Small Group Tours and Holidays in Belarus

Put aside any preconceptions that you may have about Belarus. Too often known only for being the last Communist state in Europe, Belarus is one of the continent’s last truly undiscovered nations, with few visitors making it across from better known neighbours such as Poland and Lithuania. Those that do discover a land with a fascinating and often tragic cultural heritage that in many ways exemplifies what much of Europe was once like, before the onslaught of modernity. Our group tours and tailor made holidays to Belarus take in historic old towns that hark back to days when Belarus occupied part of an important trade route, and countryside which still harbours creatures long extinct in the rest of Europe. It is in Belarus’s rural landscape that the country comes into its own, revealing its gentle traditions that provide the perfect accompaniment to a trip through this enchanting country. More than any other nation in the region, Belarus is an enigma, its essence often guessed but rarely experienced. Change that and see for yourself the secrets of this hidden land.


Belarus - Forgotten Europe

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

Belarus is the last bastion of Communism in Europe and an intriguing country to explore. On this small group tour, you will take in its superb fortresses such as Mir and Brest, the historic towns of Minsk, Vitebsk and Polotsk, and learn about its tragic history at Khatyn. The highlight will be the homestay in Disna - a great way to meet local people and gain an insight into their daily lives.

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Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova Overland Experience

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 18 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Belarus is an enigma, a corner of Europe that few have heard about and even fewer have visited. It has remained well out of the spotlight of international tourism, its secrets remaining hidden, its cities seldom visited and its countryside little explored. Too often associated with Soviet monotony, Belarus is slowly starting to reveal its subtle charms to the outside world. We take in the best of its cities, from the sleepy capital Minsk with its fine churches and imposing Soviet architecture to the fortresses at Brest and Mir as well as the historic town of Njasvizh, packed full of 16th century buildings. We also spend time exploring the charming Belarusian countryside – one of the last wildernesses of Europe – in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park, with wildlife that has long since disappeared from the rest of the continent, and we stay in a farmstead to gain a real insight into daily life. Ukraine has been in the Soviet shadow for decades, hidden from the rest of the world with the result that few are aware of its charms. We explore Kiev with its rich cultural heritage and exquisite monuments before heading to Lviv, one of the most elegant cities and a delight to explore. You haven’t really experienced Ukraine until you’ve spent time in its glorious countryside. We stay in the Carpathian Mountains, a treasure house of traditional culture and spectacular scenery, and colourful customs. Staying in a local home allows us to really gain an insight into rural life and is a real highlight. Finally we visit Moldova, sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, this tiny country is home to the ‘breakaway republic’ Transdniestr, making it one of the quirkiest countries in Europe. With influences ranging from the Ottoman Empire to Romania to Russia, Moldova is a fascinating melange of cultures. On our short journey through the country we explore cave monasteries and vast underground wine cellars – of course with opportunities to sample the excellent local wines – and cross the border into Transdniestr to explore its capital Tiraspol and Bendery with its impressive 16th century fortress. ‘Off the beaten track’ doesn’t even come close to describing this overland journey.

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