«Three sisters» – this is how we usually call Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. This 10-day tour provides full immersion in each of these post-Soviet countries, unveiling history, traditions and particular qualities of each place.
The tour itinerary includes all three capitals, being modern and authentic at the same time. The whole is as diverse as it can be, so you feel all the countries, not just visit.
Tour starts with Ukraine, where you will discover the capital city of Kiev with its main sights and get an unusual full day experience in Chernobyl, frightening with its abandoned places, but opening your eyes to many events, including being perhaps one of the reasons for the collapse of the USSR.
The second point of the journey is Belarus – here you will discover the richest Soviet heritage, and the way it blends with modern and historical architecture in Minsk, feel local culture and people at the traditional farmstead and explore royal history visit Mir castle and Nesvizh Palace – both true architectural masterpieces.
The last point is Russia, where you can experience the culture highlights of this powerful country in two main cities – Moscow, with its pompous Red Square and St Petersburgh with Golden Peterhof and world-known Hermitage Museum.
Arrival in Kiev
Arrival in Kiev. Transfer to the hotel.
Kiev city tour
Kiev city tour.
This ancient city is the capital of Ukraine and one of the biggest cities in Europe. It has been standing on steep hills overlooking the Dnipro River for more than 1,500 years. 10:00 – 14:00 Kiev city tour. You will have a tour to St. Sophia Cathedral and Monastery Complex, a real pearl of the world architecture. Inside, you will view the largest frescoes and mosaics collection in the world. Further on you will move to St. Andrew’s Church, the Ukrainian Baroque church designed in 1754 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. You will also see The Golden Gates of Kiev that is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress, located in the capital of Ukraine and currently serves as a museum. Afternoon tour to the golden-domed Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra Monastery, the most famous sightseeing object in Kiev, which has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Register. This twenty-eight hector functioning monastery contains caves, numerous churches, towers, a printing works, miles of maze like underground tunnels containing numerous churches and some of Kiev's riches museums.
From the walking distance from Lavra you can see famous Museum of the Great Patriotic War that is a memorial complex commemorating the German-Soviet War.
Overnight in Kiev.
This full-day tour inside the 30-kilometre exclusion zone will be like nothing you have experienced before, offering as it does a window into a world that no longer exists, a modern-day Pompeii. It represents an utterly unique invitation not only to witness at first hand the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, but also to travel back in time. You will visit the decommissioned nuclear power plant itself, as well as the ghost-town of Pripyat, with its abandoned schools and houses left just as they were when the authorities came to evacuate everyone living there.
We continue on to the ‘Red Forest’ and the ambient noise of crackling Geiger counters, to meet local ‘resettlers’ who moved back to their native village after the original evacuation. We also make a stop at the nearby apartment building where Anatoly Stepanovich Dyatlov (the plant’s Deputy Chief Engineer) lived. The Soviet authorities held Dyatlov responsible for the disaster. Was he a criminal, or a scapegoat? Perhaps he was also a victim himself. Draw your own conclusions as the tour progresses.
*note; the advice of experts is that the exposure to radiation during a one-day visit to the plant and 30-kilometre exclusion zone is similar to that experienced during a trans-Atlantic flight or an x-ray scanning procedure.
Transfer to Kiev. Overnight
Flight to Minsk. Arrival. Minsk city tour. Dinner at traditional farmstead
Minsk city tour.
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.
Evening dinner at traditional Belarusian farmstead.
Overnight in Minsk
Mir - Nesvizh
Transfer to Mir. 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. You will visit the magnificent Nesvizh Palace – former residence of the aristocratic Radzivill 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.
Arrival in Moscow. Moscow city tour. Folklore dinner.
Transfer to the airport. Flight to Moscow. Moscow city tour
Visit to St. Basil’s Cathedral, known as one of the “World’s Eight Wonders” , passing by Manez Square and starting point of the center of Moscow, and you can see locals throwing a copper plate and making a wish . Visiting Red Square where you will understand why meaning of “red” in Slavic words also means beautiful. Visit to the first department store in Europe, Gum Department Store and the tomb of Lenin, the strongman of the Soviet era. If you are lucky enough, you can also glimpse the handover of the guards at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier.
Folklore dinner. Overnight in Moscow.
Kremlin tour. Metro tour
Visit Russia’s economic and political elite area Kremlin, Dormition Cathedral, Archangel Cathedral, Annunciation Cathedral (The three churches will be choosen to enter according to the opening conditions of the day of the visit.), Ivan the Great Bell Tower, Tsar Bronze Cannon.
Tour continues in the Moscow underground which can be called a real masterpiece. Overnight in Moscow
Transfer to Saint Petersburg. City tour.
Transfer to Saint Petersburg by Sapsan train. Arrival. Saint Petersburg city tour.
Including Saint Isaac‘s Cathedral and Nevsky Avenue - the main street in St. Petersburg. The total length of the street is 4260 meters. Nevsky Avenue has been the social and cultural center of St. Petersburg since ancient times. There are numerous opera houses, concert halls, museums, libraries and cinemas on the sides of the street and in the adjacent square. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Hermitage tour. Peterhof tour.
Hermitage is One of the four major museums in the world. It is the most famous building in St. Petersburg, and it holds tens of thousands of world art treasures. The museum contains five palaces built in different periods since 1754: the Winter Palace, the Little Hamilton Palace, the Great Han Mighton Palace, the New Han Miden Palace, the Hamilton Theatre, etc. It was the daughter of Peter the Great, Queen Elizabeth, who hired the architect of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli to build. Every hall of the Winter Palace is graceful and elegant, and fully reflects the architectural art and skills of the Russian people. There are famous collectors, famous paintings, jade carvings and porcelains from around the world. There are more than 10,000 pieces Transfer to Peterhof by Meteor. Peterhof tour. At first we are going to visit the Peterhof Garden, which is known as the “Russian Versailles”. About 29 km from St. Petersburg, the palace was founded by Peter the Great in 1709. Peter the Great requires this place to be comparable to the Palace of Versailles. Because of the abundant underground water supply, the large and small fountains built in the garden are really exciting!
Tranfer to Saint Petersburg. Overnight in St. Petersburg.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.