After much pressure from our loyal clientele, YPT have finally made the logical step of arranging a tour to the country that has been described among other things as the last holdout of the Cold War and Europe’s ‘only Soviet State’.
We ourselves have been visiting the country over the last 3 years and know a similar yet quite different place. Belarus is populated by a resilient people, and Minsk in particular has an extremely vibrant and interesting night life. That being said, in many ways Belarus does retain a lot of the charm that the average YPT fan loves – Soviet architecture, war memorials galore, and markets full of Soviet kitsch.
This tour is being run very much in line with our regular tours to other parts of the globe, with us following the kind of itinerary that would have been offered circa 1985, but with us having the freedoms afforded to us in 2017.
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The tour will be limited to a very strict maximum number, on a first come, first served basis, with us offering great discounts to all former pioneers. This trip also finishes directly before, and connects with our Eurasian Adventure Tour, going on to Chernobyl and Transnistria, with bookings for those joining multiple groups.
Arrive in Minsk, transfers from the airport according to your flight times and meet your YPT guide and fellow travellers
To get an idea about some of the views of modern Belarusians, our first destination will be the Y museum, a small contemporary art museum hidden in the courtyard behind a nondescript block of Soviet apartments.
Even if you’re not an avid money collector, the small museum of old money which is displayed in the Central Bank will have something to interest you.
After lunch we’ll visit the Alivaria Brewery and Museum, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste their finest brews.
Free time in the evening and a relatively early night in Minsk.
Day 2 – Saturday 4th November
After breakfast we take the new, super comfortable train to Brest
After a quick lunch we start exploring the narrow streets of the very European style old town.
In with the theme of the day, we visit the train museum, an open-air museum featuring locomotives from throughout the 20th Century
After dinner we’ll get our first taste of the nightlife in Brest – do you know the difference between Russian and Belarusian vodka? Now’s your chance to find out!
Overnight in Brest.
Day 3 – Sunday 5th November
Begin the day with a trip to the Brest Fortress, or Hero Fortress as it is often known.
A 19th Century Russian Fortress, this spectacular example of Soviet architecture is now a war memorial commemorating the first battles of WWII featuring two of the most amazing Soviet monuments in the former USSR.
After lunch, continue on to the Confiscated Items Museum, a small museum full of items that have been confiscated at border points, with an interesting display about the nearby Polish land border crossing.
Take a walk down the Alley of the Lights in the centre of the town, a street lined with lanterns all designed by local artists, and every one of which is totally unique.
Free time before dinner, which you might like to use to browse through one of the best Soviet antique shops in the former USSR, or simply just sit in one of Brest’s many cafes while you take in the vibe of the town.
Take the slow, night train back to Minsk, for a more Soviet style of journey
Day 4 – Monday 6th November
After breakfast we leave Minsk to go out to Nesvizh Castle. This 16th century castle was fought over by Russians, Polish and Lithuanians, eventually becoming a sanitarium in Soviet times, before being made a UNESCO heritage site in the 1990s
•Letter of Invitation (not all nationalities need this, but if you do we can provide it for you, €30-50 depending on your nationality)
•Insurance letter which you need to get the LOI €15
•Visa (we can give you advice on this)
•Transport to and from Belarus at the beginning and end of the tour (train to Kiev is included if you are joining the Eurasian Adventure Tour
•Meals other than breakfast
•Single supplement (€295 for the whole tour)
•Quest games at Nesvizh Castle and Stalin Line
•Souvenirs or any other personal expenses
•Tips for guides and drivers
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