Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk - Vitebsk, 4 days»
The program of an excursion with departure from Minsk.
Thursday - Arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk.
Excursion "Road of Castles" to Novogrudok and Lida.
The route acquaints with monumental architectural monuments - grand dukes in Novogrudok and Lida. You will see Lidsky and Novogrudsky castles, as well as other sights (ancient churches, churches, parks, museum expositions) of these ancient cities, whose age ranges from 700 to 1,000 years. Many remarkable people were bound by their destiny with this over-Nemanish land: "King of Lithuania" Mindovg, Grand Duke Gedimin, poet of universal glory Adam Mickiewicz, world renown scholar, traveler Ignat Domeyko, influential magnates of Radziwilli and others.
The sights of Novogrudok wait for you.
The reflection of the historical glory of Novogrudok, the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, falls on the objects of this excursion. The legendary castle, picturesque landscapes, ancient religious buildings - Orthodox, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish - could serve as scenery for the historical film! You will see such a monument of high importance as the ruins of Novogrudsky Castle, the first castle in the territory of Belarus, which was built in stone and brick in the 13th century by the Grand Duke, and then by the "King of Lithuania" Mindovg. From the castle mountain offers an incredible view of the surrounding area! And at its foot is The Church of The Lord Transfiguration, laid by the Grand Duke Vitovt at the end of the fourteenth century; Here in 1422 Vladislav Jagailo was married to Princess Sophia Golshanska, which marked the beginning of the reign of the Jagiellonian dynasty. During the excursion along the cozy streets of ancient Novogrudok you will also see other ancient temples of the 14th-18th centuries, among which the most valuable is the Orthodox Church of The S. Boris and Gleb of the fourteenth century. The rich past of Novogrudok has been brilliantly reflected in the poetry of her famous native Adam Mickiewicz - here were the childhood and youth years of the poet. A visit to A. Mitskevich's House-Museum included in the program of our combined bus tour and will leave a strong impression thanks to a rich exposition about this poet of universal glory. Mickiewicz is also dedicated to the Mound of Immortality at Zamkova Mountain. And next to it is The Art Gallery of Konstantin Kachan, a contemporary Belarusian artist. Examination of the exposition, music, fragrant coffee and tea will be a successful end to the acquaintance with Novogrudok.
Lunch at the restaurant.
Book the excursion to Lida with departure from Minsk.
Lida is known for its brick fortress, built nearly seven hundred years ago (1323) by Gediminas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania whose grandson Jogaila celebrated here his wedding with Sophia of Halshany hundred years afterwards. Excursion and performance in the castle will allow you to immerse yourself in the fascinating events of the past and archery and sword-fight will bring you a lot of unforgettable impressions.
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk.
Friday – Buffet breakfast.
At 10.00 - Minsk sightseeing tour.
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 all yhe sights of the capital of Belarus:
Minsk sightseeing tour continues.
Book Minsk sightseeing tour on our website. The historic centre of Minsk – the Upper Town – attracts the visitors by 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. During the excursion to the Town Hall you will listen to a short concert-performance "Meet Stanislaw Moniuszko". 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 20-21st 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. Return to the hotel, overnight stay in Minsk.
Book the fascinating tour to the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve and Vitebsk.
Saturday – Buffet breakfast, check-out fr om the hotel, at 8.00 departure from Minsk. On the way to Vitebsk, you will see the most beautiful landscapes of Belarus - the so-called "Belarusian Switzerland". The Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve was established in 1925 in the vicinity of the Berezina River to protect the biological diversity of nature; now it is one of a few corners of natural nature preserved in its original state. Acquaintance with the rich nature of the reserve begins at the Museum of Nature with an interactive exhibition of the animal and plant world. Then visit the enclosures with animals: on the edge of a pine forest on an area of 12 hectares, a spacious modern forest zoo is open; there are bears, bison, lynx, deer, roe deer, foxes, wolves and many others. We guarantee a lot of impressions!
Transfer to Vitebsk, hotel check-in, lunch.
Vitebsk sightseeing tour.
The city, royally established on the Western Dvina, originated in the 10th century and played a major role in the history of Belarus. During the sightseeing tour you will visit its historical part with the preserved and restored buildings of the XVIII-XIX centuries. You will see the symbol of the Magdeburg city right - the graceful town hall built in 1775. On the high bank of the Zapadnaya Dvina there is one of the monumental buildings of the old Vitebsk - the Governor's Palace (XVIII century), which keeps the memory of the past of the city. Restored on the steep bank of the Vitba River, the Assumption Cathedral of the former Basilian Monastery became an elegant visual dominant of the city. You will also see the Resurrection Church - a monument of Vilna baroque architecture; the restored Byzantine-style church of the Annunciation. The cultural heritage of Vitebsk also includes the historically established planning structure of the city, buildings in the Art Nouveau style. During the tour you will see a stylized medieval tower "Dukhovskoy Kruglik", funny street sculptures, original small architectural forms. You will also enjoy a walk along the picturesque pedestrian street of the city with souvenir shops and cozy coffee shops.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Vitebsk turned into a kind of a symbol of the dynamic art of the world-famous "Vitebsk School", the brilliant representatives of which were the brilliant Marc Shagal, the author of the mysterious "Black Square" Konstantin Malevich, the creator of the Russian seasons in Paris Mstislav Dobuzhinsky. The works of these artists are exhibited in the largest museums of the world and glorified our school of painting. "Oh Paris! You are my second Vitebsk!" - exclaimed the greatest artist of the XX century, Marc Chagall, who carried his love for this city through all his life. Visiting the Museum of Marc Shagal in a house on Pokrovskaya Street, which was built by the father of Marc Chagall in the early 1900s and wh ere the artist spent his young years. The museum presents household items of the XIX-XX centuries, archival documents telling about the life of Mark Shagal in Vitebsk.
Free time, walking around the city, shopping. Overnight stay in Vitebsk.
Sunday – Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
Vitebsk sightseeing tour continues.
Continuation of acquaintance with Vitebsk. The events of the early twentieth century in Vitebsk laid the foundation not only for the Russian (then Vitebsk was part of the Russian Empire as a provincial center), but also for the world avant-garde. Vitebsk artists can be called the successors of the suprematist traditions, laid down by K. Malevich. The heritage left by them in Vitebsk is perceived today as a genetic code capable of producing all new and new talents. A visit to the new Museum of the Vitebsk National School, located in the original pre-revolutionary building; here you will plunge into the unique atmosphere of the avant-garde of the 20s of XX century, when art was born that changed the world. The museum is high-tech and has exclusive multimedia equipment.
And today Vitebsk is also known as the musical capital of festivals. Here are jazz, bard, piano festivals. Since 1992, Vitebsk became the capital of the International Art Festival "Slavic Bazaar", the musical arena of which - the Summer Amphitheater - you will see during the tour. Almost every year, new monuments are established in the city, creative urban spaces are created, new cafes are opened, and local craftsmen are famous for their unique souvenirs. Art Space on Tolstoy street regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary Belarusian artists. No wonder Vitebsk is called the cultural capital of Belarus!
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Have a good trip!