Itinerary

Sun 26 May

Early evening arrival in Minsk and transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the 5-star Hotel Europe. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, in its heyday the hotel was frequented by many artists including Marc Chagall who was born in Belarus. Late welcome dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Mon 27 May

Join your guide for a tour of Minsk and learn the history, culture and traditions of the Belarusian people. Visits will include Independence Square, The Red Church, Victory Square, the National Library and Trinity Suburb, one of the oldest areas in Minsk, as well as the Upper Town with its three Cathedrals. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant after which there will be time to relax. Dinner is at the Russian Seasons restaurant before the concert and ballet performances that evening.

Tue 28 May

A day with a difference. Take an excursion outside of the city to the Stalin Line Historical and Cultural Complex, named after the original Stalin Line, a network of fortifications along the Western border of the former Soviet Union. With displays that include antitank guns, airplanes and helicopters, this unique museum is one of the most complete exhibitions of artillery and military equipment and allows you to fully immerse yourself in history. Continue the experience with a typical soldier’s lunch - including the requisite glass of vodka given to soldiers before going into combat. Return to Minsk for the afternoon at leisure before dinner at the
stylish Studio Wine and Spirits restaurant and the night at the opera.

Wed 29 May

Depart early morning for a full-day excursion to the medieval towns of Nesvizh and Mir, both boasting castles which are listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The castle in the small town of Nesvizh was a former residence of the powerful Radziwiłł family and considered one of the most beautiful in the region. After lunch in a local restaurant, travel to Mir to visit its castle, an impressive blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture. You will then return to Minsk for dinner and the evening at leisure.

Thu 30 May

Experience typical Belarusian hospitality at Ganka Manor in the relaxing and picturesque countryside just a short distance from Minsk. The Ganetsfamily will greet you with bread and moonshine and explain how this home-made vodka is made. Wander around the farmstead with its animals, buildings and small lake, then partake of a delicious home-made lunch accompanied by folk music. After returning to Minsk and time for shopping or further sightseeing, an early dinner will be served at the cosy Kuchmistr restaurant followed by the evening’s opera performance.

Fri 31 May

Depart in the morning for the homeward flight.

Programme

27 May 19.00

CONCERT & BALLETInc

Programme: Orff Carmina Burana

Schedrin / Bizet Carmen Suite

Venue: Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus

28 May 19.00

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO MozartInc

Venue: Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus

30 May 19.00

MACBETH VerdiInc

Venue: Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus

Production and casting to be confirmed nearer to the date of departure.

Flights

Belavia

26 May London Gatwick - Minsk dep: 14.20 arr: 19.15

31 May Minsk- London Gatwick dep: 12.10 arr: 13.20

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1950
Business class flight upgrade from £600
Land-only tour price £1750
Deposit required £400
Tour code MSQ1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation,
breakfast daily, five dinners, four lunches, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.

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