From  £1395
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a City Tour of Minsk
  • Tour the Stalin Line Complex
  • Explore the castle at Nesvizh
  • Take a city tour of Brest and see the Fortress and Berestie Museum
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mir Castle
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Classic Belarus Group Tour 2016

8 Day Tour, from £1395 per person

There are very few places left where it is still possible to experience a taste of the Soviet era. Fortunately Belarus is one. You will immediately notice the lack of advertising hoardings; the 60’s tower blocks; clean, wide boulevards with neat flower beds and a feeling of safety wandering the streets at any time of day. This small group tour will not only show you the legacy of the years of communism but bring home the horror of the almost complete destruction of many of Belarus’s towns and villages in the 2nd World War.

You will admire how Belarus has restored and preserved the few remaining medieval gems, some of which have now joined UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The conservation work taking place in the Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park is an achievement of which Belarus is rightly proud.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
ARRIVE MINSK
ARRIVE MINSK
Fly to Minsk and transfer to the hotel and check in for three night stay. Dinner at the hotel. (D)
DAY 2
MINSK
MINSK
Enjoy a morning city tour of Minsk including the main highlights such as Independence Square, Victory Square (with its 38 metre-high obelisk) and the Island of Tears. After lunch, visit Khatyn and Glory Mound. The memorial complex of Khatyn commemorates the site of the village which was burnt to the ground by the Nazis. See the outline of the streets and from the former chimney tops, bells toll as a sobering reminder. From Khatyn travel to the Glory Mound, an imposing monument set on top of an artificial hill. The monument was constructed to honour the Soviet Army, which liberated Belarus from the Nazis in 1944. Soil from nine “Hero Cities” of the former Soviet Union and from World War II battlefields was brought handful by handful to make the artificial hill alongside the Minsk to Moscow highway. In the evening, transfer back to Minsk and overnight at your hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3
MINSK
MINSK
This morning visit Khatyn and Glory Mound. The memorial complex of Khatyn commemorates the site of the village which was burnt to the ground by the Nazis. See the outline of the streets and from the former chimney tops, bells toll as a sobering reminder. From Khatyn travel to the Glory Mound, an imposing monument set on top of an artificial hill. The monument was constructed to honour the Soviet Army, which liberated Belarus from the Nazis in 1944. Soil from nine “Hero Cities” of the former Soviet Union and from World War II battlefields was brought handful by handful to make the artificial hill alongside the Minsk to Moscow highway. Enjoy a free afternoon in Minsk. (B,L)
DAY 4
MINSK TO BREST
MINSK TO BREST
Drive to Brest with a stop en route at Nesvizh Castle, which was once owned by the noble and powerful Radzivill family, until the Red Army seized the property in 1939. It was rebuilt over the centuries so many times that it has a myriad of architectural styles including Renaissance, Baroque Neo-gothic to name but a few. Continue to Brest and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 5
BREST TO GRODNO
BREST TO GRODNO
Morning city tour of Brest including the Museum of trains and the famous Brest Hero Fortress; a majestic Soviet style war memorial which was constructed on the site of the 1941 battle, to commemorate the known and unknown defenders of the Hero-Fortress. In the afternoon, drive to Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park before continuing to Grodno and check in to the hotel for two nights. (B,L)
DAY 6
GRODNO
GRODNO
Enjoy a morning walking tour of Grodno, one of the oldest cities in Belarus founded in the 11th-century on the banks of the Neman River. Highlights include St. Gleb Church, also known as Kalozha Church. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the city before transfer to hotel for your overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 7
GRODNO TO MINSK
GRODNO TO MINSK
Return to Minsk with visit en route at the medieval town and UNESCO Heritage Site of Mir. The construction of this 16th-century Gothic-style castle complex was started by Duke Ilinich, before passing to the Radzivill family, who completed it in a Renaissance style. Continue to Minsk and check in to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 8
MINSK TO UK
MINSK TO UK
Morning transfer to airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1395 per person

Price Includes

  • Flights in economy class with Belavia from London Gatwick All taxes
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels including breakfast
  • 1 dinner and 6 lunches
  • Excursions with English speaking guides and entrance tickets Belarus visa support documentation
  • Transportation by private minibus

Price Excludes

  • Belarus visas
  • Meals and drinks other than those detailed above Portage
  • Items of personal expenditure
  • Gratuities
  • Insurance

Tour Route Map


  1. Belarus, Minsk
  2. Belarus, Brest
  3. Belarus, Grodno
  4. Belarus, Minsk

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