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Minsk – Polotsk – Vitebsk

Holy Assumption Cathedral in Vitebsk
St. Sophia Cathedral in Polotsk
Trinity Suburb in Minsk

Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

Experience the many attractions of Eastern Belarus offering country's main spiritual centre - Polotsk, which used to be one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs; cultural capital - Vitebsk, known for its rich artistic heritage and dynamic city of Minsk with its expensive boulevards, historical buildings and endless parks.

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Day 1
Arrival in Minsk. Check-in at hotel. Minsk city tour


We warmly welcome you in Minsk – the capital of the Republic of Belarus, its political and cultural centre. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of the XIth century. Today, it is a dynamic city with expansive boulevards, modern and historical buildings, endless parks and well-developed infrastructure. Being an impressive example of the Soviet planning on a grand scale, Minsk however has a number of outstanding historical sights, proving city’s rich history.

Sightseeing tour of Minsk includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library (included into the list of the most outstanding buildings of the world) are waiting to be explored.

Overnight in Minsk.

Day 2
Minsk – Polotsk. Polotsk city tour. Polotsk – Vitebsk


Transfer to Polotsk - one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs. First mentioned in the Primary Chronicle of AD862 and tightly connected with the Vikings’ influence within the region, it later became the capital of the Polotsk Principality and one of the most powerful centers of Kievan Rus. Under the rule of the Prince Vseslav Charodey (the Wonder) it gained its maximum prosperity, and the most outstanding architectural monument of those times, St Sophia Cathedral, was constructed. At present this historical site along with the Convent of Saint Ephrosinia are the most honoring and esteemed in the country. Both are included into the Polotsk city tour together with other local sights (Central Square, Epiphany Monastery, Book-printing museum etc).

Transfer to Vitebsk. Overnight in Vitebsk.

Day 3
Vitebsk city tour. Vitebsk – Minsk. Departure


Vitebsk city tour. Vitebsk is known today as the cultural capital of the country. It is not only because of the international song festival “Slavanski (Slavic) Bazzar”, taking place in Vitebsk annually, but rather of the city’s rich artistic heritage. Marc Chagall, an outstanding artist of the XXth century, was born here – moreover, Vitebsk became his main source of inspiration for the entire life, the town’s views could be recognizable on lots of Chagall’s paintings. During the city tour you will visit Marc Chagall Home-Museum and Marc Chagall Art-Centre, as well other sights, which give Vitebsk an elegant sense of past: the City Hall, Annunciation Church, Holy Resurrection Church, the Governor’s Palace, the famous Kirov Bridge across the Western Dvina River.

Transfer to Minsk. Departure.

Sights
The National Library of Belarus in Minsk
The Marc Chagall Museum in Vitebsk
Convent of Saint Ephrosinia in Polotsk
St. Simon and St. Helena ("Red") Church in Minsk
“Curved" Vitebsk streets
Hotels
Address: 1 Stroiteley Ave., Vitebsk

Hotel Luchesa 4* occupies 14-storey building on one of the main avenues in Vitebsk - modern centre of Slavonic culture. The hotel is situated at the crossroads what makes it easy to get to any part of the city, and has a well-developed infrastructure including 155 rooms of different categories, restaurants, conference hall, sauna, gym and other facilities, all that make it very convenient for business trips.

 

Address: 5/2A Zamkovaya Str., Vitebsk

Hotel Vitebsk 3* built in 1973 and refurbished in 2011 is the largest hotel in Vitebsk located on picturesque banks of the river Western Dvina in the heart of business, cultural and historic part of the city. The site is of easy access from the railway and bus stations and close to main attractions (Museum of Marc Chagall, Art Museum, National Academic Drama Theatre, etc.). The hotel offers suits, business and economy class accomodations, overall 201 rooms for around 271 guests.

 

Address: 21/17 Sovetskaya Str., Vitebsk

Located in the historic part of the city, Hotel Eridan 3* occupies an architectural asset of the 19th century, from which you can in 2-3 minutes reach the former Governor's Palace, 1812 War Monument, Marc Chagall Museum or start an exploratory walk down the streets of old city centre. This cozy hotel offers elegant rooms with modern amenities, some of which also feature balconies, sofas and angle bathtubs. The hotel also provides a convenient business centre, conference room, nice restaurant with live music and coffee bar. Wellness and gym zone is available as well.

 

Address: 13 Skorini Ave., Polotsk

Hotel Slavianskiy (Dvina) is the only one hotel in ancient Polotsk - the cradle of Slavonic civilization. It is situated in the very centre of this cozy town on Skaryna square in an eye-catching colonial style building. The hotel offers well-appointed accommodation tailored to any needs - from moderate economy rooms to luxurious suite. All Polotsk highlights reflecting its long history lie within walking distance from hotel.