Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk - Berezina, 6 days»
The route of the excursion across Belarus starts fr om Minsk.
Tuesday - arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk. Buffet breakfasts.
Minsk Sightseeing tour waits for you.
Our guide will tell you about the past and the present of the city during the excursion. 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 main sights of Minsk:
- 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 from the Minsk castle;
- 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. 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, a walk around the city. Overnight stay in Minsk.
The sights of Belorusian villages wait for you.
Wednesday - Buffet breakfasts.
Join our excursion "World of Belarusian Townships".
The first point of our route is Budslav.
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.
Our excursion let you see Glubokoye.
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. The program of our bus tour includes 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.
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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.
Thursday - Buffet breakfasts.
Excursion "Road of Castles" with visit of Novogrudok and Lida.
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.
In 11 hours you will visit main sights of Belarus and you will see ancient castles - Novogrudsky and Lidsky. Our travel with departure from Minsk begins from 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!
You will remember for a long time the trip to Novogrudok.
At 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 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. In the program of an excursion around sights of Belarus, which you can book right now on our website, inclues 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.
You haven't been to Lida? So join our excursion!
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
Sula Park-museum and Rubezhevichi wait for you at the second day of our tour.
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.
The excursion across Sula continues.
Book excursion to Sula with departure fr om Minsk, and 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.
Than we go to Rubezhevichi.
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.
Saturday – buffet breakfast. Hotel check-out.
Excursion in Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve.
Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve has a particular role in nature protection, what is highlighted at national and international levels. The reserve is situated along the upstream of the Berezina River, 100 km off to the North of the capital of the Republic of Belarus – the city of Minsk. There are four types of ecological systems at the Reserve: forests, bogs, water reservoirs and meadows. Woodland makes up around 80% of the Reserve's territory.
Among inhabitants of the reserve are various species of plants and animals many of which are listed in the Red Book (Belarus’ list of endangered species). More than half of the representatives of Belarusian flora can be found here: more 800 species of vascular plants, 218 species of moss, 198 species of lichen and 463 species of fungi. The main kinds of trees are birch, alder, aspen, oak and ash. There are more than 59 mammal species (badger, elk, otter, bear, lynx, beaver, zubr); 234 birds species (osprey, black stork, grey crane, golden eagle, erne, eagle owl, peregrine, ptarmigan, woodpecker, plover); 10 amphibian species, 5 reptile species and 34 kinds of fish. The onsite nature museum’s 50 year collection puts on display about 300 kinds of animals.
Ecological walking route gives a unique opportunity to get to know the secrets of wilderness. You will get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the Reserve, will hear the birds singing. Any season there is a lot of interesting things to find out for the inquisitive person. Lunch in restaurant in Reserve.
At the end of the day we'll go to Logoisk.
Drive to Logoisk. Free time. Overnight stay in Logoisk.
Sunday - buffet breakfast. Hotel check-out.
The memorable sights of Belarus wait for you.
Tour route passes through Brylevskaya field. In November 1812 during the crossing of the Berezina River near the village of Studenka lost a substantial part of Napoleon's army. To perpetuate the memory of those killed during the war, in 2002, near the village was a monument to the victims of war. Berezinskaya crossing near Borisov, according to historians, was the darkest page in the history of Napoleon's wars. After visiting the memorial places, you can feel the spirit of the events of 200 years ago. Controversial details some of the events shrouded in mystery to this day, perhaps arouse your interest to ensure that know what, how, why and what happened here in 1812.In the village Studenka you can see a memorial - a monument to the European soldier. It is here, on the bank of the river, is the site of the great tragedy of the French army, described in all the memoirs of contemporaries - the Berezinsky crossing. Lunch - and cake "Napoleon" for dessert!
The last point of our excursion is Borisov.
Drive to Borisov. Borisov sightseeing tour. Borisov is also known as the homeland of the football club "BATE".
Return to Minsk. Transfer to the railway station. Free time. Have a good trip!
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