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Walking tour of the Old City "Secrets of the Baku Fortress"


Where does every guest of Baku aspire to? That's right - to the Old City, or as we call it "Icheri Sheher". It was here that episodes of such famous Soviet films as “The Diamond Arm”, “Amphibian Man”, “Aibolit-66”, “Tehran 43” were filmed. Although over the centuries Baku has stepped far beyond the boundaries of these fortress walls, today still not a single “new building” can overshadow this small quarter, rightfully called an “open-air museum”.


Quiet, dreamy streets ... here you seem to be immersed in history, ancient periods of time and people's lives. It is still not customary to fuss and rush somewhere.


Get ready to touch the history and hear the fascinating story of our guide, who will reveal to you all the secrets and legends of the "heart of Baku"!


Twin Gates "Gosha Gala"
Fortifications have long admired people, testified to the power of those who built them, and also kept memories of what the city experienced. “Why are the gates paired?”, “What do the heads of a bull and a lion, carved above the arch, mean?” — our experienced guide will tell you the answers to these and many other questions.


“Why are there so many hotels in Baku?” You may be surprised, but they have always been here. Being an eastern city, Baku has not bypassed one of the most important elements of Eastern architecture - the complex of Caravanserais. These inns were used to accommodate trade caravans and merchants with goods. We are waiting for an inspection of the two "first hotels" - Multani (XV century) and Bukhara (XIV century).


archaeological garden
“This is the place where it all began,” you say, and you will be right. The remains of the Bronze Age buildings combined with many artifacts make this place truly special!


Maiden's Tower or "Gyz Galasy"
The main question is "Why the Maiden's Tower?". Many historians explain the origin of such a name with the inaccessibility of the tower. However, this is far from the only version, because the main attraction of Baku keeps as many secrets as there are stones in its ancient masonry…


Juma Mosque or "Friday Mosque"
The main Mosque of the Old City was repeatedly rebuilt and in its current form was built at the end of the 19th century with the money of the Baku philanthropist Haji Shikhali Dadashev. Openwork stone carving and beautiful ornaments - all this makes the impossible, namely, it distinguishes the "Friday Mosque" from other buildings of the Old City.


“I slipped and fell. Lost consciousness. I woke up, plaster ... "
"To fall or not to fall?" - that is the question! We know the story of a simple worker Semyon Semenovich Gorbunkov by heart from childhood. Surprisingly, in less than a few days, the picture was taken apart for quotes, and the children were already singing a song about hares. And today, half a century after the filming of "The Diamond Hand" in Baku, the old streets

"Icheri Sheher" continues to resemble frames from your favorite picture.


Monument to Aliag Vahid
Ahead of us is one of the best monuments in the world dedicated to Aliaga Vahid, a famous Azerbaijani poet who left a bright mark on the literature and culture of the country.


They say: "Tell me who your friend is, and I'll tell you who you are." This proverb reveals a lot about the friend of the great Russian poet Sergei Yesenin.


The figures of people on the monument and many other small details hide a deep meaning (our guide will tell you about it), but we are sure that everyone will find something of their own there ...


Palace of the Shirvanshahs (included in the list of monumentsUNESCO)
The residences of the rulers have always attracted attention with their luxury and pomp, but the Palace of the Shirvanshahs has become an exception. “Simplicity and Luxury” are two irreconcilable concepts that are perfectly combined in this pearl of the architectural heritage of Azerbaijan. Despite the fact that the palace was built for more than one decade (XIII to XVI centuries), constantly replenished with new buildings, it makes a strikingly holistic impression. Get ready to travel back in time and visit Shirvanshah himself.


Visiting a barefoot artist…

A painted facade, brushes stuck into the ground, an air conditioner painted with all colors - it is simply impossible to pass by Ali Shamsi's workshop. The workshop itself is similar to a small museum, but differs in that they are doing it here and now. In addition, guests are amazed by the paintings painted with oil! A world of bright colors and positive emotions awaits you!


Cost per tour (in US dollars):

Prices are for the entire tour, not per person.

  • Tour duration: 2.5 hours

  • Tour calendar: daily

  • Itinerary: Old Town, walking trail

  • Meeting point: Old town

  • Tour type: individual (private)

  • Russian language

If desired, after the tour, you can visit a wine boutique for tasting local wines (for an additional fee)

1-3 people                               4-10 people                              11 or more people

$50                                       $60                                       on request



  • Russian speaking professional tour guide


  • Entry tickets

  • Transport

  • Nutrition

  • Personal expenses

  • Insurance

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