Close

Discover Belarus

Traditional Belarusian farmstead
Minsk City hall and the Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary
Stork at the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

This Discover Belarus tour sets out from Minsk, embarking on a 10-days journey covering the country’s key sights, including UNESCO World Heritage spots, places of pilgrimage, splendid architectural monuments and natural beauties. And do not miss a chance to feel the atmosphere of the traditional Belarusian village!  

Itinerary Close all days
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


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.

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. Professional guide will accompany your visit with detailed stories about the distant war.

Free time. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 3
Minsk – Khatyn – Vitebsk. Vitebsk city tour


Transfer to Khatyn - deeply-affecting memorial that commemorates all innocent victims of the Great Patriotic War. The village of Khatyn was burned down and the entire population was massacred by the Nazis in 1943. Today it is a symbol of the tragedy of the Belarusian nation.

Transfer to Vitebsk, which is situated to the north of Minsk and is known today as the cultural capital of the country. It is not only because of the international song festival “Slavanski (Slavic) Bazzar”, taking place in Vitebsk annually, but rather of the city’s rich artistic heritage. Marc Chagall, an outstanding artist of the XXth century, was born here – moreover, Vitebsk became his main source of inspiration for the entire life, the town’s views could be recognizable on lots of Chagall’s paintings. Such world-famous artists as Vasiliy Kandinskiy, Ilya Repin, Kasimir Malevich also once lived and created in Vitebsk.

During Vitebsk city tour you will visit Marc Chagall Home-Museum and Marc Chagall Art-Centre, as well other sights, which give Vitebsk an elegant sense of past: the City Hall, Annunciation Church, Holy Resurrection Church, the Governor’s Palace, the famous Kirov Bridge across the Western Dvina River.

Overnight in Vitebsk.

Day 4
Vitebsk – traditional Belarusian farmstead


Transfer to the traditional Belarusian farmstead. Meeting local people, exploring surroundings, tasting Belarusian national cuisine. Folklore show with traditional music and dances is also available upon request.

Overnight at the farmstead.

Day 5
Farmstead – Polotsk. Polotsk city tour. Polotsk – Minsk


Transfer to Polotsk, which is one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs and many Belarusians consider it as the spiritual cradle of the country. First mentioned in the Primary Chronicle of AD862 and tightly connected with the Vikings’ influence within the region, it later became the capital of the Polotsk Principality and one of the most powerful centers of Kievan Rus. Under the rule of the Prince Vseslav Charodey (the Wonder) it gained its maximum prosperity, and the most outstanding architectural monument of those times, St Sophia Cathedral, was constructed. At present this historical site along with the Convent of Saint Ephrosinia are the most honoring and esteemed in the country. Both are included into the Polotsk city tour together with other local sights (Central Square, Epiphany Monastery, Book-printing museum etc).

Transfer to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 6
Minsk – Mir – 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 Brest. Overnight in Brest.

Day 7
Brest city tour


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.

Free time. Overnight in Brest.

Day 8
Brest – Belovezhskaya Pushcha


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.

Free time for enjoying the beauty of nature. Overnight at Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

Day 9
Belovezhskaya Pushcha – Nesvizh – Minsk


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 Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 10
Departure

Sights
Brest Fortress
Convent of Saint Ephrosinia in Polotsk
Folklore celebrations
Portrait Hall at Mir Castle
Vitebsk City Hall and Holy Resurrection Church
Khatyn Memorial
Independence Square in Minsk by night
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: 11 Internatsionalnaya Str., Minsk

Small and charming Garni Hotel can be found in historical part of Minsk city. It occupies 19th century building in eclectic modern style that itself is an architectural asset. Restored interiors of accommodations supporting the old-times atmosphere are successfully combined with up-to-date amenities that create comfortable aura for rest and work. Perfect living conditions are complemented by caring staff members, hospitable service, well-stocked business centre, ample meeting room and high grade restaurant.

 

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: 31 Pobediteley Ave., Minsk

Hotel Planeta is a comfortable 3* hotel in the city centre with picturesque view on the banks of River Svisloch and magnificent Museum of the Great Patriotic War. Despite its central location the hotel building sits apart from the noise of the main thoroughfare. Hotel welcomes guests in 307 rooms and has a restaurant and several conference halls.

 

Address: 6 Kirilla and Mefodiya Str., Minsk

Hotel Monastyrski is perhaps one of the most distinctive Minsk hotels. It occupies instaurated historic premises of former Bernardines monastery of the 17th-19th century in the heart of Old Town, 50 meter from the Town Hall, St.Spirit Cathedral and other historic landmarks and offers a selection of spacious rooms of different categories which guarantee comfort and hospitality. Along with well-equipped rooms boasted by original interior, the Monastyrski hotel houses a restaurant, meeting rooms and "medieval" aura of historical past.

 

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: 15 Masherova Ave., Brest

Hotel Intourist 3* is newly renovated 12-storey building with its own history - it has been offering visitors fine accommodation, dining and additional services since 1975. The hotel is situated in the city centre near the thoroughfare and has convenient transport accessibility as well as its own parking lot. Hotel Intourist offers 140 comfort rooms, restaurant of Belarusian and European cuisine and excellent facilities for holding conferences, seminars and other business events.

 

Address: 5/2A Zamkovaya Str., Vitebsk

Hotel Vitebsk 3* built in 1973 and refurbished in 2011 is the largest hotel in Vitebsk located on picturesque banks of the river Western Dvina in the heart of business, cultural and historic part of the city. The site is of easy access from the railway and bus stations and close to main attractions (Museum of Marc Chagall, Art Museum, National Academic Drama Theatre, etc.). The hotel offers suits, business and economy class accomodations, overall 201 rooms for around 271 guests.

 

Address: 21/17 Sovetskaya Str., Vitebsk

Located in the historic part of the city, Hotel Eridan 3* occupies an architectural asset of the 19th century, from which you can in 2-3 minutes reach the former Governor's Palace, 1812 War Monument, Marc Chagall Museum or start an exploratory walk down the streets of old city centre. This cozy hotel offers elegant rooms with modern amenities, some of which also feature balconies, sofas and angle bathtubs. The hotel also provides a convenient business centre, conference room, nice restaurant with live music and coffee bar. Wellness and gym zone is available as well.

 

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.

 

Address: Nesvizh Palace, Nesvizh

Hotel Palace is really a unique hotel in Belarus. It is located within the walls of the famous Nesvizh Palace of the 16th -19th centuries (UNESCO World Heritage) at the northeast part of the town of Nesvizh surrounded by a chain of ponds of the Usha river. The design of the hotel fully corresponds to interior of the Palace - the place that served as the residence for the powerful Radziwill dynasty from 1583 to 1939, and fulfilled the function of Nesvizh ordination. The Radziwill Palace had absorbed the attributes of different architectural styles over the 400 years of its history. The guests residing at the hotel will be in touch wilth the whole history of Belarus country: the Palace and adjacent Park Ensemble, the unique Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Nesvizh Town Hall, Slutsk South Gates and many other architectural landmarks. Each of the 22 comfortable hotel rooms is equipped with everything needed for a good rest after an eventful day. In addition, there are several restaurants and a fitness center with a swimming pool, sauna, gym and billiards in the close vicinity.

 

Address: 13 Skorini Ave., Polotsk

Hotel Slavianskiy (Dvina) is the only one hotel in ancient Polotsk - the cradle of Slavonic civilization. It is situated in the very centre of this cozy town on Skaryna square in an eye-catching colonial style building. The hotel offers well-appointed accommodation tailored to any needs - from moderate economy rooms to luxurious suite. All Polotsk highlights reflecting its long history lie within walking distance from hotel.