tower and Shirvanshahs palace
• Stroll through the old streets, mazes and look around the bathes, mosques of the medieval times
Meet your guide at the Icheri Sheher mtero station entrance/exit and then set off on your 3-hour walking tour to explore the most ancient part of Baku which is surrounded by walls were well protected. In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Old and exotic abound in the area and as you walk your guide will point out examples of medieval architecture structures. You'll pass through the popular local restaurants, which are renowned for their traditional breakfasts with national bread "tandir" which is baked in authentic ovens. Also you will pass through the souvenir shops that sell antiquarians. Continue walking to the Maiden tower, an iconic building which served as a fire temple in the 7th century then as a defending construction, as a lighthouse in the 19th century and finally it is a museum and observation deck from where opens a beautiful view to all city.
Next destination will be Shirvanshahs Palace museum where you will learn about history of Baku and Azerbaijan especially about the medieval period. You'll then head to old caravansaries which were served as a hotel for traders and travelers in old times. You'll walk to the Museum of Miniature Books which is the only museum of miniature books in the world and where you can see a 17th-century copy of the Quran, a 13th-century book published by Peter Schöffer, the three smallest books in the world measuring 2mm x 2mm that can only be read with the use of a magnifying glass and rare ancient religious books. Wander through tucked away mazes, hidden streets that even locals don't know about and the narrow streets which were used in many popular Soviet movies.
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
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate