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.
Minsk city tour. Minsk – Dudutki – Minsk
Sightseeing tour of Minsk includes the main avenues (
Independence Avenue, Victory Square) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries ( Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Church and the Cathedral of Blessed 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.
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.
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.
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 Puscha. 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.
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.
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.
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.