Baku Old Town&Oil Heritage Free Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Registered on November 12, 2017

Baku Free Tour is a team of passionate locals guides, armed with an contagious enthusiasm for Baku's past, present, and hidden gems. We do our best to help you immersing into the soul of Azerbaijan's captivating capital, BAKU. Forget the sterile museum tours and guidebooks; join us on a journey through history, culture, and the vibrant tapestry of everyday life that makes Baku tick. Whether you're a history and architecture buff, a foodie, or simply an adventurer seeking to connect with a new place, we invite you to join us on an unforgettable journey through Baku. Come explore with open eyes, open hearts, and empty stomachs!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

This tour offers a walk through the most historic sightseeing highlights of Baku, the Fountains Square, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Walled Old Town of Baku (Icherisheher) and Istiglaliyyat street with insights on Baku’s past and the transformation brought by oil barons and their quest for personal glory and fame.

You will also get an introduction to the social, cultural, and political aspects of everyday life in Baku on the background of stories based on the real-life of oil barons in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as well as soviet and modern times.

– Explore the UNESCO sites and Istiglaliyyat street
– Hear urban myths about prominent Oil Barons
– Understand social dynamics of city life
– Soak up the atmosphere in the oldest part of the city
– Cosmopolitan culture in Baku
– Architecture, History, Politics and Heritage
– Small group experience
– Led by a licensed local guide

– UNESCO World heritage sites in Old Town
– Maiden Tower
– Shirvanshahs Palace
– Town Hall
– Palace of Happiness
– Ismayiliyya Palace
– Nizami Park
and many more

– At least four (4) people required to run the tour
– The stairs in old town cause obstacles for people with wheelchair users and with walking difficulties.
– Arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the start time. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    9RCP+28F, Nizami St, Baku, Azerbaijan
    9RCP+28F, Nizami St, Baku, Azerbaijan
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    Red umbrella in front of KFC at Fountains Square

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Qoşa Qala Qapısı
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Bakı xanlarının sarayı kompleksi
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Maiden Tower
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Muhammad Mosque
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Shirvanshaks' Palace
  • 6
    Outside visit
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Museum of Miniature Books
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Keçmiş Tağıyev Qızlar Məktəbi (Əlyazmalar İnstitutu)
  • 9
    Outside visit
    Səadət Sarayı
  • 10
    Outside visit
    Bakı Şəhər İcra Hakimiyyəti
  • 11
    Outside visit
    Ismailiyya Palace
  • 12
    Outside visit
    Nizami Museum of Azerbaijan Literature
  • 13
    Outside visit
    Fountains Square

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Dipanjan 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Our guide, Gani, was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We were wondering the streets of Baku inner city and the Russian/Soviet areas for a few days, but didn't know about the evolution over centuries. Gani's tour provided a fresh perspective to us and we are able to appreciate the city in many more ways! Thanks for the tour.
Alexandra 08 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
These tours are always a great way to learn a bit of the history and get your bearings in a new city. This was no exception. The tour was very interesting and we saw the main sights around the old town.
Joshua 08 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I'm sorry I cant remember the young girls name but she was very charming and had a great knowledge of the old town and its history, art, food and legends. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and left with a greater knowledge of the area and was recommended some great food to try which added to the enjoyment of my visit. Great job! Highly recommend :)
SEMA 03 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Gani was an excellent guide in terms of knowledge, time management, experience with multi-national groups. He was very fluent in English. My husband and I enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you Gani.
Sean 29 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
One of the best tours I have been to. Gani is the best guide you can ever have. The tour is perfectly designed. Gani is super knowledgeable (he has a political science background) and answered our questions beautifully. Highly recommended!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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