1. Baku: Absheron Peninsula Tour with Professional Guide
Explore Azerbaijan's magnificent Absheron Peninsula from your base in the nation's capital. Explore the Fire Temple of Baku and see its natural, eternally burning flame. Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned sedan. Your experienced tour guide will drive you to the Baku Ateshgah. Walk around the castle-like temple, which has served as a place of worship for multiple religions. Learn about its history, dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. After exploring the temple, see the hillside fire that gives the historical site its name. Drive to Yanar Dag and be shown the flames, which are fed by natural gas emanating from the sandstone and can flare up to 10 feet high. Your tour of the peninsula ends with a visit to the Heydar Aliyev Center with its striking wave-like roof. Admire the design by renowned architect Zaha Hadid, which houses an auditorium, gallery hall and a museum. Inside you can learn about the life of the eponymous former president of Azerbaijan. After a day of exploration and culture, be dropped off back at your hotel by your guide.