Arrival in Minsk. You will be met by your private driver who will be waiting for you just outside of customs, after you pick up your luggage. The cost of the flight is not included in your trip.
You will transfer to your deluxe and centrally-located hotel.
This afternoon, your guide and driver will meet you in the hotel lobby for an overview tour of the Belarusian capital city and its Soviet architecture. You will transfer to Independence Square, which some locals still call Lenin Square because of the former Soviet leader’s statue still standing there, to see the imposing Belarusian Government building.
Not far away, you will later see the Red Roman Catholic Church. Actually called the Church of St. Simeon and St. Helena, this beautiful temple was built in the early 1900s, only to be closed by the Soviet authorities a couple of decades later. It has been recently renovated and is again functioning as a religious center.
Continuing along Independence Avenue, you will also see the former KGB building, a yellow Neo-classical structure with imposing colonnade. In the part across the street, one of the few remaining in the former Soviet Union busts of Felix Dzerzhinsky – the founder of the secret service which was the predecessor of the KGB, can still be seen.
You will transfer further north to visit Victory Square with its grey obelisk and the eternal flame honoring the heroes of World War II. Also here, you will see the recently rebuilt Minsk City Hall which again stands on the same spot it was erected back in the 16th century.
Just steps away, St. Mary’s Cathedral was built in the 1700s as part of a Jesuit Monastery. After Minsk became part of the Russian Empire the Jesuit order was banned and the cathedral became part of the local diocese. Under the Soviet regime, the cathedral was closed and fell into disrepair. Recently, the cathedral has been restored and now houses religious services once again.
You will return to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
Exeter Services: Airport Transfer, Half Day with Guide, Car & Driver
Hotel: Crowne Plaza