Tour "Belaya Rus: Minsk - Brest, 5 days"
The route of the excurcion around Belarus.
The first day - Wednesday - of our combined excursion with the departure from Minsk starts from transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk Buffet breakfasts.
Our trip around Belarus starts at 9.00. Excursion "World of Belarusian Townships" waits for you. 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 Virgin Nativity and the parish Trinity Church - both of them from the XVII century and show us the riot of exquisite forms of the Vilna Baroque. Book the excursion from VETLIVA, and you can 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.
At the end of the excurcion you will see 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.
Thursday - Buffet breakfasts.
On the second day the excursion to the castles of Belarus wait for you.
Our tourust route around the sights of Belarus continues. 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.
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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 saints 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.
Our excursion conducts 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.
Friday – Buffet breakfast
Minsk sightseeing tour and excursion to Khatyn Memorial complex wait for you.
Our excursion starts at 10.00 with 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 the most valuable architectural monuments of the city: Cathedral Orthodox and Catholic Churches of the 17-18th centuries; St. Peter and St. Paul's Church of the beginning of 17th 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 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.
The route of our excursion conducts us to the Freedom square.
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 in the centre of Minsk.
Excursion to the Khatyn Memorial complex.
It is dedicated to the events of the World War II, three years of invasion of Belarus. The day of the vernal equinox, March 22, 1943, became the day of tragedy symbolizing the sufferings of the civilian population during the war. The village of Khatyn was burned together with its 149 inhabitants. Later the stately architectural complex was built there, representing the village planning, its streets, houses, wells. At the sites of the burned-down houses there are 26 stylized log-houses with the obelisks in the shape of chimneys and the bells ringing plaintively on the top. Book this excursion on our website, and you will see the unique cemetery of villages, the Wall of Memory with the names of concentration camps and the number of victims. Strong emotional impact is achieved by harmonious unity with nature, impressive sounds and architecture. In the end of the excursion you will visit the Mound of Glory – the monument to the liberators of Minsk – and will rise to its top.
Return to hotel near 19.00, overnight stay Minsk.
Saturday – Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
Excursion with the departure from Minsk continues.
The route of our trip around Belarus conducts us to Brest.
Around 13.00 - arrival in Brest. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch at the restaurant.You will visit the Brest Fortress (built in 1842) which became history twice/ Book the excursion on our website, because here in 1918, in the White Palace of the Brest fortress the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, ending the war between Soviet Russia and Germany, here the brave soldiers hold the fort during the first days of the Great Patriotic War. The memorial “Brest Hero-Fortress” includes forts, bastions, barracks and sculptural compositions. You will visit the Museum of Fortress located in the Citadel – the old barrack in the centre of the fortress. A visit to the archeological museum "Berestje" will help you to learn the history of Brest, its everyday life, crafts and trade.
And then - Brest sightseeing tour! Brest is an ancient city on the border of Belarus and Poland (first mentioned in 1019!). The city has an ancient and rich history: the first of the Belarusian cities, he received the Magdeburg Law; here in 1596 the Brest Church Union was concluded, uniting the eastern and western branches of Christianity; Many outstanding people lived here. In 1921, Brest became part of Poland, and in September 1939 - in the USSR. You will see the cultural heritage of this city, its ancient and modern monuments: St. Simeon's Cathedral, St. Nicholas Brotherhood Church, mansions of the XIX - early XX centuries. You walk along the picturesque pedestrian street of the city - in recent years, a host of original small architectural forms have appeared on it and on adjacent boulevards: lanterns, benches, funny street sculptures. And do not miss the attraction - here at sunset you can admire the daily ceremony of lighting the retro lanterns by the lamplighter in the form of Peter the Great's time. Take a picture with him - for good luck!
Free time, walking around the city, shopping. Overnight stay in Brest.
Sunday – Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
Excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha wait for you.
During our excursion with the departure fr om Minsk you will see Belovezhskaya Pushcha, which listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now it is a National reservation, where rich plant life and amazing landscape are combined. Here grows the highest fir-tree in Europe, here live powerful aurochs and a great number of animal species. A lot of famous people are associated with this place – brothers Tyszkiewicz and Tyzenhaus, Napoleon and Nicholas II. You will visit the Museum of Nature with its amazing exhibitions,
You will visit Father Frost's Estate.
The Estate is located deep in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, wh ere the feedboxex for aurochs are settled. Here you will find the mansions of Father Frost and Snow Maiden, the storage of Father Frost’s presents “Skarbnitsa” and a mill. You will visit open-air cages with animals and after that you will have free time when you can make some pictures or buy some souvenirs made of wood, clay or straw.
Drive to Brest listening to the song “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”. On the way to Brest we will make a break in Kamyanyets wh ere the magnificent Tower of Kamyanyets is situated. It was built in 1276, its height is 30 meters.
Arrival in Brest.
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Free time. Transfer to the station by 4.30 pm, return to Minsk by bus and departure home from Minsk after 10.00 pm.
Have a good trip!
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