Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk, 7 days»
Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk, 7 days»
Arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk.
Buffet breakfast. Free time, a walk around the city.
Lunch. Overnight stay in Minsk.
10.00 Minsk Sightseeing Tour (3 hours). During the excursion you will learn about the past and the present of the city. The Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, The Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire, The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Republic of Belarus – that is the way that Minsk has passed during its life. You will see the most valuable architectural monuments of the city: Cathedral Orthodox and Catholic Churches of the ХVII-XVIII centuries; St. Peter and St. Paul's Church of the beginning of ХVII century and the "Red" Church; the oldest street Nemiga which started its way fr om the Minsk castle, and the picturesque Upper Town. The historic centre of Minsk – the Upper Town – attracts the visitors with its unique atmosphere of the past which is felt in its old buildings and on its narrow streets wh ere museums, cafes and restaurants, boutiques and sculptures are located. Magnificent architectural ensembles of the main squares and avenues of the city, monumental constructivist public buildings, parks and public gardens will burst upon your eyes. The tragedy of the citizens in the years of the World War II; modern Minsk of the ХХ-ХХI centuries – these points will also be in the picture of the excursion. Walking down the Trinity Suburb you will see different museums, cafes, taverns and gift shops.
Lunch at the restaurant in the centre of Minsk. Free time for walking around the city, buying souvenirs.
Return to hotel, overnight stay Minsk.
10.30 Excursion "Sula Park-Museum of interactive history".Sula Park-Museum of interactive history was created at the place where the estate of the Lensky family used to be and now impresses us by the beauty of the nature and the ancient buildings. As soon as you step your foot on the grounds of the estate, you will notice the impressive size of the complex, as well as the diversity and wide variety of the exhibits. Due to the interactive format of the excursion you will turn into the direct participant of the animation. You’ll be welcomed by the horse escort and take part in the interactive castle building, visit armoury and khights glory hall, listen to the magnificent music played on the 18th century musical instruments and learn to dance. And it was just the beginning. You’ll taste Belarusian alcoholic beverages and get to know our food traditions. The museum of Lensky family will acquaint you with their eventful life. This museum invites you to a new world, where boundaries between material and spiritual riches dissolve and become obsolete; where you have an opportunity to reconnect with your past. After you take pictures on the charming background of the Sula River you’ll have a hearty lunch at the restaurant.
During this excursion we’ll visit typical Belarusian village – Rubezhevichi. The old herbalist shop is still open here, lots of Belarusian people come here to buy medicinal herbs. There is also an ancient Jewish cemetery which was reconstructed with the help of the USA students. The St. Jozeph’s Catholic Church will impress you by its silhouette and the organ music that you might listen to there.
Overnight in Minsk.
Excursion to Mir and Nesvizh (11 hours). You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Mir Castle and Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family in Nesvizh, which restoration ended in 2011. The majestic Mir Castle, which was built in the XVI century. its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the museum exposition in the northern part of the castle. You will feel the atmosphere of life in the castle passing through the basements where provision was kept and the Ball-room swimming in luxury of Rococo style… Alongside of the castle there is the flamboyant chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family. The historic part of the town of Mir – the place where Belarusians, Poles, Jews, Gipsies and Tartars had been living together for a long time – kept the atmosphere of the former small town/ The ensemble of the market place is formed by the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of craftsmen and merchants. Lunch at the restaurant.
Drive to Nesvizh – the former capital of the Radziwill’s Ordination. At the Market place of this picturesque town you will see the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (XVII cent.) is located nearby. Taking a view of the Park and Palace Complex of the XVI-XVIII centuries designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni by order of Nickolay Christoph Radziwill “Sierotka”. The magnificent castle surrounded by high earthworks and wide ponds represents the system of buildings forming the tasteful court of honor. The elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism are interlaced herein. You will see the impressive expositions, great halls of the palace, livimg and housekeeping areas, picturesque Parks adjacent to the palace. The Farny Church of the XVI century (architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni) – the first Baroque building in the Eastern Europe. This church is one of the most valuable in Belarus due to gorgeous fresco painting and the undercroft. The guide will tell you about the history of the most powerful family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth – the Radziwill Family which influenced the cultural heritage of Belarus and Europe.
Return to Minsk around 7:00 p.m., overnight stay in Minsk.
Excursion to Nanosy-Novoselye Ethnocultural Complex includes visit to the most picturesque sites of Belarus. Nanosy-Novoselye complex is located on the shores of Lake Naroch – the largest lake of our country and the "pearl" of this region. This is one of the most remarkable places of Belarus due to its amazing landscapes, rich flora and fauna, diverse landforms. The visit of the complex will let you be wrapped in the atmosphere of the previous times – here they managed to recreate the everyday life of the rural living of the 19th century. Dozens of authentically decorated wooden houses represent all the advantages of living close to nature. Watermill and wind mill, horse performance, museum of "samovars", hooch stills exposition – the excursion will really impress you!
Lunch. Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk.
Excursion "Belarisian Mosaic". Today we’re heading for the picturesque north-west part of Belarus bypassing old Belarusian towns Zaslavl and Molodechno. The first point of our excursion is Zalesye Estate – the place where one of the most famous sons of Belarusian land spent 20 years of life. Mikhal Kleofas Oginsky was a government and civic leader, a diplomat, a composer, a memoirist, he was the author of the famous “Farewell to my Homeland” polonaise. The 250th anniversary of his birth was included into UNESCO Calendar of Events in 2015. The renovated palace of Oginsky will become a makeshift stage for animated performance about Zalesye Estate. We continue with Smorgon town known for its Calvinist Cathedral of the 17th century (now St. Michael’s Catholic Church), the buildings of the 19th century and the only Memorial in Belarus devoted to bleak events of the First World War.
Our excursion goes on with the chain of the church architecture monuments of the 17-20th centuries. First, we’ll see postmodern catholic church in Soly impressing by its wall painting which was built in the beginning of the 20th century. One of the catholic churches in Ostrovets will remind us of the famous “white-haired consul” in Japan – Iosif Goshkevich – which was born in Belarus and now is buried near the church. You will be definitely impressed by the incredible Neo-Gothic Catholic Church of Holy Trinity in Gervyaty village known from the 13th century. The visit of the church will make this excursion unforgettable.
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk
Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
Excursion to the Museum of folk crafts Dudutki(5.5 hours). It’s a really wonderful trip: serious excursion with playful adventures – degustation of samogon, horse-riding, farm bread treat at the mill. The open-air museum “Dudutki” created in 1995 with its artifacts of folk crafts and workshops of the XIX century is one of the most visited museums in Belarus. You will see the only working mill in Belarus, visit pottery, forge of the XIX century, workshop of woodwork, bakery and the exhibition of veteran cars. Moreover, there is the stable with Orlovsky Trotters, ostriches, wild boars and other animals and birds. You will enjoy riding in the hackney-cabs, visit the meadow of picnics, feel the atmosphere of shlyahta estate. During the excursion there will be 3 tastings in Dudutki:
- near the hooch still (samogon, bread, pickle, honey)
- in the bakery (fresh bread, cheese, butter, herbal tea)
- at the mill (farm bread and fat)
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