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Highlights of Belarus

Sovetskaya Street in Brest
Nesvizh Palace
Kolozhskaya Church of St Boris and St Hleb in Grodno

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

In this 8 days all-Belarus tour you will see all the main highlights of the country. Come and experience the history of Minsk and Grodno, feel the spirit of ancient Polotsk, get to know the artistic heritage of Vitebsk, be inspired by the heroism of Brest fortress defenders and plunge into the atmosphere of the typical Belarusian village.

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Day 1
Arrival in Minsk. Check-in at hotel. Minsk city tour


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 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.

Overnight in Minsk.

Day 2
Minsk – Vitebsk. Vitebsk city tour


Transfer to Vitebsk. Vitebsk city tour. Vitebsk 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. During the 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 3
Vitebsk – Polotsk. Polotsk city tour. Polotsk – Belarusian village – Grodno


Transfer to Polotsk - one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs. 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 Grodno. En-route visit to the Belarusian village. Traditional Belarusian dinner with national cuisine and folklore show. Joining singers and dancers is welcome!

Overnight in Grodno.

Day 4
Grodno city tour. Grodno – Ruzhany – Brest


Grodno city tour. The name of the city is tightly connected with the history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Indeed, under the rule of Grand Duke Vitautis the town acquired equal status with Vilnius as a second state capital. It also used to be the main residence of the Polish King Stefan Batory in the XVIth century. His influence can be widely seen today in much of the city’s architecture. The most interesting sights of Grodno include Jesuit Farny Cathedral, Kolozhskaya Church of St Boris and St Hleb, Old and New Castles, Great Choral Synagogue, Sovetskaya Street and others.

Departure to Brest. En-route visits to Kossovo to have a look at XIXth century Kossovo Palace and Ruzhany - to see the remains of Sapega family palace and to listen to the story of this once powerful aristocratic family.

Overnight in Brest.

Day 5
Brest - national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha – Brest. Brest city tour


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. 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.

Overnight in Brest.

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

Day 7
Minsk – Dudutki Folk Crafts museum – Minsk


Transfer to Dudutki. Dudutki museum 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).

Return to Minsk. Free time. Overnight in Minsk.

Day 8
Departure

Sights
Minsk City hall and the Cathedral of Saint Virgin Mary
Mir Castle
Memorial "Courage" at Brest Fortress
Jesuit Farny Cathedral in Grodno
“Curved" Vitebsk streets
Kostiushko museum and Kossovo Palace
Young visitors at Dudutki museum
Hotels
Address: 1E Dzerzhinsky Ave., Minsk

Renaissance Minsk Hotel opened in 2014 is the first hotel in Belarus that belongs to the world-famous Marriott chain. The hotel sits near the city centre, parallel to one of the main thoroughfares, Dzerzhinski avenue. The Musical Comedy Concert Hall and underground station are 5 minutes walk from the hotel and serves as a great landmark for finding it on a map. Behind the glass façade of the Renaissance Minsk 267 modern and elegant guest rooms await you. The sophisticated architecture of the whole hotel is based on clear and simple lines where floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with light, while spaciously designed entrance hall invite guests to the world of freedom and elegance. Exquisite Arborea Restaurant and Executive Lounge add lovely feel-good atmosphere. The hotel also offers incredible business facilities: seven multifunctional meeting rooms, business centre and unique Grand Ballroom. No wonder the Renaissance Minsk Hotel is top-rated among the best choices for business and leisure stay in Minsk.

 

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: Pyshki, Grodno

Beautifully designed and styled Kronon Park Hotel 4* stands in a lovely countryside area, offering a unique opportunity to stay in the nature site while being only 10 minutes of driving away from the lively city centre. Hotel highlights also include 18th century old manor-house in the close vicinity. The place offers combination of classic comfort reinvented for the sophisticated traveler and luxurious living space supplemented by the delicate forest surrounding the hotel. All 15 rooms graced with contemporary artwork and antique furnishings are all individual in design and decor. Countryside recreation combined with a gentle comfort is a good choice for value, location and charm.

 

Address: 1 Stroiteley Ave., Vitebsk

Hotel Luchesa 4* occupies 14-storey building on one of the main avenues in Vitebsk - modern centre of Slavonic culture. The hotel is situated at the crossroads what makes it easy to get to any part of the city, and has a well-developed infrastructure including 155 rooms of different categories, restaurants, conference hall, sauna, gym and other facilities, all that make it very convenient for business trips.

 

Address: 81 Partizanskiy Ave., Minsk

Hotel Tourist is renovated 3* hotel situated on one of the main Minsk streets – Partizanskiy Avenue near like-named underground station. Well furnished 215 comfortable rooms with all modern conveniences are available for city guests. Restaurant, cafes and snack bar of Tourist hotel offer you a wide choice of gourmets specialties of Belarusian and European cuisine. Large department stores, shopping malls, cafe-pizzeria, pharmacies, cinema and city park could be found nearby.

 

Address: 2 Pritytskogo Str., Minsk

Located on one of the main avenues 3 min walking from the nearby underground station Bon Hotel 3* is a fine business hotel of European level with decent service and helpful staff. Convenient transportation and well-developed nearby infrastructure allows guests to plan their time, regardless of the transport routes of downloads. Cozy and commodious accommodation decorated in Scandinavian style is filled with everything needed for experienced business person. Bon Hotel provides 125 rooms in full compliance with European standards of service complemented with traditional Belarusian hospitality and home comfort.

 

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: 6 Narochanskaya Str., Minsk

Hotel Slavyanskaya built in 2014 is a modern 3* hotel with contemporary high-tech design and all necessary facilities. It is located close to the multifunctional complex Minsk Arena and beautiful recreation zone with water park. The hotel offers 126 rooms, a shared lounge and restaurant with a la carte. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, working desk and flat-screen TV. Business and leisure facilities also include conference room for 60 persons, meeting room with capacity of up to 12 persons, free security parking lot, kiosk, free Wi-Fi and other services.

 

Address: 9 Osvobozhdeniya Str., Minsk

Small and cozy Hotel Gubernskiy is situated in a thoroughly reconstructed building right in the heart of Rakow Suburb, which has basically preserved the historical buildings of the end of the 19th century. Hotel windows overlooking the narrow streets with their romantic scenery allow you to experience the sophisticated atmosphere of old Minsk. This mini-hotel offers perfectly equipped accommodation in 11 elegantly designed rooms of two categories: Standard and Deluxe. Classic room interiors and furniture in the 19th century style, stained-glass artworks and crystal chandeliers create the romantic atmosphere of old Minsk. A hanging stairway leads to local cafe where you can always order your favorite dishes.

 

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: 8 Stefana Batoriya str., Grodno

Hotel Neman is a standard 3* hotel located in the very centre of Grodno city on Sovetskaya Square. The hotel has a beer restaurant and a sauna.

 

Address: 1 Molodezhnaya str., Grodno

Hotel Slavia is a small 3* hotel located in historical surrounding in the centre of Grodno. A 3-storey hotel building accommodates 24 spacious bright and accurate rooms at affordable price. A good choice to explore the city at the minimal cost.

 

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: 47 Gazeti “Zvezda” Ave., Minsk

Hotel Zvezda 2* is located in the south-western part of Minsk near Pavlov Park far from noisy thoroughfare, but still within a short walking distance from the underground station. It offers spacious suit and business class rooms as well as standard and economy class accomodation.