The cost of this day tour is $139.00 + $5.00 museum entrance fee and lunch. Included is door-to-door transportation and the interpretive naturalist services of your Ecotour guide. Group discounts available for 30+ guests.

What's Included

  • No Wait Access to the Museums

  • Entrance and reservation fees

  • Small groups of 20 people or less

  • Local expert tour guide

  • Comfortable Vehicles with air conditioning

The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city. The skyline has become dominated by showpiece postmodern skyscrapers, their glassy facades mimicking the waters that shimmer before the coastal city. Underneath it all, a tour of Baku's World Heritage-listed old town reveals the city's historic core, with medieval neighborhoods, religious buildings, and regal architecture. After dark, visitors and locals mingle in the city's burgeoning nightlife scene.

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TWO-DAYS TOURS

1:00 PM - Pick up at your hotel or residence. Drive through uptown, downtown, Oldtown, and White City,  Burning Mountain, “James Bond Oil Fields", Little Venice, the Palace of Happiness, as well as Freedom Square, the Seafront Boulevard, Highland Park, Heydar Aliyev Center and some of Baku’s many fountains, avenues and parks.

2:40 PM Journey up to the Villa Petrolea Mansion, built by  Petroleum Production Company Nobel Brothers. Walk the grounds overlooking the city of Portland and enter to see the lovely decor within this 16,000-square-foot French Renaissance mansion (admission not included).

3:35 PMArrive at the International Rose Test Gardens for a 40-minute visit to view the 525 varieties of roses in the oldest public rose garden in the United States.

6:30 PM Return to your hotel.

On weekends, you may choose to visit Baku's modern craft market where hundreds of local craft vendors sell their wares in booths beneath the Old Town and ethnic food and music talent abound.  On Saturdays, The Portland Farmers Market is a terrific place to view an abundance of local produce, flowers and wonderful food.  Other options during the Portland City Tour include a visit to Washington Park attractions such as the Japanese Gardens, The Chinese Gardens, the World Forestry Center, the Vietnam Veteran’s Living Memorial and the Hoyt Arboretum. Or, you may choose to spend time visiting the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry or the Oregon Historical Society Museum. If you decide not to visit any attractions, we can spend some time visiting neighborhoods of Portland such as the up and coming Pearl District, the Hawthorne District, the NW Nob Hill area and the Rose Quarter with the Oregon Convention Center and the Rose Quarter Arena. Prices for attractions gladly provided upon request.

The tour includes door-to-door transportation and the interpretive services of your ecotour guide. Entrance fees to some attractions are extra. Please call to discuss the attraction(s) you may be interested in.

What's Included

  • No Wait Access to the Museums

  • Entrance and reservation fees

  • Small groups of 20 people or less

  • Local expert tour guide

  • Comfortable Vehicles with air conditioning

head about 40 minutes to the northern Absheron Peninsular for

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Watch a mountain burning at Yanar Dag, where continuous natural gas flames light up the hillside on the Caspian Sea's Absheron Peninsula. Part of Azerbaijan's enormous gas reserves leaks up through a thin, porous sandstone layer, igniting into flames that spread for about 10 m (33 ft). The spectacle--duly noted by Marco Polo--can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height, and burns in all weather. Although the phenomenon has a nickname of the eternally burning fire, local lore has it that it started when a local shepherd in the 1950s threw away his cigarette stub. Plant yourself in a nearby teahouse and take in the sight.

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.

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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape © OUR PLACE The World Heritage Collection

 

Outstanding Universal Value

Gobustan has outstanding universal value for the quality and density of its rock art engravings, for the substantial evidence the collection of rock art images presents for hunting, fauna, flora and lifestyles in pre-historic times and for the cultural continuity between prehistoric and mediaeval times that the site reflects.

Criterion (iii): The rock engravings are an exceptional testimony to a way of life that has disappeared in the way they represent so graphically activities connected with hunting and fishing at a time when the climate and vegetation of the area were warmer and wetter than today.

The most remote and undisturbed landscapes are the Jinghirdag Moutain-Yazylytepe hill and Kichikdash Mountain. These areas need to be fully protected in order to ensure they keep their authenticity. The most visited site, Boyukdash, has more disturbances in the form of installations such as a prison and stone quarry, which should be managed as part of the Management Plan.

The knowledge of the site does not extend evenly across the whole rock art reservation. It would be desirable for a large-scale survey of the wider environment to be carried out to ensure the extent of protection needed to ensure the overall integrity of the rock art corpus.

The legal protective measures for the property are adequate. There is a need to complete the documentation, put in place active conservation measures and improve the technical competence of staff to carry out necessary urgent conservation work. 

The fire is caused by subterranean gas reserves and has been burning for centuries. A closer look at the fire at the Yanar Dag fire mountain. The flame is never extinguished as it is fueled by subterranean gas reserves. Around this open fireplace the atmosphere is filled with the smell of gas. The flames emanate from vents in sandstone formations and may at times rise to a height of 10 mtr. (they were fairly placid when I visited. At any rate, different figures are mentioned in other references) Yanar Dag is described by the Geological Survey of Azerbaijan like this: Intensive flames, to 1 mtr high, develop for 15 mtr along the base of a 2–4-mtr-high and 200-mtr tectonic scarp The surface flames result from the steady gas emissions from underlying soils and the temperature was quite intense.

The Qala Antiques Museum was established by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the territory of the Qala State History and Ethnography Preserve. Construction of the Museum started in 2010 and completed in 2011. On September 7, 2011, President Ilham Aliyev and his wife, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva attended the inauguration of the Museum.

 

Some 800 exhibits are displayed at the Qala Antiques Museum. On the ground and first floors of the three-storied building, mostly various decorative and applied art treasures created for centuries by the people of Azerbaijan, and on the second floor, items gathered in various regions of our country and produced in USA, Germany, Austria, Russia, France, England, Belgium, Iran, Uzbekistan, Poland, Turkey and other countries, that were since old times used in our nation’s household, are displayed.    

 

A conference hall, administrative rooms, a souvenir section and a repair and restoration workshop function on the ground floor of the building. Restoration of discovered old items is carried out just in this workshop.

“From Waste to Art” Museum has been created on the territory of the Qala State History and Ethnography Reserve following the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative.

 

On June14, 2015, Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the opening of the museum.   

 

Works demonstrated at the exhibition “From Waste to Art” are displayed in the museum. 

The Gobustan National Historical and Art Reserve, located 70 km south of Baku is a unique monument of world importance and in 2007 was included to the UNESCO World Heritage List. On the territory of the reserve with a total area of 4,537 hectares is concentrated one of the world's largest collections of ancient rock paintings - there are more than 4000 thousand petroglyphs covering the period from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. In the Gobustan National Historical and Art Reserve you can also see the settlements of ancient people, the remains of a large prehistoric cromlech, barrows and other evidence of material and non-material culture of the Stone Age period and subsequent periods. The Gobustan petroglyphs were repeatedly explored by the famous Norwegian explorer and traveler Thor Heyerdahl, who recognized the cave images of boats present there as the oldest known boat image in the world. Gobustan Museum was opened in 2012 after a thorough reconstruction. Today it is a modern interactive museum complex in the collection of which are collected over 100,000 archaeological materials. In 2013 the reserve museum became one of the winners of the contest "The Best European Museum of the Year", which is held by the European Museum Forum and is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world in this field. There are 850 mud volcanoes in the world, and over 300 of them are in Azerbaijan. Most are located on Absheron, around Baku. There are 100 near the Gobustan reserve alone. Azerbaijan is also unique because it has all kinds of mud volcano, making it possible to study various aspects of mud eruptions. There are active, dormant, buried and subsea volcanoes in Azerbaijan, as well as those on islands and spewing oil. For instance, there are many subsea mud volcanoes around the Baku archipelago. The Goturdag volcano in Gobustan is the only mud volcano of its kind – it has been issuing mud for 100 years. They are also renowned for its healing qualities which is very popular both among foreigners and local people. They use it either for bathing or as a mask for face.

Watch a mountain burning at Yanar Dag, where continuous natural gas flames light up the hillside on the Caspian Sea's Absheron Peninsula. Part of Azerbaijan's enormous gas reserves leaks up through a thin, porous sandstone layer, igniting into flames that spread for about 10 m (33 ft). The spectacle--duly noted by Marco Polo--can reach up to 3 m (10 ft) in height, and burns in all weather. Although the phenomenon has a nickname of the eternally burning fire, local lore has it that it started when a local shepherd in the 1950s threw away his cigarette stub. Plant yourself in a nearby teahouse and take in the sight.

The Qala Antiques Museum was established by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in the territory of the Qala State History and Ethnography Preserve. Construction of the Museum started in 2010 and completed in 2011. On September 7, 2011, President Ilham Aliyev and his wife, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Mehriban Aliyeva attended the inauguration of the Museum.

 

Some 800 exhibits are displayed at the Qala Antiques Museum. On the ground and first floors of the three-storied building, mostly various decorative and applied art treasures created for centuries by the people of Azerbaijan, and on the second floor, items gathered in various regions of our country and produced in USA, Germany, Austria, Russia, France, England, Belgium, Iran, Uzbekistan, Poland, Turkey and other countries, that were since old times used in our nation’s household, are displayed.    

 

A conference hall, administrative rooms, a souvenir section and a repair and restoration workshop function on the ground floor of the building. Restoration of discovered old items is carried out just in this workshop.

“From Waste to Art” Museum has been created on the territory of the Qala State History and Ethnography Reserve following the Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative.

 

On June14, 2015, Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the opening of the museum.   

 

Works demonstrated at the exhibition “From Waste to Art” are displayed in the museum. 

The Heydar Aliyev Center is an amazing building which represents the modern face of Baku. The building was designed by the famous architect, Zaha Hadid and is one of the icons of modern architecture. This really deserves a visit.

 

The centre provides a stunning setting for music performances of world stars, museum exhibits and modern art collections.

An internationally recognized architectural marvel, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center displays a curved modern style. Designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the elegant building stands 74 m (243 ft) in the middle of a square and houses a museum, a gallery hall, and a grand auditorium. Explore the signature landmark, which symbolizes the modernization of Azerbaijan, and enter to observe many interesting exhibits and artistic features. Note that officials prohibit photography inside.

The Maiden Tower is a monument that is shrouded in mystery and legend. The most majestic monument of Baku rises in the south-eastern part of the fortress of Icherisheher. This unique building of the Azerbaijani architecture does not have any analogues in the East. There are numerous debates on the date of construction and purpose of this monument, at present it attracts the attention most of all for its unparalleled form. The symbol of Baku was included into the list of World Cultural Heritage of UNESCO in December of 2000.

The first stop on any travel itinerary for Baku is the Old City,

or "Icherisheher". Icherisheher is the pearl of Azerbaijani architecture and culture. There are many galleries and exhibition halls in Icherisheher where you can see and purchase the works of various artists, sculptors and master craftsmen. The most recognisable monuments of Old City are the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, an expansive building that is a testament to Azerbaijan’s impressive architectural heritage and the Maiden Tower, which dates back to the 12th century.

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