Ideal for a first time visitor, this tour starts in the country’s main city, Minsk, and then takes in other historical and cultural sights, located within easy reach:
Stalin Line, Mir, Nesvizh, Dudutki.
We also plan to invite you to the typical Belarusian farmstead, so you could enjoy traditional cuisine and folklore show.
Arrival in Minsk. Minsk City tour. Belarus-mini Museum. 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.
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.
Excursion continues at the Museum "Belarus-mini". Museum
Strana Mini presents today 18 unique interactive architectural models of Belarusian attractions, which allow everyone to learn more about Belarusian history and culture.
Overnight in Minsk.
Minsk – World War II museum – Stalin Line – Minsk
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.
Stalin Line – 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.
Transfer to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.
Minsk – Mir – Nesvizh – Minsk
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 then 30 exhibition halls, including Prince's apartments, Golden and Star halls, Hunter’s hall and others.
Return to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.
Minsk – Belarusian farmstead – Minsk
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).
Transfer to the typical Belarusian farmstead. Meeting local people and picnic with tasting Belarusian cuisine. Folklore show with traditional songs and dances could be also organized upon request.
Return to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.
Transfer to the airport. Departure