Belarus

Resilient Belarusian Adventures - Minsk / Brest / Polesia State Radioecological Reserve (PSRER)

Belarus

”GO WEST WITH BRUTAL TOURS ON A TRAIN JOURNEY THROUGH BELARUS TUMULTUOUS PAST AND PRESENT. “

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 Iron Curtain 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.

Next Tours dates :

28th of July to 3rd of august 2019

Program :

DAY 0 — ARRIVAL IN MINSK

Arrival in Minsk. Check-in at 3-star hotel in Minsk. Meet with group at hotel. Night out 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— Gomel

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 6 —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 7— DEPARTURE

End of the tour. Transfer to the airport (as extra service). Departure.

Visa :

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 planed date of departure, the equivalent of 2 base units (1 base unit is approximately 10.50€) per day of planed 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.

Tours dates ( Tour runs from 4 ppl min ) :

– 28th of July to 3rd of august 2019

– Other dates available on demand

 Price:

– 1045€ per person ( We offer discount on groups up to 6 , contact us )

Price Inclusive of :

– Private guides for more personalized experience
– Accommodation on TWIN sharing basis or Sleeper Train
– All Transportation

Price Exclusive of :

– Any personal expenses
– International air tickets
– Meals and snacks ( around 20 Euro/day )
– Visa Fees

Hack your tour :

– We can arrange extra pick up services and booking

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