Duration: 14 hours
Brest is a traditional “western gate” of the country. It is a calm and relaxed city, with famous Sovetskaya Street and boulevards, which are perfect for promenading. But the main attraction of the city is the Brest fortress, which is of course included into the city tour.
The fortress made through a prolonged defense against the Nazis in 1941 and was ruined in the result of severe battles. Only a handful of men had survived but citizens all over the USSR had been inspired by the heroism of the Brest fortress defenders. Today it is a giant deeply-affecting memorial.
The excursion will continue with the visit to the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This world-famous park, which is included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has recently celebrated its 600th anniversary! It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest which once spread across the European Plain.
Some oaks here are really believed to be over 600 years old! The park once used to be a home and playground of Polish princes and Russian tsars, who spent there much time resting and hunting. Today it’s a tamed wilderness of nature where you can breathe fresh air and enjoy greenery around you.
Pushcha’s present animal and bird world is very rich and diverse. The reserve is home to around 200 species of bird, including corncrake, eagle owl, white stork, along with 60 species of mammal, including wild boar, wild horses, roaming elk, deer and perhaps most famously, bison, which is one of the symbols of the country.