Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk - Castle (Nesvizh), 6 days»
Tuesday - Arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk.
10.00 Minsk Sightseeing Tour (3,5 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 Belarusian 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 (Organ Concert); 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 from 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. Return to the hotel, overnight stay in Minsk.
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; wh ere 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.
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk
Thursday - Buffet breakfasts.
Excursion "Belarusian 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.
Friday – Buffet breakfast
Excursion to Nanosy-Novoselye Ethnocultural Complex includes visit of 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!
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk.
Saturday– Buffet breakfast.
Drive from Minsk to Nesvizh. You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Mir and Nesvizh Castles.
Arrival in Nesvizh. Nesvizh is the former capital of the Radziwill’s Ordination, one of the most high-powered families of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. At the Market place of this picturesque town you will see the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (17th century) is located nearby. During our excursion to the Town Hall which was built after Magdeburg rights were granted to Nesvizh in 1586 we will see the museum exposition devoted to the city magistrate. The Farny Church of the 16th century (architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni) – the first Baroque building in the Eastern Europe. This church is one of the most valuable churches in Belarus due to gorgeous fresco painting and the undercroft. We are heading to the Nesvizh Castle Complex of the 16-18th centuries designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni by order of Nickolay Christoph Radziwill "Sirotka". The magnificent castle surrounded by high earthworks and wide ponds represents the system of buildings forming the tasteful court of honor.
Lunch at the restaurant. Hotel check-in.
During our visit of the Palace Museum you will see the impressive expositions composed of a vast number of relics, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas. The great palace halls will impress you by their valuable sets of the artworks, weapons, coins. After the excursion inside the castle we continue our day walking through picturesque parks adjacent to the palace which were founded in the 19th century by Maria de Castellano Radziwill.
Overnight stay in Nesvizh.
Sunday – Breakfast. Hotel check-out.
Drive to Mir. The Majestic Mir Castle, built in the 16th century, its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the Museum Exposition inside the castle. Our excursion begins and first we go downstairs – to the basement where food stocks and wine storages were located. The main exposition of the castle is represented by the material culture of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, hunting trophies, suits of armour, household items. The last titled owners of the castle were the Svyatopolk-Mirsky Family, we will see the rooms and studies where the members of the family worked and lived. Our museum guides will tell us about the life of the Radziwill Family, demonstrate us the confirmation of their ancient lineage and military glory.
Alongside the castle there is the chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family built in the beginning of the 20th century. The historic part of Mir 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.
Return to Minsk about 18.00.
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