Belorussian Castles and Traditions - 10 Days
Finally the opportunity to go behind the Iron Curtain opens. A country that was hidden from the world is now open and we are taking you there. With recent travel experience to the country starting with Minsk, we've experience a deep immersion of the culture. Now, we share our experience and knowledge with you to provide a wonderfully open, transparent and educational experience of a culture and a people widely misunderstood and misinterpreted.
Visit the last virgin forest of Europe, learn about the Belorussian culture and how it's different to that of Russia. Learn about the great sacrifice of the Belorussians during WW2, learn about the bisons roaming the southern plains and see the most beautiful forests of Europe. Belarus is all about nature, it's your turn to see it as we have.
Itinerary and Specifics
- Experience the Ancient World better than anyone - we have tremendous contacts and experience to achieve whatever you're looking for.
- Go wine tasting and meet the winemakers in Europe's oldest vineyards.
- See the highest mountains in the Balkans and breath the purest air in Europe
- Experience some of the world's most scenic landscapes
- Get off the beaten track, we are known for this
- Meet the locals - engage in humour and share stories
- Learn some of the local Ancient languages - pick up a few phrases and practice Slavic
- Connect with your Ancestors - many people from all over the world have links to the Balkans.
- Return relaxed, informed and in love with the Bulgarian Balkans
- 4 Star Acccomodation or equivalents on a Bed and Breakfast Basis
- Meet and Greet at Airport
- Transfers to and from hotel
- Expert driver/guide
- Comfortable touring vehicle
- Local knowledge, recommendations and help with any bookings you want to make
- Porterage - 1 piece per person in and out of hotels
- Flights - purchase your own flights in/out of destination
- Gratuities minimum recommeneded $10 per person per day
- Lunches and Dinners - we like our guests to be able to choose their own dining options
- Any entrances to musuems, attractions and concerts - most of what you're looking for will be free entrance anyway.
Fly to Minsk International Airport with our tour leader and receive a warm welcome from our local tour guide who will take you to the coach and driver. Continue to the centre of Minsk where you will check into the Hilton right in the centre.
Freshen up after check-in to your deluxe room and meet with the local Minsk guide for a walking tour of the high town, the Cathedral, the river area, Gorky Park and more. Minsk has a lot of boutique cafes where the people watching is amongst the best in the world. A University city, it's vibrant and open-minded.
Visit the Natioanl Botanical Garden with the tour guide and learn of the importance of flowers, trees and nature in Belorussian culture.
After lunch in a nearby Belorussian traditional restaurant, carry on to the National Art Gallery. It's spectacular. Tonight we have the Minsk Philharmonic Performance at the splendid National Auditorium.
Today we visit the National History Musuem as well as Another Art Gallery, stopping off at a Jewish restaurant for lunch on the way. Tonight we are entertained by the Minsk Ballet Troupe - considered one of the best in the world. The level of performance is truly outstanding and one of the highlights of the trip.
Leave Minsk and onwards to Duduki folk park where you will properly arrive at an understanding of pottery, leather and weaving in native Belarussian surroundings. This is an open-air musuem with an old windmill and farm animals. There are a couple of musuems and here we'll do a picnic with traditional local foods.
Continue in the afternoon to Mir Castle, considered the most beautiful in the country. It's a historic fortified castle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a 16th century late brick Gothic Style. Most importantly, it's one of the few remaining monuments of the former Polish Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Overnight nearby following a delicious dinner of Belorussian Specialities.
Visit the very special Castle at Nesvizh - another UNESCO World Heritage site. From the 16th century, it was owned by the Radziwill family, Polish magnate nobility, until 1939. The Radziwill were one of the wealthiest and most important clans of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland. Here you'll see the most important structure, Corpus Christi Church designed by renowned Italian architect Gian Maria Bernardoni. It's also the first baroque piece of architecture in Eastern Europe.
Onwards to Brest and overnight here for three nights.
Enjoy the history of Brest, Belarus' second city. Take a walking and panoramic tour with the local guide. The early afternoon is free to visit some of the local attractions, grab lunch and enjoy some time to catch up with fellow travellers.
Today we visit the famous Brest Hero Fortress, a celebrated site of Soviet resistence during WW2. Nearby, there's the Open-Air Railway Musuem to be explored at your leisure.
Enjoy a walking tour with the guide through historic Brest and try some local cuisine tonight.
Today we skirt the Polish bo