Belarus: Minsk, Brest, Grodno
In course of the tour you will get to know to three cities of Belarus - Minsk, Brest and Grodno. You will visit the military-historical complex museum "Stalin Line". On the way to Brest You will see the castle complex in Mir - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will be offered animation and tasting tour. A visit to the Brest Fortress and the Bialowieza Forest - the Belarusian National Park, a natural site of UNESCO will leave unforgettable impressions about our country! You will get acquainted with the architectural heritage of historic Grodno and visit the tourist complex Korobchitsy… This and much more you can find in our tour schedule. We invite You to join our sightseeing and entertainment tour program about Belarus!
16:30 – Meeting Group at the Minsk international airport. Transfer to the hotel.
17.30 – Arrival at the hotel. Check-in.
18:30 – Welcoming dinner with entertainment program at one of the restaurants with Belarusian national cuisine.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
9:00 – Breakfast at the hotel.
09:30 - Sightseeing guided tour about Minsk – the capital of Belarus (short tour, 1.5 hours, )
We explore some of the key sights of Minsk, find out about its past and present. We visit Independence Square and Independence Avenue 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. Minsk has several impressive churches and cathedrals that are well worth visiting, Saint Simon and Helen Cathedral, Virgin Mary Catholic Cathedral, Holy Spirit Cathedral among them. We’ll see the National Library and Minsk City Gates.
11:00 – Visiting World War II Museum in Minsk
13:30 – lunch at one of the restaurants in Minsk
14:30 – Stalin Line Tour.
Transfer to the Loshany village (32 km) – the nearest locality to the open-air museum.
In the 30’s of past 20th century a network of defense military fortifications was built on the former western border of the Soviet Union. In those days that border was located just 40 km far from Minsk. All this network of defense installations is also known as the “Stalin line”.
“Stalin line” tour offers a guided walk past the concrete bunkers (cannon and machine-gun pillboxes, trenches, tank obstacles and a restored section of the old border line. The excursion can be concluded with a prearranged tank ride. You can also shoot war-time machine gun (blank rounds, of course). The tour is accomplished by a local museum’s guide dressed in military Soviet uniform and translated into English/Chinese.
You can also view and take pictures of any species of military and engineering techniques used before and while WWII and after: tanks, airplanes and helicopters, antiaircraft weapons, ferry line, tank hooks, even a replica of missile that was used to launch the first man into space in 1961…
Stalin Line museum is the biggest Belarusian open-air museum of military weapons and techniques. If you want to see a war-time battle reenactments which are quite popular at Stalin Line museum on special occasions, please, don’t hesitate to ask about the schedule. We can also arrange tours dedicated to special occasions at the museum.
16:30 - Take off back to Minsk
Free time in Minsk. Visiting shopping malls (GUM, Stolitsa) offering wide range of Belarus made goods: souvenirs, lingerie, knitwear, flax garments, confectionary, alcoholic beverages etc.
19:00 – 21:00 - Visiting Ballet or Opera performance at the National Opera and Ballet Theater in Minsk (by request)
Overnight at the hotel.
9:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
Check-out, transfer Minsk-Mir-Brest (with visiting the Brest fortress)
10:00 - Take off for Mir castle (85 km)
11:00 – 12:30 Guided tour about Mir castle (the northern part of the palace and northern-eastern tower). Visiting the prison cellar, Central and South-Eastern towers, and Burial Vault Church of the Svyatopolk-Mirski’s family.
12:30 – lunch at the restaurant «Knyazheski Dvor» (The Duke’s Court)
13:00 – 16:00 transfer Mir-Brest (350 km)
16:00 – 18:00 – visiting memorial complex “Brest fortress” – one of the most important sights in Belarus, dates back to the 19th century and became a key symbol of Soviet resistance in World War II. A guided tour about the Museum of Defense and the main attractions of the memorial complex: the sculptural composition «Thirst», the White Palace, Ceremonial Square. With Memorial Plates, the Bayonet-Obelisk, the Engineering Administration, St. Nicholas Garrison Church, the sculptural composition «To the Heroes of the Border, Women and Children, who Stepped into Immortality with Courage»
18:20 – arrive at the hotel in Brest
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
9:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
A guided sightseeing tour about Brest - one of the oldest cities in Belarus with millennium history. This is a city which was being destroyed and revived from the ashes not just once. Frontier location of the town significantly influenced his fate. During our tour, you will know the part of which countries Brest had been throughout its history and how it influenced the life of the city and its inhabitants.
You will get to know to the old and the new Brest: you’ll walk through the King's, the Polish, the Jewish Quarter. You’ll see the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Freedom Square, etc. On request: visiting the «Rescued Artistic Values Museum», or the Railway Museum.
11:00 – 12:00 – Transfer Brest – Belavezhskaya Puscha (National Nature Park), 60 km
A key tourist attraction of Belarus, Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park is what’s left of the primeval forest which used to stretch from the Baltic Sea to the Buh River and from Odder to the Dnieper River.
Belovezhskaya Pushcha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. In 1993 it was granted UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status.
12:00 – Arrive at the main entrance of the National Park.
Tour about the Museum of Nature, representing the richest collection of flora and fauna on the territory of Belarus.
13:00 – Lunch at one of the restaurants or cafes on the territory of the National Park.
14:00 – 17:00 A guided sightseeing tour about Belavezhaskaya Puscha and tour about Ded Moroz (Father Frost, local analogue to Santa Claus) Manor.
17:30 – take off to Grodno. Transfer Belavezhskaya Puscha – Grodno (260km)
21:00 – arrive at the hotel Grodno
9:00 – breakfast at the hotel
10:00 – 12:00 Grodno Sightseeing tour. Grodno is a unique city in Belarus
Grodno Sightseeing tour. Grodno is a unique city in Belarus. It takes the first place in the list of the Belarusian cities by number of the preserved historical architectural treasuries. No other city or town in Belarus can be compared to Grodno in this regard. The city has a number of remarkable architectural ensembles of different epochs and styles. During the tour you’ll see the Farny Church - the most monumental and elegant church in Grodno (former Jesuits’); the Old and New castles; the former country residence of the last King of the Polish Commonwealth, Kalozha church of the 12th century, the old Jewish synagogue, Lutheran church, numerous monasteries (Catholic (Bernardine, Brigid, Franciscan) and Orthodox… During the excursion you will learn some facts about the life and work of Antoni Tyzenhaus, the nobleman and reformer, and the Gorodnitsa Suburb that was created by him.
12:00 – 12:20 Drive to Korobchitsy tourist complex, 12 km away from Grodno.
12:20-16:20 – Stay at the Korobchitsy tourist complex Korobchitsy is 16-hectare territory styled as Belarusian-Polish estate of the XIX century with its beautiful landscapes, great and little ponds, pictorial buildings. Here you can feel the atmosphere of those times, innocence of nature. During the tour, you will see the forge, the house of a woodcarver, Gipsy van, beautiful summerhouses and open-air cages (horses, ponies, ostriches, deer, nutrias, peacocks, pheasants, wild boars…). You will have the chance to make excellent pictures and have a good rest drinking a cup of tea or coffee at the restaurant "The Castle of Zevana" with its fountains, glass painting, chimney…
16:20 – Return to Minsk or transfer to Lithuania (Druskeninkai – Vilnius)