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Common history of Belarus & Poland

Historical reenactment at Nesvizh Palace
Mir Castle
Wawel Hill in Krakow

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

This remembering-the-past tour revives the memory of common history and common cultural roots of 2 nations: Belarusians and Poles. Over the centuries both of them lived side by side in a single state – Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Lots of brilliant historical and architectural monuments have left since that era.  

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Day 1
Arrival in Minsk. Check-in at hotel


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.

Overnight in Minsk.

Day 2
Minsk city tour. Minsk – Dudutki – Minsk


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.

Transfer to Dudutki, which is a former country landowner’s estate, where typical village life of the XVIIIth – XIXth centuries is impressively recreated. Today it is a popular open-air museum, displaying all the traditional Belarusian crafts. Beside the working farm with different animals, it includes an original working windmill and lots of functioning workshops, presenting to visitors carpentry, pottery, braiding, blacksmithing, bakery and even cheese-making. The craftsmen will be happy to show off their skills and guests will be invited to try! And do not miss a chance to have some training in horse-riding or try some splendid traditionally cooked meal accompanied by homemade moonshine (samogon).

Return to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 3
Minsk – Mir – Nesvizh – Brest


Transfer to Mir, which is a small town 90 km to the south-west from Minsk. It is most famous for the fairy-tale Mir Castle, still known today as the “medieval flower”. Castle is an impressive architectural monument, included into the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It was erected at the end of the XVth century and today it is a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture that makes Mir Castle so unique. This red brick castle is also a historical monument, which used to belong to several aristocratic families, who have left their mark in the history of the town and of the country in general.

Transfer to Nesvizh – a delightful historic town, one of the oldest in the country. You will visit the magnificent Nesvizh Palace – former residence of the aristocratic Radzivili family, which also includes beautiful park and Farny Roman-Catholic Church of the XVIth century. The complex once numbered around 170 rooms, with a series of underground passages connecting it to the town’s monasteries. Today the exposition of the Palace includes more than 30 exhibition halls, including Prince's apartments, Golden and Star halls, Hunter’s hall and others.

Transfer to Brest. Overnight in Brest.

Day 4
Brest city tour. Brest – Belovezhskaya Pushcha – Brest


Brest city tour. Brest is a traditional "western gate" of the country. It is a calm and relaxed city, with famous Sovetskaya Street and alike 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 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.

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.

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 supposed to be one of the symbols of the country.

Excursion includes the tour around Pushcha and visit to the Museum of Nature.

Return to Brest. Overnight in Brest.

Day 5
Brest – Warsaw. Warsaw city tour


Transfer to Warsaw through Belarusian-Polish border.

Warsaw city tour: the Tomb of Unknown Soldier and the Saski Park, the Grand Theatre and Opera House, the Jablonowski Palace, visit to the Royal Castle, walk around the Old Town (UNESCO Heritage Site) and the New Town: the Krasinski Palace, the Palace of Justice and the Monument of Warsaw Uprising; sightseeing of the Town Hall, Umschlagplatz and the Monument of Heroes of Ghetto, Warsaw City with skyscrapers and a glimpse at monumental architecture from communism time; transfer to the Lazienki Royal Park, walk around the park with the Palace on the Water and the Island Theatre.

Overnight in Warsaw.

Day 6
Warsaw – Krakow


Excursion to Wilanow Palace – one of the most beautiful architecture monuments in Warsaw called "The Little Versailles". The typical baroque palace is remarkable for its original architecture, a blend of the European art with the Old-Polish building tradition.

Transfer to Krakow – the former capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Overnight in Krakow.

Day 7
Krakow city tour. Krakow – Wieliczka - Krakow


Krakow city tour. During the tour you would see Barbican and defensive walls with Florian's Gate, the Main Market Square with Sukiennice Cloth Hall, St Mary's Church and Town Hall Tower. We would proceed to the Jagiellonian University, pass by Archbishop Palace (where John Paul II used to live) as well as St Andrew's Church and St Peter and Paul's Church to reach the Wawel Hill. Visit to Wawel Castle.

Transfer from Krakow to Wieliczka – the most beautiful and the oldest operating salt mine in the world (UNESCO Heritage Site). From over 700 years it was a source of Polish fortune and a physical fundament of culture. Today Wieliczka is the most willingly visited Polish tourist object with magnificent chapels, charming underground lakes and original tools and equipment. During this tour you could see a number of excavated chambers on 3 levels adorned with beautiful sculptures made of salt as well as a salt museum.

Return to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.

Day 8
Departure

Sights
The Corpus Christi Church in Nesvizh, family vault of the Radziwills
Winged Hussars' armour at Mir Castle
Warsaw Old Town
St Simon and St Helena ("Red") Church in Minsk
Zubr at Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Hotels
Address: 28 Internatsionalnaya str., Minsk

Hotel Europe is a heritage 5* hotel ideally located in the old city centre. Its history dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Being completely destroyed during the WWII, the hotel was rebuilt in 2007 and still boasts historical and elegant exterior along with old traditions of Belarusian hospitality. Hotel highlights include the City hall, St.Spirit Cathedral (1642), Baroque Catholic St.Maria Church (18th century), buildings of former Bernadine and Basilian monasteries, diverse clubs, restaurants and cafes just a few minutes walk from the hotel. The 7-storeyed atrium-type building with its historical facade has 2 panoramic elevators culminating with a glass cupola. The elegance and luxury of the room interiors surpass the general standards of five-star hotels and successfully harmonize with modern technology. And, of course, hotel Europe guarantees its guests exclusive service and truly intimate atmosphere.

 

Address: 7 Myasnikova Str., Minsk

Boutique hotel Buta is a nice modern atrium type hotel with unique decor and oriental charm. It is located in the city downtown and affords guests easy access both to business and entertainment districts, as well as to Minsk Old City area. The hotel surroundings include various cafes, shops and exciting nightspots all available for exciting exploration. The hotel offers well-appointed accommodation comprising of 35 rooms ranging from moderate Standard to luxurious Royal Suite. The amenities also include a sauna with a pool, fitness zone, restaurant with a bar and casino.

 

Address: 11 Nezavisimosti Ave., Minsk

After its re-opening in 2002 Hotel Minsk became the first 4* hotel in the capital. It occupies a historic building located in front of the magnificent Stalin's style Central Post Office in the very heart of Minsk at the starting point of Independence Avenue. The hotel highlights including Independence Square and Catholic "Red Church" are seen directly from the hotels windows. All city infrastructure – the central railway, bus and underground stations, main historical and cultural monuments, museums and shopping malls are within a short distance from the hotel. Hotel accommodations consist of 252 rooms of different categories including VIP-rooms and Suites. The entertainment venue also include several restaurants, Royal casino, Versus night club and billiard room.

 

Address: 59 Pobediteley Ave., Minsk

Hotel Victoria is a modern 4* hotel integrated with "A" class multifunctional business centre that allows its guests to have a comfortable rest while doing some business activities. Located not far from the city’s main sights, it is a perfect place both for leisure and work. Most of the 169 rooms have a scenic view on the picturesque landscape of the Komsomolskoye Lake and the marvelous Victory Park area. The business centre offers premises and equipment for holding different type of events: conferences, trainings, negotiations and dinner events. Guests are also welcome to visit casino "Victoria" in the same building.

 

Address: 7 Chkalova str., Brest

Hermitage is a 4* hotel of exceptional elegance situated in a quiet area in the very centre of Brest near beautiful park and public garden with relict trees. The hotel offering 55 spacious and comfortable rooms with French balconies is well known for its lovely interior design, good food and pleasant atmosphere. The architectural elements with classic furniture of 19th century style made of oak and leather set, antique articles, designer's wall covering and exclusive service reflect the old-time aristocratic aurs of this fashionable district of Brest city.

 

Address: 2 Brilevskaya Str., Minsk

Hotel Sputnik is a 3* budget hotel located not far from the city centre. It offers 135 standard single and double rooms, business and leisure facilities, Wi-Fi and other services. For business activities guests can use a meeting room with capacity of up to 50 persons and modern business centre.

 

Address: 25-27A Zamkovaya Str., Minsk

Hotel "Na Zamkovoy" is located within the one of the oldest areas of Minsk city the Rakovsky suburb. It offers 26 comfortable guest rooms, several conference rooms, as well as the restaurant with delicious national and European cuisine. The guests can choose among different rooms that vary in size and layout. Every room has spacious entrance lobby, cozy bedroom with a lounge and the bathroom. Accommodation interiors are decorated in fresh and vivid colours and equipped with solid wood furniture.

 

Address: 19 Pobediteley Ave., Minsk

Hotel Yubileinaya is a 3* hotel locating in the centre of Minsk downtown and operating for more than 45 years. It offers 239 rooms, restaurant, bar, 3 conference halls, meeting room, bowling, secured parking and a plenty of additional services. All main tourist highlights, popular restaurants and entertainment facilities are within a short walking distance.

 

Address: 156 Pritytskogo str., Minsk

Opened in 2015, the new Green City Hotel sits in a rapidly developing residential district with convenient access to underground station and major highways. This makes it possible to travel to Minsk centre and its surroundings with minimal loss of time. The hotel located in the 23-storey multifunctional building offers 58 stylish rooms of different categories conforming all European standards. The guests have access to all in-door restaurants, bars, fitness centres and other amenities.

 

Address: 6 Shevchenko Blvd., Brest

A new completely refurbished 8-storey building of Hotel Belarus 3* located in the centre of Brest close to the esplanade provides easy access to all main tourist attractions. The hotel offers 143 rooms of different type, restaurant of Belarusian cuisine, flawless service and overall relaxing atmosphere.

Address: 16 Krupskoy str., Brest

Hotel Vesta 3* is a 5-storey building renovated in 2005 and located in a quiet place of Brest centre near the city park. This small and cozy hotel with 59 rooms provides accomodation for 90 guests. All main cultural and historical landmarks are within a walking distance.

Address: Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park , Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Hotel Kamenyuki (№4) is a part of the hotel complex situated at the border of Europe's largest array of relic primeval forest - National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha. This 3-storey hotel building renovated in 2009 features spacious rooms with Wi-fi access, balcony and other facilities. Guests can also relax in a hotel sauna, swimming pool or try a selection of drinks in the bar. The Museum of Nature and other local highlights are located nearby. Fresh forest air and active leisure combined with wildlife watching bring a lot of positive emotions and incredible energy to everyone who decided to visit this place.

 

Address: 2 Myastrovskaya Str., Minsk

Sport Time 2* is a new modern hotel of the “Time” hotel chain located near the entertainment sport complex Minsk-Arena and adjacent sport facilities. A trip to the centre of Minsk takes around 15 minutes by bus. The hotel is a good choice for athletes, technical staff and active young people, who are willing to visit various sport competitions in this part of Minsk. The hotel offers 134 new rooms at reasonable rates and guarantees excellent service, enjoyable stay and warm hospitality.