One of the most difficult things about traveling to Baku and Azerbaijan is figuring out the best way to see more than just the usual sights and places. This is a guide to the best Baku tours and it will include Baku city tours, a day trip to the mud volcanoes, and lots and lots of Azeri wine!
Best Baku Tours: Wine, Mud Volcanoes, and Awesome Baku City Tours
Sometimes the easiest and best way to explore a city or a country is through organized tours where locals can show you the highlights and hidden gems of the area. Luckily, there are plenty of Baku tours available that depart from the Azeri capital, allowing you to experience a range of things from amazing natural wonders to historical sites to nighttime tours of Baku.
In this guide, I am going to take you through what I think are the best day tours from Baku. All of the tours will depart from Baku and will explore different aspects of the country’s history and culture.
Baku City Tours
3-Hour Private Night Tour
Baku is an amazing city that really puts on a display at night as the city shimmers and shines bright in the dark night sky. With this three-hour tour, you will see the best sites of the city from ground level and panoramic vantage points. The main buildings are all light up with upwards flood lighting.
After exploring the city, you will head out to Yanardag and experience fire mountain flaring up into the night sky. The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or preferred pick up location in a comfortable and modern car or mini-van. The guides are all incredibly professional and informative and speak English, Azerbaijani, and Russian.
Full Day Private Baku City Tour
Enjoy a full day tour of the best and greatest site Baku has to offer with this eight-hour Baku city tour. You will be driven around in comfort as you visit amazing places such as the Palace of Happiness, Maiden Tower, and Highland Park. Your informative guide will talk you through all of the sites and provide a running commentary as you travel around the city.
For lunch, you will be taken to a traditional Azeri restaurant to try the finest examples of the local cuisine. The tour includes hotel pick but you should bring some cash with you for some of the entrance fees to museums.
Day Trips from Baku (Mud Volcanoes and More)
Baku Tour: 4-Hour Ateshgah, Yanardag & Local Bazaar Private Tour
This amazing 4-hour private tour is one of the best you can take from Baku and you will experience three unique sites located in and around Baku. First, you will experience Ateshgah Fire Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site where you will see the burning temple. Then on to Yanardag, one of the world’s few fire mountains, which is where natural gas is seeping out of the ground and burning causing an impressive fire.
Finally, you will head to a local bazaar and experience Azeri cuisine and culture through the products and produce available in this awesome bazaar where the local’s shop. The tour lasts around four hours and is available in English, Russian, and Turkish. The informative guide will pick you up from your hotel.
Gobustan, Mud Volcano, and Mosque: Stone Age Tour
This awesome 5-hour day tour will take you to some of Azerbaijan’s most famous sites. From a UNESCO world heritage site with ancient Azeri petroglyphs to Mud Volcanos that bubble away on the surface, you will also visit a 13th-century mosque that was reconstructed after the Soviets destroyed it and it is still an important religious area for Azerbaijan’s Muslim population.
This great tour will give you a deeper insight into the country’s human and natural history and a greater appreciation for Azerbaijan. You will be picked up from your hotel by your informative guide and this Baku tour is available in English, Azerbaijani, Turkish, and Russian.
Private Tour to Shemakhi & Lahij
Head out to the hills around Baku to explore a mountain village and interesting architecture and structures. On the way to the mountains with this tour, you will visit an ancient city and explore the many important religious buildings in the area. Once in the mountain village, you will see impressive medieval ways of life and architecture, much of which was pioneering for its time.
The tour lasts around eight hours, you will be picked up from your hotel in Baku. Your informative guides will be able to complete the tour in English, Russian, or Azerbaijani.
Wine Tours in Baku (and Around)
It is well known that the Caucuses is the birthplace of wine, although Georgia and Armenia tend to steal the limelight when it comes to wine. Azerbaijan is finally trying their hands at wine tourism (the wine there was one of my favorite things about the country, to be honest).
With great climates and topography, Azerbaijan is the perfect place to grow grapes for producing wine. The following Baku tours are the best way to get the most out of Azerbaijan’s awesome wine scene.
Local Crafts Master Classes & Wine Tasting Tour
Learn all about the local culture and traditions of Azerbaijan with this interesting and hands-on experience. You will head out to the Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum where you will explore the historic settlement of Absheron. You will then take part in interactive workshops learning the ancient skills of cooking, pottery, carpet weaving, and blacksmithing.
After lunch, you will head to a restaurant in the old city where you will learn about Azeri wine by tasting a different range of wines. The tour lasts six hours and is available in English and Russian. The guide will pick you up from the hotel.
Golf & Wine Tour of Baku
Azerbaijan is firmly placing itself in the world of sport hosting many major events in its brand spanking new stadiums and arenas. It is only befitting that they are now venturing into the world of golf.
With this tour, you will be taken to Azerbaijan’s first and only golf course, idyllically situated right on the Caspian Sea. After playing on this amazing course, you will be taken to a winery to learn all about Azerbaijan’s winemaking traditions and taste brilliant wines. The tour lasts around 6 hours, includes a hotel pick up and is available in both English and Russian.
Azerbaijan 5-Day Ultimate Culinary & Wine Tour
If you are looking to spend your time in Azerbaijan diving into its culinary wonders and amazing wine, this five-day tour from Baku will take you all over the country to enjoy tasting and learning to cook the best dishes Azerbaijan.
This will perfectly complement visits to wineries where you will learn all about the production of wine in the region. The tour will also take in some of the best human and natural sites in the country. It includes hotel stays and some of the meals.
Qabala Winery Tour with Lunch
Take a tour out to the Qabala Winery, one of the best wineries in the country. As you head out to the winery, you will enjoy the amazing views and sites along the way, including a glimpse of an amazing lake. Once at the winery and vineyards, you will enjoy a guided tour of it along with the first wine museum.
You will taste the wines from Qabala and enjoy a delicious lunch. The tour lasts around one day with pick up from your hotel, which is included along with all the activities in the price. The tour can be in either English or Russian.
Pomegranate Wine Tour to Aghsu
Head out to the region of Aghsu to visit the Azgranata Winery. Once there, you will get to try interesting and tasty pomegranate wine while seeing how the fruit is cultivated and turned into wine. You will enjoy lunch and snacks while at the farm where you can try as much pomegranate wine as you want.
The tour lasts around eight hours with hotel pick up, all activities are included in the price. This tour from Baku is available in both English and Russian.
Organic Winery Tour in Shamakhi with Wine Tasting
Head out to Shamakhi and visit one of the newest wineries on the scene. The fully organic winery opened its doors in 2018 and is located over large grounds. You will enjoy tasting three different kinds of wine after touring the winery and learning all about the production of organic wine. The tour lasts for around six hours and includes hotel pick up and all activities in the price. It is available in both English and Russian.
Wine Crawl Walking Tour
Explore Baku through its awesome wine bars on this walking tour where you will enjoy stopping into several of Baku’s best wine bars. At each bar, you will enjoy a glass wine paired with a snack as the expert guide talks you through all you need to know about Azerbaijan’s wine traditions. You will meet at the Icharishahar Metro station for the tour which is available in English and Russian.
These are some of the best Baku tours you can find out there. If you have multiple days in the Azeri capital and want to add something more organized to your Baku itinerary, definitely opt for one (or more!) of these tours on this guide. You won’t regret it!
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