Day Tour to Gobustan Reserve, Mud Volcanoes, Fire Temple and Mardakan Castle

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Discover the best sights of Azerbaijan on this fun-filled day trip. See ancient rock carvings at Gobustan Reserve, witness the phenomenon of the Mud Volcanoes, visit Mardakan Castle and hear the stories behind the sights from your local guide.

Duration: 10 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Nijat
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I love Baku - its windy weather, magnificent architecture, mystical history and welcoming people. This city inspires me. I was born in Baku and have studied tourism and hospitality management.

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Highlights

  • Get to know the history of Baku’s Maiden Tower
  • Visit the Gobustan Museum and historical site
  • Admire the incredible landscape of the mud volcanoes
  • Dive deep into the history of Zoroastrianism
  • See the Ateshgah Fire Temple
  • Step back into the Middle Ages at the Mardakan Castle

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Description

The tour starts at the Maiden Tower, the symbol of Baku, with an overview of how the building was used throughout the centuries.

From the UNESCO-listed heart of the city, we’ll move to another UNESCO site - Gobustan Reserve, which is home to more than 6,000 rock engravings dating back 40,000 years. You'll be able to see settlements of ancient people and evidence of the culture of the Stone Age.

The next destination is one of the world’s natural wonders, the Gobustan Mud Volcanoes. We will need to take separate transport to this location (not included).

Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes of any country in the world and locals use the clay to treat a range of diseases from skin rashes to rheumatism. You'll be amazed by this sight!

We will then stop for a short lunch break.

During the tour, we’ll also visit a holy place for Zoroastrians - the Ateshgah Fire Temple where fire worshippers have gathered for several centuries.

Our final stop will be the Mardakan Castle, which has withstood several attacks. Here, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the Middle Ages.

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What’s included & not included

  • Private English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation (except from Gobustan to the mud volcanoes)
  • Admission to the Gobustan Museum and historical site (petroglyphs)
  • Admission to the Ateshgah Fire Temple
  • Admission to the Mardakan Castle
  • Lunch
  • Transport from Gobustan to Mud Volcanoes

Meeting point

Maiden tower, hotel where the guest stays at, etc.

Reviews from travellers (11)

4.9/5

P
Excellent tour with amazing guide
The tour was fabulous!!!
Nijat is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide, during the whole tour, I felt very comfortable.
We visit Qobustan which is a fabulous place to visit!!!
We went to the mud volcanoes in a local soviet era taxi and it was a very fun moment and with a lot of adventure!!!! :)
Near the Fire temple, we had a small break and the food at the restaurant was very nice.
One of the best tours I have done!
Definitely recommended!
P
Brilliant day trip from Baku
Nijat and driver Sanan are a great double act, personable and informative. Fire temple and Petrographs were impressive but highlight was seeing mid volcanos driven in an old Lada. Nijat learned I was a football fan so detoured to show me the Qarabag stadium and statue of the famous 1966 linesman. I fully recommend this tour to anyone visiting Baku with a free day
Great tour with a pleasant guide
I booked this tour to get to know a bit of Azerbaijan outside of Baku. Nijat picked me up at my hotel and we were safely and comfortably driven to the various sites. We spoke in advance about the extent of the tour and Nijat has responded flexible to my special requests. He has an extensive knowledge of the sights and their history and he knows how to impart this knowledge entertaining. In between, there was always enough time for photos. As a special experience, the trip to the mud volcanoes took place on gravel roads in a Lada taxi. At lunchtime there was a lunch with national typical dishes from the buffet, so that you could try many different dishes. Thank you Nijat for this interesting and eventful day.
One of the best day tours we've done!
My partner and I have travelled a lot and done a lot of tours but this was one of the best day tours we've been on.
Our guide Nijat was friendly, funny and knowledgeable. There were only two of us on the tour but we felt at ease straight away. The car picked us up where we were staying and we headed to Qobustan which included petroglyphs, fantastic Azeri landscape and the mud volcanoes! The drive to the mud volcanoes was fantastic. We travelled in a local soviet era taxi and it was off road. Very bumpy fun. I was smiling the whole time. The mud volcanoes themselves were unreal. Felt like we were on a different planet.
After that we headed to the Fire Temple. Very interesting history!
Our final stop was a small 'castle' which was more like a tower but it was so cool. It's looked after by a local man who was very friendly (we also got to see the super cute kittens in his garden).

Overall it was a great day out. We couldn't recommend this tour enough. Baku is well worth visiting and we would go on this tour again!
M
Unique sites and excellent guide!
This tour had everything I was looking for in my short trip to Baku: access to the petroglyphs, a Lada ride to the mud volcanoes, and a visit to the fire temple.

Nijat is a superb tour guide who will go great lengths to ensure that his guests leave with good memories of their trip to Azerbaijan. I’ve taken a lot of tours in a lot of places, but this one truly stood out because of Nijat - his guide style is really engaging (evidence of his previous training as a teacher!) and he genuinely wants to share his home country with visitors.

Definitely glad I ended up booking with Nijat! Was a great experience and the highlight of my Baku weekend.
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