New Year is a great time to visit Azerbaijan and get closer to its traditions and rich national cuisine. Dressing in a luxurious New Year’s garments Baku is actively preparing to welcoming its guests. On the busiest squares, Vast and sparkling Christmas trees are everywhere, streets are shining with illumination, and a New Year’s fair is opening in the very center of the city – on the Fountain Square.
Dates: 30.12.21 – 02.01.22 or 31.12.21 – 03.01.22
Note: the program can be shifted according to the dates of arrival
1st Day: Arrival to Baku, meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, check in (14:00). Free time.
Free time suggestions:
2nd Day: Breakfast at the hotel.
Our walking excursion will start at “Icherisheher” metro station to guide you down the street and get acquainted with the stories and legends of the historical mansions built by Azerbaijani oil barons in the very beginning of the 20th century.
First one on the way is a beautiful City Hall, which is nowadays hosting Baku Mayor’s Office, designed by Polish architect Joseph V. Goslavski in the Baroque style (1900-1904). He had also built the Empress Alexandra Russian Muslim School for Girls (1901), first school for Muslim girls in the Caucasus, sponsored by the Azeri oil baron and philanthropist Zeynalabdin Taghiyev.
You will make a stop at gorgeous Palace of Happiness (Wedding Palace) to listen to the touching story of its owner, oil baron Murtuza Mukhtarov. It was built in Neo-Gothic style by famous architect Joseph Ploshko in 1912.
Same architect had created the next pearl of Baku architecture, Ismailiyya Palace (1908-1913) which was ordered by Musa Naghiyev, yet another oil baron, in commemoration of his deceased son Ismayil. The building currently serves as the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.
Two steps further you will see magnificent building which attracts everyone`s attention with its blue majolica and the monuments of prominent Azerbaijani writers on the facade, which is the National Museum of Azerbaijan literature named after Nizami Ganjavi.
Next to it is Gosha Gala Gapysy (Paired Fortress Gates), the entrance in the fortress walls, a portal which will take us from the Baku of the beginning of the 20th century to the Baku of the 12th century. Icherisheher (Inner City), known as a “Fortress” or “Old City”, is a unique historical and architectural conservation area in the center of Baku. This is one of the most ancient places of the country where archaeological excavations revealed burial vaults of the Bronze Age. Maiden Tower (12th century) and The Palace of Shirvanshahs (13th-16th centuries) are the best known historical monuments located in the Old City. Besides them there are a lot of other unique monuments such as mosques, minarets, the remnants of caravanserais “Multani” and “Bukhara”, ancient baths, etc. Stroll down the paved streets of this ancient city and drop to some of the numerous souvenir shops where you can buy national clothes, kerchiefs, scarves and caps, dishes and handmade carpets.
In the end of our excursion you will have a walk through the Philharmonic Park, formerly known as the Governor´s Garden, that goes up the hill towards the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall (1910-1912) built in Italian Renaissance (exterior) and German Rococo (interior) styles. You can make nice photos next to a French-style Baroque fountain while listening to the classic music.
Return to the hotel. Free time.
New Year Gala Dinner with show program at the restaurant in Shah Palace Hotel 4* in Old City.
3rd Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Free time
Free time suggestions: Spend time in local “Yashil Bazaar” where you will have opportunity to buy local products which are typical for our country like:
Optional excursions around Baku & the suburb: (for 2nd of January)
4th Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out .Transfer to the airport.
Hotel accommodation at 4* hotel in the center of Baku – 3 nights stay
Breakfasts at the hotel
All transportation according to the program, including airport-hotel-airport transfers
Excursion according to the program
English / Russian / Arabic speaking guide
1 bottle of water per person per excursion day
Flight tickets & visa (if required)
Extras at the hotel, tips at the sites and restaurants
New Year Gala Dinner on 31/12 with show program at the restaurant in Shah Palace Hotel 4* in Old City. from – 60usd per person
Tickets to the museums(per person): Maiden Tower- 9$ (optional), Shirvanshahs’ Palace- 9$ (optional)
The organizer reserves the right to change the hotel to the different one of the same category.
The organizer reserves the right to change the order of excursions in case of necessity.
Check-in to the hotels: 14:00 (can be 15:00 in some cases).
Early check-in before 06:00 in the morning is subject to 100% of the room rate, early check-in between 06:00 and 14:00 is subject to 50% of the room rate (please confirm with our reservation managers before booking).
You can extend your stay, add more excursions and/or change the hotel category for additional payment (please confirm with our reservation managers before booking).
Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended during excursions.