Discover Belarus

  • Duration: 8 days
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Discover Belarus

Day 1

(Hotel Europe 5*)

  • Meet your local guide on arrival and transfer to hotel. The drive from airport to hotel is approx 30-40 min.
  • Lunch is independent and you’ll have time to stroll the area around the hotel-nice shops and cafes.
  • We’ll go to the wonderful Renaissance Restaurant, next door to our hotel for dinner at 7:30 pm. 

Day 2

(Hotel Europe 5*)

  • We will start the day with a city tour of Minsk (complex of Orthodox and Catholic churches and cathedrals, the most notable buildings of the past and present, monuments, parks and squares).
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • This afternoon we visit the National Art Museum.
  • Return to your hotel. Free time in the evening and dinner on your own. There are many excellent restaurants near the hotel.

Day 3

(Hotel Smart Boutique)

  • We will depart from the hotel at 9:00 am and drive 50 km/approx 45 minutes, to the Khatyn Memorial, symbolic sculptural composition and monuments to commemorate Belarusian citizens who died during World War II. The memorial is built on the place of the burnt down village of Khatyn. The memorial is very beautifully created and a moving experience to hear the stories of these people while standing at the site.

  • We continue driving 210 kms/approx 3 hours to Vitebsk, stopping en-route for lunch at a local restaurant at the National Park Berezinkiy.

  • Our arrival in Vitebsk will be at approx 4 pm. Check into the hotel and some free time. You may enjoy strolling around the picturesque area surrounding the hotel. Dinner on your own. There are several restaurants walking distance from the hotel or try the hotel restaurant which is quite nice.

Day 4

(Hotel Smart Boutique)

  • In the morning we drive along Castle Street, the shortest street in Vitebsk, to cross the Kirov Bridge over the Western Dvina River. We will realize the city lies on hills. From the bridge we enjoy a wonderful view of the recently reconstructed Assumption Cathedral with its Golden Domes, the highest church and architectural dominant of the city.
  • We will then tour the city’s main attractions including: the 12th century Annunciation church (rebuilt is the 14th and 17th centuries; destroyed by the communist administration in 1961 and restored in 1992), high and slender monument to the 100th anniversary of 1812 war with Napoleon built of red granite and crowned with a two-headed eagle, Governor’s House in classical style and a number of other fascinating buildings and monuments.
  • You will find delight in spotting a monument to Mark Chagall depicting him captivated by his dreams and a tiny figure of a flying woman symbolizing his wife Bella and a building of the famous Vitebsk People’s Art School encouraged by Mark Chagall and his opponent, world famous artist Kazimir Malevich. Some other monuments are to be discovered along the embankments of the Western Dvina.
  • Lunch in a local restaurant. 
  • This afternoon visit to the Art-Centre of Marc Chagall to see the artist’s original works (colored lithographs, xylographs, etchings with famous images: flying lovers, fiddler on the roof, acrobats, animals and birds). We also visit Museum-House of Marc Chagall, where the artist spent his childhood and youth. The interior of the house was recreated thanks to the artist’s sketches, family photographs, pictures made in Germany, Paris and US. You probably never guessed he was from Belarus!
  • Dinner on your own and a chance for shopping if you wish.

Day 5

(Hotel Smart Boutique)

  • This morning we’ll depart at 9 am for an excursion to Polotsk, (100 km), one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs. Polotsk is considered the spiritual center of Belarus. An archaeological expedition of the Institute of History of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus suggests that Polotsk already existed in the first half of the 9th century. The Norse sagas describe the city as the most heavily fortified in all of Rus.
  • On arrival, we will embark on a city tour of Polotsk including a visit to the Savior Ephrosiniya Convent where one can see miracle-working relics of the Saint that had been kept for more than 900 years, St. Sophia Cathedral and other considerable buildings of the past.
  • We’ll enjoy lunch in the “Slavyanskaya” hotel in Polotsk. 
  • Return to Vitebsk. Dinner in the “Golden Lion” restaurant at about 7 pm. 

Day 6

(Hotel Europe 5*)

  • We will depart the hotel at 9:30 am and drive towards Minsk.
  • After about a 3.5 hour drive we will stop for a quick look at the new cathedral in Minsk called the church of all saints. It is a striking architectural design all sparkling white stone with several spires topped by golden domes and steeples.
  • Continuing, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

Day 7

(Hotel Bug)

  • This morning we depart at 8:30 am for our excursion to Mir and Nesvizh, culminating in Brest.
  • Our first stop will be at Mir (100 km/ 1.5 hr), where we visit the Mir Castle, an example of a purely Belarusian stone defensive architecture of the 16th century. We then go across the way to the old town of Mir which is quaint and picturesque. No historic sites to see, just enjoy the charm of this slice-of-life moment. A few minutes free time to stroll about on your own and photograph.
  • Afterwards, we continue the drive (30 km.) to Nesvizh https://nesvizh.by/606-nesvizhskiy-zamok-dvorcovo-zamkovyy-kompleks.html. We will visit the magnificent Catholic Cathedral of the Divine Body of the Christ built in 1593 to a design of Italian architect Yan Mariya Bernardoni. The Cathedral is famous for a family burial-vault of the many generations of the Radziwills and its frescoes.
  • Then it is about a five minute pleasant walk along the river to Nesvizh Palace (the residence of the Radzivills). We will have a tour of the palace museum and visit the park. The Palace and Park Ensemble are included in the Heritage List of UNESCO monuments.
  • We’ll enjoy lunch at the restaurant in Nesvizh Palace and depart from Nesvizh at 3 pm for the drive to Brest (220 km/3.5 hr).
  • Arrival approx 6:30 pm. After check-in, enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. 

Day 8

(Hotel Bug)

  • We begin at 8:30 am for our 1.5 hour city tour of Brest. This will be partially a walking tour along a very pleasant pedestrian only area and a bit by car. We will see the Orthodox St. Nickolas and the Resurrection Cathedrals; beautiful architecture. We drive along the parallel street of the main Moskosky Street so that we can stop for photos if you like of the giant whimsical chess pieces and colorful murals on some of the buildings we are passing by.
  • During the next two hours we will visit the Brest Fortress Memorial http://www.brest-fortress.by/ : preserved ruins and separate symbolic monuments. The tour includes a visit to the Museum of the Brest Fortress Defense.
  • We will stop by the train station and have a look inside – the stain glass windows, parquet floors and overall ambiance is quite enjoyable as is a look at the old trains. After it we will enjoy a railway museum A museum of railroad technique. 
  • You will have a chance to see and touch more than 70 articles of old railroad carriages and other items used in old time for railroads.
  • We depart the site at 12 noon and make a short stop (30 min) to grab sandwiches/snacks if you wish (pay on your own). Then proceed to the Ukraine border (48 km/1 hr), arriving at 1:30 pm. 

The cost of the tour

1-2 pax

3-4 pax

5-6 pax

SS

1710$

1560$

1420$

230$

The cost includes:

  • Accommodation at 5* hotel 'Europe" in shared twin rooms
  • Accommodation at the hotel 'Smart Boutique" 3* Vitebsk in shared twin rooms
  • Accommodation at 3* hotel 'Vesta" Brest- in shared twin rooms
  • Meals according to your meals plan
  • Entrance tickets into the included museums
  • English speaking guide
  • Medical insurance
  • Visa support
  • Transportation according to the travel plan

The cost doesn`t include:

  • Consular fee at the Belarussian Embassy