(September 26, 2017) Azerbaijan: Baku
We’ve got a late flight to Kazhajistan today, so
we’ll have most of the day available to visit what is still missing in
The spots marked at map are:
0- Old City
1- Bayraq Meydani and Crystal Hall
2- Heydar Aliyev Center
We’ve waked up late as we can finally do it and is
justified today, as is going to be hard tonight. With this, as the
breakfast time in Sultan Inn is until 11 AM we appear there by 10:30
AM. Then we go back to the hotel to get the baggage ready and checking
out at 12 PM.
We left the visit to Shavanah Palace for this
yesterday we booked the tour to Ateshgah from the hotel for this
evening asking to be delivered in the airport, although they asked a
plus for it. With a complete plan for today like this, we’re walking to
the palace and pay 10 AZN for each ticket to get the courtyard that
connects the different routes to follow.
We start by the door with stairs up which heads to
a maze of rooms with artifacts on display like in a museum.
Then we take the stairs down to the gardens where
we find an old mosque and tombs too.
The door under the wooden canopy heads to the
The last thing to do here is enjoying this courtyard itself and the
views to the Flame Towers.
After this visit we walk around the wall until the
gate because the way to Turolev Street is there. It is the main street
in Baku, where the international brand stores are.
We seat in a cafe terrace for a tea until the time
going to be picked up for our ride to Ateshgah and airport is coming,
at 3:30 PM.
The driver comes with no delay and takes us to the
Fire Temple, to which we get in after paying 2 AZN for every ticket.
This old Zoroastrian temple shows information about this ancient
religion in every of the several rooms around the courtyard.
There is a small temple in the middle of the
where the eternal flame is burning. All around it are walls with doors
to the rooms I mentioned before.
After this, we’re delivered to the airport which
clean and new as if its opening was today. We’ve got time enough for
wandering around and spending the manats we still have in food. First
we eat some sushi in one place by 15 AZN. Later, we stop by another
place to eat a salad and a pastry by 16 AZN. The spare 2 AZN are for a
bottle of water.
Flight to Aktau is short, less than one hour, but
there we have a long wait. Aktau’s airport is small and we make
Kazhajistan’s immigration procedures and take our baggage in no time.
It was no reason for my fear about the chance of these three hours we
have for these tasks and checking in to the next flight were not
enough. The most part of this time is for waiting in fron of the check
in desk to open. Besides, the flight is delayed, so we still have to
add one hour and a half to that waiting time.