Photo credit: Bill Adams

A Step Back in Time

If you didn’t visit the Soviet Union before its demise, Belarus is the place to catch a glimpse of it. The architecture of its main cities is still in a post-war Soviet time warp, and monuments to those lost in WWII dot the countryside. More than just a curious snapshot of Soviet memories, Belarus has a lively cultural scene, including an acclaimed international arts festival in Vitebsk, Chagall’s hometown. Rural folk customs are still vital, and along the Polish border lies a vast ancient UNESCO-listed forest where the rare European bison, the wisent, roams.

Why travel to Belarus with MIR

Travelers frequently praise us for our inspired itineraries that take them deeper into the culture and communities of the places we visit. Step back in time with MIR to post-war Belarus and explore Soviet architecture, WWII monuments, and art galleries as it slowly marches into the 21st century.

  • 30 years of Belarus travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • National Geographic Traveler honored MIR small group tour, Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova, as a “Tour of a Lifetime”
  • Travel programs such as Stanford University alumni and the Commonwealth Club have chosen MIR to guide them to Belarus
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • On-the-ground support
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • Quality you can trust
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A ceremonial line-up of army and militia officers at Brest Fortress in Belarus. Photo credit: Bill Adams
Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Bill Adams
WWII memorial in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Joanna Millick
Catholic Church of Saints Simon and Helena in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar
The Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar
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  • A ceremonial line-up of army and militia officers at Brest Fortress in Belarus. Photo credit: Bill Adams A ceremonial line-up of army and militia officers at Brest Fortress. Bill Adams
  • Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Bill Adams Minsk, Belarus Bill Adams
  • WWII memorial in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Joanna Millick WWII memorial in Minsk, Belarus. Joanna Millick
  • Catholic Church of Saints Simon and Helena in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar Catholic Church of Saints Simon and Helena in Minsk, Belarus. Michel Behar
  • The Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar The Holy Spirit Cathedral in Minsk, Belarus. Michel Behar
  • Meeting locals in Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar Meeting locals in Belarus. Michel Behar
  • Brest Fortress is a 19th-century Russian fortress in Brest, Belarus. Photo credit: Michel Behar Brest Fortress is a 19th-century Russian fortress in Brest, Belarus. Michel Behar
  • Sons of the Fatherland monument in Minsk, Belarus. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Sons of the Fatherland monument in Minsk, Belarus. Martin Klimenta
  • Khatyn Memorial Complex, Belarus. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Khatyn Memorial Complex, Belarus. Martin Klimenta

Traveler Reviews

  • "Belarus surprised me. I knew they had the last dictator, which they know and are embarrassed by, but they remain positive that a 2015 election might bring hope. Lots of WWII sights, which I thoroughly enjoyed."

    W. & C. Carlton

    Ponca City, OK