Belarusian brewing traditions are perhaps not so world-famous as that of Germany, Denmark or Czech lands, but they have their own little mysteries and secrets of the art.
If you are a real beer lover and willing to taste famous Belarusian beer brands, discover new flavors or simply to have a good time during your stay in the country, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the local beer tasting ceremony.
Arrival in Minsk. Transfer to the airport.
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. Alivaria brewery factory visit
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.
*Optional: excursion at the
World War II Museum. It was the first museum in the world to reveal the story of this disastrous war, as it was opened already in 1944, during the Nazi occupation. Among the museum’s first exhibits were the partisan movement chronicles, handwritten and printed books, handmade weapons. Today the museum, which occupies an area of 3 000 sq.m., houses more then 8 000 exhibits, including combat reports, diaries, drawings, flags of military units, military uniforms, military weapons, vehicles and other items.
Or: excursion at the Stalin Line. It is an open-air museum of military fortifications, including the defensive line with trenches, anti-tank obstacles and ditches, anti-personnel obstacles and machine-gun pillboxes. Visitors can walk around a pillbox and sit in a gun emplacement, stroll along the trench system and clamber over a tank. The guides are dressed in uniforms of the day. To feel the atmosphere of that by-passed war you should also try the sample rations eaten by soldiers of the time!
In the evening visit one of the oldest factory in Minsk, Brewery Factory Alivaria. You will get acquainted with the history of the development of the factory, which has its origins in the XIX century, with the features of the production technology of the first beer, trace the evolution of a beer bottle. The museum has collected about 100 exhibits, including a collection of beer bottles and labels products factory of different years, vintage items to make beer the late XIX - early XX century, interesting archival documents. Part of the museum exhibition devoted to the history of Carlsberg, a part of which is now part of the company. Historic building continues to be in force production, which in the special atmosphere of antiquity with the use of new technologies continues to be brewed beer of excellent quality.
Vising the factory production workshop. Visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the production process and see firsthand how to create a beer today ... Here you will see a new technology of preparation of beer on the modern equipment, where the filtering process grains, boiling, cooling and final beer filtration. You can also go up to the observation platform, where visible territory of the factory with folding premises where stored beer, ready to drink. At the end of the excursions provides a brief excursus as to drink intoxicating drink, to really feel its taste. And in the end everyone can taste the main types of beer - light, dark or lively, which will serve refreshments grain crops from which the beer is brewed, and hops.
Dinner in restaurant-brewery “Druzja”.
Overnight in Minsk.
Transfer to Lida on the way visit to Mir castle.
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.
Excursion to Lida city and
Lida Castle. Visiting the ancient Belarusian town of Lida, You will plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Lida is famous for its castle, the initiator the construction of which was the prince of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania - Gedymin, where in 1422 in the halls were feasting on the occasion of the marriage of elderly Jagiello at age 71 years with Sophia Golshanskaya at age 17 years, who became his 4th wife. In the castle you visit one of the towers and fighting gallery and during the excursion will walk on patio. Also at the request of a group can be organized an animation, during which you will be able to see costume medieval games, the Jagiello wedding, the princely court of Kejstut and more.
Lida Brewery is one of the leaders in the brewing industry in the Republic of Belarus, which has been working since 1876. In addition to the core product - beer - the plant produces natural kvass fermentation, soft drinks, juices, drinking water and soft drinks. You’ll be invited to the brewhouse, then you’ll see a 140-year-old house where the history of Lidskae started, and even will have a chance to chew malt and hops. And of course, there will be beer tasting.
Dinner in local beer bar in Lida Brewery.
Overnight in Lida.
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 then 30 exhibition halls, including Prince's apartments, Golden and Star halls, Hunter’s hall and others.
Return to Minsk.
Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Minsk.
Dudutki Folk Museum
Visit to Dudutki.
Dudutki is a former country landowner’s estate, where life as it was in 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). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Minsk.
Transfer to the airport. Departure