Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk-Sula, 7 days»
Arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk. Buffet breakfasts. 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 Belorussian 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 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 in the centre of Minsk. Return to hotel near 15.00, overnight stay Minsk.
9.00 Excursion «World of Belarusian Townships». Located in 120 km from Minsk Budslav town is a National Sanctuary. And this fame was brought to him by a monumental temple - the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ascension (XVII-XVIII cc.) with the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, to which tens of thousands of pilgrims from Belarus and neighboring countries flock annually. The church, officially recognized by the Vatican in 1994 as the "Little Basilica", amazes the imagination with the grandeur of its lavish baroque forms, the abundance of decor, grizzly paintings, and the wooden altar of the 17th century is an authentic pearl of sacred arts and crafts.
Further, crossing the border of the Minsk and Vitebsk regions, we get to Glubokoye, located above the five lakes! This small city has a rich history that counts 6 centuries and comes to life in familiarity with the monuments of architecture that form the silhouette of its historical center. This is the Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin and the parish Trinity Church - both of them from the XVII century and show us the riot of exquisite forms of the Vilna Baroque. Visit to the Orthodox Cathedral of the Virgin Nativity. Crepting upwards the tower of the cathedral, you will enjoy beautiful scenery with many lakes from a bird's-eye view, and descending into the dungeon, you will see traces of the history of the XVII century! And on the square in front of these temples is a kind of Memory Alley with bronze busts of people, glorifying Glubotchin. It is immortalized here: Josef Korsak - patron of the deepest temples, Yazep Drozdovich - artist, folklorist, writer, Ignat Buynitsky - founder of the Belarusian theater, Vaclav Lastovsky - Prime Minister of the Belarusian People's Republic. And this avenue is constantly replenished with new sculptures. There is even a monument to the famous baron Munchausen - the character of the books of Rudolf Erich Raspe! How did he come here? Oh, it's a separate story. Glubokoye is also called the "cherry capital" of the country. In honor of this berry, a monument has been erected here, and in addition, the thematic "cherry" festival is held annually in Glubokoe in July. Next to the "deep cherry" is the Yakimovich manor. It seems almost incredible when, among the urban landscape, you suddenly find yourself in this corner of a rural idyll - with gazebos, ponds, lawns, humpbacked bridges, stone statues. In the homestead of the hospitable Yakimovich we planned Lunch for you.
And finally, Mosar. Earlier it was the estate of the Bzhestovskys. From their manor the church of St. Anna remained, being a monument of classicism architecture of the late XVIII century. Around it, on several hectares, through the efforts of parishioners and active priest Józef Bulq, was created a magnificent park with a variety of thematic compositions, built on associations of biblical texts. Now it is an arboretum. Among his creations, the priest and rested in Bose in 2010. His grave at the church. And it will fit her to think about how much one person can do and what the often sounding words mean "the role of the individual in history". Unique landscapes, scattered lakes and extraordinary beauty of the landscape will be a perfect backdrop for this excursion. Return to hotel near 20.00, overnight stay Minsk.
Excursion "Road Of Castles". The route acquaints with monumental architectural monuments - grand dukes in Novogrudok and Lida, as well as with 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 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 Transfiguration of the Lord, 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 Ss. 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 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.
Arrival to Lida. 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.
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.
The breakfast a buffet, eviction from hotel, at 8:00 departure from Minsk.
An excursion along Zabrodye's route — Sula — Rubezhevichi. The first point — the village of Zabrodye which is in 100 km. The untouched nature, own history and a unique complex of the Belarusian originality characterize this place. Here the history of all XX century has materialized: from World War I which century of the termination will be noted in 2018; through the Great Patriotic War and post-war years — up to now. Here during World War I there passed the front line. Creation of an ethnocultural complex has begun in the 1970th years when the Minsk artist Boris Tsitovich has lodged in Zabrodye. His efforts on restoration of memory of dramatic events of pan-European history have crowned creation of the memorial devoted to World War I. The total area of the hospital with the lazaretny brotherly cemetery restored by efforts of family of Boris Tsitovich, about eight hectares. In Zabrodye there is also a Palisade of Memory and the chapel with the small museum — in memory of soldiers of World War I and the Great Patriotic War is built. And the traditional wooden houses which have remained in the village are filled with old household items. Having armed with rustic furniture, traditional architecture and photos, owners make seen the Belarusian culture and history. The village has turned into the interactive place wh ere through a reflection over the past the present is formed that turns the village into something special and gives her the creative atmosphere. In the extensive territory there is a place and for rest at water, and for driving on original rafts, and for a sit-round gathering at a fire. There is also a collection of the artifacts of the Soviet era causing nostalgia on youth, a slow tide of life, vacation in the grandmother here. And the collection of vintage cars from all over the world will impress even the most experienced fans. These cars — in great demand: for shootings of military movies, for picturesque photoshoots. You should touch history and to spend unforgettable day! The program of visit has provided also a tasty lunch here — dishes directly from the furnace!
Аfter breakfast we go on an excursion. Manor park "Park of the history Sula", created on the site of the estate of the noble family of Lenskikh, captivates with the colors of nature and old buildings that received the modern design after the restoration, but also preserved the charm of the previous architectural forms. Interactive format of the tour will allow you to turn fr om a passive listener into an active participant. At the beginning of the tour you are met with horse riding by equestrian riders in historical costumes. Immersion in the medieval history of Belarus, when Belarus was called the country of castles, occurs during the interactive participation in the construction of the castle (splitting of stones). Then a visit to the gunsmith's workshop - forging a cold weapon and demonstrating a saber battle. Next, your eyes will open the majestic building of the Royal Assembly, where you will see the hall of chivalry with a collection of tapestries and paintings; attracts attention and is truly a royal-sized fireplace. Performing musical works on bagpipe-dude and harmonium of the 18th century, learning the dance will add color to the excursion. When visiting the brewery and tasting strong drinks, we will talk about the traditions of food and drink, which were polished in Belarusian manors for centuries. And you can learn about the rich history of the Lenskys during a visit to the Lenskys museum, a manor house and a chapel in the form of an ancient rotunda church. Visiting this manor will be immersing in a fascinating world wh ere the lines between material and spiritual are blurred, the lost connection with the past is restored. The unhurried flow of the Sula River running through the park, flowing into a deep and clear lake, pouring through the Historical Park, quiet classical music, once again mentally brings you back to the history of the estate and its mysterious riddles, as though purposely left by former owners. A walk in the britzke through the park will continue to visit the park, and then - skating on the Drakkar on the lake. Lunch in a picturesque restaurant.
Further we go to the former place Rubezhevichi, known from the XIII century. The name Rubezhevichi comes from the word "boundary" - the place has repeatedly appeared at the border of one or another state. In the Middle Ages there was the eastern border of Lithuania; and until 1939 the Rubezheviches stretched the border between Poland and the Soviet Union. In Rubezhevychy there is an old pharmacy of medicinal herbs, called the Belarusian phytotherapy Mecca. Here is preserved the ancient Jewish cemetery, restored by the whole world - with the participation of US students. Folded out of limestone carvings and proudly set on a hillock, the 2-tower St. Joseph's Church immediately captures the attention of visitors. Organ composition in its walls will complete our journey into the past, open to the present day.
Return to Minsk around 5 pm. Leaving things in the storage room at the train station (if you have a train late), free time can be spent at the Galileo shopping and entertainment center, 100 meters from the station. Going home is a happy journey!
Sula lands are famous for the great names of their owners: Stefan Batory, the Vishnevetskys, the Radziwills and finally the Lenskys. The memories ...