Day 1: Minsk
Met on arrival (most international flights arrive between 2-3 pm) and transfer to hotel.
Arrival from Vilnius: Train #14 arrives 5:45 pm. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.
We’ll go to a local restaurant for dinner and return to hotel to retire early after your long flight.
Day 2: Minsk
A full day tour of Minsk's most notable buildings, monuments, parks and the National Art Museum.
Day 3-4: Vitebsk
En-route to Vitensk we stop at the striking Khaytn Memorial, a symbolic sculptural composition and monuments to commemorate Belarusian citizens who died during World War II. The memorial is built on the place of the burnt down village of Khatyn.
Then lunch at the Berezinskiy Wildlife Reserve before continuing to Vitebsk.
Enjoy an informative tour of Vitebsk’s main highlights including the 12th century Annunciation Cathedral with its golden domes, the classical architectural style of the Governor’s House and a number of other fascinating buildings and monuments including a monument to Marc Chagall. Other influences of Chagall include the famous Vitebsk People’s Art School building (originally organized in 1918 by Marc Chagall, Kazemir Malevich and Alexander Romm). The embankments of the Western Dvina are shown to hold a number of other beatutiful monuments just waiting to be discovered.
The guided tour continues including a visit to the Art-Centre of Marc Chagall to see the artist’s original works and also the Museum-House of Marc Chagall where the artist spent his childhood and youth.
Day 5: Excursion to Poltsk
Polotsk is one of the most ancient cities of the Eastern Slavs. An archaeological expedition of the Institute of History of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus suggests that Polotsk already existed in the first half of the 9th century.
City tour of Polotsk includes a visit to the Savior Ephrosiniya Convent where one can see miracle-working relics of the Saint that have been kept for more than 900 years, St. Sophia Cathedral and other remarkable buildings of the past.
Return to Vitebsk for overnight.
Day 6: Minsk
We return to Minsk with stops along the way.
This afternoon visit the wonderful National Library. We'll go up to the observation platform for a panoramic view of Minsk.
Day 7: Minsk-Brest
This morning we depart at 9 am for our three hour drive to Brest.
We stop en-route to visit the Belovezhskaya Wildlife Reserve (UNESCO monument of nature) and enjoy a wonderful lunch here.
Continue to Brest and begin our 1.5 hour city tour of Brest: Orthodox St. Nickolas and the Resurrection Cathedrals, visit to the Rescued Art Values Museum and other famous sights.
Day 8: Brest-Nesvizh-Mir-Minsk
We shall depart at 9 am for our excursion to Nesvizh and Mir, returning to Minsk.
The tour visits Nesvizh Palace (the historical residence of the Radzivills) which includes a museum inside the Palace and a landscaped park in the English tradition. Both the Palace and Park are included in the Heritage List of UNESCO monuments.
In Mir we visit the ancient castle, an example of a purely Belarusian stone defensive architecture of the 16th century.
We continue to Nesvizh to see a magnificent Catholic Cathedral of the Divine Body of the Christ built in 1593. The Cathedral is famous for a family burial-vault of the many generations of the historically influential Radziwills with it's beautiful frescoes.
Day 9: Depart
Transfer to airport.