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With the relaxation in visa requirement in 2018, Belarus has finally starting to get the attention it deserves. The largest land-locked country in Europe offers a smart, clean capital - 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.
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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
BelAz Factory or Minsk Tractor Factory; Belarus
has a long history of manufacturing and
remains one of Europe’s largest exporters
of trucks and tractors. Return to Minsk.
Afternoon tour of the opera and ballet
theatre. Tickets to an evening performance
can be arranged locally and are highly
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 familyrun
Ganka 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.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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BYP2020: 7 Nights