The Accompanying Persons Programme will offer a number of extensive guided tours to the different areas of Azerbaijan. The tours will be guided in English with French and Arabic on request. We have selected the most interesting places, which will give you unforgettable positive memories and will make you fall in love with the magnificent beauties of an ancient Land of Fire –Azerbaijan.
Monday, 14 August
The Temple of Eternal Fire – Ateshgah – is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. It is well known practically all over the world. It is located 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb of Surakhany. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up). The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries. The Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs built it.
However, the history of the Temple is even longer. From times immemorial, this was the holy place of Zoroastrians – fire worshippers (approximately beginning of our era). They attributed mystical significance to the inextinguishable fire and came there to worship the relic.
Sightseeing in the “Old City” - medieval part of Baku: “Shirvanshahs’ Palace” (XV c. under UNESCO protection), ancient quarter mosques (Mohammad's mosque - XI c.), bath, fragments of residential buildings, “Market Square”, “Bukhara” caravanserai (XVI c.), “Multani”caravanserai (XIV c.), “Gyz Galasi” (Maiden Tower) - the oldest construction of Baku under UNESCO protection (entrance).
- Visiting of Azerbaijan State Carpet and Applied Arts museum. Lunch in local restaurant. Sightseeing tour “Land of fires”: “Ateshgah” Fire- Worshippers' Temple in Surakhany settlement (XVII c.) entrance), medieval castle in Ramana settlement (XIV c.), survey of the oldest oil fields in Balakhani settlement (XIX- XX c.), visiting “Yanardag” natural reserve (natural gas exit), acquaintance with dietary salt extraction on “Masazir” lake.
Tuesday, 15 August
BAKU – LAHIJ – BAKU
The Alpine settlement Lahij located in Ismayilli region of Azerbaijan is an original monument of antique urban and architectural art. This medieval town with cobbled streets and squares is one of the most famous crafts and trading centers in the Caucasus and beyond. It is believed that the legendary Manomakh’s cap, worn by Russian tsars for many centuries, was made here. Lahij became especially famous for manufacturing knives and copper utensils, decorated with engraved designs. Even today a dozen workshops operate here, demonstrating hereditary blacksmiths who make various household items in front of the astonished tourists. The very first residential block in Lahij was founded in III-IV centuries. It is astonishing that the water supply and sewage system, operating in the city, is about one and half thousand years old! The two km long tri-level sewer is paved under the main street, to a depth of 1 m. The upper two levels of the pipes are for the drinking water and water for industrial purposes. The lower part of the sewer is a rectangular trough lined with river stone. It is designed for wastes that come through the holes provided in the yard of every home. None of the residents know where the drainage begins and where it ends, and the principle of how it works, yet the collector has been functioning for many centuries. Now Lahij is a historical and architectural memorial protected by the state and the appearance of the settlement is preserved in its original form. On the way visiting “Diri Baba” mausoleum in Maraza village. Arriving in Shamakhy.
A short survey of historical monuments:
“Juma mosque” X-XX c. (entrance) and ”Yeddi Gumbez” (Seven Domes) mausoleum complex (XVIII- XIX c.) near Shamakhy city. Continuation of the trip to Lahij (70 km) via Muganly pass. Photo stops on in the most picturesque places in the mountains. Arrival at Lahij mountain settlement of national handicraft. Lunch at the local restaurant. Panoramic tour to “Lahij ” Historical-Ethnographic reserve /IV-XIX c./: architectural monuments, handicrafts, and manufacture of carpets, workshops and benches of handicraftsmen: braziers, smiths, chasers, metal engravers, ancient mosques, baths, and also the original architecture of streets and apartment houses of the ancient mountain settlement. Travel from Lahij to Baku
Wednesday, 16 August
BAKU – GOBUSTAN National Park – BAKU
Sixty km south of Baku, on an area of 537 hectares, there is one of the world's largest ancient petroglyphs collections counting more than 4,000 petroglyphs. In the Gobustan National Historical-Artistic Reserve one can see the settlements of the ancient people, the remains of the large prehistoric Stone Circle and other shreds of evidence of the Stone Age and later inhabitants of the region. Gobustan petroglyphs were repeatedly investigated by the famous Norwegian explorer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who recognized local boat petroglyphs as the oldest known images of pirogue in the world. These vessels, similar to the old Scandinavian ships, prompted him to make sensational hypothesis statement about the connection between Norwegians and Azerbaijanis. Thor Heyerdahl concluded that the ancestors of the Scandinavians were the migrants from Azerbaijan region. Of special interest to the tourists is also a stone slab with a Latin inscription dated by the first century. The stone slab was left here by XII Roman legion of the Emperor Domitian, which indicates that legion had stayed here. Cultural Landscape of Gobustan petroglyphs is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List.
Departure to Qobustan National Historical - Artist Preserve (65 km. away from Baku).
Acquaintance with the archaeological exposition of the museum, lifestyle of ancient people of “Stone Age” epoch (XVIII-VIII mln.B.C). Survey of Gobustan petro glyphs. Moving back to Baku city. Lunch in local restaurant. Sightseeing tour around Baku - walking and acquaintance with the history and architecture of city (XIX- XX c.c.): Nizami street /shopping/, “Fountain Square”, monument to Nizami Ganjavi, Rasul-zade Street, leading to the Seaside Park- Boulevard (for interested persons and additional payment, at favorable windless weather, – 0,5 hour boat cruise through the Baku bay. At the end of excursion traveling by bus to the “Mountain Park”, visiting of the “Martyrs’ Alley” memorial (Shahidler Khiyabany) and view on Baku panorama.
Accompanying Person’s Programme.
Thursday, 17 August
BAKU – GUBA – KHINALIG VILLAGE – BAKU
The village is located on a conical mountain peak at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. They say that this area is associated with Noah. According to the legend, when Noah saw this tall and flat terrain, he dropped the anchor and told everyone to leave the ark. There are about 380 houses that are 200-300 years old. Since the slopes here are very steep, the houses are built very close to each other. The roof of one house is the courtyard for another one located above. Khinalig people preserved their traditional way of life. Since the villagers are mainly engaged in sheep breeding, the weaving is widespread. Locals are one of the Albanian tribes and they speak a completely original language. Khinalig village known not only for its ancient traditions but also by the fact that Bigfoot has been seen there.... However, you personally can ask the eyewitness Hunter Babaali Babaaliev about this, when you visit this place. Departure to Guba and Khinaliq village. On the way to Khinaliq photo stop on the mountain beautiful places. Lunch in local restaurant. Arrive at Khinaliq. Tour around the village and acquaintance with the life style of local people. Drive back to Baku city. Arrive in Baku.
Friday, 18 August
The capital of Azerbaijan, where the past and the present intricately intertwined, have always attracted tourists. Of particular interest to guests of Baku is Old City, enclosed within the fortress walls, or Icheri Sheher (Inner City). This open-air museum, together with famous Maiden Tower (XII c.) located here is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The architectural appearance of a fortress differs by its unique originality. It contains 44 monuments of medieval architecture, including the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the former residence of the rulers of Shirvan (XV c.).
Visiting History museum (opening at 10:00 o’clock). The building of the Museum was built in 1893–1902. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion is immense and takes up an entire city block. There are four floors in some parts of the building. It was designed by Polish architect Józef Gosławski.
Adornments made from copper
When the Red Army entered Baku in April 1920, Taghiyev's residence – like that of other wealthy oil barons – was immediately confiscated. Under a resolution of the USSR People's Commissariat, the residence was established as a museum in June 1920, only two months after the Bolsheviks took Baku.
Lunch in local restaurant
Departure to Carpet museum. Azerbaijan Carpet Museum displays Azerbaijani carpets and rug items of various weaving techniques and materials from various periods. It is named after Latif Karimov and has the largest collection of Azerbaijani carpets in the world. It moved to a new building on the Baku's seafront park during 2014 from its former location on Neftchiler Avenue.
After museum visiting Baku Boulevard.
Arrive at the hotel
The cost of the Programme
The USD426 registration fee for the accompanying person includes a participant kit; airport transfers; the opening and closing ceremonies; the Azerbaijani and international evenings at the Conference; tours; excursions and lunch on the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th August. Please register for this program with the World Scout Bureau via special Registration process if you are interested in participating.
Accompanying Persons Programme – bus schedule
Assembly point for daily APProgramme is a Conference venue – Baku Congress Centre.
All accompanying persons, registered in the system and willing to attend the daily Accompanying Persons Programme, are required to use shuttle buses with other participants going from their Scout Family hotels to the venue every morning. If some of them are stayed in other hotels, different from the Scout Family Hotels, they need to get to the nearest Scout Family hotel and take the shuttle or get to the venue by themselves.
Shuttles for APP tours will be left venue (bus load zone close to the main entrance) at 09:00 every morning and will bring guests back directly to the Scout Family Hotels in the evenings.
We wish you to enjoy your programme in Azerbaijan!