Zaslaŭje - Ratamka - Minsk sea (outing)
This is the golden classic of belarusian tourism.
This is expressive and spectacular schoolbook of history of Belarus unfolded on a picturesque field:
from ancient fortress of Iziaslaŭ and Rahnieda deported here by Vladimir, great duke of Kiev,
until production departments of famous enterprises of Belarus.
The small town of Zaslaŭje absorbed all dramatic nature and contrariety of belarusian context.
Town's railway station with symbolic name "Belarus" was situated
just on a state border between Poland and USSR in 1921-1939, which had cut the country in twain.
In this period a number of pillboxes were constructed here from both sides.
They still attract travellers by their dark loopholes and mossy concrete walls.
During the last thousand years Zaslaŭje was baring its defensive constructions many times.
They could only change their direction: ramparts of the Hliabovičs' castle of XVI cent.,
a fortified protestant church in Gothic-Renaissance style of the same period, ramparts of an ancient settlement of X cent.
They still cut the space by their majestic skylines. Spirit and praying were inside of them all the time:
a spire of Roman catholic Virgin Mary's Birth church of XVIII cent., worships of Dominican brothers in the Sapiehas' castle,
confessions of an Arian priest Symon Budny at the market square, the veiling of princess Rahnieda (wife of Vladimir of Kiev),
divine service of modern orthodox Metropolitan of Minsk and Zaslaŭje.
The praying got the town much upper than bows and cannons shooting...
And just near the praying there was working days noise: at a wooden mill, in a smithy, at Pšezdzieckis' manufactures,
in modern industrial departments of textile and food industry.
In addition to Zaslaŭje's hills and valleys we'll visit Ratamka town
with its European calibre horse-riding sport centre.
For afters Minsk sea could be, which makes all the Minskers to smile happily and to repeat wind's and wave's whisper: long live youth!..
Points: Zaslaŭje - railway station "Belarus", ramparts of an ancient settlement of X cent.,
town's old housing, monument of Iziaslaŭ and Rahnieda, Roman catholic Virgin Mary's Birth church of XVIII cent.,
market square with Lenin's monument and prince Iziaslaŭ's monument, ramparts of the Hliabovičs' castle of XVI cent.,
former Calvinist Cathedral of XVI cent., museums of the history and culture museum-reserve "Zaslaŭje" (at option):
local history museum with belarusian traditional music instruments collection, Pillbox Museum,
ethnographic complex "Mill" (a steam mill of the beginning of ХХ cent., a smithy, a barn, carter's house),
Children’s Museum of Myths and Forests;
Ratamka - Republican Centre of Olympic training for Equestrian Sports and Horse Breeding (walking tour with possibility to ride a horse),
stst. Peter and Paul church, Minsk sea.
duration 9 hours, distance 42 km.
for individual (private) tour, please, contact us
Price for the individual (private) tour in english, polish, french, russian, excluding bike hire:
- for a group of 1-3 persons - 150 BYN
- for a group of 4-8 persons - 175 BYN
- for a group of 9-15 persons - 200 BYN
Price for the individual (private) tour in belarusian, excluding bike hire:
- for a group of 1-3 persons - 100 BYN
- for a group of 4-8 persons - 125 BYN
- for a group of 9-15 persons - 150 BYN
Also, bicycle hire & delivery (if needed),
escort vehicle or local trains tickets, museums (at option), horse-riding sport centre entrance fees
have to be paid additionally.
We provide 15% discounts for all of our tours (except an individual tour for 1-3 persons) for
students (not depends on their citizenship), ID card is required.
We can arrange bicycle hire delivering it to the meeting point
(contact us for details).
Please, note, for our tours you can use any bike you want.
Also, please, read our FAQ before joining the tours.