Receiving of an information sheet. Drive to POLOTSK. On the way to Polotsk we will drive through Logoysk, the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve and will learn about the historical events and the development of Belarusian nationhood. Arrival to Polotsk. LUNCH. Polotsk sihtseeing tour. During the excursion you will see the CATHEDRAL OF SAINT SOPHIA (XVIII), built on undestroyed fragments of the Cathedral of the XI century, visit its museum, and go down into the vault. In the renovated hall of the temple you will listen to the ORGAN CONCERT.
Then you will take a view of the exposition of the MUSEUM OF BOOK PRINTING in the old Epiphany Monastery where you will get acquainted with the history of book printing in Belarus andl visit the SAINT EPHROSYNE CONVENT where the relics of SAINT Euphrosyne of Polotsk are kept. The ancient streets of Polotsk seem to keep the sound of footsteps of Vseslav the Magician (Vseslav Charodey), the legendary Prince of Polotsk, the architect John, the jeweler Lazar Bogsha, the first-printer Francisc Scorina and many other outstanding people. Drive to Vitebsk. Hotel check-in. Free time. Overnight stay in Vitebsk.
Buffet breakfast. Check-out. VITEBSK SIGHTSEEING TOUR. “Oh, Paris! You are my second Vitebsk!” – the greatest artist of the XX century Mark Chagall exclaimed, he carried his love to Vitebsk through life. Vitebsk is known all over the world due to his paintings depicting flying brides and violinists… Let’s admire this ancient city, which appeared in the Xth century. Here you can see the graceful Town Hall (now – the Local History museum), the Governor’s Palace of the XVIII century, residential development of the previous centuries.
At the beginning of the XX century Vitebsk turned into the symbol of the world-famous art school with its outstanding representatives – Mark Chagall, Konstantin Malevich, the author of the mysterious “Black Square”, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, the founder of the Russian Seasons in Paris… Visit to Mark Chagall Museum. LUNCH. Visit of the restored estate of Iliya Repin in ZDRAVNEVO with its interesting museum exposition and beautiful surrounding scenery… Free time. Transfer to the railway station. Have a good trip!
Distance: Minsk-Polotsk 230 km, Polotsk-Vitebsk 105 km, Vitebsk-Zdravnevo 20 km