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3 weeks in Belarus
- 21 days
- Culture / Heritage
- Faune and flora
- Adventure / Sports & Leisure
This itinerary offers an almost complete tour of the country in 3 weeks and includes most of the country's major natural and historical sites. However, it does not include the remote regions of Mogilev and Gomel'. If you are interested in visiting the whole country, you should consider a trip of one and a half months.
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- Parc National Naračanski İ
- Pn Pripyatskiy
- Parc National Des Lacs De Braslav
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Details of the stay: 3 weeks in Belarus - 21 days
Day 1 : Visit to Minsk
Relive Soviet history with a walk on Pr. Nezavisimosti, a true jewel of the Stalinist Empire style. At Oktjabrskaja Square go down to the Svisloc River via the upper town (Verchnij gorod) and the suburb Rakovskoe. Not to be missed: the town hall and the cathedral with its belvedere from which you have a magnificent view of Minsk, the Svisloc and the Troickoe predmest'e. Rent a small boat for a short walk on the river, go around Île aux Larmes. At night, the new library building lights up with a thousand lights. It probably deserves to be visited.
Day 2 : Escapades in the surroundings of Minsk
In the morning, go to Ozerco, about fifteen kilometres southwest of Minsk, where themusée de l'Architecture et de la Vie paysanne. This open-air museum brings together examples of wooden architecture from all over Belarus: houses, warehouses, mills, churches. Spend the afternoon at the Dudutki Open Air Museum in the village of Ptic', south of Minsk. This museum reproduces the traditional decor and crafts of the 19th century Belarusian village. You can also rent bicycles to take a ride in the surrounding countryside.
Day 3 : Mir and Nesviz
Mir and Nesviz, located about 100 kilometres southwest of Minsk on the road to Brest, are perhaps the two major Belarusian historical sites, the two UNESCO World Heritage sites linked to the powerful noble family of the Radziwill. The program includes a visit to the charming little town of Mir with its fortress and Nesviz with its magnificent 16th century palace and the Corpus Christi church. Immerse yourself in this cultural landscape of great beauty and deep historical value!
Day 4 : Vitebsk
Leave Minsk for Vitebsk, Marc Chagall's city. You will visit the house where the painter lived with his family and the Marc Chagall Museum with its rich collection of graphic works. Take a nice walk through the historic centre and its pedestrian streets that will give you a glimpse of what Vitebsk was like in the 19th century.
Day 5 : Polotsk
Belarusians consider Polotsk as the spiritual, cultural and political cradle of the country. On the banks of the Western Dvina, this ancient city retains the charm of yesteryear. On the program, the visit of the monastery of Saint Ephrosinia Polockaja, the church of Saint Sophia and a beautiful walk along Nizne-Pokrovskaja Street.
Day 6 : The Lakes of Enterprise
In the north of the country, on the border with Lithuania, this park is a paradise of lakes and forests of pine and fir trees. Delight yourself with a little stay in the middle of this wild nature and captivating. The ideal place to stay in the living room is to help you discover the beauty of this unique corner.
Day 7 : Hiking near lakes
Day 8 : Park Narocanskij
Day 9 : Et and Krevo
Visit the villages of Krevo and Golsany. They were formerly prosperous cultural and economic centres in the Grand duchy of Lithuania. Today, this glorious past remains only the remains of their ancient castles surrounded by greenery and immersed in an atmosphere of magnificent decadence.
Day 10 : Grodno
It is surely the Belarusian city that has best preserved its historic centre. Stroll through the small streets of the centre, visit the Catholic churches overlooking Sovetskaia Square, Staryj zamok and Novyj zamok castles, the old synagogue. The pearl of the city is the Kalozskaja Orthodox Church, dating from the first half of the 12th century. The church is located on a hill overlooking the Neman River, which the people of Grodno affectionately call "bat'ka" (grandfather).
Day 11 : The Avgustovskij canal
Located on the border with Poland, this picturesque corner of Belarus is completely unknown. Built at the beginning of the 19th century and recently restored, the canal leaves Poland, crosses Belarus and flows into the Nieman River. The Belarusian part has four locks and is navigable. The landscape around is magnificent: small villages and the Avgustovskij forest, immersed in silence and in an almost unreal peace.
Day 12 : Visit
On the Avgustovsij canal you can take rafting or rent a boat to walk to the border with Poland.
Day 13 : Slonim and Zirovici
Located halfway between Minsk and Brest, Slonim has kept several 17th and 18th century buildings and churches, including an old synagogue. A few kilometres from Slonim, Zirovici is certainly worth a visit. This small village in the middle of the forests is the spiritual centre of the country. It is home to the largest Orthodox monastery in Belarus. In Uspenskij Cathedral is preserved an icon of the Virgin dating from the late 15th century in honour of which the monastery was built.
Day 14 : Novogrudok
Visit of this small town, which seems to be dedicated to the poet Adam Mickiewicz, born here in 1798.
Day 15 : Ljubca
Visit of the city and road to Brest.
Day 16 : Brest
The symbol of this city, located on the border with Poland and heavily damaged during the Second World War, is its 19th century fortress, the first Soviet stronghold against the advance of Nazi Germany. Today, the fortress is a moving memorial to the Second World War in which Soviet monuments of courage and military and civil value are harmoniously combined with the red brick ruins of the fortress. Not to be missed!
Day 17 : Kamenec and the Belovezskaja pusca forest
Leaving Brest in a northerly direction towards Belovezskaja pusca, stop in the small town of Kamenec. You will visit a superb 13th century Romanesque tower. If this type of construction abounded in Belarusian cities in the Middle Ages, today only the Kamenec tower remains, which is considered the symbol of Belarus. Continue up to Belovezskaja pusca. The last primary forest in Europe, it has a flora and fauna unique in Europe. Enjoy a beautiful walk in search of 600-year-old oaks and the largest buffalo population in Europe.
Day 18 : Polesy: Pinsk, Kudrici
This region of marshes, meadows and centuries-old oak groves will seduce you. Spend a day in Pinsk, the "Pearl of Polesy", and in the typical village of Kudrici, located in the middle of the marshes a few kilometres from Pinsk.
Day 19 : Park Pripjatskij
Spend two days exploring the Pripjatskij Park where the unique ecosystem of Polésie is Preserved and those who appreciate the birdwatching can satisfy all their desires.
Day 20 : Pripjatskij Park (bis)
Continue your getaway in this national park where, among other things, boreal lynx lives.
Day 21 : Return to Minsk
Go to the Belarusian capital. Departure.
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