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Belarus has become the first country in the world where birds have personal phone numbers. Public organization “Protection of birds of the Motherland” offers people to get in touch with nature.

To hear the birds singing, it’s enough just to call special numbers.

The first own phone numbers have received the most widespread and most recognizable birds in Belarus, which can be seen in parks, and sometimes right from the window of the apartment. Many have heard these voices before, but not everyone knew who they belonged to.

Birds in Belarus

Before you hear the bird’s voice on the phone, you will be greeted by “bird secretaries”. Their roles were performed by actors of the Janka Kupala National Theatre.

To hear the voices of birds, now it is enough to call on one of the numbers:

+375445006610 Tawny Owl
+375445006611 Blackbird
+375445006612 Nightingale
+375445006613 Wood Pigeon
+375445006614 Bullfinch
+375445006615 Blue Tit
+375445006616 Goldfinch
+375445006617 Robin
+375445006618 Chaffinch
+375445006619 Wren

Stay in touch with nature!

24/05/2020
Summer meadow Belarus

The whole world is watching the situation with the spread of the coronavirus, Belarus is no exception.

There are a total of 27 patients with coronavirus in Belarus, the Ministry of Health announced on 14 March. 24 of them are in hospital.

An official representative of the WHO said that an increase in new cases is expected in Belarus, an inevitable development. At the same time, he said that the number of 27 patients with coronavirus shows that the situation in the country is under control.

So far there are no plans to introduce a quarantine in the next few days. Belarus is coping with the current measures and does not see an avalanche-like increase in morbidity.

As of 14 March, the Ministry of Health is of the opinion that a complete closure of the border would not be a proportionate measure. All attempts to pursue this approach in other countries have required considerable financial and human resources. This has made the normal functioning of the economy considerably more difficult without protecting the population from the spread of the infection.

Sanitary and quarantine controls at the border (where these are currently in force), as well as anti-epidemiological and clinical measures within the country are considered more rational and effective in Belarus.

In particular, there are discussions about approving measures for “voluntary self-isolation” with partial contact restriction within 14 days for citizens from epidemiologically unfavourable countries who showed no signs of infection at the time of crossing the border. The Ministry of Health also proposes to restrict the holding of mass events in the country.

Despite the coronavirus situation around the world, the beginning of spring is a good time to plan your summer or autumn holidays. We will be happy to advise you on this matter. As always, we cordially invite you to visit our wonderful country, to get to know our culture, our life and our hospitable people.

The individual tours we offer to our travellers become particularly relevant during the Coronavirus pandemic. Belarus is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, which is of great importance now, as crowds of people can easily be avoided. Our tours often lead off the beaten track and less frequented places away from mass tourism. This means that the likelihood of meeting crowds of people is significantly reduced.

You can find more about our tours here. Individually organised tours, which we put together with you based on your wishes and interests, that is our strength and passion.

15/03/2020
Maslenitsa in Minsk Belarus

From 28 February to 1 March “Maslenitsa” is celebrated in Minsk. The people of Minsk say goodbye to winter and welcome the long awaited spring in the old tradition.

Maslenitsa is an old Slavic festival symbolizing the farewell to winter and the joyful expectation of spring. It is originally a pagan festival and not a Christian Orthodox one, but since the Christianization of the Rus it corresponds to the Christian festival cycle.

At this time, sleigh rides, dances, folk songs and bonfires are organized. The burning of the Maslenitsa doll, usually made of straw, is also part of the festivities.

Maslenitsa falls on the week before the beginning of the Orthodox Lent. The name, Maslo means “butter” in Russian, comes from the fact that during this week the Orthodox believers are already forbidden to eat meat, but the consumption of milk, dairy products, eggs and fish is still allowed.

Traditionally, blini (pancakes) are one of the main attributes of the festival. Round, yellow, and hot, they used to have a ritual meaning, as they were a symbol of the sun, which shines brighter again from the beginning of March and lengthens the days.

At the end of February, the square in front of the Minsk Komarovski Market, the largest market in the city, is transformed into a joyful fair. Fragrances of blini, melodies of national musical instruments, jugglers and many interesting activities are awaiting you.

Besides the “classical” blini with sour cream, caviar or honey, the guests of the festival can also try multicolored pancakes with exotic fillings: spicy, with shrimps, beetroot, with jam from fir cones and dandelions.
At the end of the festivities, the highlight of Maslenitsa follows, the burning of a Maslenitsa doll.

Come with us to Minsk and see all this with your own eyes!

You can learn more about customs and traditions in Belarus here.

17/02/2020
River landscape Polesia Belarus

This year, the French edition Le Figaro included Belarus among the top twenty tourist destinations worldwide.

The newspaper called the republic the sleeping beauty of Europe and one of the continent’s least visited countries by tourists.

As a tourist attraction, Belarus is the birthplace of world-famous artist Marc Chagall, has extensive forests and numerous national parks with animals not found in Western Europe. The publication also refers to the architectural heritage of Minsk.

It also emphasizes that tourists from more than 40 countries can come to the Republic without a visa, which is undoubtedly an advantage when planning a trip.

Figaro’s top 20 destinations also include the Cook Islands, Madagascar, Western Australia, the Wild Coast of South Africa, Sumatra, Barbados, Abu Dhabi, Georgia’s Svaneti, the Slovenian Alps, Cuba, the Italian region of Puglia, the Japanese peninsula of Kii, Hawaii, the Philippine island of Palawan, the Nile Valley, the islands of Pierre and Miquelon, Costa Rica, Lower California in Mexico and the Brazilian region of Northwest.

If you are just planning your annual holiday for 2020, why not join us on our exciting round trip through Belarus and get to know the country in all its exciting facets.

16/01/2020
gti 2019

An international commission of experts has just published a study entitled “The Global Terrorism Index” (GTI). Belarus is considered to be the safest country in terms of the potential danger of terrorist attacks.

Belarus shares its place (138 out of 138) with 26 other countries, including Portugal, Slovenia, Mongolia, Romania, Oman, Cuba, Singapore. Turkmenistan has also been included in the list of the safest CIS countries.

Among the neighbouring countries, Ukraine occupies one of the worst ranks, ranking 24th, Russia 37th, Poland 106th, Lithuania 108th and Latvia 117th.

Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, India, the Philippines, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been classified as the most dangerous countries in terms of terrorist threat.

The Global Terrorism Index is a comprehensive study of the global terrorist threat. The GTI is prepared each year by an international group of experts led by the Institute for Economics and Peace at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Come with us on a journey and discover the Belarusians’ love for peace.

16/12/2019
Fernforest with car Belarus

A sight in Belarus has made it to the first places in the National Geographic Magazine, which invites you to visit it in 2020.

National Geographic magazine has selected the 25 most exciting places in the world to visit next year. The Belovezhskaya Pushcha has also been included in this list. The Pushcha is located in the southwest of Belarus, part of which is in Poland.

The National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the last deep virgin forests in Europe, an oasis of wilderness. Discover some of the forest’s more than 250 bird species and the most famous of its 59 mammal species: the European bison, Europe’s largest land mammal. The 800 or so bisons of Białowieża represent the largest freely migratory population of a species that retreated into the forest after almost becoming extinct in 1920.

Come on our Belarus tour and see this extraordinary beauty with your own eyes.

02/12/2019
The custom "Christmas Tsars" in Belarus. UNESCO World Heritage Site

The custom “Christmas Tzar” takes place on the so-called “generous evening” (Shchedry vetscher) – in each case from 13 to 14 January.

In 2009, the unique Belarusian folk custom “Christmas Tzar” was included in UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage. This custom exists only in the village of Semezhevo (Kopyl district, Minsk region).

The history of the custom has its roots in the 18th century, when units of the tsarist army were stationed near the village of Semezhevo. Legend has it that during the New Year celebrations soldiers and officers walked around the courts in the old style (Julian calendar) and performed comedies. In return they were served by the landlords. After the troops had left the village, the locals not only preserved the tradition, but also developed it into a unique Christmas tradition.

The custom “Christmas Tzar” combines elements of carnival and folk drama. These include folklore, decorative and applied arts and special Christmas dishes.

In whose house the “tzars” were, according to popular belief, peace, harmony and wealth prevail throughout the year.

The custom has developed into a permanent institution in the cultural life of the country, which is celebrated by a large number of locals and tourists.

Take the opportunity to visit Belarus in winter and combine it with our Minsk trip.

06/11/2019

In Minsk there is a free festival for Jewish music.

The festival of Jewish culture and klezmer music “Litvak Klezmer Festival” is held on November 7 and 8 in Minsk at 16 Oktyabrskaya Street.

Klezmer is the traditional folk music of Jews from Eastern Europe and a special style of their performance.This is a very important event for Belarusian culture. Jewish culture has always been an integral part of Belarusian culture. The Litvak Klezmer Festival is an attempt to revive it.

In 1791 the Russian tsarina Catherine II founded the so-called settlement rayon for the Jewish population of the Russian Empire. This also included the Belarusian territories, which were annexed to the Russian Empire. Jews could only live in approved cities and towns. After the establishment of the settlement rayon, the Jews began to predominate among the population of Belarusian cities. According to the 1897 census, 91.000 people lived in Minsk, 47.000 of them Jews.

But due to emigration, anti-Semitism policies in the Russian Empire and the USSR, and the Holocaust in World War II, Jewish culture in Belarus practically disappeared completely. That is why attempts are being made to revive it.

The festival is attended by musicians from the USA, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Austria – more than a dozen musicians and bands. They will perform traditional klezmer music.

The festival also includes creative master classes, dance classes, exhibitions, and an extensive food court. Everything will be dedicated to klezmer music and Jewish culture. The musical program with concerts starts at 15:00 and lasts until 23:00.

If you are interested in Jewish culture and history, you can visit our capital on these days and also get to know it better on our Minsk city trip.

We can also help you to learn more about the history of your family and the fate of your ancestors. Join us on one of our genealogy tours.

16/10/2019

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed the decree № 351 “On stay in border zones”.

According to the decree, foreigners no longer have to pay for entry and temporary stay in Belarusian border zones. Until then, many border regions in Belarus had limited access with special passes (e.g. in the border region of Grodno or the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park near Brest).

The free special identity cards are issued by the territorial border police authorities. They can also be issued electronically.

This innovation will make it easier for foreigners to stay in the border zone and increase the attractiveness of the area for tourists.

We will be happy to help you with your application or with any questions you may have about your stay in the border regions.

You can discover one of these exciting regions on our round trip through Belarus.

24/09/2019
In front of Minsk City Hall Belarus

From 13-15 September 2019 Minsk celebrates the Day of the City. On these days numerous events take place. The founding year of Minsk is 1067. This year Minsk will be 952 years old. The festivities begin with an official laying of a wreath at the monument of the hero city Minsk in the center of the city.

Minsk coat of arms

Coat of arms of the city Minsk Belarus

The Minsk coat of arms is depicted in the form of a baroque shield. The Virgin Mary is depicted on a blue background.

The following events, among others, are planned for the Day of the City:

  • The “H.O.G. Rally Minsk 2019” Festival. Here motorcyclists from all over the world celebrate the end of the season, with numerous actions and the traditional “Poker Run” to the most interesting places in Minsk for motorcyclists and bus tours through the city for all who are interested.
  • As part of the festivities, a public wedding of nine wedding couples will take place under the motto “Nine stories of love” (In the concert hall of the Upper Town, LINK).
  • The world-famous IT company Wargaming (World of Tanks) organizes its traditional festival “Tank Rifle Day”. More than 200,000 guests from 28 countries are expected to attend this festival. Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian groups as well as the legendary band “The Offspring” will take part in the musical part of the festival. LINK
  • As part of the Day of the City there will be an international festival on the history of ancient Minsk. Guests can learn more about the eventful history of Belarus, from the Late Palaeolithic to the Second World War.

On Saturday evening the guests can expect a big fireworks display.
You can learn more about the city of Minsk, its history, culture, architecture and the life of its inhabitants on our Minsk trip.

12/09/2019