Experience stunning cities and wilderness in post-Soviet Belarus.
Castles, cathedrals, rich forests and soviet structures – Belarus is a diamond, shining with post-war intrigue. While much of the country has been shaped in some way by conflict, the result is a modern country where Soviet, Polish, Orthodox and Jewish influences meet in each city to create architectural wonderlands. In contrast, the sprawling medieval forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha and the humming marshes of the Berezina Biosphere Reserve remain unravaged by man and just as full of curious history, riddled in the growth rings of the towering ancient oak trees. From marsh to metropolis, Belarus’ appeal lies in a tranquillity that needs to be experienced first hand before it can be fully understood.
Step back in time in the Soviet time capsule that is Minsk. Marvel at Stalinist brutalist architecture from an era gone by and indulge in the culinary offerings of Belarus' capital city
Embark on a bike ride in Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park in search of Europe's largest land mammal, the European bison
Stay in a traditional village with a local family and enjoy home cooked meals in a cozy environment
Spend the night inside Nesvizh Castle, a 16th century masterpiece built by the mighty Radziwill family
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, please note that hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
While we have thoroughly researched this area of the world to put together this adventure, please be advised that this is a new trip for Intrepid. To be frank, things may not always go to plan. When we head to new destinations, we usually find there are more pleasant surprises in store than unpleasant ones, but the warning is sincere. If this concerns you, we recommend you wait a year until the trip has been ironed out.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 22 September 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2019 - 31 December 2019
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A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information. The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
- Days 4 & 5: Rural Village Stay
Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
ITINERARY CHANGE 2019
In 2019 this itinerary will be reduced from 11 to 9 days. The change in length means that we will no longer be visiting Vitebsk. The itinerary will also run in a different order. Departure days will be Fridays. Please see the 2019 itinerary for more details on what has changed.
Our Highlights of Belarus trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
While Belarus is a new destination for small group travel and not a great deal is known about the country, anyone who makes the journey will definitely enjoy the experience. The Highlights of Belarus tour gives a very good insight into the country. Belarus is a very friendly and safe country to visit and the accommodation selected was of a good standard. The home stay is one of the best I have experienced with Intrepid.
Review submitted 15 Sep 2018
I’ve really enjoyed my Intrepid holidays from meeting and making new friends with fellow travellers in the group to exploring and visiting less “touristy” towns/villages.
Review submitted 14 Sep 2018