Minsk – Mir – Novogrudok – Lida – Grodno
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 Novogrudok, where Mindaug was crowned Grand Duke of All Lithuania in 1253, making the town the great duchy’s capital. Today the town is dominated by a hill on which the ruins of a XIVth century castle stand. The main sights of Novogrudok include Farny Transfiguration of the Lord Church and St Boris and St Gleb Church. There is also a museum devoted to the history of the region, with excellent and moving exhibits relating to the fate of the Jewish community and the activities of the partisans led by the Bielski brothers who were so active in the forests around resisting the Nazi oppression in the Great Patriotic War.
Transfer to Lida, which is famous for its castle, built by the Grand Duke Gedimin in the XIVth century. For many centuries it used to be an inaccessible citadel over the western lands of Belarus. Today along with the Exultation of the Holy Cross Church these are the main sights of the town.
Transfer to Grodno. Overnight in Grodno.