Trip to Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes, Ramana Castle & the Ateshgah Temple - main sights of Baku surroundings


35 EUR

The trip starts in the morning with pick up from your hotel. We’ll drive more than 200 kilometres in total to see the ancient petroglyphs and mud volcanoes in Gobustan, the Ramana and Mardakan Castles, the Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex, and the Ateshgah Fire Temple.

Duration: 7 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Russian
Tour by Vadim
Local Ambassador

You will see more! :)
Tours don't usually include tickets to the museums, just to let you decide whenever you wish to spend much more money for the "All inclusive" tour which includes only tickets (but price gets higher for 50% or more) or buy tickets on your own and keep the same price for private tour. Tickets for Baku surrounding sightseeings are:
5 AZN to Gobustan
4 AZN for Ateshgah
Something like 2 AZN for Yanardag
Mud Volcanoes are free of charge
Students get nice discount - 1 AZN to Gobustan and Ateshgah (don't forget your student card).

Working offshore for more than 5 years now :)
Each month for 2 weeks I am absolutely free and I'll be happy to show you my city.
Don't hesitate to contact me with any question about Baku even if not planning to book me :)
Attention! :) As I do this tours only at my free time - try to contact me first before booking.
Listed are my preferred directions, but contact me if you wish to go to any other part of Azerbaijan - Ganja, Goy Gol, Gedabek, Guba, Gusar, Lenkoran and all the South part. And my favourites - Sheki, Gakh, Zagatala, till the border with Georgia. Trips to Georgia are also available.

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  • Admire rock engravings from the 10th century BC
  • Explore the incredible mud volcanoes
  • Stop at several 13th-century castles
  • Visit the Ateshgah Fire Temple
  • See the Bibi Heybat Mosque
  • Enjoy beautiful views from a Baku observation point (it’s not the highest, but there’s no climbing involved)


The first stop on your trip will be the Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape – an interactive museum with rock engravings from the 10th century BC.

If the weather allows, we’ll make our way to the mud volcanoes – a good place for an off-roader ad! Azerbaijan is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes. I’m not promising to show you all of them, but 15–20 will be enough for an unforgettable trip. You’ll feel as if you’re an adventurer on a new planet!

We’ll then head to the Ramana Castle, one of the Absheron castle complexes. There were once more than 30 castles/towers in the area, some of which are just ruins now. Please note that these castles aren’t like the ones in Europe; they’re not for permanent living, but for temporary shelter.

Our final stop will be the Ateshgah Fire Temple.

During the trip we can stop for tea or lunch. A trip to Yanar Dag at night can be added upon request.

What’s included & not included

  • Transportation
  • Drinks: water/cola/beer
  • Good mood
  • My smile
  • Entry tickets
  • Lunch

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Reviews from travellers (5)


Highly recommended
Awesome trip, perfect Guide!
It was well organised, we saw many spots and the guidd was very informative, flexible and service orientated.
A Fantastic Day
We had six days in Baku and booked this day tour in advance to give us the opportunity to see some more of Azerbaijan. Vadim was a great guy and a very knowledgable guide, who provided us with lots of information everywhere we visited. We couldn't fault the day and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of the sites are fairly remote and require off road vehicle access - we felt safe with Vadim at the wheel! Thank you Vadim for providing us with so many memories of beautiful Azerbaijan.
I really cannot say enough positive things about Vadim, he made our trip to Azerbaijan an incredible experience and went far beyond our expectations, showing us an insider view of Azerbaijani culture. He took us in a nice SVU and was very flexible in meeting our needs, even taking us to the pharmacy and bazaar after the official tour had finished. Such a professional, kind, knowledgeable and overall good person, I would highly recommend Vadim to anyone looking to visit sites outside of Baku. As for the tour itself, it is very much worth every penny, you get to have a great tour of the mud volcanoes and rock art and the Ramana Castle shows you another side of the area with a view of the oil fields. If I ever go back to Azerbaijan, I will definitely contact Vadim again and I will suggest him to all of my friends.
Highly recommended guide to Baku
This was a great way to see a lot of sights in one day. Vladim was an excellent guide: very informative, and flexible, tailoring the trip to our needs. I would highly recommend this guide. If you take the long trip be sure to have a good breakfast first to set you up for an 8 hour day, or alternatively let the guide know you'd like to stop for lunch.
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