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‘Best of’ Belarus Tour
Always wanted to go to Belarus but haven’t known where to start? This ‘best of’ Belarus city tour will give you a well-rounded experience that explores the highlights of this magnificent country from nature and food to history and local culture. If you want a balanced nature, history and culture experience that covers the highlights of Belarus then this is the tour for you. This tour includes excursions to Mir Castle and Sophia Cathedral, several Belarus cities tours, and a trip to Belovezhskaya Puscha Nature museum.
City tours in Minsk, Grodno and Vitebsk
Exploring the military fortifications of Stalin’s Line
Exploring the Nesviszh Palace
Visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mir Castle
Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
Minsk is the official capital of Belarus, situated on the Svislač and the Niamiha rivers. The city has origins dating to the 11th century and has formed part of several kingdoms over its lifetime including the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, before becoming the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. The city has around 11 theatres and 16 museums, including the Belarusian State Museum of History which is home to exhibits from World War II.
Founded in the 12th century, Grodno is one of Belarus’ oldest cities and is situated by the Neman River around the border with Poland and Lithuania. The city is best known for the 12th century Kalozha Church of St. Boris and Gleb, which is the only surviving monument of ancient Black Ruthenian architecture, with its combination of polished blue- and green-tinted stone and majolica tiles.
Situated on the Polish-Belorussian border, Brest is the capital of the Brest region in Belarus and one of its oldest cities. Founded as a town in the 11th century by the Kievan Rus, Brest has been the site of many historic events, including the Union of Brest and Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. The city is known for its Hero Fortress, commemorating the city’s spectacular defence during the first weeks of the German-Soviet War in 1941 – 1945.
A small village situated Southwest of the Belarussian capital, Mir was founded in the 14th century and has since become one of the country’s primary tourist hotspots. The village originally belonged to the Illinič family and was later taken by the Radziwiłł family before being destroyed by the Swedish forces in 1655 and later in 1706. The village is best known for its castle.
A historic city situated in Belarus close to the Dvina River, Polotsk is one of the oldest cities of the Eastern Slavs. The site has a rich cultural heritage and claims to date to the 9th century according to a chronicle from Kievan Rus. During the 10th century, its first known Prince, Rogvolod was said to have ruled the area, and it later became a vassal city of the Lithuanian princes.
Where you can stay
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- Airport / Railway Station Transfers
- All tours are COVID-19 secure and offer flexible booking options. Visit our Covid-19 information page to find out more
- Audio guides (Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace)
- Belarussian Visa Invitation
- English, German, French, Spanish or Italian speaking guide
- Food and drink (as mentioned in the tour itinerary)
- Transport (as specified in the tour itinerary)
What’s not included
- Any transport not specified in the tour
- Belarusian Visa processing
- Food and drinks (unless specified)
- International train / plane tickets
- Personal costs (souvenirs, additional snacks etc)
- Tips for drivers/guides/in restaurants
- Travel / medical insurance
- All travellers are asked to check the vaccination requirements before travel. Visit our Vaccines and Health page to find out more
- Any dietary or allergy requirements will need to be disclosed before the start of the tour
- Carrying a water bottle with you is recommended
- Medication should always be taken with you and kept on your person
- Please ensure that you keep any personal documents and valuables on your person at all times
- WIFI will be available at most of the hotels, although mobile coverage may vary in rural areas
- Your local guides will recommend stops where you can go souvenir shopping during your tour
Individuals using wheelchairs may face accessibility difficulties to some objects at Stalin line historical complex, Nesvich palace, belavezhskaya Puscha and Convent of Saint Euphrosyne. If such pax are accompanied by trained assistant the Tour Operator will do our best to implement the tour and try to escape the obstacles where it is possible, e.g. all tourists have to walk to Nesvizh palace 15-20 minutes but in such cases we received a special permission for transport and deliver our guests to the main entrance of the palace. The program will be interesting for children not younger than 7-8 years. There are no restrictions fort children entering the objects mentioned in the program.
Enrich your travel experience with our list of top recommended books from specialist travel guides to compelling novels. Whether you are looking for something to pass the time on the train, or want to get to grips with the local history, reading is essential to turning your trip into a fully-fledged experience.
A new edition of the best-rated guide to Belarus from acclaimed writer Nigel Roberts. The Bradt guide to Belarus is a one-stop all you need to know guide to the country including six regions, five cities, and a detailed guide to its capital, Minsk. Drawing on a wealth of personal experience as well as recommendations from local people and colleagues, this guide offers much more than your typical guide with insider tips, cultural insights and more.
While most travel books cater to tourists, it is fair to say that this guide succeeds in going above and beyond. As well as offering all the usual tips on where to eat, drink and explore, the greater than a tourist book includes insider knowledge of someone who has actually lived in Minsk, focusing on offering constructive advice rather than detailed lists of opening hours and contacts. If you are looking for a unique local guidebook that places experience at the forefront, then this is the one for you.
A magical novel contrasting fairy-tale with harsh reality, Gingerbread follows the life of a young, orphaned boy and his grandfather, who go to scatter his mother’s ashes in the nearby woodlands as her final wish. Although fear grips the young boy’s heart, who realises he must keep his promise to his mother: to stay by and protect his grandfather, whatever happens. For her last gift to him she grants a little wooden horse and hunks of her homemade gingerbread. The journey proves challenging as the ancient forest around them harbours buried secrets that test the boy’s unbreakable promise to his mother in unimaginable ways. Her last potent gifts – a little wooden horse, and hunks of her homemade gingerbread – give him vigour. And grandfather’s magical stories help push the harsh world away. But the driving snow, which masks the tracks of forest life, also hides a frozen history of long-buried secrets. And as man and boy travel deeper among the trees, grandfather’s tales begin to interweave with the shocking reality of his own past, until soon the boy’s unbreakable promise to mama is tested in unimaginable ways.
A truly enlightening read that explores the complicated road to the forging of the Belarusian nation, Belarus: The last European Dictatorship offers a glimpse into the struggles of Easter European politics, which the west has often overlooked. Wilson delves deep into the Belarusian identity, focusing on Aliaksandr Lukashenka’s surprisingly long term as president, despite human rights abuses and rigged elections. As well as the internal situation in Belarus, Wilson is keen to explore the complex relationship between Belarus and Russia, and how the country has established itself as the convenient middleman between Western Europe and the Russian Federation.
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