Belarus tour, highlights of Belarus

“Small group tour of Belarus travelling overland for guided city tours, rural village feasts and walking trails through Berezina Biosphere Reserve.”

Highlights

Guided tour of Minsk | Orientation walk around Grodno (Hrodna) | overnight in a rural village | Bike ride through Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park | Guided tour of Brest | UNESCO Nesvizh Castle | UNESCO Mir Castle | Guided tour of Vitebsk | free time to walk around Berezina Biosphere Reserve |

Description of Belarus tour, highlights of Belarus

This small group tour of Belarus takes you behind the Soviet era curtain to reveal an altogether more modern example of life in Eastern Europe.

Journeying west, from the centrally-located capital, Minsk, your group will spend the next few days experiencing the highlights and lesser-known cultural sites of Belarus including an overnight stay in a village close to Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park.

UNESCO sites come thick and fast on this tour of Belarus with Nesvizh Castle and the Mir Castle complex providing a couple of historic highlights prior to a nature walk across the bird and berry abundant marshlands and swamps of Berezina Biosphere Reserve.

Almost half of Belarus is covered in forest and as you explore along the Berezina river you'll quickly begin to imagine what the rest of Europe was once like prior to making the return journey to Minsk for one last night on the tiles.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Belarus tour, highlights of Belarus

Environment

As a global tour operator, we are committed to operating every one of our trips in a way that respects and benefits local people, their culture and economy, while minimising our impact on the natural environment.

Belarus is a rarely visited country, so any visit by foreigners will have a positive economic impact. On this trip we also travel by public transport (trains) and in Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park we embark on a bike ride in search of the European bison. Other operators drive in the park, so our means of transportation are carbon neutral.

We educate our passengers on environmental issues on all of our trips. This includes the reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy. Even though Belarus has no recycling schemes in place, we will educate our travellers on littering in general. On this trip, we will also encourage travellers to bring their own bottles and refill them instead of buying plastic water bottles every time.

We promote small group travelling, therefore maximum group size is 12. This has much less impact when travelling through rural areas, reducing our environmental and social affects.

Community

We support local businesses and use local suppliers for all our included activities and optional services. This means your money stays in the area to benefit the local community and any of the activities done on this trip are helping the local economic development. Working conditions are not dictated by us as a company. Rather, we use local services who in turn employ local people. We use only local accommodation on this trip. For example, on day 4 and 5 we will stay in a homestay where the family will cook traditional meals. This will not only introduce you to the everyday life in Belarus but will also help a small local business to sustain.

On every tour of ours, clients and guides are briefed on local customs and general courtesy (such as asking permission before taking photographs/dress-codes/conduct in places of worship etc.) and behave appropriately. Generally a good way on how to get our travellers involved with the local community is by teaching them a few phrases of local language, so the tour leader will give a lesson on useful Belarusian phrases and how to read Cyrillic letters. Belarus is very open to receiving guests and locals are curious about visitors as in the past the destination was very much off the radar, so there will be many opportunities to practice their newly learned language.

Furthermore, in order to allow our clients to make an informed decision on where a greater proportion of their money should be spent, we avoid including pre-paid full board meals where possible and we do encourage the group to always eat at local restaurants.

We have a Foundation which was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Our Foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare. While we do not visit a project during this trip, tour leader will always talk through our Responsible Travel guidelines and will encourage clients to look at other projects running at the moment.

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