A 10 day small group (max. 12 people) escorted tour exploring Belarus, a country on the edge of Europe with a fascinating history and unique culture.
Belarus is the last bastion of Communism in Europe and an intriguing country to explore. On this small group tour, you will take in its superb fortresses such as Mir and Brest, the historic towns of Minsk, Vitebsk and Polotsk, and learn about its tragic history at Khatyn. The highlight will be the homestay in Disna - a great way to meet local people and gain an insight into their daily lives.
Tour Pace - Moderate
Day 1 – Minsk
Arrive in Minsk and transfer to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Belarus or similar.
Day 2 – Minsk
This morning we explore some of the key sights of Minsk on a guided tour. We visit Independence Square with its collection of Stalinist buildings, Victory Square and the Island of Tears, a monument to the fallen soldiers in the Soviet campaign against Afghanistan, the Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the old town. The afternoon is free to explore – Minsk has several impressive churches and cathedrals that are well worth visiting. Overnight Hotel Belarus or similar. (BL)
Day 3 – Vitebsk
We start today by travelling to Khatyn to learn about Belarus recent history. Later we travel to the charming town of Vitebsk, a centre of Belarusian culture and with numerous churches and historic buildings which we shall explore on a walking tour. Overnight Hotel Luchesa or similar. (BL)
Day 4 – Disna
Today we transfer to the small town of Disna. We spend time meeting local people, learn about the old customs and crafts that are still practised here and explore the surrounding area for a real insight into rural Belarus – a real highlight of the trip. We stay overnight as guests of local families in their homes and have the opportunity to sample home cooked Belarusian dishes and experience national music and dance. We will stay overnight in either Yazno village or Uznyony village (BLD) – Please note: Even with a single supplement, single rooms are not always available in the villages. We will try and accommodate all requests but they cannot be guaranteed.
Day 5 – Polotsk
This morning we depart for Polotsk, one of the most historically important cities in Belarus. We visit the charming cathedral of St Sophia, dating back to the 11th century, as well as the 12th century Convent of St Ephrosinia, superbly preserved and with impressive frescoes. We arrive in to Minsk in the late afternoon. Overnight Hotel Belarus or similar. (BL)
Day 6 – Mir Fortress - Brest
We set off for Brest this morning but stop on the way to visit one of the country’s most important, as well as beautiful, sites – the stunning 16th century fortress at Mir – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Later we continue to Brest, situated on the border with Poland. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar (BL)
Day 7 – Brest
We take a tour of the Brest’s main sites including the imposing fortress, which played a significant part in the Second World War and is an important site in Belarusian history. After lunch you will have time at leisure to explore Brest in more detail. Overnight Hotel Vesta or similar. (BL)
Day 8 – Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
This morning we travel into the wild to the UNESCO world heritage site of Belovezhskaya National Park, one of the largest forested areas in Central Europe. You will experience some of the most picturesque places in the park and appreciate the splendour of this wilderness. We stay overnight in the park. Overnight Hotel Kamenjuki or similar. (BL)
Day 9 – Nesvizh – Minsk
This morning we travel to Nesvizh. We will have a short city tour and lunch and then this afternoon visit Radzivills Palace with its beautiful buildings, palaces, monasteries and 16th Century houses. After the visit we will return to Minsk for the night. Overnight Hotel Belarus or similar. (BL)
Day 10 – Depart Minsk
Tour ends with a transfer to the airport.
Arrival and departure transfers
All accommodation (Single supplement available but may not apply to farm stay / homestead depending on availability)
Services of English speaking guide / tour leader
Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
Any airport taxes
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
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