Day 1 Arrival in Minsk
Arrival in Minsk meeting with local, English speaking guide and transfer to hotel. Check-in at Hotel Belarus*** / Hotel Minsk **** or similar. Minsk – the capital of the Republic of Belarus, its political and cultural centre. It was first mentioned in the chronicles of the XIth century. Today, it is a dynamic city with expansive boulevards, modern and historical buildings, endless parks and well developed infrastructure. Being an impressive example of the Soviet planning on a grand scale, Minsk however has a number of outstanding historical sights, proving city’s rich history.
Day 2 Minsk
Buffet Breakfast. Between 09.00 and 12.00 in the morning you will have a visit of Minsk. It includes the main avenues (Independence avenue, Victory avenue) and the architectural monuments of the XVIIth - XXth centuries (the Upper Town with the City Hall, Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Cathedral of Holy Virgin Mary, old streets of the Trinity Suburb). The Victory Monument and the National Library (included into the list of the most outstanding buildings of the world) are waiting to be explored. Visit to the Local Market Komarovka. If you are intrigued by the delicacies of the former Soviet Union countries cuisine, you have to visit Komarovka – the largest market in the capital of Belarus where you can buy and taste almost anything. 15.00 – 17.00 visit to the Great Patriotic War Museum of Minsk. Accommodation.
Day 3 Minsk
Breakfast Buffet. At 09.00 you will have departure to MIR, which is a small town to the south-west from Minsk. It is most famous for the fairy-tale Mir Castle (entrance), still known today as the “medieval flower”. Castle is an impressive architectural monument, included into the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. It was erected at the end of the XVth century and today it is a combination of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture that makes Mir Castle so unique. This red brick castle is also a historical monument, which used to belong to several aristocratic families, who have left their mark in the history of the town and of the country in general.
Day 4 Minsk-Kiev
Breakfast buffet. Departure transfer to the Minsk airport (flight not included). Arrival in Kyiv, transfer to Hotel Astoria*** / Hotel Khreshatyk**** or similar, check in. This ancient city is the capital of Ukraine and one of the biggest cities in Europe. It has been standing on steep hills overlooking the Dnipro River for more than 1,500 years. After check in at the hotel we continue to Kiev city tour. You will have a tour to St. Sophia Cathedral and Monastery Complex (entrance), a real pearl of the world architecture. Inside, you will view the largest frescoes and mosaics collection in the world. Further on you will move to St. Andrew’s Church, the Ukrainian Baroque church designed in 1754 by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. You will also see The Golden Gates of Kiev that is a major landmark of the Ancient Kiev and historic gateway in the ancient city fortress, located in the capital of Ukraine and currently serves as a museum.
Day 5 Kiev
Breakfast buffet. At 09.00 you start our Tour to Mezhygirya - the former residence of ex-President Victor Yanukovich who rented that area from 2002 till 2014, which is a huge and luxury complex and park. With a guide you will go inside Honka club house (big wooden cottage), will visit "Galleon" barge restaurant, private zoo, canine centre, undeground sport complex, golf club, helipad, lots of monuments and nice pavilions and gardens. Afternoon at leisure in Kiev.
Day 6 Kiev-Chernobyl-Kiev
Breakfast buffet. At 09.00 you will have full day tour to Chernobyl with lunch. Transfer to Chernobyl passing Dytyatky village at the border of the 30-km Chernobyl Zone. Passing the check point on the border of 10-km Zone. Meeting the representative of Chernobylinterinform Agency. Arrival to Chernobyl town. Information regarding the Chernobyl tragedy, borders of the Zone, life in Chernobyl nowadays. Up-to-date information about the liquidation of the Chernobyl catastrophe consequences in the 30-km Zone, most contagious places, machines, cemeteries. Forecast for the future. Trip around the Nuclear Power Station. Photo-stop near the Reactor No 4 of the former station with the view on the sarcophagus. You will be only 100 m from the main cryptic object of the Zone! Trip to Pripyat "The Dead (Ghost) Town" walking, visiting one of the tallest buildings – Polissya Hotel; a school, a kinder garden, former living houses, which are absolutely empty now. You will see the town that was left by its 50 thousand inhabitants within 24 hours. The spirit of Soviet darkness reigns here. You can make pictures of the National Emblem of the Soviet Union and of Soviet Ukraine, slogans ‘Peace, Labor and May", red-yellow public call-boxes and other objects that were symbols of the 80's in the Soviet Union. Additionally, you will visit a Central Park with a big Ferris Wheel. They planned to open this big Ferris Wheel on 1 May 1986 (public holiday). This big Ferris Wheel has never seen its visitors.
Day 7 Kiev-Lviv
Breakfast buffet. Today you will travel to Lviv by train approximately 500 kms distance. Departure transfer from your hotel to the rail station. Board the train and after some few hours you will reach Lviv. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in at the Hetman hotel*** / Hotel Taurus**** or similar. Lviv is known as the center of West-Ukraine, which was never incorporated into imperial Russia but was a part the Habsburg Empire. Even Lviv has had an enthralling and violent history it still has a unique old-world charm.
Day 8 Lviv
Breakfast buffet. The morning sightseeing tour at 09.00 takes you to Lviv Old Town - a complex of stone buildings from the 14th-16th century – and includes the Market Square with City House, Black Stone Building, Opera Square, Kornyakt Palace, Medieval Pharmacy-Museum (entrance), Armenian Cathedral, Dominical and Bernardine cathedrals and the beautiful Boim Chapel (entrance). After lunch break, in the afternoon, 14.00 – 17.00 visit to Shevchenkivskiy Hai (entrance) - the atmosphere of the Ukrainian village. Learn about the customs and traditions of western Ukraine. Shevchenkivskiy Hai Museum gives a complete overview of the history and culture of the Western Ukraine.