Welcome to Minsk

A history lover’s paradise, the capital of Belarus, Minsk, is a city of progression with spatterings of old-world charm. After the damaging effects of World War 2, Minsk had to rebuild itself from the ground up, meaning the city is home to an eclectic and varied mix of architecture, with few buildings dating back before the Great War. As Minsk continues to grow and progress, so with it comes a cool indie culture, with streets adorned with delectable cafes, a plethora of art galleries and an abundance of bars. Whether you’re looking for a dose of history or to just meet some interesting locals, Minsk is an undiscovered location by many, with a surprising charm that leaves its visitors captivated by the untold magic of the city.

Tour Highlights

  • Uncover the unique charms of Minsk Old Town
  • Discover Independence Square's Modern and Soviet influences
  • Step back in time at the Great War Museum
  • Visit the grand Mir Castle
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  • Dates & Prices

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    October 2 - October 6, 2019 (5 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £999 Book Now

    Discounted Sighted Price: £699 Book Now

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    Cityscape View Of The Modern Architecture Of Minsk, From District Nemiga, Nyamiha. Belarus. Sunset In Town
  • What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights hotel accommodation at Belarus Hotel
    • All breakfasts and 3 lunches
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Walking tour of Old Town Minsk
    • Visit either the Botanical Gardens or National Art Museum
    • Walking tour of Independence Square and Modern Minsk
    • Visit the Great War Museum
    • Visit Mir Castle
    sky view of the lush green lands around Belarus

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Wednesday 2nd October

Our travels begin today as we journey to Minsk. Upon arrival we will transfer to our centrally located hotel and settle in for the evening.

Overnight in Minsk.

Thursday 3rd October

We begin our exploration of the fascinating capital of Belarus this morning as we embark on a walking tour of Minsk’s Old Town. Minsk is a city awash with history, dating back to 1067. Since this time, it has faced its fair share of “difficulties” and, following on from the war, saw most of its infrastructures being rebuilt. On our tour today we shall explore the town’s City Hall before discovering the Holy Spirit Cathedral, one of Minsk’s most renowned buildings.

We shall break for lunch after our tour and enjoy some traditional Belarusian food. Following on from this we shall visit either the Botanical Gardens or the National Art Museum, depending on the weather conditions.

This rest of the afternoon is at leisure, to uncover more of this fascinating capital.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Minsk.

Friday 4th October

Today we set out to discover the more modern areas of Minsk, as we partake in a walking tour around the Independence Square, where we will see the modern soviet architecture following the war.

After the tour we shall stop for lunch and a rest before making our way to the Museum of the Great Patriotic War. This museum offers insight into Minsk before World War Two and the effects the Great War had on its people. It is widely regarded as one of the largest war museums in the world, and is a deeply moving and poignant place.

Following this, we shall return to the hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Minsk.

Saturday 5th October

This morning we head out of the centre to visit Mir Castle, situated about an hour and a half away from Minsk. Dating back to the 16th century, this impressive feat of architecture is also a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its distinctive blend of Baroque, Renaissance and Gothic architecture making it a truly unique.  We shall have time to wander the glorious rooms of the castle and venture across the grounds, soaking up the fascinating history that is on offer. We shall then stop for lunch within the castle, before heading back to our base in Minsk for the remainder of the day.

Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Minsk.

Sunday 6th October

Today we head to the airport to begin our journey home.

Breakfast included. Overnight in Minsk.

Visas – All British national passport holders (except those entering on a diplomatic or official passport) can now enter Belarus for a maximum of 30 days without a visa (the day you arrive counts as day one, regardless of arrival time). Entry and exit will only be allowed at Minsk International Airport and you’ll need to show documentary evidence of medical insurance to the value of 10,000 euros and funds equivalent to 25 euros per day. This can be in the form of cash, credit card or travellers cheques in any currency.

If you are not a British National, please check your country’s own travel requirements.

Single supplement – £120