Sheki City Tour
Sheki Khans’ Palace, Sheki Historical Museum, Shebeki Workshop, Teze Bazaar, Sheki Caravanserai, Gelersen-Gerersen Fortress, Kish Village, Church of Kish
The Sheki City Tour is a hands-on expedition filled with the colors of Sheki Khans’ Palace, Teke Bazaar and the stained-glass Shebeki Workshop, the mystique of Gelersen-Gerersen Fortress and Sheki Caravanserai and the charming ambience of Kish Village. Crawl through castle ruins, barter for sweets and spices, explore royal quarters and sip tea in an authentic caravanserai on this diverse day tour.
Sheki is Azerbaijan’s hidden gem, an endearing city nestled among beautiful forested foothills. While best known for Sheki Khans’ Palace, which along with the historic city center is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town also offers Sheki Historical Museum, a handicrafts workshop, unique foods, a lively bazaar and more. Nearby Kish, one of the nation’s oldest villages, has preserved the Caucasus Albanians’ first house of worship.
Meet up with your private guide in Sheki to begin your tour to its finest sites:
- Sheki Khans’ Palace (18th century) - Famous for its stained glass and miniature paintings, this architectural miracle, built without glue or nails, is the country’s most treasured relic from the 1700s. Explore each unique room of its beautifully impressive interior.
- Sheki Historical Museum – Small but diverse collection of relics, paintings and information on the city and region.
- Shebeki Workshop – Learn the secret of creating shebeki stained-glass windows at this colorful workshop, situated within an ethnic crafts center.
- Teze Bazaar - An authentic market catering to local residents, you’ll find few tourists here. Shop for snacks or local products as you roam the aisles and snap photos.
- Sheki Caravanserai (18th century) – Explore the grounds of this historical complex which once housed merchants and their camels, stopping to enjoy some tea and local sweet halva, or pakhlava. It’s also possible to stay overnight in one of the caravanserai’s many rooms.
- Gelersen-Gerersen Fortress (15th century) – Drive a few kilometers to this must-see citadel whose name translates as "Come-and-See Fortress”. Climb the walls of this once impenetrable fortress whose history is closely linked with the city.
- Kish Village – Wander the streets of this ancient settlement, enjoying the quaint atmosphere and fresh air. Tour the Church of Kish (dates vary), the first Albanian church in the Caucasus whose mysterious history stretches back to the first century AD.
Drive back to your hotel or original meeting point. End of Sheki City Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours
Good to Know: We are also able to arrange private transportation from Baku to Sheki for this tour.
- Private, local guide;
- Entrance fees to the sights as per itinerary;
- Transportation throughout the tour.
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