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‘Best of’ Belarus Tour

Overview

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

Itinerary

Minsk

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.

Day 1

Arrival in Minsk

Welcome to Minsk! Your driver will pick you up from your scheduled arrival point (airport or railway station) before taking you to your hotel where you will be able to drop off your bags and get a bite to eat.

  • Lunch

  • Arrival Transfer

  • City Tour by car

  • Svisloch River

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 2

Visiting ‘Stalin’s Line’

After breakfast, you will be taken to National Art Museum which houses the largest collection of foreign and Belarusian art in the country, before setting out on a journey to Stalin’s Line. This impressive defensive line was constructed in 1941 to protect the city from attack and you will get to see the original pillboxes, fencing and more up close. For an additional charge, you will also have the chance to ride in a tank, shoot from an anti-tank rifle or try “Soldier’s Porridge” for yourself!

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Belarusian National Arts Museum

  • Expert Guide

  • Guided History Tour

  • The Historical and Cultural Complex “Stalin`s line”

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Optional excursions

Travel to

Grodno

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.

Day 3

City Tour of Grodno

After having breakfast in the hotel, your guide and driver will meet you in the lobby before taking you to the 4 ½ hour journey to Grodno. The city is famous for its architectural heritage and you will get the chance to explore the city’s streets, natural landscapes and a few of the more well-known sites including the New Castle, Jesuit Church and the Gleb Church.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • City Tour by car

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Religious Buildings & Monuments

  • New Grodno Castle

  • Jesuit Church and the Gleb Church

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Brest

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.

Day 4

Sightseeing at Belovezhskaya Puscha

After a light breakfast you will check-out of the hotel in Grodno. Your driver will pick you up from the hotel lobby before taking you on 3 ½ hour journey journey to Belovezhskaya Puscha near to the Polish border.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Belovezhskaya Puscha

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • City Tour

  • Brest Hero Fortress

  • Military History

Travel to

Mir

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.

Day 5

Excursions to Mir Castle

Start your day with breakfast before checking out of your hotel and meeting your driver for the 4-hour drive to Mir.

Excursion to Nesviszh Palace

After arriving in Nesviszh, you will explore one of the most famous sites in Belarus, Nesviszh Palace. This 16th century palace was the former residence of Prince Radziville, a part of the ancient line of Belarusian-Lithuanian lineages.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Mir Castle Complex

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Nesvizh Castle

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

Travel to

Polotsk

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.

Day 6

City Tour of Polotsk

The final day of your ‘Best of’ Belarus experience.

City Tour of Vitebsk

After lunch, you will be taken to your last destination, the cultural city of Vitebsk!

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • City Tour

  • Saint Sophia Cathedral

  • Expert Guide

  • Museum of Belarusian Book Printing

  • Convent of Saint Euphrosyne

  • Vitebsk – cultural center

  • Souvenir Shopping

Day 7

Departure from Minsk

Your last day will include breakfast at the hotel before checking out. Your driver will meet you at the hotel and take you on the 3 ½ hour journey from Vitebsk to Minsk where you will be dropped off at your scheduled departure point (airport or railway station).

  • Breakfast

  • Departure Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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