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Cycle Belarus Short Break tour
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Cycle Belarus Short Break

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Minsk - The Belarussian capital: a superb example of Soviet urban planning
  • Nesvizh and Mir Castles - Visit these two impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Belarus by bike - cycle across the capital; ride between fortresses
  • Eco village Rosy - Cycle to self-sufficient farm and try local produce

Short Description

Join us on this short break exploration of Belarus by bike. Starting in Minsk we dedicate a full day to explore the capital by bicycle and on foot. Leaving the monumental Stalinist architecture of the city behind, we discover the countryside on a cycle ride between 15th century Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. Finally we cycle through self-sufficient eco village Rosy, a community project where we can learn about post-soviet transition and life in modern day Belarus.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
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End City Minsk

Travel Theme

Education / Learning

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Trip Includes

Included Bike

7 gear Kalkhoff hybrid bikes with front suspension or similar.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Join trip in Minsk

Description

Your trip starts this evening in Minsk. Almost completely razed to the ground in the Second World War, much of Minsk was constructed in Soviet times often with grand Stalinist architecture. Set on the banks of the Svislach River, the city was first settled by the Early East Slavs back in the 9th century AD. The reconstructed downtown suburb of Trinity is pleasant to wander through and gives a feel for how Minsk looked before the war. Our hotel in Minsk is conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from the Partyzanskaya Metro Station and it's then a 15-20 minutes journey into the very centre of the city. Close to our hotel is a very large tractor factory, dating back to Soviet times, which employs an astonishing 17,000 people. The hotel and the surrounding area have a very Soviet layout and give us a glimpse into what normal local life is like in the city.

No cycling today.

Included Meals : None

Day 2 - Explore Minsk by bike and on foot

Description

We have planned a full and busy day to make the most of our time in the capital. Starting with a short drive to visit the soviet-era Aist bike factory, we should hopefully be able to access the 1950s nuclear bunker beneath. We then drive into the suburbs to start our bike ride. After being equipped with our bikes and making any necessary adjustments we spend the morning discovering Minsk on two wheels. On our exploration we will ride mostly on a bike path that runs across almost the entire city from northwest to southeast, following the Svisloch River. We will need to occassionally ride on the pavement as many roads do not permit bicycles. Along the way we plan to see places of interest such as Pobeditelei Avenue, Brazilian street art, Victory Park, Yanka Kupala Park, Loshitskiy Park and Gorky Park. We end the cycle tour at the fascinating Great Patriotic War Museum where you have time to visit (unguided, 1 hour). After some free time for lunch we continue our day without the bikes, walking and using the tour bus to get around town. We plan to visit the central market and tractor plant area. If time and energy permit we may even take a short walk around Minsk after dinner when buildings are illuminated.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 20 to 27 kilometres.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 - Cycle between UNESCO-listed Mir and Nesvizh Castles

Description

The drive to Mir town should take us around 2 hours. Upon arrival we have a guided visit to the UNESCO listed castle of Mir. Construction began here at the end of the 15th century and it has sections in Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. After the visit to take to our bikes again and cycle on paved roads, past forest and farming land to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nesvizh Castle, which has been home to the Radswill Family for over 400 years. The terrain is generally flat and traffic levels are quite low becoming slightly busier close the castles. Our ride ends at Nesvizh and we plan to have a guided visit of the fortress on arrival. Our hotel for tonight has a great location set within the walls and compound of the castle itself.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 41 kilometres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Cycle to eco-village and try local produce

Description

Another day to explore the countryside around Minsk we start with a two hour drive to Ivenec where we start our cycle ride. Today's bike route goes on a mixture of paved and unpaved roads and the first stop is after about an hour or so at the community of Rosy village. There are around 40 self-sufficient homesteads that farm around 5 acres of land with crops and livestock. A local representative will introduce us to this alternative way of life, explaining the history of the place and it's inhabitants and we may get the opportunity to try some of the local produce, for example organic tea, bread and honey. We continue cycling and our next stop is for lunch at Martinova Goose - a farmstead providing simple rural accommodation and meals. Along the way we will learn something about the remarkable 'partisan' war waged against the Nazis from the nearby forests. We end the ride today at the town of Piarshi. From here we drive to a farm created by local musician and artist Ales Los where we have the chance to learn about Belorussian folk music and folklore, which have made a revival since the end of Soviet rule. Finally we travel the final 55 km back into Minsk by bus which should take around 1.5 hours. A final chance to see Minsk tonight.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 24 kilometres.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Trip ends in Minsk

Description

The trip ends in Minsk this morning after breakfast.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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Standard - Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.

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A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced tour leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Explore Tour Leader / Cycle guide

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Cycling Information

On this trip we cycle 85 km over three days (an average of 28 km per day). We mostly follow quiet paved and unpaved roads, some cycle paths and the routes are generally on the flat. A support vehicle will accompany our rides except in Minsk and transports our luggage throughout the trip. We have graded this route as easy.

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