Belarus, Kaliningrad and Gdansk

  • Day 1. Minsk
  • Day 2. Minsk
  • Day 3. Minsk - Vitebsk
  • Day 4. Vitebsk - Mir - Nesvizh
  • Day 5. Nesvizh - Brest
  • Day 6. Brest - Grodno
  • Day 7. Grodno - Kaliningrad
  • Day 8. Kaliningrad
  • Day 9. Kaliningrad - Gdansk
  • Day 10. Gdansk
  • Day 11. Gdansk
11 days/
10 nights
3
countries
travel type
Cultural
full short description

Day 1. Minsk

Highlights: Minsk city tour

 

Spend this evening to explore Minsk on your own. The city was largely destroyed during the WW2 and later rebuild as an excellent example of Stalinist Neo Classicism with wide avenues, impressive monumental buildings, imposing squares and public gardens. Minsk is a very clean and safe city, a perfect place for curious tourists looking for cultural discoveries.
We invite you for a dinner at a traditional Belarussian restaurant. Do you think you know how to cook potato? Wait before you try Beloaussian cuisine! Its no surprise that it makes the perfect match with vodka.

 

Overnight: Minsk
Meals: D

Highlights: Minsk city tour

 

Spend this evening to explore Minsk on your own. The city was largely destroyed during the WW2 and later rebuild as an excellent example of Stalinist Neo Classicism with wide avenues, impressive monumental buildings, imposing squares and public gardens. Minsk is a very clean and safe city, a perfect place for curious tourists looking for cultural discoveries.
We invite you for a dinner at a traditional Belarussian restaurant. Do you think you know how to cook potato? Wait before you try Beloaussian cuisine! Its no surprise that it makes the perfect match with vodka.

 

Overnight: Minsk
Meals: D

Day 2. Minsk

Highlights: Minsk city tour,  the “Island of Tears” memorial

 

During the morning city tour you will learn about 900 years history of Minsk, see the most remarkable monuments of the historical center, as well as impressive Neoclassic architecture built to replace ruins left after WW2, i. e. Independence Square and Victory Square with its 38-meter obelisk and the Eternal Flame.
Afternoon visit of the “Island of Tears” – a memorial set up to commemorate lost Belarussian soldiers, the Victory Monument and the National Library.

 

Overnight: Minsk
Meals: B+L

Highlights: Minsk city tour,  the “Island of Tears” memorial

 

During the morning city tour you will learn about 900 years history of Minsk, see the most remarkable monuments of the historical center, as well as impressive Neoclassic architecture built to replace ruins left after WW2, i. e. Independence Square and Victory Square with its 38-meter obelisk and the Eternal Flame.
Afternoon visit of the “Island of Tears” – a memorial set up to commemorate lost Belarussian soldiers, the Victory Monument and the National Library.

 

Overnight: Minsk
Meals: B+L

Day 3. Minsk – Stalin’s Line – Vitebsk

Highlights: Stalin Line Museum, Vitebsk city tour, Marc Chagall museum

 

Departure to Vitebsk and stop to visit at the Stalin’s Line museum, a large open-air historical and cultural complex of the Soviet military gear, weapons and facilities. Museum guides dressed in the uniforms of the 1940s will tell you about the story behind the whole project.
Afternoon city tour will introduce you to Vitebsk. This city is proud of its long history (more than 1000 years old) and the status of the cultural capital of Belarus. Creative work of Marc Chagall, the great painter of the 20th century is closely connected with this city. You will walk in cosy, old town streets, visit Marc Chaghall’s house and Art Center, see the monument to the heroes of the war with Napoleon (1812) and other historical places.

 

Overnight: Vitebsk
Meals: B+L

Highlights: Stalin Line Museum, Vitebsk city tour, Marc Chagall museum

 

Departure to Vitebsk and stop to visit at the Stalin’s Line museum, a large open-air historical and cultural complex of the Soviet military gear, weapons and facilities. Museum guides dressed in the uniforms of the 1940s will tell you about the story behind the whole project.
Afternoon city tour will introduce you to Vitebsk. This city is proud of its long history (more than 1000 years old) and the status of the cultural capital of Belarus. Creative work of Marc Chagall, the great painter of the 20th century is closely connected with this city. You will walk in cosy, old town streets, visit Marc Chaghall’s house and Art Center, see the monument to the heroes of the war with Napoleon (1812) and other historical places.

 

Overnight: Vitebsk
Meals: B+L

Day 4. Vitebsk – Mir Castle – Nesvizh

Highlights: Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle

 

Today you will learn about a different page of the Belarussian history – medieval times. You will visit  the two “must see” sights in Belarus.
Start with the Mir castle – a “must see” sight included into UNESCO World Heritage list. The successful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes Mir Castle one of the most impressive castles in Europe.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Nesvizh

Highlights: Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle

 

Today you will learn about a different page of the Belarussian history – medieval times. You will visit  the two “must see” sights in Belarus.
Start with the Mir castle – a “must see” sight included into UNESCO World Heritage list. The successful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes Mir Castle one of the most impressive castles in Europe.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Nesvizh

Day 5. Nesvizh Castle – Brest

Highlights: Nesvizh Castle

 

Morning visit of the most beautiful Belarussian castle –  baroque Nesvizh Castle which gardens are a particular attraction, with ornamental lakes, and beautifully landscaped gardens. No wonder that it castle has been recognised as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO.

Free evening in Brest.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Brest

Highlights: Nesvizh Castle

 

Morning visit of the most beautiful Belarussian castle –  baroque Nesvizh Castle which gardens are a particular attraction, with ornamental lakes, and beautifully landscaped gardens. No wonder that it castle has been recognised as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO.

Free evening in Brest.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Brest

Day 6. Brest - Grodno

Highlights: Brest Hero Fortress

 

Morning Brest city tour includes visiting main city churches, streets, squares and famous Brest Hero Fortress, a Soviet style war memorial, the largest tourist attraction of the city. The fortress earned the title of Hero Fortress for the courage demonstrated by Soviet soldiers when they fought against the Nazis army in 1941. Whilst the Nazis took the town of Brest – 90% of which was destroyed in the fighting. Today you can find here a large complex with several museums.

Free evening in Grodno.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Grodno

Highlights: Brest Hero Fortress

 

Morning Brest city tour includes visiting main city churches, streets, squares and famous Brest Hero Fortress, a Soviet style war memorial, the largest tourist attraction of the city. The fortress earned the title of Hero Fortress for the courage demonstrated by Soviet soldiers when they fought against the Nazis army in 1941. Whilst the Nazis took the town of Brest – 90% of which was destroyed in the fighting. Today you can find here a large complex with several museums.

Free evening in Grodno.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Grodno

Day 7. Grodno – Kaliningrad

Highlights: Grodno city tour, the “Wolf Lair” museum

 

This morning is booked for the sightseeing of Grodno, one of the most ancient cities of Belarus. During the tour you will see historical buildings of different epochs and the temples of different religions – a  traditional Belarusian tolerance that was typical of their worshippers – Catholics, Russian Orthodox Christians, Protestants and Jews. In Grodno you will see the oldest working tower clock in Europe and the first pharmacy building in Western Europe.

Departure to Kaliningrad and stop en route for a visit of “Wolf Lair” in Poland, former Hitler’s field headquarters where he spent over 800 days during World War 2. It’s a hidden town in the woods consisting of 200 buildings.
Free evening in Kaliningrad.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Kaliningrad

 

 

Highlights: Grodno city tour, the “Wolf Lair” museum

 

This morning is booked for the sightseeing of Grodno, one of the most ancient cities of Belarus. During the tour you will see historical buildings of different epochs and the temples of different religions – a  traditional Belarusian tolerance that was typical of their worshippers – Catholics, Russian Orthodox Christians, Protestants and Jews. In Grodno you will see the oldest working tower clock in Europe and the first pharmacy building in Western Europe.

Departure to Kaliningrad and stop en route for a visit of “Wolf Lair” in Poland, former Hitler’s field headquarters where he spent over 800 days during World War 2. It’s a hidden town in the woods consisting of 200 buildings.
Free evening in Kaliningrad.

 

Meals: B + L
Overnight: Kaliningrad

 

 

Day 8. Kaliningrad

Highlights: Kaliningrad city tour, Svetlogorsk, Yantarny amber factory

 

Your day will start with Kalinigrad city tour to hear about 600 years of the city history and how people of different nationalities shaped the look of the city.  You will see main historical highlights including the Konigsberg Cathedral, Amber museum and Immanuel Kant museum, the city’s most famous former resident.
Afternoon visit of  Svetlogorsk – Russian seaside on the Baltic coast. This area was very popular with German vacationers in the 19th century who would come to this spa town to take in the sea air and therapeutic waters. During our visit we can see the Art Nouveau bath house, 19th century water tower or just stroll along the beautiful tree lined avenues and the promenade.
Next we drive to Yantarny to learn more about the history of this amber mining region. Did you know that 90% of the world’s amber comes the only amber factory in the world located in Yantarny town? Here you’ll have the chance to find your own piece to take home as a souvenir and we’ll stop at an amber mine canteen where you’ll have the opportunity to taste an authentic Russian lunch.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Kaliningrad

Highlights: Kaliningrad city tour, Svetlogorsk, Yantarny amber factory

 

Your day will start with Kalinigrad city tour to hear about 600 years of the city history and how people of different nationalities shaped the look of the city.  You will see main historical highlights including the Konigsberg Cathedral, Amber museum and Immanuel Kant museum, the city’s most famous former resident.
Afternoon visit of  Svetlogorsk – Russian seaside on the Baltic coast. This area was very popular with German vacationers in the 19th century who would come to this spa town to take in the sea air and therapeutic waters. During our visit we can see the Art Nouveau bath house, 19th century water tower or just stroll along the beautiful tree lined avenues and the promenade.
Next we drive to Yantarny to learn more about the history of this amber mining region. Did you know that 90% of the world’s amber comes the only amber factory in the world located in Yantarny town? Here you’ll have the chance to find your own piece to take home as a souvenir and we’ll stop at an amber mine canteen where you’ll have the opportunity to taste an authentic Russian lunch.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Kaliningrad

Day 9. Kaliningrad – Gdansk

Highlights: Malbork Castle

 

This morning we travel to Gdansk, Poland. En route we will visit the impressive Malbork Castle. Built by the Teutonic Knights it’s an outstanding example of the castles that were created all over medieval Europe to help protect the frontiers. It is the largest castle in the world by surface area, the largest brick building in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Free evening in Gdansk. In this distinctive maritime city you will not feel like in the rest of Poland. Its architecture has been influenced by the wealthy merchants that have passed through the city’s port, as well as the Prussian Teutonic Knights and Slavic Poland.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Gdansk

Highlights: Malbork Castle

 

This morning we travel to Gdansk, Poland. En route we will visit the impressive Malbork Castle. Built by the Teutonic Knights it’s an outstanding example of the castles that were created all over medieval Europe to help protect the frontiers. It is the largest castle in the world by surface area, the largest brick building in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Free evening in Gdansk. In this distinctive maritime city you will not feel like in the rest of Poland. Its architecture has been influenced by the wealthy merchants that have passed through the city’s port, as well as the Prussian Teutonic Knights and Slavic Poland.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Gdansk

Day 10. Gdansk (B, D)

Highlights: Gdansk city tour, Sopot pier, Gdynia harbour, Westerplatte Monument

 

Today you will explore Gdansk and its picturesque surroundings. Gdansk city tour will introduce you to almost 1000 years of the city history and show the main sights of destroyed and later restored Old Town during the WW2. If you have not bought a nice piece of amber jewellery, yet, you can definitely pick something at Mariacka Street, famous for its terraces full of amber jewellery.
In the afternoon you will visit neighbouring seaside resorts – Sopot and Gdynia.  Walking along the pier and admire Art Nouveau architecture in Sopot and continue to the leading Polish port – Gdynia with a beautiful frigate “Gift of Pomerania”. On the way back you will stop at the place where World War II started.  Here you will see the Westerplatte Monument commemorating the heroic defence of Poles against Nazis.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Gdansk

Highlights: Gdansk city tour, Sopot pier, Gdynia harbour, Westerplatte Monument

 

Today you will explore Gdansk and its picturesque surroundings. Gdansk city tour will introduce you to almost 1000 years of the city history and show the main sights of destroyed and later restored Old Town during the WW2. If you have not bought a nice piece of amber jewellery, yet, you can definitely pick something at Mariacka Street, famous for its terraces full of amber jewellery.
In the afternoon you will visit neighbouring seaside resorts – Sopot and Gdynia.  Walking along the pier and admire Art Nouveau architecture in Sopot and continue to the leading Polish port – Gdynia with a beautiful frigate “Gift of Pomerania”. On the way back you will stop at the place where World War II started.  Here you will see the Westerplatte Monument commemorating the heroic defence of Poles against Nazis.

 

Meals: B+L
Overnight: Gdansk

Day 11. Gdansk

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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