Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
Belarus and Baltic Explorer Guaranteed Tour
06/07 - 16/07/17
17/08 - 27/08/17
Duration: 11 days/ 10 nights
We warmly welcome you in Minsk – the capital of the Republic of Belarus, its political and cultural centre. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of the XIth century. Today, it is a dynamic city with expansive boulevards, modern and historical buildings, endless parks and well-developed infrastructure. Being an impressive example of the Soviet planning on a grand scale, Minsk however has a number of outstanding historical sights, proving city’s rich history. Check-in, welcome meeting.
Overnight in Minsk.
Sightseeing tour of Minsk includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library (included into the list of the most outstanding buildings of the world) are waiting to be explored.
The afternoon offers an optional visit to Museum of the Great Patriotic War with more than 8000 exhibits related to the devastating tradegy of WWII in Belarus.
Overnight in Minsk.
Transfer to Mir, which is a small town 90 km to the south-west from Minsk. It is most famous for the fairy-tale Mir Castle, still known today as the “medieval flower”. Castle is an impressive architectural monument, included into the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It was erected at the end of the XVth century and today it is a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture that makes Mir Castle so unique. This red brick castle is also a historical monument, which used to belong to several aristocratic families, who have left their mark in the history of the town and of the country in general.
Transfer to Minsk. Overnight in Minsk.
The morning is free in Minsk to explore more of the city individually. In the afternoon transfer to Vilnius.
Check-in at hotel. Overnight in Vilnius.
Vilnius is known for its more than 1200 medieval buildings and 48 churches.The morning sightseeing tour includes a panoramic tour of the city and a walking tour of the Old Town with Vilnius Cathedral, Gediminas Tower, Peter and Paul Church, St. Anne`s Church, Old University and the Gates of Dawn.
The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Trakai, the medieval capital of Lithuania, with the well-preserved Trakai Castle, beautifully located on an island in Lake Galve. In the evening, enjoy an optional folklore dinner at restaurant.
Overnight in Vilnius.
Transfer to Riga. The first stop is the Hill of Crosses, one of the most holy sites of Catholic Lithuania. After crossing into Latvia, we soon reach the magnificent Rundale Palace, the former summer residence of the Duke of Courland. Following a guided tour of the palace we travel through the rolling hills of Southern Latvia to reach Riga late afternoon.
Check-in at hotel. Overnight in Riga.
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida, and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga.
The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Overnight in Riga.
Riga founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert is the largest of the 3 Baltic capitals and boasts a true kaleidoscope of various architectural styles.The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, Dome Cathedral, St Peter`s Church, Swedish Gates, Three Brothers, Large and Small Guild House and the Freedom Monument.
The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches.In the evening enjoy an optional Latvian dinner at the stylish restaurant.
Overnight in Riga.
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu.We do a resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon.
Check-in at hotel.Overnight in Tallinn.
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquillity and modern urban life.The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops,galleries,souvenir markets,outdoor cafes and restaurants.The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle,Dome Church,Alexander NevskyCathedral,medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall.In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to KUMU, the award-winning new Estoninan art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art.The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at restaurant.
Overnight in Tallinn.
Renaissance Minsk Hotel opened in 2014 is the first hotel in Belarus that belongs to the world-famous Marriott chain. The hotel sits near the city centre, parallel to one of the main thoroughfares, Dzerzhinski avenue. The Musical Comedy Concert Hall and underground station are 5 minutes walk from the hotel and serves as a great landmark for finding it on a map. Behind the glass façade of the Renaissance Minsk 267 modern and elegant guest rooms await you. The sophisticated architecture of the whole hotel is based on clear and simple lines where floor-to-ceiling windows flood the rooms with light, while spaciously designed entrance hall invite guests to the world of freedom and elegance. Exquisite Arborea Restaurant and Executive Lounge add lovely feel-good atmosphere. The hotel also offers incredible business facilities: seven multifunctional meeting rooms, business centre and unique Grand Ballroom. No wonder the Renaissance Minsk Hotel is top-rated among the best choices for business and leisure stay in Minsk.
Towering the banks of Svisloch river, a prominent landmark Hotel Belarus offers a breathtaking view of magnificent cityscape, marked with church spires and buildings of different epochs. For many years Hotel Belarus has been a symbol and one of the most recognizable architectural highlights of Minsk. Completely refurbished in 2014, Belarus Hotel provides accommodation in 484 rooms designed in contemporary European style with natural light colours and falling in different categories ranging from standard rooms to suites and apartments. Flooded with light spacious rooms have modern Belarusian furniture, satellite TV, phone, free high-speed Wi-Fi and other amenities. Two local cafes "Belarusian cuisine" and "Paparats-kvetka" serve most delicious dishes of Belarusian and European cuisines. You can also use panoramic elevator to access 22nd floor restaurant "Panorama", whose windows offer stunning views of Minsk. For business meetings the hotel provides a conference hall for 244 guests, a conference room with capacity from 35 to 50 guests and two meeting rooms for 16 persons each. Additional facilities and services also include the wellness centre, beauty salon, fitness centre, casino, secured parking, room-service and much more. Convenient location in Minsk centre, renovated stylish accommodation, a wide range of services all these make Hotel Belarus a perfect place for travelers who want to make the most of their time in Minsk.