Tour «Royal Grodno, 5 days»
Tour «Royal Grodno, 5 days»
Arrival in Minsk, meeting at the station near car No. 5 of your train with a yellow sign "тур Белая Русь", transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel (fr om 00.10). Issuing an information package (memo with a detailed program, map of Minsk). Breakfast buffet
9.00 Excursion Architectural monuments of the Mir and Nesvizh (about 11 hours). You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus entered by UNESCO on the List of Mir Cultural Heritage - the castle in the Mir and the palace and park ensemble in Nesvizh, many years of restoration of which was completed in 2011. The majestic Mir Castle, built in the first quarter of the 16th century, its striking architectural appearance, powerful walls and towers, a stone-paved courtyard leave an unforgettable experience, complemented by a visit to the museum's exposition. Immersion in the atmosphere of the life of its owners begins with cellars, wh ere food was stored and wine cellars were located, and ended with the Ballroom, drowning in the luxury of Rococo. Next to the castle is an art Nouveau church-tomb of the last titled owners of the castle - the princes Svyatopolk-Mirsky. The Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of artisans and merchants form the ensemble of its Market Square. Dinner.
Half-hour transfer to Nesvizh - the former capital of the ordination of the princes of the Radziwills. On the Market Square of this picturesque town, the town hall, ancient shopping arcades, artisan houses have been preserved; nearby - Slutsk Gate. Inspection of the Palace and Park complex of the XVI-XVIII centuries, built by Nikolai Krzysztof Radziwill "Orphan", surrounded by high earthen ramparts and vast ponds. Its architecture intertwines elements of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. The majestic castle-palace is a system of buildings connected into a single ensemble, forming an elegant front courtyard. Inspection of impressive expositions in the palace complex - ceremonial halls of the palace, residential and utility rooms. Walk through the picturesque parks adjacent to the castle.
Acquaintance with the Farny Church: magnificent frescoes of the temple, located in the crypt dungeon - the family tomb of the Radziwills - put this shrine among the most valuable in Belarus. The tour tells the story of the Radziwill dynasty - one of the most influential clans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Commonwealth, which left a deep mark on the cultural heritage of the Belarus people and the entire European civilization.
Return to Minsk at about 19.00, free time, walks around the city. Overnight in Minsk.
9.00 Excursion Reserve Belarus (about 11 hours). The most beautiful landscapes of Belarus - "Belarusian Switzerland" - you will see on the way to the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve.
The reserve was created in 1925 in the vicinity of the Berezina River to protect biological diversity; now it is one of the few corners of natural nature that have been preserved in Europe in their original form. Acquaintance with the rich nature of the reserve begins with a visit to the enclosures with animals: a spacious forest zoo is opened in a pine forest with an area of 12 hectares, where you will find the characteristic inhabitants of our protected forest in conditions close to natural; there are bears, bisons, lynxes, deer, foxes, wolves and many others. We guarantee a lot of impressions! Then we will visit the wonderful picturesque Museum of mythology. We will get acquainted with the sacred understanding of the natural world (the heavenly world, the underworld, and the world of people) that our ancestors believed in. We will learn how they understood the language of nature, how mythological images brought up respect for nature, taught the rules of harmonious coexistence with the natural world.
Moving to the the farm "Reserve Island", located in a lake region in an extremely picturesque place. This farm is one of the most beautiful and picturesque in Belarus. The farm is located on the shores of the picturesque lake Ives. All buildings are wooden, handmade furniture, good atmospheric design returns to their ancestors several centuries ago - there is no limit to human imagination. The interiors of all rooms can be examined for hours! The picturesque atmosphere of a real inn with a bathhouse, homemade grilled food made from local products, a terrace overlooking the picturesque lake of Ives. Here, hospitable hosts await us with a delicious dinner made from natural products. And then - a tour of the farm with a visit to the contact zoo, inspection of picturesque buildings. The nature is magnificent! The highlight of the project is tea drinking during a boat trip on Lake Ives. A huge samovar, a delicious dessert, amazing views of the farm.
Moving to the farm "Center of Europe" located on the other side of the lake. Scientists have established that it is here that the geographical center of Europe is located. A memorial sign on the hill, a grove of "named" trees planted by ambassadors of European countries, and again picturesque views of two lakes, because the estate is located on the isthmus between the lakes Ives and Molino. Here you will find a walk around the surroundings of the farm, refreshments from hospitable hosts, tasting cheeses and local drinks. Return to Minsk - this day away from the bustle of the city will introduce you to the protected Belarus and will remain in your memory for a long time.
Overnight in Minsk.
Minsk Sightseeing Tour (4 hours). During the excursion you will learn about the past of the city. You will see The 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, with which the life of Minsk was associated for five centuries. In the Upper Town preserved architectural monuments of the XVII-XIX centuries. On its main square - Svobody Square - You will see the town hall, the guest house, shopping arcades, several monastery complexes (Bernardine, Basilian, Jesuit); here you will see the most valuable architectural monuments cities - Orthodox and Catholic Cathedrals of the 17th century. On Svobody Square, you can take beautiful photographs against the background of numerous street sculptures, carriages, city scales. You will also see magnificent ensembles of squares and avenues of Minsk, monumental buildings of the constructivist era, the famous ensemble of the main street of Minsk - a monument of constructivism, modern buildings - the original National Library and the Minsk Arena.
The tragedy of the inhabitants of the city during the Great Patriotic War will also be reflected in the tour. The history of the city, its great people will miraculously come to life in the guide’s story and continue their narrative while walking along the picturesque Troitsky suburb, where the life of the city of the century before last boiled and wh ere museums, souvenir shops, cozy cafes, taverns and much more attract visitors today. This walk will complete the journey through the Belarus capital in time and space.
Lunch at the restaurant. Free time, walking around the city, buying souvenirs. Overnight in Minsk.
Breakfast buffet, eviction from the hotel.
8.00 Departure from Minsk to Grodno. The most beautiful landscapes and the history of numerous ancient settlements of Ponemanie - the land of castles, knights and poets.
Arrival in Lida. The city of Lida is proud of the most monumental castle in Belarus, founded seven hundred years ago (1323) by Grand Duke Gediminas. A visit to the Castle will allow you to plunge into the depths of the past - in front of you is one of the most valuable monuments of the defensive architecture of Belarus. The city also preserved cult buildings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Arrival in Grodno at about 13.30, lunch and accommodation at the hotel.
Sightseeing bus and pedestrian tour of Grodno, which will introduce you to the monuments of the city-museum. In the past, the city served as the capital of the Commonwealth. The leading role in the historical and cultural heritage of Grodno is played by architectural ensembles of various eras and styles. Buildings of the Grodno architectural school of the XII century. coexist with the buildings of modernists and constructivists of the XX century. And besides, Gothic, Renaissance, mature Baroque and strict classicism. Here is the oldest church in Belarus - Kolozhskaya, built in the XII century. on the high bank of the Neman. As well as a monumental and refined Grodno church - Farny (1703).
On the streets, diverging in all directions from the former Market Square, numerous monasteries remained - Catholic (Bernardine, Brigitte, Franciscan) and Orthodox Nativity of the Virgin, as well as mansions of the nobility and ordinary civilian buildings. Curved streets, a picturesque relief make the historic center of Grodno unsurpassed! A walk along Sovetskaya Street - the main pedestrian street of Grodno, which retained the charm and sophistication of the ancient city thanks to the wrought-iron grilles of the balconies, the bright colors of the houses, the presence of numerous cafes with ancient interiors and delicious desserts ... And then a small concert of organ music in Lutheran Church of St. John. On a real mechanical organ you will hear various works - from classical to jazz. This concert will allow you to adequately complete a day full of impressions. Overnight in Grodno.
After breakfast - eviction fr om the hotel and departure to the Augustow Canal. On the way we will see the sights of this part of the Grodno region: old towns, slender silhouettes of temples; in the picturesque town of Sopotskin, we will examine the graceful Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in 1789.
The Augustow Canal is a hydraulic structure of the 19th century, one of the largest canals in Europe, included in the preliminary UNESCO World Heritage List. It became the first artificial waterway in Europe, directly linking two large rivers - the Vistula and the Neman. Here we are waiting for a boat trip along the Augustow Canal. A large number of locks and drawbridges add some technogenic zest to the beautiful landscapes. Unforgettable impressions and beautiful photos are guaranteed!
Return to Grodno. Lunch at the restaurant. Then continued the tour of the city-museum. The royal Gothic castle in Grodno arose during the time of Vytautas, at the end of the 16th century. King Stephen Bathory rebuilt it into a Renaissance palace, which played a significant role in the history of the state. Now the castle is under reconstruction - returns its original royal appearance!
Nearby is the New Castle (XVIII century), wh ere the dramatic events of the second and third sections of the Commonwealth took place - the so-called "silent Diet". Both castles are picturesquely situated on the high steep bank of the Neman; inspection of the territory of the castles. Grodno is an international city, in previous centuries a significant part of it was the Jewish population. Visit the majestic synagogue, carefully restored last year. Free time, walks, bus departure to Minsk at 17.00 (for those who have train tickets at 15.52 - do not worry: we will take you to the station!).