Welcome to Belarus

Day 1

Arrival, check-in to the Hotel. Rest. 8 p.m. – Excursion with the personal driver «Evening Minsk». Route: Pobediteley av. – Upper City – Independence av. – Independence Square – Victory Square – National Library of Belarus. Free time.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. 11 p.m. Excursion «sights of Minsk» During the sightseeing tour you will get to know the history and culture of the city, you will have an opportunity to see the most famous sights of the capital of Belarus.

During the sightseeing tour you will get to know the history and culture of the city, you will have an opportunity to see the most famous sights of the capital of Belarus. The avenue is famous for its architectural ensemble built in the Stalin’s Empire Style in the 1950s. The ensemble with its balustrades, outdoor lighting and flowers, seeks to get into the UNESCO World Heritage List. The avenue passes through the city’s biggest squares:

  • Independence Square
  • October Square
  • Victory Square
  • Yakub Kolas Square

Independence Square is over 7 hectares big, which makes it one of the biggest squares in Europe. It was designed by Iosif Langbard for conducting rallies and military parades. The following facilities are located there today:

  • Government headquarters
  • Belarusian State University
  • Maxim Tank Belarusian State Pedagogical University
  • Minsk Metro headquarters
  • Minsk Mayor’s Office
  • Former commercial apartment buildings of the early 20th century, the Architect sculpture
  • Church of Saints Simon and Helen (Red Church)

The neo-Gothic Red Church was built in 1910 by order of aristocrat Edward Woyniłłowicz. The church was named and consecrated in memory of Woyniłłowicz’s deceased children, Simon and Helen. His daughter Helen saw the future church in her sleep and drafted its sketch. The “underground city”, one of the biggest community and shopping centers Stolitsa, was built under Independence Square in the 21st century. The mall features numerous stores, cafes, restaurants and a parking space.
The following sights are located along Independence Square:

  • Tsentralny movie theater
  • Mastatstva art gallery
  • National Bank of Belarus
  • GUM shopping center
  • Palace of the Republic
  • National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

The historical center of Minsk has preserved majestic temples and historical landmarks. The pearl of Minsk downtown is the Trinity Suburb featuring the 19th century buildings and atmospheric block-paved side streets.
The second biggest thoroughfare of Minsk – Pobeditelei Avenue – starts at the ancient Upper Town near the Trinity Suburb. Along the avenue you can see:

  • Sports Palace and the stele called Olympic Time
  • The Minsk Hero City architectural and sculptural complex
  • Great Patriotic War Museum
  • Victory Park
  • Palace of Independence

Lunch time you will be surprised at the variety of delicious dishes of Belarusian cuisine in the restaurant «Васильки».

Free time: Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 3

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Excursion to Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace Tour

The magnificent castles of Belarus – Mir and Nesvizh – are the most significant sights of the country, appreciated and recognized all over the world. It’s proved by their honorable placement into the UNESCO World Heritage List. Located 100 kilometers from the capital, they will tell you their incredible stories, riddles and secrets. Built in the 16th century, they still live their lives and are ready to be explored by their guests. How did the elevator look like in the 17th century? Why did prisoners come out blind from the local prison? What was the weight of the armor of a 6-year-old knight? Why did they add gold to sweet dishes? Our experienced guides will tell you about this, as well as about many other things.

The five-tower castle built in Belarusian Gothic style rises above the quiet and cozy village of Mir. At the very first glance you realize that the Mir Castle is unlike any other. Here you can walk around the charming park, look into the family chapel-tomb, go down to the unique medieval prison in Belarus, wander through the castle towers and battle galleries, and also enjoy a rich internal museum exposition consisting of 35 rooms.

In addition to the castle, there is an opportunity to visit the center of Mir village – a picturesque market square. Here you will see old buildings of the square, the Holy Trinity Church of the 16th century, the Church of Sts. Nicholas of the 16th century, and buildings of the former synagogue court: synagogue, yeshiva, and heder. Return in Minsk. Dinner, Rest.

Day 4-6

  • Breakfast. Transfer in Brest city. Check in. Free time. Rest. Dinner
  • Next day excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park Tour

An unforgettable trip to Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Bialowieza Forest), will leave no one indifferent. This majestic primeval forest is the largest forest of Europe. Preserved since the 13th century, it impresses with its rich history and its inhabitants. On the territory of more than 150,000 hectares you will find amazing natural discoveries: the 600-year-old “Patriarch Oak”, the 350-year-old “Giant Pine”, 59 species of mammals and 253 species of birds, as well as the unique museum of nature and the fabulous Residence of the Father Frost, bicycle routes and many other things.

During the tour you will familiarize with the history of the Pushcha, learn about its division between the two states, about the royal palace, which unfortunately wasn’t kept to our days, the reasons for the appearance of the narrow-gauge railway in the territory of the forest, and how partisans lived there during the Great Patriotic War. And it was on the territory of Belovezhskaya Pushcha in the Viskuli Manor that the document on the creation of the CIS (Union of Independent States) and the termination of the existence of the Soviet Union was signed.

The Residence of the Father Frost is an integral part of the visit to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. A magical immersion in the world of fantasy will be interesting both for adults and children. An exciting program awaits you: you will see the treasures and possession of the Father Frost, you will dance around the highest pine trees in Europe, will enjoy aromatic herbal tea, will see wooden figures of your favorite fairy-tale heroes, and will plunge into the miracle atmosphere.

The Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park awaits you all year round. On the way you will have the opportunity to visit the Kamenets Tower, which became one of the symbols of Belarus. The tower is located in the city of Kamenets and is a unique monument of the XIII century. Many guests traditionally call this tower the “White Tower”. It was built for defensive purposes by the Volyn Prince Vladimir. The height of the tower is 30 meters, and the thickness of its walls is 2.5 meters. Kamenets Tower is perfectly preserved, and today it houses a museum. The tower is presented in the UNESCO World Heritage Preliminary List.

Free time in Brest city: Transfer in Minsk.

Day 7

Breakfast. Excursion in Dudutki is a picturesque museum located in 40 kilometers from Minsk. The guests of the complex will familiarize with the way of life of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, visit craft workshops (bakery, pottery, woodworking, straw and willow weaving, distillery, blacksmith shop, cheese factory, etc.), learn the culinary secrets of the best recipes of our ancestors, and will also see the unique working windmill of Belarus and the wooden orthodox church. On the territory of the Dudutki’s estate there is a zoo with different animals and a stable with horses, which you may not only see, but also ride! And of course the pearl of the museum is the officially working distiller.

First visitors of the museum complex of ancient folk crafts and technologies “Dudutki” came in 1994, and it still rejoice residents and guests of Belarus for more than 23 years. At the entrance to the museum visitors will be met by a windmill – one of the few preserved in Belarus. In 1992, it was brought from Gomel region and restored. The windmill is in a working condition, but today is not used for its purpose. Next to the mill there is a miller’s house for guests, which was intended for rest and overnight stay of peasants who brought grain to the mill. In the house you can familiarize with the interior of a simple peasant hut of the past centuries.

Not far from the main entrance to the museum there is a beautiful wooden orthodox church of the St. John the Precursor. The name of the church was chosen because of the main shrine with the icon containing relics of St. John the Precursor donated by Montenegrin monks. In the cheese factory you will learn the secrets of Belarusian cheese, and may even taste them. In the bakery and in thebeekeeper’s house you will learn about the traditions of making bread and getting honey. In the distillery you will see the whole process of making home-made vodka, and try a freshly prepared alcoholic beverage. You will be proposed a snack – a sandwich made of black bread, honey and a salted cucumber!

In the workshops of woodworking, pottery, straw weaving and willow weaving, you will familiarize with the traditions of the production of products made of wood, clay, straw, and willow. For many years these materials were used by Belarusians to produce a large number of items that helped them in their daily life and work. In the blacksmith shop you will have the opportunity to observe the work of blacksmith and even try yourself this difficult job. There is a special offer for the most courageous guests – to take a private plane and see the whole complex and local beauties from a bird’s eye view.

Dinner. Rest.

Day 8

Breakfast . Check out

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