The Azerbaijan UNESCO Heritage Sites Tour explores the land’s rich history through visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other historical items of interest. Wander the petroglyphs of Gobustan, climb Baku’s mysterious Maiden Tower, sit among traveling merchants in Sheki Caravanserai and discover religious roots in Shamakhi’s Juma Mosque and Absheron’s Ateshgah Fire Temple on a tour that will redefine your perception of the past.
Azerbaijan has managed to remain closely linked to its ancestors through countless historical monuments, including the internationally recognized UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, Sheki Khans’ Palace and Old Baku, encompassing the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower. Each site is open to tourists and provides a unique peek into different eras in the country’s history.
Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. Transfer to the hotel, where check-in begins at noon, and have a rest after your flight. Your guide and driver will pick you up to begin your private Baku city tour to the following:
Depart from your Baku hotel and drive to Gobustan National Park (60km, 1hr), located on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
Return to Baku. On the way, visit Bibi Heybat Mosque (dates vary) to see a central piece of Azerbaijani Islamic architecture, the tomb of the prophet Muhammad’s descendent Ukeyma Khanum.
Your private guide and driver will meet you at your Baku hotel. Drive to Shamakhi (120km, 1hr 30min).
On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum (15th century), located in the village of Maraza. Explore this two-story monument, carved into a rocky cliff as a unique display of Shirvan-Absheron architecture.
Continue driving to ancient Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit:
In the morning, meet up with your private guide and driver in Sheki to begin your tour to its finest sites: