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Belarus Uncovered

Group Tour | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore one of Europe's least known destinations
  • Visit to Brest Hero-Fortress
  • Optional canal boat ride in Grodno
  • Traditional bread making in a family kitchen
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Minsk

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)

Day 2: Minsk

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)

Day 3: Minsk

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)

Day 4: Mir Castle • Nesvizh Palace • Brest

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)

Day 5: Brest • Bialowieza Forest

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)

Day 6: Grodno

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)

Day 7: Valozyn • Minsk

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)

Day 8: Fly to London

Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London. (B)

Meal basis:

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.

Important information Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

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 enquire online.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • Semashko Hotel
    Semashko Hotel

    Situated in the historic centre of Grodno, Hotel Semashko is a modern property of 41 rooms. The hotel offers a number of facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sauna and restaurant serving the hearty cuisine of the region. Outside of the property, the Jesuit Cathedral is just a short walk away, along with a number of local bars, cafes and restaurants.Features: 41 Rooms &amp; Suites, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna<br>Room amenities: Complimentary wi-fi, minibar, hair dryer, safe

  • Monastyrski Hotel
    Monastyrski Hotel

    Housed in a former Monastery building which is one of the oldest in Belarus, Monastyrski Hotel is a comfortable property of 48 rooms, decorated in a traditional style. A number of facilities are also offered on-site including a bar/lounge, fitness centre, restaurant and sauna. Outside of the hotel a number of sights are within easy walking distance including the Minsk Historical Museum.Features: 48 Rooms &amp; Suites, fitness centre, sauna, restaurant, bar/lounge<br>Room amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, Television, Air Conditioning, Telephone

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
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3 Oct 2021 - 10 Oct 2021 £1,395 £0 £0 Reserve

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

  • Minsk

    The capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk's history dates back to the...

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  • Minsk

    The capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk's history dates back to the...

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  • Brest

    Located just a few kilometres from the Polish border, Brest was where Hitler...

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