Belarus – the last undiscovered spot in Europe
Join us on this unique guided motorcycle tour that will take you to Belarus – one of the most secretive and least known countries in Europe. Our trip starts in Vilnius, Lithuania, which is just 30 kilometers from the Belarus border. Vilnius is easily accessible both thanks to Lithuania’s membership in EU and Schengen area, and if you are flying in, you will have excellent selection of flights from destinations in Europe.
From Vilnius we will ride southwest and enter Belarus soon after visiting Grutas Park. In Belarus three main themes of the trip will be revisited on a few occasions – castles and medieval history, Belarusian folklore and heritage, and military history around the Second World War, including the Soviet Union. When it comes to medieval history, the tour includes famous UNESCO heritage sites such as the Mir Castle and the Nesvizh Castle, medieval orthodox churches, and old wooden architecture. As Belarus was the western front of the Soviet Union, it saw plenty of action during WW2. Among other fortifications, the tour won’t miss the famous Stalin line near Minsk, where you will have a unique chance to ride on a tank, shoot from weapons from the Second World War, and taste some military rations! On top of all that the tour will offer plenty of opportunities to experience Belarusian folklore as our accommodations and eating venues often include rural tourism cottages and traditional cuisine restaurants. Among all this you won’t miss out on big cities as we will spend some quality time in vibrant and modern Vitebsk before returning to Vilnius where you’ll say farewell to fellow riders.
Tour key facts
Duration: 6 nights
Mileage: 1300 km (800 miles)
Area: Belarus, Lithuania
Accommodation: Hotels and rural tourism resorts
Tour type: Guided
Skill: Suitable for riders with prior experience riding in continental Europe.
Special requirements: Type C Belarus visa is required for this trip. We will support you with obtaining visa by providing an invitation letter from the host in Belarus which is a prerequisite to obtain visa (Please contact the embassy of Belarus in your country to find more details on how to obtain Belorussian visa).
Detailed tour itinerary
Meet and greet in Vilnius
We’ll pick you up from the airport if you’re flying in, or meet you in the city if you’re arriving by other means and transport you to the hotel. If your arrival time allows, we’ll visit the KGB museum which is open till 5 pm. You’ll have free time during the evening to explore Vilnius old town, but don’t stay up too long as we’re starting early tomorrow!
Day 2 (400 km)
Vilnius – Druskininkai – Belarus border – Grodno – Lida – Nesvizh
Our first destination is a soviet history and propaganda exhibition in Grutas Park near Druskininkai (120km). We’ll then cross the Lithuania-Belarus border and make our way towards Grodno where we’ll tour the city and its main attractions. We’ll then ride to a rural tourism resort for lunch, where you will have an opportunity to taste traditional Belarusian dishes. In the afternoon we’ll continue to Lida castle to see a unique medieval theatrical performance. Our accommodation for the night is a rural tourism resort near Nesvizh town, built in authentic Belarusian style with wooden decorations and sauna.
Day 3 (310 km)
Nesvizh – Stalin Line – Lepel
After breakfast we’ll first visit first the famous Mir castle complex and then the nearby Nesvizh castle (both UNESCO World Heritage sites). After lunch we will continue to the well-known Stalin line – military fortifications that marked the western border of the Soviet Union. During this excursion you will have an opportunity to go on unique attractions at extra cost, such as riding on a tank, shooting from authentic weapons from the Second World War, and tasting military rations (these attractions are not included in tour price). We’ll then continue towards Lepel town where we’ll spend the night in a rural tourism site with an opportunity to explore an authentic Belarusian village.
Day 4 (150 km)
Lepel – Vitebsk
We will first visit the Katyn memorial, where the Soviets massacred estimated 22,000 polish citizens during WW2. Afterwards we’ll ride towards Vitebsk city where we’ll spend quality time touring the city and its famous sites, including home of painter Ilya Repin. Maintaining the theme of the trip, our accommodation for the night will be a rural tourism site near Vitebsk.
Day 5 (150 km)
Vitebsk – Polotsk
After breakfast we’ll ride towards historic city of Polotsk. Here we’ll also visit a hippodrome and enjoy an opportunity to swap our iron horses to real ones for an instructive ride around abandoned tank grounds, barracks and fortifications (horse riding not included in tour price). Today you’ll have two options for accommodation – those looking for more thrills will have an opportunity to sleep in bunk beds in military tents guarded by WW2 reenactors and eat dinner from a unique outdoor kitchen mounted in a sidecar of a retro motorcycle, or alternatively relax in a nice lake shore cottage.
Day 6 (270 km)
Polotsk – Hlybokaye – Lithuania border – Vilnius
On our way back to Vilnius we will stop by in Hlybokaye to see a unique orthodox church and have lunch near Narach Lake. After lunch we’ll cross the border to Lithuania and head towards Vilnius where we’ll escort you to the hotel. We’ll then enjoy a farewell dinner together and say goodbye to fellow riders.
Airport transfers from and to Vilnius airport
We will arrange an airport transfer if you’ve got a flight to catch!
What is included in the tour
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Airport transfers
- 6 Nights accommodation (2 nights in Hotel in Vilnius and 4 nights in rural tourism resorts in Belarus*)
- 6 Breakfasts
- Full use of the leisure facilities in hotels and resorts
- Entry and guided tour of all planned museums, castles and attractions
- Fuel for the whole trip regardless of your bike!
- On-duty motorcycle recovery to nearest service station
- Motorcycle replacement in case of a breakdown
- Services of tour guides
Not Included in the package:
- Additional attractions such as horse riding, tank experience
- Drinks and food other than listed in the included items above
* Please note that accommodation standards in Belarus may sometimes vary from what you might be used to in UK and Western Europe. You should be prepared for the rural / folklore accommodation theme of the tour and we trust you will enjoy the uniqueness of this trip!