Absheron tour covers three main historical places of Absheron peninsula. You'll get acquainted with old household and ethnographic traditions of ancient people at Gala open-air museum. During the tour you will visit Quadranqular Tower, one of the ancient towers located in Mardakan village. Moreover, you will also learn legends about Burning Mountain and the streams located nearby.
What is included/excluded
Local English speaking guide
0.5 lt bottled water per person
Amazing experience around Absheron peninsula
Entry/Admission - Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
Entry/Admission - Mardakan Castle
Entry/Admission - Yanar Dag
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off (may be requested through special requirements for an additional surcharge)
Departure & Return
Sahil st., Zarifa Aliyeva, Bakı, Azerbaijan
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick you up from your hotel/hostel/airbnb accommodation. Please specify the exact location/address when booking.
What to Expect
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex, Mira St., 5 Qala district, Baku Azerbaijan
You will meet your guide at Sahil metro station. The trip will start with a visit to Gala open-air museum. 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. Furthermore, tombstones, kurgans, various tools, such as "khana" (tool for carpet weaving) are demonstrated in the museum.
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. The tower was located in such a convenient place, that seashore, Gala and Ramana fortresses were easily visible from the Tower.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Yanar Dag, Binagadi-Balakhany Highway, Baku 0125 Azerbaijan
Later you will enjoy the view of Yanardag (Burning Mountain) - the infamous burning mountain. In ancient times natural eternal flames were burning in many places of Absheron. Yanardag was declared State Historical-Cultural and Natural Reserve in order to protect natural monument.
Duration: 20 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
Some territories may get muddy during autumn-spring seasons, so consider wearing comfortable shoes or even boots if you're booking in these seasons
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers