We are working on an optional course  “Belarusian cuisine”.

"Belarusian cuisine" is a practice-oriented series of lessons, aimed at familarization with the traditional and most delicious Belarusian dishes. At the beginning of each lesson there will be a short lecture about Belarusian cuisine, the other part of the lesson will be dedicated to the process of cooking.  The course will take place at the university’s laboratory with all the necessary equipment; the teacher is a qualified specialist in food technology.

 If you are interested in the course please inform us sending e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

At extra cost our participants are offered an optional course «Karaoke in Russian».

 

"Karaoke in Russian" has been specially designed for those who want to improve their pronunciation, intonation and speaking fluency. Each lesson consists of the following components:
- phonetic warm-up;
- respiratory gymnastics;
- working with tongue-twisters;
- descant;
- learning a new song.

 

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Excursions around Grodno

Excursions around the city of Grodno are included in the program. We will visit the places, which are considered to be the most interesting and favorite among the locals.

 

SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Grodno

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The SS. Boris and Gleb (Kalozha) Church in the city of Hrodna was built in 1180s by architect Pyotr Milaneh on the high right bank of the river Nieman, opposite the Castle Hill, in the territory of the former Kalozha settlement. The materials used in constructing the temple were brick, stone, glaze and lime mortar. On the ends of some bricks there are Slavonic letters and bas-relief signs whose meaning has not yet been fully understood. The rows of plinths alternate with thick lime mortar seams with added finely ground brick and coal. The foundation of the temple is 1.5 meters deep and it consists of earth or sand-covered boulders. A short step-like pedestal formed the lower part of the church. The brickwork of the facade walls includes large colored, face polished, granite and gneiss stones, and figured glaze-covered ceramic tiles of various sizes, shapes and colors, which form various geometrical figures and crosses. At present, the Kalozha church is an active place of worship. It is also claimed to be UNESCO world cultural heritage.

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The Old and New Castles in Grodno

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The Old Castle is the first fortification built by Russian dukes in the XI cent. In the XIII century the city of Grodno was merged in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and became the target of the numerous attacks of the Crusaders in the next century.
In 1391 the castle became one the main residencies of the Duke Vitovt, who built in 1398 the stone gothic castle with five towers instead of the wooden fortress.

The New Castle was the place for the Seims of the 1st Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.  The agreement on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Partition between Russia and Prussia was signed in this building in 1793. In 1795 the Polish king Stanisław August Poniatowski signed an abdication here.

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Today the Old and New Castles function as museums, where tourists from all over the world enjoy a rich number of displays.

 

The Gilibert Central Park

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On April 8, 1775 Jean Emmanuel Gilibert, the French scientist & one of the first explorers of the fauna of the north-west of Belarus, laid out his botanical park. Nowadays, the park is named after him. During his spare time the future botanist was collecting the local plants for his herbarium. In 1778 there were more than 2000 species of plants in the park.

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Today the Gilibert Central Park is a perfect place for relaxation and pastime with family and friends. The musical fountain and amusement park for children, concert platform and rare plants make this place a never-to-be-forgotten one.

 

Museum of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

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The Museum of the History of Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno appeared in 2004. It conducts research, cultural, educative, training, ideological, information and patriotic activity based on the achievements of modern science, education and technology. The Museum collects, examines, exhibits, popularizes and protects historical and cultural heritage. It also contributes to the improvement of erudition of students and employees, their moral development.

 

City forest Pyshki

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City forest Pyshki is the biggest in Grodno. In practice it is the city’s northern border.

The city forest is situated on both sides of the river Neman. Children camps are situated here in the thick, primary pine forest. One can listen to music here, rent a bike for a reasonable price, do any kind of sport activity or even visit military pillboxes, which were built in the forest before World War II.

There are two unusual water ponds in Pyshki. They are Sinka and Zelenka, chalkpits named this way because of their unusual turquoise color.

 

The Watchtower and Museum of Fire Service History

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The fire tower in Grodno’s historical center combines a unique combination of various epochs. There’s no tower similar to it in our neighboring states, Lithuania and Poland. The building has taken on different roles: an operational firefighting station, a tower with a 107 year history…Today it is a museum located in the historic building, the so-called Kalancha tower, that was built to keep watch on fires after the terrible fire that broke out in Grodno in 1885. exhibits for the museum were brought from Minsk, Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Warsaw where they were in personal collections. It’s an ancient city’s calling card, which leaves no one indifferent, while continuing to open new mysteries to historians and tourists. It’s an ancient city’s calling card, which leaves no one indifferent, while continuing to open new mysteries to historians and tourists.

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Accommodation in the GrSU dormitory

Especially for the participants of the Russian Language Summer School we have organized lodging in a university dormitory, which is conveniently located in Limozha Str., 27/1.

The dormitory is situated in the sleeping quarter of the city. There are two supermarkets, cafes, a catholic church, a drugstore etc. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to get to the university by bus №5  or minibus №17. Bus schedule is available here.

 

 

The dormitory is a nine-storey building. On each floor there is a kitchen with an electric stove, 4 blocks with 2 or 3 rooms in each. In a block there is a storeroom, WC and a bathroom, a hall with a big wardrobe. Our participants will live in a room either for 2 or 4 people. They will also be provided with furnishing and  bed-clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

"The Augustow ringlet"

Itinerary: Grodno – the Village of Nemnovo – the Ostashanka  River - the Neman River – the Augustow Canal – the gateway "Nemnovo" – the Village of Nemnovo – Grodno1

« The Augustow  ringlet» - is a small (7,5 km) training, light and bright water route. It runs along a winding and picturesque river – the Ostashanka  River (the 1st  part of the route), which flows into the tranquil and majestic Neman River (the 2nd  part), and finally – in the Augustow Canal (the 3rd  part). In the final part of the route you will get an unforgettable experience – the passing through the 4-chamber gateway (the largest in the system of the Augustow Canal) in the Village of  Nemnovo.

The travel time of the route is 3.5-4 hours.

9.00 gathering of the group, the briefing, the departure  from Grodno.
10.00(30 km)
arrival in the Village of  Nemnovo, preparation of equipment for rafting.

10.30(8 km)start of the  rafting  on the route: the Ostashanka  River - the Neman River – the Augustow Canal – the gateway "Nemnovo".

13.30return  to Nemnovo, preparation of equipment for delivery.
14.00 lunch-picnic (surcharge, on request); rest.
17.00departure for Grodno.

Cost: 
with transport service – $ 35
/person in BYN at the rate of the National Bank of Belarus on the day of payment(minimum 18 persons).
The cost includes:

  • A seat in a 2-seater kayak
  • A life jacket
  • The assistance of an instructor-lifeguard
  • The delivery of tourists to the place of the beginning and the end of the rafting

The sector of tourist and concert activity

“Regional tourism center”

Tel. 8(0152) 77 37 86, 77 37 85, МTS 8(029)869 06 02

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 «Nemnovo rafting»

Itinerary: Grodno – the Neman River – the Augustow Canal – the Village of  Nemnovo with a sluicing in the biggest Gateway "Nemnovo" – Grodno2

Rafting on the Neman River and the Augustow Canal is a new one-day interesting route, which is not really simple, but quite affordable for beginner kayakers and families with children. Everyone will see peaceful and majestic Neman, surrounded by high banks, as well as the legendary Augustow canal. At the end of the rafting the sluicing in the 4-chamber Gateway "Nemnovo"  will be  held.

10.00 gathering of the group on the city beach of Grodno, the briefing, preparation of equipment for the rafting. Departure.
10.30-17.30 start of the  rafting  on the route: – the Neman River – the Augustow Canal (with the rest and the sluicing).
17.30 - return  to Nemnovo, preparation of equipment for delivery

18.00 dinner-picnic.
20.00 departure of the group.

Cost: 
with transport service – $ 35 /person in BYN at the rate of the National Bank of Belarus on the day of payment (minimum 18 persons).
The cost includes:

  • A seat in a 2-seater kayak
  • A life jacket
  • The assistance of an instructor-lifeguard
  • The delivery of tourists to the place of the beginning and the end of the rafting

The sector of tourist and concert activity

“Regional tourism center”

Tel. 8(0152) 77 37 86, 77 37 85, МTS 8(029)869 06 02

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Roads of castles

with a visit to the glass factory in Berezovka

Itinerary: Grodno - Berezovka – Nesvizh  - Mir – Grodno

6.30 - gathering of the group, the departure  from  Grodno.

8.30 - ( 130 km) - arrival in the urban settlement Berezovka. A visit to to the glass factory “Neman”, familiarity with the 130th  technology of glass production. An excursion to production and to the factory museum.

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11.00 (105 km) – departure for Nesvizh.

13.00 – arrival in Nesvizh.

13.15 – 14.15  -  lunch in a cafe (surcharge, on request 5 Euros/person).

14.30 – excursion program in Nesvizh with a visit to Nesvizh castle.
Nesvizh:
The excursion program includes familiarity with the favorite Nesvizh castle – the former residence of a powerful Belarusian magnate family Radziwills.Best European architects, artists, woodcarvers, gardeners, decorators, jewelers were invited to decorate these possessions (the legend of hidden gold apostles of the Radziwills family is haunted by many so far). Nesvizh has turned into one of the most beautiful places of Belarus.4

You will observe the wonderful monuments, which gave the names “Northern Paris” or “Uncrowned capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania” to the city. They are Slutskaya Brama (1690s.), the Town Hall Square with the Town Hall, the Farny Church, the building of the printing house and the monument to the great Belarusian enlightener Symon Budny, the famous park complex. Nesvizh is a city-treasure which charm is not lost with age. This tour is one of the most popular in the Republic.

17.00 - (31 km) – departure for Mir.

17.40 – overview and a walking tour in the city with a visit to Mir castle.

Mir: In Mir you will get acquainted with a pearl of Belarusian architecture - the Mir castle - the first national cultural monument included in UNESCO  World Heritage list. Built by the magnates Ilyinich in 1540 in the Belarusian Gothic style, it amazes with greatness today.  5 towers up to 27 m are connected by thick defensive walls. The unique castle ensemble blends into the surrounding landscape. The castle is one of the most popular excursion objects of the Republic.

18.40 (202 km) – departure for Grodno.
22.00 – arrival in Grodno.

Cost: $ 35/ person at the exchange rate of the National Bank of Belarus on the day of payment.
The price includes: transport service on the route, excursions with Nesvizh castle entrance tickets, excursions with entrance tickets in Berezovka, tourist information.
The cost of the audio guide in Nesvizh castle – $ 2/ person.

 

The sector of tourist and concert activity

“Regional tourism center”

Tel. 8(0152) 77 37 86, 77 37 85, МTS 8(029)869 06 02

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SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR

« MINSKCITY»

5A visit tothe National Library of Belarus,which is built inthe form of a diamond, symbolizing the human knowledge. A visit to the Book Museum. The rise of the group to the observation deck.

 

A sightseeing tour of the city which introduces the hero-city of Minsk, its past and present. During the tour you will learn about the history of the city, its appearance on pages of annals, the basis and the revival after numerous wars and fires.

The tour route goes along the main thoroughfares and squares of the city.You will visit the Railway Station Square and you will see a new modern building of the Railway Station. Then the route takes you to the administrative and political centre - the Independence Square. You will find out how a monumental building of the Government House was erected manually, with no use of technical equipment, and what a sad legend is the basis of the construction of the Red Church. You will pass on the widest avenue of the city, where the width of the highway is 2 times the height of surrounding buildings.Minsk Independence Avenue, engineered for the sample of Nevsky Avenue in St. Petersburg, is a prime example of Stalin's empire style, and even claims to be included into UNESCO  World Heritage list.

You will see the Site of ancient castle (XI century.), the place of foundation of ancient Mensk. You will learn about the recorded history of the city, try to imagine how medieval Mensk lived and what looked like (rebuilt in the tree on the peninsula at the confluence of two rivers and surrounded by an earthen rampart).You will hear the legend of the hero Menesc and his unusual mill. On Liberty Square, where the so called “stone Minsk” originated and raised its towers and domes to the sky, you will observe the restored town hall, Gostiny Dvor, Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (XVIII – XX centuries), a shopping arcade. You will get to know the main sanctuary of Holy Spirit cathedral - (XVII century) - Minsk icon of the Mother of God and her miraculous appearance to the townspeople. You will pass through the quiet streets of the Trinity suburb, and feel the living image of the city of the XIX century. On the Island of Tears you can pay tribute to soldiers-internationalists and make a wish by holding a crying angel by the wing. The Museum Dudutki is located 40 kilometers from the city of Minsk, in the Pukhovichi region, and enjoys a scenic location next to the Ptich River a mile from the village Dudichi (http://www.dudutki.by/).

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Cost:

Travel, sightseeing city tour: 1 person – $ 11.

Visit to the National Library of Belarus + the Book Museum+ the rise to the observation deck to take a picture: 1 person – $ 2.

 

The Museum Dudutki:

An excursion with a guide and refreshments (by reservation only):
• craft workshops (smithy, pottery, woodworking workshop, bakery, etc.)
• treats of miller (lard, bread, onions, pickled cabbage)
• snacks at the distillery (old gentry vodka, traditional snacks)
• snacks in the bakery (bread, cheese, butter, herbal tea)
• horseback riding
• the duration is 2,5 hours

$ 10 / person
(min. 4 persons*)

An excursion with a guide (without snacks) by reservation only:
• craft workshops (smithy, pottery, woodworking workshop, bakery, house Bortnik, etc.)
• tour of the windmill and cottage of
savoznik
• autoretro
• horseback riding

$ 7 / person
(min. 4 persons*)

 

The sector of tourist and concert activity

“Regional tourism center”

Tel. 8(0152) 77 37 86, 77 37 85, МTS 8(029)869 06 02

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SIGHTSEEING BUS TOUR TO

BELOVEZHSKAYA PUSHCHA

7In Belovezhskaya Pushcha you will explore the reserve, included in UNESCO World Heritage list, preserved intact since the XIII century. Belovezhskaya Pushcha is the oldest forest in Europe. The average age of the trees in the forests of Belovezhskaya Pushcha is 81 years old, but separate sites have preserved the old-timers at the age of 250-350 years. You will get acquainted with the Museum of Nature. You will find out which animal is called "glutton", who changes the coat once a year, and who do it twice a year, and also who the Thracian king Terey turned into.

In cages with animals you will have an opportunity to see the inhabitants of the forest reserve live and also make good pictures of the bison – the King of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha, the bear, and other animals.

In the depths of the forest reserve a real fairy residence is located. Near the home of Ded Moroz (Belarusian Santa Claus) there is a house of his granddaughter Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden). In the courtyard there is the highest in Europe – 40-meter  spruce, which is about 120 years. Next to a windmill and a magic well there are magic wooden figures of twelve months, as well as Snow White’s and her seven dwarves. All the gifts, letters, pictures, photos and crafts, sent by  children, grandfather keeps in a special storehouse, called Skarbnica. Two fabulous wooden guard – Dub-Dubovich and Vyaz- Vyazovich  -  keep order in the estate of Ded Moroz and Snegurochka.8

You will be given a choice of several cycling routes with different length and direction. Traveling on the route, you will see firsthand such unique wonders as an oak-patriarch, which has been standing there proudly for 600 years and 300-year-old pine trees. You can visit the village Lyadsky – one of the oldest villages in Bialowiezha, enjoy the beautiful Lyadsky lake and be horrified at the magical power of impassable marshy swamps "Tatar Bagno".

 

Cost:

1. Bus + guide service - $ 25

2. Entry tickets:

The Museum of Nature, the residence of Ded Moroz and Snegurochka, cages with animals - 9 $.

3. Bike routes through Belovezhskaya Pushcha (bike rental + escort):

- the route " The Big journey" (4 hours) - $ 10.

- the route "Forest secrets" (3 hours) - $ 8.

- the route "Animal passage" (2.5 hours) - $ 7.

4. Lunch in the cafe in the forest - $ 5-6.               

9The sector of tourist and concert activity10

“Regional tourism center”

Tel. 8(0152) 77 37 86, 77 37 85,

М TS 8(029)869 06 02

e-mail :This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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