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Entrance gate of the Ruzhany Sapieha palace Belarus

The palace complex in Ruzhany is one of the most unique places in Belarus. For centuries, the beautiful architectural ensemble, called the Belarusian Versailles, belonged to the powerful Sapieha dynasty.
Ruzhany palace is recognized as a visiting card of Belarusian architecture of the late eighteenth century.

In 1598 the future Chancellor of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania Lew Sapieha bought Ruzhany for his residence. It was here, in Ruzhany, that he drew up a law code that was progressive for its time – the Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which was, by the way, written in old Belarusian. The cellars of the castle in Ruzhany held the treasury of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and a whole arsenal of weapons.

In the times of Lew Sapieha it was a defensive castle. At the beginning of the XVIII century during the war with Swedes the Ruzhany castle was looted and destroyed. A descendant of Lew Sapieha, Alexander, was forced to rebuild everything, and under his leadership, the palace was built, which can be compared to Versailles, with its own theatre, rich library, a collection of art and weapons.

Thanks to the Sapieha family the small town became well known in Europe. In 1637 the town received the Magdeburg Rights. It had its own town hall and a coat of arms depicting St. Casimir (the patron saint of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania).

Time, war, fires and changes in political periods did their part: only ruins of the main and eastern buildings, arcades, wings and the entrance gate with the Sapieha coat of arms, carved out of wood, have survived by a miracle. The slightly better preserved buildings of Ruzany Palace have been reconstructed in our time. The Eastern wing houses a museum with four exhibition halls, where you can see the palace complex in Ruzhany in miniature, as it would have been without the war and the Soviet era. The “chancellor’s living room” with furniture in the style of the 17th-18th centuries has also been recreated.

Since 2011, the Sapieha Palace is the venue of an annual festival called “Ruzhany Entrance Gate”. Its guests can learn about the past of the residence, attend guided tours, watch historical reconstructions and performances, and attend a folk craftsmen’s fair.

You can also see Ruzhany Palace on one of our tours.

Sunny flowers summer Belarus

Belarus has extended visa-free entry for citizens of Latvia and Lithuania until the end of this year, said the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on May 15.

“It has been decided to extend the visa-free entry, exit and stay in the Republic of Belarus for citizens of Lithuania and Latvia until the end of 2022,” reads the statement of the ministry.

The decision was made taking into account the positive feedback and numerous requests by foreign nationals. Officials believe that this step will allow citizens of neighbouring countries to form their own unbiased opinion about modern Belarus, its politics and economy, to learn more about the culture of the Belarusian people.

Earlier, visa-free entry to Belarus was allowed for citizens of Lithuania and Latvia from 15 April to 15 May.

All visitors to Belarus are welcome to choose one of our tours or compose their own tour based on our tours or tour elements.

Radunitsa, Commemoration Day of the Departed Belarus

On Tuesday, 3 May, Belarus celebrates Radunitsa (Radonitsa), or Commemoration Day of the Departed. It is one of the ancient Slavonic holidays.

On the eve, everyone visits cemeteries, puts their ancestors’ graves in order and decorates them with flowers.

Every year on this holiday more than a million Belarusians go to the cemeteries. Christians also pray in churches for the salvation of souls of deceased relatives.

In Belarus, in contrast to many countries, this holiday is traditionally an official non-working day.

Easter cake kulich with painted eggs Belarus

On 24 April, Orthodox Belarusians celebrate the holy holiday of Easter.

As usual, on the eve, believers bake Easter cakes (kulich), paint eggs and take them to church to consecrate them.

Easter is always a joyful, exciting and long-awaited religious holiday in Belarus. On Easter morning the whole family gathers for Easter breakfast and lights a candle brought from church. Everyone congratulates each other with the words “Christ is risen”. The answer is: “He is risen indeed.”

The g4 tours team would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!

Free flight of a bird Belarus

As of April 3, there are no restrictions for foreign citizens and stateless persons to enter and leave Belarus. However, foreigners need a PCR-test or a vaccination certificate to enter Belarus.

From April 3, 2022 within the Grodno and Brest Regions the 15-day visa-free regime in Belarus operates, which includes famous sights and the largest cities of the west of Belarus.

To visit the visa-free territory, you need the following documents:

  1. A valid passport;
  2. Medical insurance policy in the amount of at least 10 thousand euros, valid in Belarus;
  3. A document granting foreign citizens the right to individual (or group) visits to the visa–free territory of Brest – Grodno.
beautiful sky over the forest Belarus

We are happy that during this not so easy times, g4 tours provides valuable insights to our audience around the world.

In the last 28 days our website reached over 10.000 visitors.

We are glad that people all over the world are interested in Belarus, its culture, history and the life of ordinary people.

Of course, we believe that more tourists from all over the world will be able to visit Belarus soon.

North of Belarus

We are pleased to inform you that our company has won the Best Belarus Travel Specialists – Central Europe category by the 2022 LUXlife Travel & Tourism Awards.

You can view the details here.

Despite of the difficult situation at the moment and problems with international travel, we are happy that all our efforts to make our tours in Belarus unforgettable, full of emotions and positive experiences did not go unnoticed.

Winter catch winter fishing Belarus

We are delighted to announce that we feature of new kind of tours – Our Fishing Tour to Belarus!

It is no coincidence that the symbolic colors of Belarus are green and blue. Approximately one third of Belarus is covered by forests, and there are over 10,000 lakes and 20,000 large and small rivers.

There are more than 60 species of fish in Belarus, the most common being perch, pike, crucian carp, roach, redeye, and gudgeon.

Blue-eyed Belarus is an ideal destination for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. Remarkably, you can fish all year round in Belarus. We are happy to organize fishing tours to remote, scenic locations in Belarus at any time of year.

Read more about our fishing tour here.
We are looking forward to your fishing trip!

book about Belarus photos of churches Belarus

We’re pleased to announce that our Instagram contest is over.

After a lively competition, the prize (book about Belarus) goes to our subscriber Snezana from Austria.

Our congratulations to Snezana and thank you all for your active participation.

Follow the announcements of our new contests on the website and on our Instagram account.

Book about Belarus

We are pleased to announce that we are running a contest on our Instagram account.

You can easily win a book about wonderful Belarus, its people, architecture, history, everyday life, as well as get a 20% discount on any of our tours in 2022!

Learn more about participation here.

Join and win!

Good luck!