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From Minsk: Brest Fortress, City Tour, and National Park

1. From Minsk: Brest Fortress, City Tour, and National Park

Depart from Minsk and discover the city of Brest and its main attraction, the Brest Fortress. The fortress was one of the first to take on an enemy strike by German troops, beginning the Great Patriotic War. Learn about the heroic defense of the fortress that led to it being awarded the title Hero Fortress, and see the large memorial that was established on the ruins of the fortress. The next stop will be to one of the most beautiful pedestrian streets in Belarus, Sovetskaya Street, where you can enjoy its many cafés and shops. During a guided tour of the center, you will visit the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker, the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and the Cathedral of Simeon Stylites of Antioch. After a short stop for lunch, head to Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park where open-air cages of wild animals occupy an area of about 20 hectares. A walk through the enclosure takes between 1 and 2 hours. A small forest zoo allows visitors to admire the majestic bison, graceful deer and roe deer, see the cautious lynx, wolves, bears, and foxes, as well as some species of predatory birds, including the biggest attraction, the long-eared eagle owl.

Minsk: 2-Day City, Nesvizh Palace, and Mir Castle Tour

2. Minsk: 2-Day City, Nesvizh Palace, and Mir Castle Tour

Day 1: 3-hour guided Minsk city tour, private driving and walking tour This tour is delivered by a certified local professional whose language level is excellent or close. On this fascinating 3-hour driving and and walking tour of Minsk, learn about the Belarusian capital and see many buildings and monuments that stand as reminders of the Soviet time. Immerse yourself in the history of the city. Minsk was first mentioned in chronicles of the 11th century and 950 years later, it still has its secrets and mysteries. Your experienced guide will tell you interesting facts and stories about Minsk and Belarus. See important landmarks such as Gates of Minsk, Independence Square, Upper City, Iseland of Tears, and many more. Day 2: Self-guided tour of Minsk, Nesvizh Palace, and Mir Castle with an English-speaking driver Head to the famous palace and park complex in Nesvizh, just 70 miles from Minsk. Founded at the end of the 16th century by the Radziwills, the palace is a combination of several architectural styles. In the 19th century, a huge park was laid out nearby and is a perfect place for a walk even today. The palace was used as a health resort, which saved it from destruction and now it’s even landed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.  Mir Castle, located 18 miles from Nesvizh, was founded in the early 16th century as a residence. After the new hosts, the Radziwills, took over the castle, it was rebuilt into a luxurious palace, replete with luxurious apartments appointed with works of art. Successive wars and decades of neglect resulted in complete decay by the end of WWII. Only after the inclusion of the monument as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a long restoration process did Mir Castle regain its former luxury, and open its doors for visitors.

Private Tour: Mir Castle, Nesvizh Palace, and Brest Fortress

3. Private Tour: Mir Castle, Nesvizh Palace, and Brest Fortress

Visit three of the most important - and most beautiful - sites in Belarus on this sightseeing tour to Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, and Brest Fortress. This is an ideal trip for first-time visitors to Belarus, who want an overview of Belorussian history and culture. You’ll have the freedom to explore these sites independently and at your own pace, as your driver will be waiting for you outside. If you prefer to go inside the castles, you can buy tickets inside each castle. Tickets are not included in tour, but they can only be bought in castles for about €6-7 per person. You'll be able to use an audio guide for €1.50 in each castle. During the tour, you can ask driver to stop at a local cafe or restaurant for lunch and taste some traditional meals.

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