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Following the relaxation of visa requirements
in 2018, Belarus has finally begun to receive
the attention it deserves. The largest
landlocked country in Europe offers a smart,
clean capital city, Minsk; a rich yet bloody
history as the battle line between east and
west, as seen in the city of Brest; as well as
untouched forests where wolves and bison
still roam free. This short but comprehensive
tour takes in the highlights of one of Europe’s
hottest new destinations.
Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Minsk with Belavia. Transfer
to Minsk via a stop at the Mound of Glory,
an imposing WWII monument. Stay at the
Manastyrski Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Morning tour of the capital. Minsk was almost
totally destroyed in the second world war, but
was rebuilt with wide streets and parklands.
Architectural highlights include Victory Square,
the House of Fashion and the City Gate, two
symmetrical Stalinist skyscrapers. Free time
before dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Morning optional excursions to either the Stalin Line marking the battle front between Nazi Germany the USSR or Minsk Tractor Factory; Belarus has a long history of manufacturing and remains one of Europe's largest exporters of tractors in the world. Return to Minsk. Afternoon tour of the opera and ballet theatre. Tickets to an evening performance can be arranged locally and are highly recommended. (B)
Travel to Brest, stopping en route at two
Unesco world heritage sites, Mir Castle and
Nesvizh Palace complex. In Brest, take an
evening excursion to Sovetskaya Street,
where the gas streetlights are still lit by hand.
Stay at the Hermitage Hotel (or similar) for
2 nights. (B, D)
Morning tour of the city including the Brest
Hero-Fortress, once at the epicentre of the
battle between Nazi Germany and the Soviet
Army. Monuments at the site include ‘Thirst’
and the colossal ‘Courage’, standing at over 30
metres high. Lunch at the fortress. Afternoon
excursion to Bialowieza Forest, one of the last
and largest remaining parts of the immense
primeval forest that once stretched across the
Europe. Visit the new museum of ethnography
and see bison in their natural habitat. Return
to Brest. (B, L)
Transfer to Grodno, a pretty city just 20km
from the Polish border with a charming old
town of colourful houses, and post-Soviet
restored churches. Short walking tour before
time at leisure to either relax or take a trip on
the 19th-century Augustów Canal, which flows
into Poland. Stay overnight at the Semashko
Hotel (or similar). (B)
On the way back to Minsk, stop at the family run Nalibockie Vasilki Estate. Here, learn about many aspects of traditional Belarussian culture, from farming to entertainment. Take a short bread making class followed by lunch and traditional singing. Return to Minsk, staying at the Manastyrski Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B, L)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in
Minsk and include 2 nights’ accommodation
with arrival or departure transfers. 1 extra
night is not possible, due to the flight schedule.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
BYB2020: 7 Nights