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How to Spend 3 Days in Baku

How to Spend 3 Days in Baku

Baku serves as the gateway to Azerbaijan—Land of Fire—and three days gives you ample time to tour the city’s ancient wonders and modern marvels, experience the unique geology of mud volcanoes and natural-gas fires, and even spend some time in one of the nation’s smaller towns. Here are some ideas for your three days in Baku. 

Day 1: Cultural Treasures

The Old City of Baku has earned UNESCO status for its collection of historic attractions. Start your first day in the Azerbaijani capital with a walking tour of the city’s historic heart as you visit the Maiden Tower, Palace of the Shirvanshahs, and the old city walls. Take a morning stroll along seaside Baku Boulevard while temperatures are still cool. In the afternoon, explore some of the city’s many museums. Learn about the history of carpet making at the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, dive into history at the National Museum of History, or marvel at the architecture of Zaha Hadid at the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Then ride the funicular to Highland Park to watch as the sun sets and the city’s buildings, including the three Flame Towers, illuminate for the night.

Day 2: Natural Wonders

Today, find out why Azerbaijan is called the Land of Fire by exploring some of the natural wonders just outside the city. Visit the mountainside natural-gas vent Yanar Dag, which has been burning continuously for centuries and inspired the nearby Ateshgah, a Zoroastrian fire temple where complex fire rituals were once performed. In the afternoon, head south of Baku to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gobustan National Park. This area in the Greater Caucasus Mountains is home to Mesolithic rock paintings and carvings, as well as a petroglyph museum. Trips here often include a stop at some of the area’s many active mud volcanoes. Back in town, treat yourself to a taste of Baku’s nightlife on a pub crawl to some of the best breweries, bars, and pubs in town.

Day 3: Day-Trip Adventures

Leave the modern capital behind and take a day trip to Gabala, one of the country’s oldest cities, and visit the Juma Mosque (the oldest in Azerbaijan), Diri Baba Mausoleum, Seven Beauties Waterfall, and serene Nohur Lake. Active travelers might opt for a trip to the mountainous Guba region to visit Khinalug, one of Europe’s highest inhabited villages. Alternatively, head to Sheki, considered one of the prettiest towns in the country thanks to its tiled-roof houses and mountain setting. Wrap up your time in Baku with an evening food tour and sample local dishes, with their Arabic and Mediterranean influences, from some of the city’s top local restaurants.

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Guba Khinalug from Baku Group Tour

Guba Khinalug from Baku Group Tour

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Explore the mountainous Guba region of Azerbaijan during this full-day tour. Drive through the countryside of Azerbaijan and stop at Beshbarmag Dag—the ‘Five-Fingered Mountain—and a few remote villages on the way to Guba. Then, visit one of Europe’s highest villages, Khinalug, set atop the Lesser Caucasus mountains at 2,335 meters. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn a bit about the history of the region before heading back to Baku.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.67
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$66.67

Gabala Ski Resort and Shamakhi Full-Day Tour with Pickup

Gabala Ski Resort and Shamakhi Full-Day Tour with Pickup

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Visit one of Azerbaijan’s oldest cities and its newest resort town during this full-day tour from Baku. Take a tour of Gabala and see its key landmarks such as Juma Mosque, Maraza Village, Nohur Gol Lake, the Tufandag cable car, and the Seven Beauties Waterfall. Learn about the history of the ancient city from your guide as you explore ancient monuments and more modern additions.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.34
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Half-Day Baku City Sightseeing Tour

Half-Day Baku City Sightseeing Tour

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Immerse yourself in the history and future of Baku on this 5-hour city sightseeing tour. Visit Ichari Shahar and other highlights to learn about the evolution of the city from the 5th century through the Soviet era and on to independence. Morning or afternoon tour options available.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Baku Pub Crawl

Baku Pub Crawl

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Raise a glass and get ready for fun during this 3-hour pub crawl enjoying the nightlife of Baku. Make visits to five of the city’s top breweries, bars and pubs, sampling an included glass of international or local beer at each stop. Depending on the night of the week, you may even get to enjoy some live entertainment. This Baku pub crawl includes a guide and one beer, cocktail or soft drink at each of the five stops.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.71
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$45.71
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Ultimate Gobustan National Park and Mud Volcanoes Tour

Ultimate Gobustan National Park and Mud Volcanoes Tour

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Explore Gobustan National Park, one of the most popular sites in the Asian country of Azerbaijan, on this guided day trip from Baku. The park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, draws thousands of visitors each year. Explore the Petroglyph museum, plus an array of ancient carvings, relics, mud volcanoes, and more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.58
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$78.58
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Baku Full-Day City and Historical Tour

Baku Full-Day City and Historical Tour

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Azerbaijan’s capital is known both for its UNESCO-listed Old Town and its striking contemporary architecture. On this tour, discover Baku’s history and heritage; admire landmarks including the Flame Towers, Shirvanshahlar Palace, and Maiden Tower; take in the views from Upside hill; and sample typical Azerbaijan cuisine.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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$175.00

Mystic Ateshgah and Yanar Dag Tour

Mystic Ateshgah and Yanar Dag Tour

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Explore two historic, ancient places — Yanar Dag and Mystic Atesghag — on this 3-hour tour from Baku. Learn about the history, facts, and legends from your guide. All entrance fees and round-trip transportation from a central meeting point in Baku included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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Taste of Azerbaijan: Ultimate Cuisine Tour with Snacks and Dinner

Taste of Azerbaijan: Ultimate Cuisine Tour with Snacks and Dinner

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Get to know Baku through its cuisine on this food tour in the Old City. You'll learn about Azerbaijani dishes and influences from Arabic and Mediterranean cultures as you enjoy tastings at select local eateries. Select your preferred departure time when booking.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.60
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$98.60
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Baku by Night: Small-Group Walking Tour

Baku by Night: Small-Group Walking Tour

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See the diverse sights of Baku, both ancient and modern, lit up at night during this 3-hour nocturnal walking tour. Follow your guide on foot as you explore sights like the city’s 12th-century walls, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Maiden Tower, State Philharmonic Hall and the striking, sky-high Flame Towers. You’ll cap off your evening adventure with an Azerbaijani local beer (own expense) at the city’s Tosca restaurant. This Baku evening walking tour includes a guide and bottled water.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00
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Museums of Baku

Museums of Baku

Spend the day exploring three of Baku’s most interesting museums and get a bit of background on the Azerbaijani capital. Take guided tours of the Carpet Museum and learn about the ancient tradition of carpet making in the region, the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, built by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid, and the History Museum, to learn about the history of Azerbaijan from ancient times to present-day.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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$110.00
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Baku Old Town Walking Tour with a Local

Baku Old Town Walking Tour with a Local

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Immerse yourself in the rich history of Baku, spanning centuries of kings and ancient empires, during this 3-hour Old Town walking tour. Learn about Baku’s rich legacy of historic mosques, trading squares, bath complexes, palaces and caravanserais as you explore this UNESCO World Heritage-listed district. Among the many highlights you’ll explore during your walk are the old city walls, the Shirvanshahs’ Palace and the Maiden Tower. Your walking tour also includes bottled water, entrance fees and a local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.15
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$57.15
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