Day 1. Arrival Arrival in Baku. Transfer to hotel. Welcome Dinner. The main course is luleh-kebab which is the mixture of lamb, herbs and spices, which is cut as mincemeat. And the kebab - pieces of lamb, marinated in a mixture of onion, vinegar and pomegranate juice. These pieces are prepared as barbecue in broquettes. It is served with lavash - typical soda bread and spices. Overnight in Baku.
Day 2. Baku city tour Enjoy the panoramic view of the Baku Bay from the Upland Park; observe the famous Flame towers. A walking tour in the Old City (UNESCO heritage): the Maiden Tower (XII c.), Shirvanshahs Palace (XV c.), medieval Caravanserai, numerous mosques, hamams (bathhouse), a market square, carpet shops, art studios and souvenir stalls. Lunch: The main course is dolma. A typical dish prepared of minced meat and mixed with rice, mint, aneto, cinnamon, wrapped in the leaves of grapes (yarpaq dolmasi) or cabbage (kalam dolmasi). Visiting of the “National Carpet Museum”. Have a walk at the Seaside Boulevard and Little Venice Park. Acquaintance with the city architecture of XIX – XX cc., Nizami Street and Fountain square. Dinner: Main course "dushbara", a soup of ravioli. The filling is prepared from different types of meat with onion and spices. Also, Qutab will be served – pancakes filled with greenery, pumpkin or meat. Overnight in Baku.
Day 3. Gobustán - Península Absherón Trip to mud volcanoes (70 km from Baku), the unique natural phenomenon of the country. Almost half of the mud volcanoes on our planet are located in Azerbaijan. Continue to Gobustan Reserve, open-air archeological museum (UNESCO heritage), known for its archaeological monuments: in this area there are more than 4000 petroglyphs, rock paintings from the Neolithic era that show ancient population travelling in cane boats, men hunting antelopes and wild bulls, ritual dances etc. Lunch: Main course is baliq - fish. In general, it is trout that can be prepared in different ways, and served with a sweet and sour pomegranate sauce. Trip to the Absheron Peninsula: explore the Fire Worshippers Temple – Ateshgah, built by the Hindu pilgrims in XVIII c. Until the late XIX century, it was the fire-cult pilgrimage place. Admire the flaming mountain – Yanardag, where natural gas comes to the surface and is burning since ancient times, attracting fire worshippers during many centuries. Dinner: Lavangi is is a fried chicken stuffed with nuts and herbs. It is the typical dish of Talish, the southern region of the country, so it is often difficult to find it in the restaurants of Baku. Overnight in Baku.
Day 4. Baku – Shamakhi – Sheki Depart to Sheki, the North-West of the country (300 km). On the way visit to Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village. In Shamakhi visit the Seven Domes - Shirvanshah dynasty Mausoleum (XVIII c.) and the ancient Juma Mosque (VIII c.). Lunch in the typical restaurant. The main course is pilav "ash" with chicken. This dish is served in three separate dishes: meat, rice, qará - mixture of fried onion, eggs or fish and dried fruits. Rice is mixed with other ingredients only at the moment when eaten. Arrival in Sheki. Dinner: typical dish of Sheki is Pití - a cooked lamb made in a ceramic pot, served with peas and potatoes. Overnight in Sheki.
Day 5. Sheki Tour In the morning you will visit the village of Kish, observe the ancient temple (V c.), called “the mother of churches”. Lunch: Eggplant dolma (stuffed eggplant). It is the favorite dish of Azerbaijanis. A trinity of stuffings is also prepared: eggplant, tomato and pepper. Sheki sightseeing: visit the city fortress, Sheki khan palace (XVIII c.), Caravanserai, artisans’ stalls (stained glass – Shebeke, silk and embroidery shops, potters, confectioners, hatters etc.) and the numerous souvenir shops. Dinner: Chicken sadj, served with fried vegetables. Tea ceremony. Tea has great importance for Azerbaijanis; national tea glass is "armudu" that looks like the shape of a pear. In Sheki it is served with local sweets such as bamiye and pajlava.Overnight in Sheki.
Day 6. Sheki - Gabala - Baku Back to Baku. On the way visit a beautiful lake Nohur gol in Gabala. On the way lunch at a local restaurant. The main course will be "dovga". A yogurt soup, with vegetable, spinach and pea.Served cold or hot due to the season. Arrival In Baku. Accommodation in hotel. Warewell Dinner: The most famous dish of this place is Shah pilaf - rice wrapped in lavash (bread), and with cooked chicken or lamb inside. Overnight in Baku.
Day 7. Departure. Checkout. Transfer to airport.
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