From  £1345
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Our “Essential” holidays are ideal for those who like to explore under their own steam, safe in the knowledge all their accommodation, transfers and travel are taken care of by us.
  • Explore the churches of Grodno
  • Visit Stalin Line Museum
  • See the impressive fortress of Brest
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Essential Belarus

8 Day Tour, from £1345 per person

Using local buses explore the sights and towns to the west of Minsk including Grodno, one of the oldest cities in Belarus and Brest, a former border town of the Soviet Union with a very impressive fortress.

Stop off in Pinsk on the way back to Minsk. Visit the Railway Museum in Brest to see a locomotive named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO MINSK
FLY TO MINSK

Arrive in Minsk and transfer to your hotel. Check in for 2 nights. 

DAY 2
MINSK
MINSK

Meet your local guide for a morning city tour of Minsk including the main places of interest; Independence Avenue, Victory Square, Trinity Suburb and Island of Tears. In the afternoon head out of the city to the Line o Stalin. The Line of Stalin was a fortification line built in 1933 to protect the western borders of the U.S.S.R. It stretched for more than 2,000 kilometres from the Barents to the Black Sea and consisted of 21 fortified regions. Here, it is sometimes possible to meet and talk with soldiers who guard this museum. (B)

DAY 3
MINSK TO GRODNO
MINSK TO GRODNO

This morning take a local bus to Grodno, one of the oldest cities in Belarus. Check in to the hotel for an overnight stay and embark on an afternoon walking tour of the city with a local guide. Visit some of its most famous churches such Kolozhskaya Church built during the reign of Gleb and Boris, the orthodox Holy Intercession Orthodox Church or the impressive Farny Cathedral. (B)

DAY 4
GRODNO TO BREST
GRODNO TO BREST

Take a local bus to Brest, one of the main commercial centres of Belarus. Founded in the early 11th century, it was part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania before being incorporated into the Russian Empire in 1795. Brest underwent extensive renovations to ensure the city was shiny and bright for its millennium celebrations in 2019. With your local guide explore the city's main sights including Brest Fortress under the glare of the Soviet masterpiece Valour. This vast and moving WWII memorial is certainly very impressive. Check in to the hotel for 2 nights. (B)

DAY 5
BELAVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA NATIONAL PARK
BELAVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA NATIONAL PARK

Optional morning tour to Belavezhskaya Pushcha, a stretch of ancient, virgin forest, which in comparison with other lowland European forests has experienced little human disturbance. The site is a habitat for several internationally threatened species and the home of the last European bison. In past centuries, the forest was the hunting place for nobility. Afternoon is free to explore at leisure, perhaps visit the Railway Museum which has a collection of old steam engines including one named after Dzerzhinsky. (B)

DAY 6
BREST TO PINSK
BREST TO PINSK
Take the local bus to Pinsk. In the afternoon, enjoy a city tour including the main sites of interest - St Francis Catholic Church and Monastery, 17th-century Jesuit Collegium, 18th-century Karl Baromey Catholic Church and striking Baroque Church of St Barbara. Overnight in Pinsk. (B)
DAY 7
PINSK TO MINSK
PINSK TO MINSK

Take the morning bus back to Minsk. The afternoon is left free to explore Minsk further by yourself.  Overnight in Minsk. (B)

DAY 8
FLY TO UK
FLY TO UK
Free morning before the transfer to airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

8 day tour, from £1345 per person

Price Includes

  • Return international flights from the UK to Belarus 
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in standard rooms in three-star hotels with breakfast
  • Return airport transfers in Minsk
  • Bus tickets - Minsk to Grodno, Grodno to Brest, Brest to Pinsk and Pinsk to Minsk
  • Excursion - Private city tour of Minsk
  • Excursion - Private Stalin Line tour
  • Excursion - Private city tour of Grodno
  • Excursion - Private city tour of Brest
  • Excursion - Private city tour of Pinsk
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours

Price Includes

Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Any meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities

Tour Route Map


  1. Belarus, Minsk
  2. Belarus, Grodno
  3. Belarus, Brest
  4. Belarus, Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park
  5. Belarus, Brest
  6. Belarus, Pinsk
  7. Belarus, Minsk

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Reviews

Dinner with the local family was the highlight of the holiday, despite everything having to go through an interepreter.
The visit to the national park, however, was somewhat disappointing as we were not allowed out of the car during our tour of the park.

Mr N Gagen
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