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. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a Belarusian family and a visit to the Railway Museum in Brest to see a locomotive named after Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB.
Fly to Minsk via Warsaw. Transfer to hotel and check in for 2 nights.
Morning city tour of Minsk including the main places of interest; Independence Avenue, Victory Square, Trinity Suburb and Island of Tears. Afternoon free to explore at leisure or book optional excursion to the Line of Stalin and the newly opened museum. 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)
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. Visit St Gleb Church, better known as Kalozha Church. (B)
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. Check in to the hotel for 2 nights. (B)
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)
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)
Free morning before taking the local bus back to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk. (B)
Free morning before the transfer to airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)
8 day tour, from £1345 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Belavia direct from London Gatwick
- 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
- City tour in Minsk, Grodno, Brest and Pinsk with English-speaking guide as specified
- Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
- Belarusian visa
- Optional excursions (please contact the office for details and prices)
- Other transfers from bus/train stations to hotels
Tour Route Map
- Belarus, Minsk
- Belarus, Grodno
- Belarus, Brest
- Belarus, Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park
- Belarus, Brest
- Belarus, Pinsk
- Belarus, Minsk
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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