Belarus - Forgotten Europe


Belarus - Forgotten Europe

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 10 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Minsk

Arrive in Minsk and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Planeta or similar.

Day 2 – Minsk

This morning we explore some of the key sights of Minsk on a guided tour. We visit Independence Square with its collection of Stalinist buildings, Victory Square and the Island of Tears, a monument to the fallen soldiers in the Soviet campaign against Afghanistan, as well as the old town. The afternoon is free to explore – Minsk has several impressive churches and cathedrals that are well worth visiting. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Vitebsk

We start today by travelling to Khatyn to learn about Belarus recent history. Later we travel to the charming town of Vitebsk, a centre of Belarusian culture and with numerous churches and historic buildings which we shall explore on a walking tour. Overnight Hotel Luchesa or similar. (BL)

Day 4 – Disna

Today we transfer to the small town of Disna. We spend time meeting local people, learn about the old customs and crafts that are still practised here and explore the surrounding area for a real insight into rural Belarus – a real highlight of the trip. We also take a small trip on the river. We stay overnight as guests of local families in their homes and have the opportunity to sample home cooked Belarusian dishes and experience national music and dance. (BLD)

Day 5 – Polotsk

This morning we depart for Polotsk, one of the most historically important cities in Belarus. We visit the charming cathedral of St Sophia, dating back to the 11th century, as well as the 12th century Convent of St Ephrosinia, superbly preserved and with impressive frescoes. We arrive in to Minsk in the late afternoon. Overnight Hotel Planeta or similar. (BL)

Day 6 – Mir Fortress - Brest

We set off for Brest this morning but stop on the way to visit one of the country’s most important, as well as beautiful, sites – the stunning 16th century fortress at Mir – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later we continue to Brest, situated on the border with Poland. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar (BL)

Day 7 – Brest

We take a tour of the Brest’s main sites including the imposing fortress, which played a significant part in the Second World War and is an important site in Belarusian history. After lunch you will have time at leisure to explore Brest in more detail. We drive to the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, a stunning area of forest, one of the last remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once covered Europe. There is a wide array of wildlife including elk and wolves as well as the largest bison population in the world. We then return to Brest for the night. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar. (BL)

Day 8 – Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park

This morning we travel into the wild to the UNESCO world heritage site of Belovezhskaya National Park, one of the largest forested areas in Central Europe. You will experience some of the most picturesque places in the park and appreciate the splendour of this wilderness. We stay overnight in the park. Overnight Hotel Kamenjuki or similar. (BL)

Day 9 – Nesvizh – Minsk

This morning we visit the Radzivills Palace in Nesvizh, with its beautiful buildings, including palaces, monasteries and 16th century houses. Later we return to Minsk for the night. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar (BL)

Day 10 – Depart Minsk

Tour ends with a transfer to the airport.