Receiving of an information sheet, map of Brest. Drive to Mir – Brest – Bialowieza Forest. Arrival to Mir in two hours. You will see the most valuable monument of Belarus listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Mir Castle.
The majestic MIR CASTLE, which was built in the XVI century, its bright architectural look, mighty walls and towers, colorful courtyard leave a lasting impression which will be complemented by the MUSEUM EXPOSITION in the northern part of the castle. You will feel the atmosphere of life in the castle passing through the basements where provision was kept and the Ball-room swimming in luxury of Rococo style… Alongside of the castle there is the flamboyant chapel of the Svyatopolk-Mirsky family. The historic part of the town of MIR – the place where Belarusians, Poles, Jews, Gipsies and Tartars had been living together for a long time – kept the atmosphere of the former small town… The ensemble of the market place is formed by the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, synagogues, Yeshiva, the houses of craftsmen and merchants. LUNCH at the restaurant. Drive to Brest.
You will visit THE BREST FORTRESS (built in 1842) which became history twice: in 1918, in the White Palace of the Brest fortress the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, ending the war between Soviet Russia and Germany, here the brave soldiers hold the fort during the first days of the Great Patriotic War. The memorial “Brest Hero-Fortress” includes forts, bastions, barracks and sculptural compositions. You will visit the MUSEUM OF THE FORTRESS located in the Citadel – the old barrack in the centre of the fortress. In the evening you will get the chance to see how a lamplighter dressed in the form of Peter the Great’s time lights retro-lamps, you can make a picture with him – for luck. Overnight stay in Brest.
Excursion to BIALOWIEZA FOREST listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now it is a National reservation, where rich plant life and amazing landscape are combined. Here grows the highest fir-tree in Europe, here live powerful aurochs and a great number of animal species. A lot of famous people are associated with this place – brothers Tyszkiewicz and Tyzenhaus, Napoleon and Nicholas II…
You will visit the MUSEUM OF NATURE with its amazing exhibitions, FATHER CHRISTMAS’ RESIDENCE with numerous buildings and surprises… The Residence is located deep in Bialowieza Forest, where the feedboxex for aurochs are settled. Here you will find the mansions of Father Christmas and Snow Maiden. You will visit open-air cages with animals and after that you will have free time when you can make some pictures or buy some souvenirs made of wood, clay or straw. Drive to Brest.
On the way to Brest we will make a break in Kamyanyets where the magnificent Tower of Kamyanyets is situated. It was built in 1276, its height is 30 meters. LUNCH. BREST SIGHTSEEING TOUR. Brest is the old city in Belarus at the border with Poland (first it was mentioned in the Primary Chronicle in 1019!), which has long and rich history: it was Brest to be given the Magdeburg Law the first of all the Belarusian towns, here in 1596 the Union of Brest was contracted, according to which the Roman-Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church were united; a lot of outstanding people lived here. In 1921 Brest was annexed to the Polish Republic, in 1939 it became part of the USSR. You will see the cultural heritage of this city, its old and modern monuments and temples, walk down its main street. Free time. Transfer to the railway station. Have a good trip!
Distance: Minsk-Mir 100 km, Minsk-Brest 350 km, Brest-Bialowieza Forest 60 km