Tour «Belarusian Kaleidoscope, 7 days»
Tour «Belarusian Kaleidoscope, 7 days»
Arrival in Minsk, meeting at the station near carriage No. 5 of your train with a yellow sign "Тур Белая Русь", transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel (from 00.10), receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk.
Free day for independent acquaintance with Minsk. Walking around the city, buying souvenirs. Lunch at the hotel restaurant. Overnight in Minsk.
10.00 Minsk Sightseeing Tour (3,5 hours). During the excursion you will learn about the past of the city. You will see The 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 fr om the Minsk castle, and the picturesque Upper Town, with which the life of Minsk was associated for five centuries. In the Upper Town preserved architectural monuments of the XVII-XIX centuries. On its main square - Svobody Square - You will see the town hall, the guest house, shopping arcades, several monastery complexes (Bernardine, Basilian, Jesuit); here you will see the most valuable architectural monuments cities - Orthodox and Catholic Cathedrals of the 17th century. On Svobody Square, you can take beautiful photographs against the background of numerous street sculptures, carriages, city scales. You will also see magnificent ensembles of squares and avenues of Minsk, monumental buildings of the constructivist era, the famous ensemble of the main street of Minsk - a monument of constructivism, modern buildings - the original National Library and the Minsk Arena.
The tragedy of the inhabitants of the city during the Great Patriotic War will also be reflected in the tour. The history of the city, its great people will miraculously come to life in the guide’s story and continue their narrative while walking along the picturesque Troitsky suburb, where the life of the city of the century before last boiled and wh ere museums, souvenir shops, cozy cafes, taverns and much more attract visitors today. This walk will complete the journey through the Belarus capital in time and space.
Lunch at the restaurant. Free time, walking around the city, buying souvenirs - everything is nearby. Overnight in Minsk.
10.00 Excursion "Belarus Traditions" (7 hours). First, we go to the Museum of national Architecture and Life in Ostrovets - a wonderful open-air museum, which demonstrates traditional folk culture in wooden buildings brought fr om different parts of Belarus. You will find an unusual journey through the streets of a 19th-century village into the wonderful world of folk fantasy. The world of wooden Belarus, which is disappearing into oblivion, is gaining visible features, vibrant colors, sounds and smells. You will see the Uniate Holy Protection Church of the 18th century, a huge public barn, a roadside chapel rotunda, a tavern and a mill of the 19th century, a forge, a public school. Here is the "beekeeper's estate" with an exhibition of original beekeeping items. And most importantly - a variety of types of rural farmsteads. These are the estates of the linear "linear" peasant's yard, and the estates of the closed "wreath" type - what age-old wisdom is in each of them! During an interactive tour, visitors travel through the museum village and get acquainted with the monuments and their interiors, after which they play traditional games and can dance to the accompaniment of live folk music. In this museum, located in an extremely picturesque area, you will plunge into the wonderful world of folk fantasy, take beautiful photos!
And then we’ll go to the existing rural estate - the most famous Gankа farm in Belarus. It all starts with a colorful meeting of guests by hospitable hosts - in national traditions with a national treat. Then - a small tour of the estate. Tastefully furnished extensive manor house is a kind of mini-museum of the people's material culture, a large number of household items of bygone eras are collected here, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood, a house in the village, long evenings. There is a picturesque lake, a rope town, benches under apple trees, a honey apiary, and what a story of these places! The borderland is always dramatic and gives rise to passionate personalities - they will also be discussed. The owner of the estate Anatoly Ganets has a conservative education, so good music is guaranteed to you. The musical performance of the Retro band with an extensive repertoire, a master class in ancient dances will add bright colors to the memories of this day. And then you will have a delicious and plentiful, home-cooked dinner! Once here, you will plunge into a new world wh ere harmony, unity with nature, an atmosphere of joy reigns: the hospitable Ganka invites! Return to Minsk, walks around the city, purchase of souvenirs. Overnight in Minsk.
9.00 Excursion Architectural monuments of the Mir and Nesvizh (about 11 hours). You will see the most valuable monuments of Belarus entered by UNESCO on the List of Mir Cultural Heritage - the castle in the Mir and the palace and park ensemble in Nesvizh, many years of restoration of which was completed in 2011.
The majestic Mir Castle, built in the first quarter of the 16th century, its striking architectural appearance, powerful walls and towers, a stone-paved courtyard leave an unforgettable experience, complemented by a visit to the museum's exposition. Immersion in the atmosphere of the life of its owners begins with cellars, where food was stored and wine cellars were located, and ended with the Ballroom, drowning in the luxury of Rococo. Next to the castle is an art Nouveau church-tomb of the last titled owners of the castle - the princes Svyatopolk-Mirsky. The Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of artisans and merchants form the ensemble of its Market Square. Dinner.
Half-hour transfer to Nesvizh - the former capital of the ordination of the princes of the Radziwills. On the Market Square of this picturesque town, the town hall, ancient shopping arcades, artisan houses have been preserved; nearby - Slutsk Gate. Inspection of the Palace and Park complex of the XVI-XVIII centuries, built by Nikolai Krzysztof Radziwill "Orphan", surrounded by high earthen ramparts and vast ponds. Its architecture intertwines elements of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classicism. The majestic castle-palace is a system of buildings connected into a single ensemble, forming an elegant front courtyard. Inspection of impressive expositions in the palace complex - ceremonial halls of the palace, residential and utility rooms. Walk through the picturesque parks adjacent to the castle.
Acquaintance with the Farny Church: magnificent frescoes of the temple, located in the crypt dungeon - the family tomb of the Radziwills - put this shrine among the most valuable in Belarus. The tour tells the story of the Radziwill dynasty - one of the most influential clans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Commonwealth, which left a deep mark on the cultural heritage of the Belarus people and the entire European civilization.
Return to Minsk at about 19.00, free time, walks around the city. Overnight in Minsk.
10.00 Tour Sula - Rubezhevichi (8 hours). The farm-park complex "Park of the History of Sula", created on the site of the estate of the noble family of Lensky, conquers with natural colors and ancient buildings, which received a modern purpose after restoration, but also retain the charm of the old architectural forms. The interactive format of the excursion will allow you to turn fr om a passive listener into an active participant. At the entrance to the estate with music he meets an equestrian escort of riders in historical costumes. And then the journey through the centuries begins: megalithic culture, the parking of an ancient man, the wooden idols of the ancient gods, the settlement of the Vikings - the whole history of these places on the sites of the History Park! You even make your improvised journey "fr om the Vikings to the Greeks" on the Viking boat - Sulsky Drakkar! And immersion in the medieval history of Belarus, when Belarus was called the country of castles, begins with an examination of the Sulsky castle, built of hewn rubble stone, built according to all the fortification rules of the Middle Ages. Then a visit to the weapons workshop - forging of cold steel and a demonstration of saber combat. Next, you will see the magnificent building of the "Royal Assembly", wh ere you will see the hall of chivalrous glory with a collection of tapestries and paintings; A truly royal sized fireplace draws attention. Performing musical works on the bagpipe-duda and harmonium of the 18th century, learning the dance will add color to the tour. When visiting a brewery and tasting hard drinks, we will talk about the food and drink traditions that have been polished in Belarus estates for centuries. And you can learn about the rich history of Lensky while visiting the Lensky museum, visiting the manor house and chapel in the form of an ancient temple-rotunda. A visit to this estate will become an immersion in the enchanting world, wh ere the boundaries between the material and the spiritual are erased, the lost connection with the past is restored. Slow flow of the Sula river running through the park, flowing into a deep and clear lake, many colorful buildings and structures on a vast territory, a megalithic culture site will allow you to take beautiful photographs; and at the end - Lunch in a picturesque restaurant.
Then we go to the former town of Rubezhevichi, known from the XIII century. The name Rubezhevichy comes from the word "frontier" - the place has repeatedly appeared at the border of one or the other state. In the Middle Ages, the eastern border of Lithuania passed here; and until 1939, the border between Poland and the Soviet Union extended beyond the Rubezhevichs. In Rubezhevichi there is an old pharmacy of medicinal herbs called the Belarus phytotherapy mecca. An ancient Jewish cemetery, restored by the whole world - with the participation of US students, has been preserved here. Composed of squared limestone quadras and proudly set on a hill, the 2-tower St. Jozef Church immediately captures the attention of visitors. The organ composition within its walls will complete our journey into the past, which is open today.
Return to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.
9.00 Excursion "Belarusian Mosaic" (11 hours). Starovilensky nobility, bypassing the ancient cities of Zaslavl and Molodechno, leads us to the north-western part of Belarus, endowed with nature landscapes of bewitching, elegiac beauty. And Zalesye estate is the best confirmation of this. It was here that Michal Kleofas Oginsky spent 20 years of his turbulent life - a statesman and public figure, composer, author of the famous polonaise "Farewell to the Motherland." The restored Oginsky palace, surrounded by a picturesque landscape park, will become a kind of theatrical stage for the animated representation of Zalesye - the “estate of muses”, as it was once called by enthusiastic contemporaries.
Next to the estate is the city of Smarhoń, which is known both for its unique Calvinist “gathering” of the 17th century - now the church of St. Michael, and for the fact that during the First World War this city, being 810 days on the front line, took heavy blows military hardship, as many bunkers in its environs are talking about today and the only memorial in Belarus dedicated to the events of this pan-European history. Lunch at the restaurant.
Next, a series of expressive monuments of religious architecture of the XVII-XX centuries opens. The sculptural, postmodern-style church in Solah was built at the beginning of the 20th century. and preserved in the interior unique wall paintings on New Testament themes. The journey will continue with memories of the famous "white-haired consul" in Japan - a native of Belarus, Iosif Goshkevich, buried in Ostrovets near the walls of one of the local churches of the 18th – 19th centuries. with a unique collection of icons of eastern and western letters. In known since the XIII century. Gervyaty amazes with its huge and unique graceful silhouette of the Holy Trinity Church - the “stone choir of the Middle Ages”, one of the most monumental churches in Belarus, in the walls of which organ melodies will sound organically complementing the interior plastic. This temple is one of the most magnificent temples in Belarus. Inspection of the exquisite landscape composition around the temple will add a lot of vibrant colors to this impressive scale of what was seen as a "mosaic".
Overnight in Minsk.
Breakfast buffet, eviction from the hotel, things on the bus.
9.00 Excursion to the Museum of material culture Dudutki (about 5.5 hours). An amazing journey awaits you: a serious excursion with frivolous adventures - tasting moonshine, riding a horse, treating a miller. Dudutki is one of the most visited museums in Belarus; created in 1995 through the efforts of enthusiasts led by E. Budinas, this ethnographic museum is now one of the most visited in Belarus! Monuments of national life, the existing workshops of the Belarusian estate of the XIX century are waiting for you during this tour. You will see the only operating windmill in Belarus and try refreshments from the miller; You will visit the pottery workshop and see the master behind the potter's wheel, demonstrating his art before your eyes; visit the ancient forge of the XIX century. and you can forge a horseshoe for good luck. And also a traditional workshop of carpentry with amazing tools by old masters; a picturesque bakery with a history of baking; exhibition of vintage cars. And everywhere - ethnographic surroundings and interactive action. In addition, there is a stable with Oryol trotters, and ostriches, and wild boars, and other animals. You will also be taken for a ride on old carriages, you will visit a picturesque meadow of picnics, you can plunge into the atmosphere of a noble manor. During the tour you will find 3 tastings. Here you can buy good souvenirs, take beautiful photos. Lunch in the Belarusian folk style.
Return to Minsk at about 15.00. Leaving things in the locker room at the station, you can spend your free time in the underground shopping and entertainment center "Stolitsa", a 5-minute walk from the station. Departure home is a happy journey.