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

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20 EUR

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 (14)

4.9/5

Enjoyable day out with Nejat
It was an enjoyable day out of Baku with Nejat, with him being very friendly and accommodating. Learnt a great deal about the sights as well as about Azerbaijan. Definitely recommended!
Amazing trip,amazing guide and amazingand driver
Awesome day with an awesome guide
Feeling a sudden urge for marshmallows next to an ancient flame temple. Driving a Lada in the middle of a muddy desert Safari. Climbing an ancient castle in flip-flops. Totally awesome day.

We were so satisfied that we took another tour the next day to check out the old city and the local winery.

This operator has 13 reviews for other tours

5.0/5

Passionate guide with great experience
This trip is well balanced. You have a museum, a hike and a nature sight (including driving an old Soviet car). Nijat is opened for sharing local experience and does not give too much of “waste touristic” information:)
Fantastic walking tour
Nijat is your ultimate guide for Baku. Friendly, easy going, knowledgeable, and amazing sense of humour. The tour of the old city was relaxed and really interesting. Nijat is also great for local recommendations and is more your Baku friend than just your guide.
Baku tour with Nijat
I had a wonderful day with Nijat who was my tour guide in Baku. Nijat took me through the old town and major sightseeing destinations in Baku. He shared many useful tips and took me to local wine tasting which was fantastic. Once you plan to visit Baku Nijat is your main point of reference. Get in touch with him and experience local life of Baku.
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