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Belarus Explorer MI

Tour Duration 10 Days
 

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Belarus ExplorerScores 8.5 out of 10 based on 4 reviews
(10 out of 10)

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A real surprise given the only publicity it gets is as a bad communist dictatorship - and I found what was probably the cleanest and least graffiti filled place I've been to. There were few signs of the mafia excess and bling you see in other ex-communist states. The shops were full of all kinds of quality goods and for a foreigner it was very cheap - including in restaurants where the food was excellent especially if you like the local cuisine of potato pancakes and dumplings covered with sour cream - not a place to be on a diet. The old days of bad Soviet food seem long gone. Although there were many tower blocks for people to live in they were in far better condition than those I've seen in places like Romania and there were many old fashioned wooded house which were beautifully kept. There was plenty to see if you like grand Soviet style architecture; well restored churches and castles; very touching war memorials and excellent nature reserves. The people were polite though not a lot of English was spoken. The only problem with the trip was that it was too short and we had to run through some cities such as Vitebsk and Minsk quickly when you could quite easily have spend at least a couple of days there with plenty to see and do. The hotels were all of reasonable/good standard with all mod-cons.Robert was a first rate and friendly guide - fluent in Russian and English with a good knowledge of history and excellent at handling people and hotel staff. The local guides also had excellent English, great knowledge and because they have so few tourists really enjoy their stints and go out of their way to talk and answer questions - not like the Intourist guides of old
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Confirmed traveller: 28 August 2015
Published on: 12 March 2016
(9 out of 10)

Nick

Dursley
Highlights for me - Berezinsky National Park, walking through the forest, up to the expansive raised bog with a local guide who was enthusiastic, knew everything and explained it in an enjoyable way. Villages with colourful painted wooden houses and gardens with colourful flowers, vegetables and fruit trees. Khatin villages war memorial, a clearing in the forest where a village was exterminated by Nazis and has now been used to remember all such 186 villages, headed up by a giant statue of a partisan carrying a dead child with tombs to represent all the villages and the houses of Khatin with the names and ages of inhabitants as well as other features. It was haunting but very memorable. Impressive castles. People who helped us and put up with our lack of Russian.

Tips - it is an exploring trip so there can be a lot of driving and seeing things and you move on every day, except 2 in Berezinsky, but if you accept that then it's a very interesting over view of a little known country, to us. It's probably not what you expect. We were all pleasantly surprised.
Confirmed traveller: 10 August 2015
Published on: 14 October 2015
(8 out of 10)

Geoffrey

East Anglia
Minsk, the two castles and canoeing in the national park.

The tour was exactly as described in the brochure. Belarus is not well developed as a tourist destination - go if you are prepared for some minor inconveniences but recognise that these are outweighed by the pleasure of visiting somewhere well off the beaten track yet not very far away.
Confirmed traveller: 17 August 2015
Published on: 07 October 2015