Baku, Azerbaijan
The perfect 3 days itinerary

Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is a low-lying city with coastline along the Caspian Sea. It's famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. Contemporary landmarks include the Zaha Hadid–designed Heydar Aliyev Center, and the Flame Towers, 3 pointed skyscrapers covered with LED screens.

What to do in Baku?

This 3 days itinerary is the perfect guide to the best things to see in Baku. It includes day-by-day activities, travel tips, and the top places to visit.

Day 1: Exploring the Old City

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Old City, also known as Icherisheher. Explore the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a 15th-century royal retreat, and the iconic Maiden Tower with panoramic views of Baku.

Afternoon

Visit the Nizami Street, a large pedestrian and shopping street in downtown Baku. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the local restaurants serving traditional Azerbaijani cuisine.

Evening

Head to the Baku Boulevard, a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront. Enjoy a boat tour on the Caspian Sea and watch the sunset.


Day 2: Modern Baku and Cultural Experiences

Morning

Visit the Heydar Aliyev Center, a cultural complex designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Explore the museum and the surrounding park.

Afternoon

Head to the Flame Towers, the tallest skyscrapers in Baku. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in the towers with a stunning view of the city.

Evening

Visit the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for a cultural experience. Enjoy a performance of traditional Azerbaijani music and dance.


Day 3: Day Trip to Gobustan National Park

Morning and Afternoon

Take a day trip to Gobustan National Park, about an hour's drive from Baku. Explore the park's ancient rock carvings and mud volcanoes. Visit the Gobustan Museum to learn more about the area's history and geology.

Evening

Return to Baku and enjoy a leisurely dinner at a restaurant in the Old City. Try traditional dishes like plov (a rice dish) and shashlik (kebabs).


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