Resilient Belarus

Resisting the hardest of times

Intro

The 20th century brought upon Belarus some of the harshest ordeals one can think of. Human technology showed this small but great nation how destructive it can be. Practically eradicated from the map on 2nd World War – or the Great Patriotic War, as named in the East – Belarus knew, like a Phoenix, how to rise from the ashes and rebuilt itself. Little over 40 years after the end of the war Belarus saw itself being again invaded, this time by a silent force: the radioactive cloud emerging from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plan explosion. This led to massive displacements and the closure of a large area in the south of the country. Now, 30 years passed over the accident, the authorities partially opened the region to organized visits. The Pripyat Radiation Reserve is probably the biggest de-humanized area in Europe and even in the world. For all this time, nature, slowly but steadily, regained its rule over man. Together with Brutal Tours, what we propose is a 1500Km railway trip around the south of Belarus visiting some of the key places of the German invasion and subsequent expulsion, as well as a privileged visit to Belorussian’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Visa requirement

Entry to Belarus is possible visa free up to 30 days for citizens coming out of a list of 74 countries. The requirements for entry are: an ordinary passport valid for 90 days beyond the planned date of departure, the equivalent of 2 base units (1 base unit is approximately 10.50€) per day of planned stay, a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay. This information is not legally binding. It was extracted on April 7, 2019. For accurate information on visa requirements for Belarus please check the official site from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. Exceptionally, up to mid-July 2019, thanks to the II European Games and the Slavic Bazar in Vitebsk, visa-free access is extended to every land border, under specific conditions. Ask us if you qualify.

Tour Plan

Day 0 — Arrival

Arrival in Minsk. Transfer from airport to the city (as extra service). Check-in at 3-star hotel in Minsk.

Day 1 — Minsk (Stalin Line and City Tour)

Breakfast in typical canteen/café. Visit of Stalin Line, an open-air military complex focused in the “re-enactment” of Soviet military stretching from WW2 to cold war area. Lunch break with suggestion of traditional restaurant by our guide. Guided Minsk City tour: We will explore the neighbourhood of independence avenue, from the KGB building, to the Lenin statue of Independence Square, standing in front of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus. Evening departure by train to Brest (345 km). Check-in at 3-star hotel in Brest.

Day 2 — Brest (Fortress and City Tour)

Breakfast in stylish Belarusian café. Guided visit to the city of Brest with local guide. Lunch break with suggestion to traditional restaurant by our guide. Visit to the famous Russian 19th-century stronghold fortress of Brest, a strategic key point of the Soviet line of defence during Germany’s Barbarossa operation. Brest fortress attack by the Reich war machine buried the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on June 22nd, 1941. Comprises the old barracks and the massive concrete monument to Courage. Sleeper train Hoiniki, support town for PSRER tour (577 km).

Day 3 — Polesia State Radioecological Reserve (PSRER)
Sturdy breakfast at hotel as it is not allowed to take food into the Exclusion Zone.

Full day visit in the Belarusian Exclusion Zone, the “Other side” of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, exploring the deserted villages evacuated after the nuclear disaster (April 26th, 1986), on the way through the exclusion zone there will be a stop at a feeding station for European bison, chance to observe the majestic and wild animals in their now reclaimed natural habitat.

Free end of day. Dinner. Night at hotel in Hoiniki.
Day 4 — Gomel (City Tour)

Morning train to Gomel (129Km) Guided tour in the city of Gomel, the second in population and one of the oldest of Belarus. Evening train to Minsk (443Km), check-in at 3-star hotel in Minsk.

Day 5 — Minsk (Museums Day)

Breakfast in typical canteen/café. Visit of the Museum of Great Patriotic War, one of the largest depositories of historical documents and relics from this conflict. Visit at the Museum of Azgur studio memorial, the tiny, but impressive, museum dedicated to the Belarusian artist and his work is famous for its many sculptures of Soviet leaders and historical figures. Farewell dinner in one of the best Belarussian food restaurants, night out in Minsk. Night at 3-star hotel in Minsk.

Day Z — Departure

Transfer to the airport (as extra service). Departure.

Places

Where worlds colide

Between Belavezhskaya Puscha and Brest Fortress, on the border with Poland, stands Brest, a city with a rich and complicated history, noisy bars and charming characters like the man who lights lanterns on Savietskaya Street every night. You can always find something new in Brest, and we’ll tell you how to spend some quality time in the city on the river Bug.

Time has stopped here

When reactor 4 of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, 30-40Km to the south, exploded the winds turned Pripyat Forest into the most radioactive place on earth. During 30 years this woods, and the villages within, lived with close to no human presence. Slowly but steadily nature started to reclaim back what was once hers.

Monument to architecture

Gomel is a city to relax. Walk along beautiful Savieckaja Street with interesting architecture. In winter join locals in sledging in the park and in summer cross the longest bridge in Belarus and bag some rays on the beach. There are lots of cozy parks, small fountains and peaceful corners. Right there, across the border, there’s Ukraine.

Europe’s last hidden jewel

The capital of Belarus has 950 years of history and old and new history mixed in its streets. Authentic corners are hidden in soviet architecture as the city center once totally remodeled Stalin’s Socialist Classicism.
Walking down Minsk’s avenues you will feel the spirit of the City of Sun. Today it’s dynamic, modern and clean place which has much to offer for tourists. You will see the most authentic, famous and hidden places of the city, which will allow you to feel the spirit of the neighborhood.

Price

The price includes the services described in the tour plan section as follows: Accomodation in twin room in hotels (5 nights) One berth in 4-berth compartment in sleeper trains (1 night) Minsk Card (free tram, bus and troley-cars for 3 days; 10 metro trips; museums admission) Admission fees (where applicable) Train rides or other trasport to guided tour location

The price does not include: fees related to obtaining visa, flights to and from Minsk, mandatory travel insurance, meals, entry fee on museus/attractions other than those stated, personal expenses.

Other services not mentioned can be arranged upon request. Extra payment may apply in those circumstance.

Individual

1045€

per person

  • Individual package inserted in group
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Groups of 6

895€

per person

  • Private circuit for your group
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Transfer airport

30€

per person

  • Private transfer from airport and to airport
Single room

150€

per person

  • Upgrade to single-room in all hotels
Extra train berth

20€

per berth

  • Reserve extra berth in compartment

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This tour takes place with a minimum of 4 participants
Daily departures for private circuits