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Wine Tour in Azerbaijan

Wine Tour in Azerbaijan

Wine Tour in Azerbaijan

Tour Duration 6 nights/ 7 days

Regions: Baku-Shemakha-Gabala-Absheron-Gandzha

Azerbaijani wine is produced in several regions throughout Azerbaijan. Prior to 20th century communist rule, Azerbaijan had a thriving wine industry that dated back to the second millennium BC. Azerbaijan's long history of wine production was rediscovered at archaeological digs of settlements in Kültəpə, Qarabağlar and Galajig where archaeologists discovered stone fermentation and storage vessels that included residue and grape seeds dating back to the second millennium BC. The Ancient Greeks were well aware of wine production in the area by at least the 7th century BC according to Herodotus. Later Strabo would comment in the 1st century BC about an Azerbaijani wine known as Albania. Arabic historians and geographers—most notably Abu'l-Fida, Al-Masudi, Ibn Hawqal andAl-Muqaddasi - described the extensive viticulture around Ganja and Barda that was taking place even after Islamic conquest of the area.

Since the fall of Communism and the restoration of Azerbaijani independence, ardent attempts have been made to revive and modernize the Azerbaijani wine industry. Today vineyards are found in the foothills of Caucasus Mountains as well and the Kur-Araz lowlands near the Kura River. In the 21st century, Ganja, Nagorno-Karabakh and Nakhichevan have emerged as centers of wine production in the region. Among the grape varieties used to produce Azerbaijani wine include Pinot noir, Rkatsiteli, Pinot blanc, Aligote, Matrassa, Podarok Magaracha, Pervenets Magaracha, Ranni Magaracha, Doina, Viorica and Kishmish Moldavski. Local grape varieties indigenous to Azerbaijan include White Shani, Derbendi, Nail, Bayanshire, Gamashara, Ganja Pink, Bendi, Madrasa, Black Shani, Arna-Grna, Zeynabi, Misgali, Khindogni, Agdam Kechiemdzhei, Tebrizi, and Marandi.

In the Middle Ages, it was known among the rural population that some wines were also used against tiredness and relaxation. For instance, in the court of Shah Ismayil Safavi, royal physicians recommended wine to alleviate tiredness. Other sorts were utilized as medicine. In his writings in 1311, historian and scholar Yusuf ibn Ismail al-Kutubi notes that small doses of wine can strengthen the sense of organs and the whole body, and melancholy, depression and bad mood, while water-diluted wines are a good medicine against fever and cold. Wines produced from rose petals were used against headaches, heart disease and stomachache.

The list of wines:

WHITE:
1. Sadyly
2. Shemaxa
3. Kara Chanakh
4. Agdam

The producers of wine:

1. JSC "Ganja Sharab-2"
2. Winery "Sherg-Ulduzu"
3. Winery "Aspi Winery"
4. JSC "Baku-Shyarab-1"
5. Ltd. "Azeri-France»
6. "Tovuz-Baltic"

1 Day

• Meeting at The Baku Heydar Aliyev airport.
• Transfer to the hotel.
• Lunch
• Sightseeing in an “Old City”(Inner City)- Maden Tower (XII c. under UNESCO protection)- the symbol of Baku.“Shirvashakhs palace” (XV c. under UNESCO protection),"Gosha Gala" and museums.”, visiting of memorial “Alley of Martyrs” and “Mountain Park to survey of
Alley of Martyrs Baku is a cemetery and memorial in Baku dedicated to those killed by the Soviet Army during Black January and later to those killed in Nagorno-Karabakh War
Mountain Park located near the Martyrs' Lane and connects the city center by funicular. A beautiful panoramic view of the city and the Baku Bay opens from the park.

• Dinner (national cuisine)
• Overnight in hotel

2 Day

• Breakfast
• Excursion to the Wine factory . (Baku wine factory N 1)
• Lunch
• Free time
• Dinner (national cuisine)
• Overnight in hotel

3 Day
Baku-Aghsu-İsmayıllı
There is a place in the historical Shirvan area at a distance of 37 km from Shamakhy. When it was newly founded, it was called Yeni Shamakhy. Then it was renamed Aghsu. Although at first sight there is nothing interesting here, the territory has a very ancient history. In fact, there are many places that make the district attractive in terms of tourism. It is worth discovering Aghsu.

Baku
• Breakfast
After breakfast direction to Aghsu

Aghsu
• Excursion at factory ("Az-Granata" Aghsu Juse and Wine Factory) – degustation
• Excursion at Medieval archeological Aghsu city
• Lunch (regional cuisine)
• After lunch direction to Ismayilli
• Excursion to Shato Monolit factory (in Hadjihatem village)
• Wine degustation. (Shato Monolit)
• Dinner
• Overnight in hotel (Monolit)

4 Day
İsmayıllı-Qabala

• After breakfast direction to Qabala
• Sightseeing in Qabala
• Lunch
• Excursion at ASPI Winery
• Dinner (national cuisine)
• Overnight in hotel

5 Day

• After breakfast direction to Ganja
The Georgians say that “Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and Ganja is the capital of Azerbaijanis”. It is Azerbaijan’s second largest city. Plane trees adorn the city. The number of persimmon trees along the road attracts attention. As you walk along the street in Ganja in autumn, you can help yourself to persimmon. There used to be 70 streets here. Ganja, which has houses built from red bricks and tiles and a rich past with its own special architecture and historical monuments, is home to genius personalities. It is the first capital of the Azerbaijan People’s Republic which was the first democratic republic in the East and in the Muslim and Turkic world. In a word, Ganja is a must-see destination to discover Azerbaijan.
• Lunch
• Acquaintance with "Goy-Gol" factory
• Sightseeing in Ganja
• Helendorf the trace of Germanes -The main street of Khanlar which was once called Helenendorf and the settlement of German immigrants. The houses were built in the mid-1800s
• Dinner (national)
• Overnight in hotel

6 Day
• After breakfast departure to Baku
• Lunch
• Free time
• Dinner
• Overnight in hotel

7 Day
• Breakfast
• Transfer to airport

İnclude:
• transfer
• transport
• 3 day in Baku overnight,
• 1 day in İsmayıllı overnight,,
• 1 day Ganja overnight,
• 1 day Qabala overnight,
• meal (three time),
• tour guide,
• a wine gift

Visa upon arrival at international airports of Azerbaijan can be obtained only by citizens of Turkey, Israel, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. For citizens of Russia and the CIS (except for Turkmenistan), a visa is not required to Azerbaijan. Citizens of other countries must obtain a visa prior to arrival, through the consulates of Azerbaijan in their country or to issue an electronic visa through our travel agency. To apply for a visa, contact our managers at least 4 weeks before arriving in Azerbaijan.

Local currency: Manat
Recommended currency for exchange: USD or EURO.
Where to exchange currency: Upon arrival at the airport, the guide will give you precise information on where and how you can exchange cash for local currency.
Availability of ATM: Only in large cities.
Accept credit cards: Only in large cities.

The cost of the tour from 770 USD per person for a stay in Double room includes:

Accommodation in hotel 4 * double room with breakfast included.

Transfers and transportation according to the program.

Excursions on the program.

Services of a Russian-speaking or English-speaking guide.

Entrance tickets to museums.

Additional paid:

Lunch - from 15 USD (local alcoholic drinks included)

Dinner - from 20 USD (included alcoholic drinks of local production)

Supplement for single accommodation: $ 150 per tour

The cost of a visa is 40 USD (if not citizens of the CIS),

Charges for photo - and video shooting in museums

COMMISSION REMUNERATION - 10%
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If you want to get more interesting and deep information about historical sites, then you can book other excursions of our company.

 The firm reserves the right to change the order of visiting excursion objects, keeping the program as a whole.

The company reserves the right to change the cost of the tour provided that it is notified in time.

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