Heritage tour in Quba and Khinaliq ( official Baku-Sightseeing)

Tour will start at 9 am. Our driver/guide will pick up your from your hotel in Baku. Ride will last about 2 hours for 150 km. While reaching to Quba we will drive inside Quba city so you will get acquainted with the streets and Quba`s people and their unique houses. Then we will travel to Qechresh and will take a lunch inside of forest. And then we will start to discover beautiful waterfall of Quba - Mestdergah. Then we will travel to Chenlibel lake which you will enjoy with the nature and will have a chance to make picnic, And your wow will continue with boats on lake.After Chenlibel you will be transferred to Shahdag Mountain Winter & Summer Complex. You can have a bicycle ride on mountains, karting, teleferic, skiing and enjoy the nature. So, after Shahdag Mountain Resort we will come back to Baku. You will have an unforgettable memories on this tour.

Duration 7 to 9 hours
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What's included :
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - State Historical, Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve Khinalig
  • Entry/Admission - MestDergah
What's excluded :
    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Quba, Quba, Guba-Khachmaz Region

    Quba was mentioned in works of various European geographers, in ancient Arabic and Albanian sources. The castle built by the ruler Anushiravan in the 11th century was called "Bade-Firuz Qubat", and in the Arabic sources of the XII century Quba was mentioned as "Cuba". In the 13th century, in the Dictionary of Geographical names of Arabian scientist Hamabi it was mentioned among the Azerbaijani cities as Kubba, and in the sources of 16th century Quba was referred to as "Dome".

    Guba (Quba) city originated from the riverside village of Gudial. In the mid-18th century, after moving his residence from Khudat, Hussain Ali became Quba's Khan (tribal Turkic Muslim ruler) and raised fortress walls around the city.[2] He thereafter attempted to create a state separate from other Azerbaijani khanates. The position of the Quba khanate grew stronger during the reign of Fatali Khan (1758–1789), son of Hussain Ali Khan.[3]

    Nevertheless, Quba Khanate, like other Transcaucasian khanates, was occupied by Czarist Russia in the early 19th century and formally annexed to the Russian Empire under the agreement of 1813. After the rehabilitation Quba was included in the Derbent province in 1840 and then in the Baku province in 1860.[3]

    Alexandre Dumas, Russian orientalist Berezin, the writer Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, the Norwegian scholar and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl visited Quba at the time.

    Quba is also a center of carpet weaving industry. There is located a carpet making company called "Qadim Quba". The carpet "Golu Chichi" woven here in 1712 is now exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

    Duration: 50 minutes

    Stop At: Khinalug, Khinalug, Guba-Khachmaz Region

    About an hour drive along a new road from Quba is Khinalug, the oldest village in Azerbaijan. At 2,100-2,200 m (6,900-7,220 ft) above sea level, Khinalug has developed its own culture and traditions, and even its own language. The villagers call the place Kyat, and consider themselves to be direct descendants of the biblical Noah.

    Khinalug is over 5,000 years old. For centuries, this village was cut off from the rest of civilization by the tall mountains and dangerous rocky cliffs. Due to the isolation, the villagers were able to preserve their own unique language, which doesn’t belong to any other language family, as well as their traditions and customs, found nowhere else.There are about 2,000 people living in the village, divided into 4 families. Each family has its own graveyard and its own patterns for carpets and clothing. Today, the people are Muslim, but before they converted to Islam they were Zoroastrians. There are some temples and semi-pagan traditions that have survived.

    The first records of these people date back to the 1st century CE, in the writings of the historian Pliny and the famous Strabo’s Geography. The history of the village is also recorded in the 8 large graveyards, whose area is much larger than Khinalug itself. The graves, made in 3 and even 4 layers, bear inscriptions in different alphabets on their gravestones.

    The villagers of Khinalug build their houses one on top of the other. In general, they resemble a multi-story house, where the roof of one house is the courtyard for the one built above it. There are 360 stone houses in the village, each of which is about 200-300 years old. The windows are covered with a polyethylene film, and the ceilings are fitted with a smoke flap, through which the villagers can also talk to each other. The floors and walls are covered with colorful and warm carpets, sometimes woven by the women who live there. These carpets not only decorate the houses, but protect from the cold winter weather.

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    The winters are cold and come early, and temperatures can drop to -30°C (-22°F). Bricks made of straw and manure are used as fuel in the winter. They not only burn well but also provide sufficient heat. Khinalug residents make these bricks all year long, and dry them wherever there is free space. Firewood is a luxury there, since the village is so high up that there are very few trees around.

    The soil is generally rocky and barren, but locals manage to grow onions and potatoes in small plots, and cucumbers and tomatoes can be grown in planters, like houseplants. For animals, cows and goats are common, as well as poultry, but sheem are less common. Keeping sheep is difficult because then pens would need to be built to hold the sheep in the winter. The food is rather simple: vegetables, bread (called churek), milk, cheese, mountain honey, and dried goat meat (made each autumn).

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    The residents of Khinalug are very religious. There are a lot of holy places not far from the village, such as the graves of saints, caves, and unexplored archaeological sites. Some of them were built as early as the Middle Ages. Dedicated explorers can find the Hydyr Nebi Tomb, Sheikh Shalbuza Mosque, Abu Muslim Mosque (12th century) and the Pirdzhomyard Mosque (1388). The local culture is preserved in the Historical and Ethnographic Museum of Khinalug, where visitors can find items used in traditional life and small exhibits about the history and customs of the local villagers.

    With the construction of a new paved road in 2006, local life changed a lot. Tourists started visiting, and locals got a chance to leave the village. Today, many Khinalug residents speak Azerbaijani and some even know Russian. They buy goods in Quba, and trade homespun items, food products, and host and feed tourists who want to get to know this unique village. Khinalug became a little less isolated, though it still retains its unique character. In 2007, Khinalug became a state historical, architectural and ethnographic reserve.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Qechresh, Qechresh, Guba-Khachmaz Region

    Qechresh is ancient forest located in northern province of Quba municipality.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Qechresh, Qechresh, Guba-Khachmaz Region

    You will visit national garden.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: State Historical, Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve Khinalig, Khinalug Azerbaijan

    Most ancient village in Europe (7000 BC)

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: MestDergah, Quba-Xinaliq yolu 25km, Quba 4000, Azerbaijan

    Mestdergah is waterfall located in southern Quba ( small Caucasian mountain ranges)

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Baku Old City, Neftchilar Ave, Baku 1000 Azerbaijan

    Tour finishes in entrance of ancient Old Town.

    Departure Point :
    Shah Palace Hotel, 47 Kichik Qala, Bakı, Azerbaijan
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    Organised by Baku-City Sightseeing

    Activity ID: V-153080P7

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