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How to Spend 2 Days in Baku

How to Spend 2 Days in Baku

With two days to spend in the Azerbaijani capital, you’ll have time to explore the city’s juxtaposition of old and new, sample some traditional cuisine, and head out into the countryside to find out why Azerbaijan is called the Land of Fire. Here are some suggestions for how to spend two days in Baku. 

Day 1: Around Town

**Morning:**Get oriented this morning with a walking tour of Baku, beginning with a seaside stroll along Baku Boulevard. Tours of the Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, often include stops at points of interest such as the Maiden Tower, Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the old city walls, and the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum.  

**Afternoon:**This afternoon, spend some time exploring your particular interests in the city. Relax in a traditional hammam (bathhouse), learn about Azerbaijani wines during a guided tasting at a local winery, or dive into the city’s history with a guided visit to the National History Museum or the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center.

**Night:**There’s no better time to see Baku’s juxtaposition of old and new than at night, when its ultramodern skyscrapers, such as the Flame Towers, are illuminated. During a night tour, you’ll see the city in a different light while riding on the Baku Eye Ferris wheel or taking the funicular to the top of a hill with the whole city laid out before you.

Day 2: Land of Fire

**Morning:**A trip to Azerbaijan wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Yanar Dag, the country’s natural “eternal flame,” which has been burning continuously for centuries. Trips to this natural wonder often include a visit to the nearby Zoroastrian Temple of Ateshgah, where you can learn more about this fire-centric religion. 

**Afternoon:**Continue your explorations of the Azerbaijani countryside with an afternoon visit to Gobustan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to ancient rock carvings, active mud volcanoes, and a petroglyph museum filled with artifacts from the Mesolithic period.

**Night:**Back in Baku, treat your tastebuds to an evening of traditional Azerbaijani cuisine. Sample a variety of local dishes, including herbed meats and rice, during a walking food tour of the Old City, or join a local family in their home for a meal cooked by grandma. No matter which option you choose, you’ll discover the multicultural roots of this distinctive cuisine.

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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
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$70.00
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$70.00
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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
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$72.00
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$72.00
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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
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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
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$59.00
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Wine Tour Qabala with Local Lunch

Wine Tour Qabala with Local Lunch

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Escape the bustle of the capital on this full-day gastronomy tour to the Savalan Valley, famous for its local wines. Enjoy four exclusive wine tastings at Savalan ASPI Winery, plus admission to an on-site wine museum. Tours also include a stop in scenic Nohur Lake for a tea and baklava along the way, plus a tasty lunch in a local restaurant.
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  • 11 hours
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$175.00
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$175.00
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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
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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
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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
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$110.00
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4x4 Jeep Tour - Secrets of Gobustan and Mud Volcanoes

4x4 Jeep Tour - Secrets of Gobustan and Mud Volcanoes

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Spend the day exploring the ancient history and geology of Azerbaijan. Travel with your personal guide in a 4x4 vehicle to see the gurgling clay rise and bubble up from the mud volcanoes. Next, witness Stone Age history when you visit the ancient petroglyphs etched on the rock walls of the mountains at the Gobustan Outdoor Museum and Kichik Dash before returning to Baku.  
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$120.00
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$120.00

Homemade food from Azerbaijani granny

Homemade food from Azerbaijani granny

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Spend an evening with a local Azerbaijani family and sample some of the local cuisine during this 3-hour experience. Watch an Azerbaijani grandmother cook traditional dishes a few different regions such as dolma, pilaf, qutab, and much more. Then, sit down together and enjoy the delicious meal, homemade drinks and desserts and have an authentic Azerbaijani experience.
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  • 2 to 3 minutes
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$110.00
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$110.00
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