My colleague from Minsk
Aside from Ukraine your travel itinerary might also include Belarus. Although this country is probably the last Communist state in Europe that still lives in the Soviet era its tourist infrastructure is being perfected year after year. While the country’s architectural heritage was severely damaged in the course of the WWII and Communist regime, Belarus boasts of a few world-unique sights.
There are lots of things one can do in Belarus as a tourist apart from sightseeing. Take for instance Belarus ancestry tours that draw hundreds of visitors from Australia, Canada and the USA every year. The modern Belarusians are doing their best to preserve their culture reviving ancient folk traditions and crafts – more and more places offer a chance to see a potter or a blacksmith at work and even to become their apprentice for a while. Belarusian traditional cuisine – though very similar to Polish or Ukrainian – is still unique and will satisfy most exacting customers. Unspoiled nature with rare species including zubr (bison) – the symbol of Belarus – will be a good background to your touring activities.
Preparing your Belarus tour, have a look at the website of a Minsk private guide. Being a certified guide-interpreter, Andrei has a handful of competitive advantages. A former travel agent, he has dedicated a section of his website to the formal side of a Belarus trip – all issues in the form of questions and answers. Andrei is also a driver which is particularly important if you want to reach off-the-beaten-track sights of Belarus, e.g. track your family roots. Finally, being an excellent English speaker, Andrei regards his job as art and treats his customers accordingly.
Enjoy your guided tours with a private Minsk guide (www.minsktours.by) in Belarus!