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Baku Night Tour
"Meet with your tour guide at the central Ichersheher metro station. You will wonder through 12th century city walls that were built by the ancient kingdom of Shirvanshahs. From there your guide will take you through the Philarmony garden and see the building of Philarmony built in 1912 ad based on the design of Monte Carlo casino. After a 15 minute walk you will arrive at the Funicular railway and take the train to the top of the city. There you will be able to enjoy the city bay view in its fullest and take photos. H the Maiden Tower a must-see ancient monument included in the UNESCO Historical Heritage List. You will hear about its history different stories about its real architect and legends behind it. At the end of the tour you will get a chance to taste local beer near the Caspian sea (additional charge) where you can enjoy the fresh air and view of the city from the balcony."
From $42.00
 
Baku Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour
"Your experienced and friendly guide will pick you up at your hotel. Get an early start to take in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. Begin touring with a visit to the beautiful Bibi-Heybat Mosque originally constructed in the 13th century in honor of the sister of Imam Ali. Today it sits near one of Azerbaijan’s first oil fields which grew during the first oil boom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. You will continue with a walking tour of the city center the Old Town also known as Icheri Shere
From $149.00
 
Mystic Ateshgah and Yanar Dag Tour
"The guide will pick you up from Sahil metro station and start heading to the ancient Zoroastrian temple Ateshgah which is considered as an authentic Azerbaijani exotic site to visit. It is located approximately 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb you will learn a lot about the temple from your guide particularly more about unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets. The history of Atashgah goes back to the time of the Sassanids when Zoroastrianism was the main religion in this region. During The Arab caliphate invasion some of the fire-worshippers did not accept Islam and were eventually forced to return to India where the history of the fire religion continued. A part of the population of the Caucasus remained fire worshippers even after the introduction of Islam. In the second part of visit after visiting the temple you will directly go to the Yanar Dag which is not far from Surakhani temple. It is the most famous and popular tourist site of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan. Actually
From $64.00

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Women travelling alone in Turkmenistan

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Karakum Desert: "presents" to pass checkpoints

Along the route we encountered a dozen checkpoints and everytime our driver got out of the car and handed out a few small notes. Just before darkness, when we almost had reached the city limits, it...
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Ashgabat: don't smoke in public!

When I was just smoking a cigarette in the streets of Ashgabat, a policeman halted me and told me to pay $100 for breaking the law! I didn't take him serious and after some persistent refusal and "no...
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Ashgabat: mind your camera!

An English fellow long-term traveller told me he had been spending and questioned a night at the Ashgabat police station because they suspected him of being a journalist.He had with his fancy camera,...
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Train: greedy attendants looking for bribes

Numerous paper checks during the 28 hour journey from Turkmenbashi City to Mary and annoying attendants going for the bribe.Just out of town a police officer demanded me to come with him and he took...
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Vodka Terrorism on the way to Turkmenabat

In all Central Asian countries you may encounter some degree of vodka terrorism, and Turkmenistan was no exceptionFrom the town of Mary I bought a seat in a shared taxi that would bring me to...
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Konye Urgench - "presents" to cross a bridge

We arrived early in the morning from Nukus (Uz) by taxi and crossed the border pretty easy. After we checked in in the only -and shabby- hotel (beds only) in town, we went to town to look for money,...
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Konye Urgench - "presents" to walk through town

The centre was abandoned. Only 2 police men sitting on a chair on every corner of the street, barking through megaphones to the occasional pedestrian. The market stalls were empty.We were halted...
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Taxi mafia

In many countries the taxi mafia is active,If they see a tourist they see the dollars and try to cheat you.So don't be naiv, Get a feeling for the right price by asking other people.Always ask for the...
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Currency

If you go to the bank you will get a fixed rate 1 USD = 8000On the black market you will get much more.I got 25 000 Manat.WARNING IT IS ILLEGAL TO CHANGE ON THE BLACK MARKET!At the border it is no...
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This is a typical desert...

This is a typical desert 'shop' I do not know where the fish is from. I made the driver stop and call the 'shopkeeper' out and asked where is the fish from. Mind you we were driving in barren desert...
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Arch of Neutrality

Of all the many monuments erected by President Niyazov, the Arch of Neutrality is perhaps the most outrageous. It looks rather like an alien rocket ship, topped with a gold statue of President...
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"Turkmenistan: ruins, desert and a mad dictator"
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"I Like This 'Stan'"
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"Turkmenistan one of the few tolitary states!"
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