Tour «Belaya Rus: Minsk - Brest, 4 days"
The excursion to the castles of Belarus wait for you.
Thursday - Arrival in Minsk, transfer to the hotel. Hotel check-in from 00.10, receiving of an information sheet, map of Minsk Buffet breakfasts.
The fascinating trip to Novogrudok and Lida waits for you.
Buffet breakfasts. 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!
Our excursion let you see all the sights of Novogrudok.
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.
Then we go 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.
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 main sights of Munsk:
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. 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.
This excursion 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. There 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 Mount of Glory – the monument to the liberators of Minsk – and will rise to its top.
Return to hotel near 19.00, overnight stay Minsk.
Brest and Belovezhskaya Puschcha wait for us on the third day of our excursion.
Saturday – Buffet breakfast. Check-out. Drive to Brest and Belovezhskaya Puschcha.
The route of our excursion will let you see the Brest fortress.
Around 13.00 - arrival in Brest. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch at the restaurant.
Book excursion to Brest and the Brest fortress.
Drive to Brest. You will visit The Brest Fortress (built in 1942) which became history twice: 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 the 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.
Excursion to Belovezhskaya Pushcha.
This national park 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, Father Frost's Estate with numerous buildings and surprises… The Estate is located deep in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, where 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
Drive to Brest listening to the song “Belovezhskaya Pushcha”. On the way to Brest we will make a break in Kamyanyets where the magnificent Tower of Kamyanyets is situated. It was built in 1276, its height is 30 meters. Lunch.
Book sightseeing tour in Brest.
Arrival in Brest. 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!