Tour "Belaya Rus: Minsk, 4 days"
The route of the sightseeing tour around the sights of Belarus.
Thursday-arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in fr om 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk.
Buffet breakfast. Excursion to Mir and Nesvizh (11 hours). You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Mir Castle and Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family in Nesvizh, which restoration ended in 2011. The majestic Mir castle, which was built in the XVI century - you can visit it - thanks to our excursion. Its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the museum exposition in the northern part of the castle. You will feel the atmosphere of life in the castle passing through the basements where provision was kept and the Ball-room swimming in luxury of Rococo style. Alongside of the castle there is the flamboyant chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family. The historic part of the town of Mir – the place where Belarusians, Poles, Jews, Gipsies and Tartars had been living together for a long time – kept the atmosphere of the former small town. Book an excursion on-line, and you will see, that the ensemble of the market place is formed by the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of craftsmen and merchants.
Lunch at the restaurant.
Our excursion with the departure from Minsk continues.
Drive to Nesvizh – the former capital of the Radziwill’s Ordination. At the Market place of this picturesque town you will see the Town Hall, shopping arcades, artisan houses; the Slutsk Gate (XVII cent.) is located nearby. Our excursion will show you the Park and Palace Complex of the XVI-XVIII centuries designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni by order of Nickolay Christoph Radziwill “Sierotka”. The magnificent castle surrounded by high earthworks and wide ponds represents the system of buildings forming the tasteful court of honor. Book an excursion on-line, and you will see the elements of Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism, which interlaced herein. You will see the impressive expositions, great halls of the palace, living and housekeeping areas, picturesque PARKS adjacent to the palace.
The program of our trip with the departure from Minsk includes the visit to the Farny Church of the XVI century (architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni) – the first Baroque building in the Eastern Europe. This church is one of the most valuable in Belarus due to gorgeous fresco painting and the undercroft. The guide will tell you about the history of the most powerful family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth – the Radziwill Family which influenced the cultural heritage of Belarus and Europe.
Return to Minsk, overnight stay in Minsk.
Friday – Buffet breakfast.
Book the sightseeing excursion around Minsk!
On the second day of our four-day trip around Belarus we will have interesting schedule. During Minsk sightseeing 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. The capital of Belarus is the city, in which you can see a lot of interesting sights. You will see the most valuable architectural monuments of the city:
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 in the centre of Minsk. Free time for walking around the city, buying souvenirs.
Return to hotel, overnight stay Minsk.
Saturday – Buffet breakfast.
The saturated excursion around Belarus continues.
Excursion “Belarusian Mosaic”. Today we’re heading for the picturesque north-west part of Belarus bypassing old Belarusian towns Zaslavl and Molodechno. You will see not so popular, but very interesting sights of Belarus.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.
Book the excursion around Belarus on the site VETLIVA!
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
Sunday – Buffet breakfast. Check-out.
The most funny excursion to Dudutki from Minsk!
During this trip you will tastenational dishes and will dee, how lived ancient Belarusian. Excursion to the Museum of folk crafts Dudutki (5.5 hours). It’s a really wonderful trip: serious excursion with playful adventures – degustation of samogon, horse-riding, farm bread and fat at the mill. The open-air museum “Dudutki” created in 1995 with its artifacts of folk crafts and workshops of the XIX century is one of the most visited museums in Belarus. You will see the only working mill in Belarus, visit pottery, forge of the XIX century, workshop of woodwork, bakery and the exhibition of veteran cars… Moreover, there is the stable with Orlovsky Trotters, ostriches, wild boars and other animals and birds. You will enjoy riding in the hackney-cabs, visit the meadow of picnics, feel the atmosphere of shlyahta estate. During the excursion there will be 3 tastings in Dudutki:
- near the hooch still (samogon, bread, pickle, honey)
- in the bakery (fresh bread, cheese, butter, herbal tea)
- at the mill (farm bread and fat)
Here you may buy wonderful souvenirs and take photos.
Return to Minsk. Transfer to the railway station. Have a good trip!
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