Overview

Make new friends in Tbilisi, Georgia and Baku, Azerbaijan on this Journey that will take you to historic sites, entertain you with traditional dances, teach you about the culture and religions, and wow you with delicious wines and other local delicacies!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Tbilisi and Baku.

Live With a Local

  • Homestays in Tbilisi, Georgia and Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Cultural event: Dinner in restaurant with national music and dance program

Sightseeing Highlights

Georgia:
  • Ananuri architectural complex (17th century)
  • Mtskheta, Kazbegi
Azerbaijan:
  • Maiden Tower
  • Shirvanshakh's Palace
  • Miniature book museum
  • Tour to Atashgah
I am grateful to all the Baku host families for their wonderful hosting. We loved all the activities including the welcome and farewell parties! - Previous ambassador

Tbilisi, Georgia and Baku, Azerbaijan

14 Days / 13 Nights Program and Itinerary:

October 1, 2019 – October 15, 2019
Coordinator: Wendy Horacek, FF Lincoln
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Oct. 1, 2019

Ambassadors arrive in Tbilisi

Meet host family

Oct. 2, 2019

 

Welcome party at restaurant with national music and dance program

Oct. 3, 2019

City Tour: witness Tbilisi as a melting pot for different religious convictions

Sameba Church, 20th century

Metekhi Church, 12th century

Sioni Church

Shardeni Street

Visit a carpet shop

Narikala St. Nikolas Church

Armenian St. George Church

Jewish synagogue

Turkish Mosque

Rustaveli Avenue

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre

The Parliament

Rustaveli Theatre

Lunch

Oct. 4, 2019

Visit 3,000-year-old Mtskheta – Religious Centre of Georgia

Jvari Monastery (6th century) and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (11th century) where the Robe of Christ is buried. Both Jvari and Svetitskhoveli are UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Lunch

Free time

Oct. 5, 2019

Drive to visit Gori, the capital of the district called Inner Kartli. This region has great views, good farming area and plenty of architectural monuments

Excursion to Uplistsikhe cave town, one of the highlights in this region. Located on the left bank of the Mtkvari river this spot amazes with its soft sandstone rock, masterfully cut caves and great views. The caves include temples, a theatre, wine pressing houses, wine cellars, stables, and an ancient market

Lunch

Optional visit to J. Stalin Museum. The vast building of the museum was started after the WW II and is dedicated to the life and revolutionary activities of Stalin. The tiny house he was born is preserved and the train car that was used by Stalin during the war stands in the yard.

Oct. 6, 2019

Drive to Kazbegi, on the way, visit the Ananuri architectural complex with two churches and a fortress overlooking the Zhinvali water reservoir. The carvings on the churches are one of the best samples of the Georgian art

Cross the Jvari Pass at 2395 metres above sea level and into Kazbegi, where you will have the opportunity to take the walk up to the Sameba Church with its stunning setting below Mt Kazbek. (For those that do not want to walk, it is possible to hire jeeps for an extra charge to go up via a track)

We will walk up (2 hours) through beautiful valleys and woodland to Gergeti Trinity Church located at 2175m. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of one of the highest glaciers in the Caucasus – Mt. Kazbegi

Upon arrival back in the town of Kazbegi, drive along the beautiful Darjali Gorge

Oct. 7, 2019

Visit the Georgian National Museum

Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, operating as a scientific-educational institution that preserves and exhibits a unique collection of natural and human history.

Lunch

Free time

Thank you dinner with hosts

Oct. 8, 2019

Drive for Telavi, on the way visit “Chateau Mere”

Optional – visit Kvevri Museum

Lunch

Optional – visit wine company for a tasting of local beverages and foods

Meet at the border of Azerbaijan to transfer to next homestay

Oct. 9, 2019

Dinner and welcome party with FF Baku hosts

Oct. 10, 2019

Honorary Square

Martyrs’ Avenue

Funicular

Carpet Museum

Sightseeing tour: Baku Boulevard

Boat tour on the Caspian Sea

Lunch

Hop-On/Hop-Off City Tour

Heydar Aliyev Center/Museum

Visit Downtown Baku/Fountain Square

Option to visit to Nargiz, Park Boulevard, 28 Mall, or any other mall or shopping center

Dinner with host family

 

Oct. 11, 2019

Maiden Tower

Shirvanshakh’s Palace

Watch a baking demonstration and tasting of Tendir Chorek, Azerbaijan’s National Bread

History Museum

Lunch

Miniature Book Museum

Walk in the Inner City

Visit Downtown Baku

Optional performance at Opera Azerbaijan; National Opera and Ballet Theatre or Musical Comedy Theatre

Dinner with host family

Oct. 12, 2019

Tour to Atashgah – Fire Temple in Surakhani District

Tour to Mir Mohsun Aga Mosque/Mausoleum in Mardakan

Yanar Dag – The Burning Mountain

Picnic lunch

Dinner with host families

Oct. 13, 2019

Free day with host families

You are welcome to invite your hosts to the restaurant for dinner

Oct. 14, 2019

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (Reservation & Museum)

Lunch

Nobel Brothers’ Home Museum  – Villa Petrolia

Farewell dinner at local restaurant

Oct. 15, 2019

Ambassadors depart

Rate:

$2145 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, transportation, meals, entrance tickets, farewell parties, and two nights in Sheki.

Availability:

5Spaces Remaining

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  • Journey number 15237.
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