Active tourism in Belarus
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Part One - Reflections
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The sports traditions of all tourism in Belarus are also being successfully lost, as in the process of fading fluctuations. A modern trend, how to simplify everything, and preferably without leaving home, but rather an office, so that the money would drip, or another direction - for the money to shift everything to guides, organizers, leaving for themselves the absorption of impressions.
It was not possible to attract any of the new comers to the New Year's campaign, although there were attempts in several directions, but for the target audience. No advertisements were posted on the posts and FB. Not that no one can afford it, but a hike of 1 k. it's six days without a phone! Lifeless spaces beyond the Moscow Ring Road!
Report on a sports water trip of the first "sl" category of difficulty in the Vitebsk region of the Republic of Belarus along the route: insk - zh. ... t. apples –oz. olgoe-lake o - p. osha - r. nyuta - p. isna - p. ap. wine - yerkhnedvinsk - olotsk - insk, committed by a group of tourists from the VOLAT tourist club in the period from July 24 to August 1, 2020.
Route book number 12В-20 Group leader: Alexander Grigorievich Leksin
Detailed route: insk - zh. ... t. apples - lake. olgoe - Dolzhanka channel - lake. o - p. osh - lake lissa - p. Nyuta - Lake nyuta - p. isna - p. ap. wine - yerkhnedvinsk - olotsk - insk
Through the impassable wilderness of Talkovskaya selva
According to numerous historical data obtained from unreliable sources, it is known for certain that the Japanese samurai of the imperial army learned about the existence of the village of Talka and the impassable swamps and drainage channels surrounding it approximately as early as the Meiji era (1868-1912). ... Hence, any student interested in history understands that almost all the wars waged by the Land of the Rising Sun in the western direction (the Russo-Japanese War of 1905, the battle of Khankhin-Gol in 1939). and the Kwantung Army during the Soviet-Japanese War in 1945) were started with the aim of visiting and conquering these blessed territories! In connection with all of the above, from 26 to 27 September and from 10 to 11 October 2020, 2 samurai 2-day single local history cycling trips were made in the wilderness of the Talkovskaya selva, carried out in order to study the local forest-swamp complexes, mountain-hilly landscapes and natural migration routes of local cats.
In Belarus, ecotourism has recently begun to actively develop and the potential of protected lands has been used - the direction has great prospects, but there are enough problems.
Profi. ravel spoke with experts of the tourism market to find out if ecotourism exists in Belarus in principle, what products it is presented, as well as about the pitfalls and prospects for the development of this direction.
Note that in international practice, ecotourism in the classification of travel is available, but in Belarus the concept is somewhat vague, therefore, difficulties arise with the identification of a tourist product. Nevertheless, the main directions can be distinguished:
Birdwatching, active tours (mainly kayak tours), children's excursion trips are presented on the largest scale in Belarus, and to an insignificant extent - a complex diverse product.
Karina Sitnik, founder of the "Walk to the People" and "Kayak Minsk" projects:
- There is ecotourism in Belarus, and interest in it is noticeably growing. Kayaking is the most numerous sector in ecological tourism. In Minsk alone, four companies organize rafting in different parts of the Svisloch. And on the Isloch River, which can be called the most picturesque river in the smallest distance from the capital, even kayak jams are formed on weekends!
Swamp hikes are also gaining popularity. For the third year now, we have been organizing tours of Yelnya - the largest raised bog in Belarus. The interest of tourists only increases with each season. The numbers, of course, are far from mass tourism, but it should be understood that such tours make sense for small groups and the uniqueness of the product.
When tourists during their stay on a tourist route do not meet a single stranger, it can be argued that they have fallen into the wild, and this tourist product is truly unique. In my opinion, it is the swamps that are the “specialty” of Belarus in the field of nature tourism. Despite the fact that our Baltic neighbors - Estonia and Latvia - have a much better infrastructure of national parks in which raised bogs are located, in the presence of the sea, the tourism brand of these countries is not associated with swamps. Therefore, Belarus has a chance to seize a new direction that has not yet been occupied by anyone.
Besides, due to the presence of relatively untouched natural areas in Belarus, bird watching tours are popular among tourists - especially foreign ones. And after the active work of the public organization APB, more people with binoculars and identifiers appeared on the domestic tourism market, but the flow cannot be compared with foreign ones.
The Belarusian tour operator, a private research and production unitary enterprise "Automated tourism technologies", is the largest company in the Republic of Belarus that specializes in domestic and inbound tourism. Today, PRPUE "Automated tourism technologies" is a successful travel company with many years of experience, a developed partner network and contractual relationships with all recreation facilities, sports and related tourism infrastructure in Belarus. Our company covers all possible types of tourism and today the promotion of event tourism in Belarus is for us one of the most promising areas in the development of the company.
Belarus is an interesting and multifaceted state that is ready to offer its guests not only a rich excursion program, recreation on rivers and lakes, high-quality treatment in sanatoriums, but also a fairly active pastime, visiting forums, festivals, thematic exhibitions, competitions and gatherings. Hundreds of various events are held annually in the republic.
Music, theater, film and food festivals. Every year the country receives thousands of participants and spectators of music and theater festivals, festivals of folk crafts and national cuisine, and medieval culture. The international festival "Slavianski Bazaar" in Vitebsk has gained worldwide fame, theatergoers are attracted by the festivals "TEART" and "Belaya Vezha", gourmets of the gastrofest "Motalskiya prysmaki".
Regional and global sports competitions. In Belarus, much attention is paid to sports and physical culture. In 2013, the Republic of Belarus successfully held the World Track Cycling Championship, in 2014 - the Ice Hockey World Championship, in 2015 - the 49th Junior Biathlon Championship and the 14th among boys and girls, the 31st European Championship in rhythmic gymnastics. In 2019, the country was honored to host the European Figure Skating Championships, the Summer Biathlon World Championships and the II European Games.
Ritual activities. The uniqueness of Belarusian culture lies in the fact that despite centuries of Christian domination, Belarusians managed to preserve ancient pagan rituals and rituals - Maslenitsa, Gukanne Vesny, Zazhinka, Kupalye, Dozhinka, Kolyada - all these pagan holidays continue to be celebrated today. In many museums, historical parks, estates, colorful theatrical festivities take place, where visitors are invited not only to watch folk amusements, but also to take direct part in them.
Religious holidays. Belarus is a tolerant state, on the territory of the country for many centuries four religions peacefully coexist: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Judaism and Islam. Dozens of regional and international spiritual events gather in Belarus annually for pilgrims and believers. Thus, thousands of pilgrims from Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland go on foot to Budslav to bow to the icon of the Mother of God of Budslav and take part in the procession of the cross. In June, Orthodox believers celebrate the Day of Remembrance of Venerable Euphrosyne of Polotsk, the patron saint of the Belarusian lands. The festivals of sacred music "Magutny God" and "Sing to Our God, Sing" are popular.
International exhibitions, fairs, conferences and forums. Exhibitions, conferences and business forums are held at Belarusian business sites every year. The most famous of them are the international exhibitions and fairs for the wholesale of goods of the light and textile industry Beltekslegprom, the specialized forum on telecommunications, information and banking technologies "TIBO", the International specialized exhibition-fair "Furniture" and others.
International Festival of Arts "Slavianski Bazaar" in Vitebsk
International Festival of Ancient and Contemporary Chamber Music "Zvany Safii"
Mirum Music Festival
Mirum Music Festival is the first open-air project in Belarus and the CIS countries, in which the emphasis of the musical format is placed on a variety of genres and styles of music. For several years of its existence, the festival has become one of the most important and long-awaited musical events in Belarus. The best artists of Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia and Ukraine traditionally take part in the festival. more >>
Belarus has long gained popularity as a great place for recreation and health improvement. Guests from all over the world are attracted to our country:
Mineral waters, curative mud, healing air of pine and mixed forests, ecologically clean natural products are used to improve the health of tourists in Belarusian health resorts. And, of course, effective physiotherapy procedures.
Belarusian sanatoriums are unique in many ways. For example, such sapropelic mud with a special composition, as in the famous "Radon" sanatorium, is nowhere else in Belarus and in the world, and radon water from local sources is not inferior in its medicinal properties to the waters of such resorts as Tskhaltubo, Matsesta. The mineral water of the Porechye sanatorium is identical to the healing springs of Druskininkai ...
The only spelary in the CIS operates in Belarus, where a course of treatment and recovery can be taken in an underground mine. In addition, speleo rooms have been opened in many health resorts in Belarus, lined with blocks with a rare combination of layers of red and white salt of the ancient Starobinsky deposit.
The largest balneo-mud and climatic resort of the country is located in the vicinity of the largest lake in Belarus, Naroch. The only resort village in Belarus, Naroch, is also located here.
Belarusian sanatoriums are built in ecologically clean zones - in pine forests, on the shores of lakes and rivers. Many of them are located in the immediate vicinity or on the territory of protected natural areas, including the largest state reserves:
Despite the fact that there is no sea coast in Belarus, where resorts first appeared, sanatorium recovery in our country has centuries-old traditions.
The history of sanatorium and resort health improvement in Belarus began in the middle of the 19th century, but the prototypes of sanatoriums existed before.
Already in the 16th century, European maps indicated the sources of healing waters in the Barkovsk region (today the Ushachsky district, Vitebsk region). By 1830 there was a hospital where they took baths and drank mineral water. And in 1855, the doctor Nemirovsky created a private sanatorium in these places, where people from all over Europe came for treatment. Today in the old resort area there is a sanatorium "Lesnye Ozera".
In 1892, a talented Belarusian scientist-physicist, doctor and inventor Yakub Narkevich-Iodko opened the Nad-Neman sanatorium on his estate Nadneman (now Uzdensky district, Minsk region).
Belarus is a small state with an area of about 207.6 thousand square kilometers, which is located in the center of Europe and occupies about 2% of its area. The country is landlocked, and its land state border is established with five states: with the Russian Federation in the northeast and east, with Ukraine in the south, with Poland in the west, with Lithuania and Latvia in the northwest.
Due to its geographical position, Belarus is an important trade and transport corridor between the countries of Europe and the CIS. The country is located at the intersection of the trans-European transport and communication corridors "West-East" and "North-South". The compactness of the territory allows you to conveniently and quickly get to anywhere in the country, and you can completely cross it in 7 hours, the length from west to east is 650 km, and from north to south - 560 km.
Minsk is located in the center of the Republic of Belarus - the largest city, the capital of the state. Over the long history of its existence, it has repeatedly collapsed and rose from the ruins. Today Minsk is a modern European city, the main political, economic, cultural and scientific center of the country, where almost 2 million people live on an area of about 300 square kilometers. It is here that the main educational institutions of the country are concentrated, an extensive network of cultural and sports facilities has been created, and the main bodies of state power are located.
Belarus is an open country known for its hospitality, every traveler feels welcome here! At the beginning of 2017, our country opened its borders and provided foreign citizens with the opportunity to visit the country without a visa for a period of no more than 5 days for citizens of 80 states when entering through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk". Due to the high interest in Belarus among foreign guests, the country's leadership decided to expand the possibilities for visa-free entry and increase the period of stay to 30 days. Today, you can discover Belarus, get acquainted with its culture and traditions, admire its magnificent landscapes and visit its best tourist places without spending time preparing documents for entry.
Guests of the country who arrive through the "National Airport Minsk" can take advantage of the absence of visa formalities when planning a trip to Belarus. The regime "30 days without a visa" allows citizens of 74 countries to come to the Republic of Belarus for a period not exceeding 30 days (including the day of arrival and departure). To enter the country in a visa-free regime, you must have with you: a valid passport or other document replacing it, for traveling abroad, cash (an amount in foreign currency or Belarusian rubles, equivalent to at least two base values (about 51.00 BYN; 23.60 USD; 20.60 EUR for each day of stay), medical insurance policy in the amount of at least 10 thousand EUR, valid in Belarus.
It is possible to come to Belarus for tourist purposes without a visa for up to 15 days when visiting the visa-free territory "Brest - Grodno" (Brest, Brest, Zhabinkovsky, Kamenetsky, Pruzhany districts of the Brest region, Grodno , Berestovitsky, Volkovyssky, Voronovsky, Grodno, Lidsky, Svislochsky, Shchuchinsky districts of Grodno region). The presence of such a territory will help foreign guests get acquainted with the masterpieces of Belarusian architecture, see the most significant and popular sights of the country, plunge into folk traditions and experience the well-known Belarusian hospitality. With this option of visa-free entry to the Republic of Belarus at the checkpoint, you must provide confirmation of the right to an individual or group visit to the recreational area, issued by a travel company. The Belarusian tour operator "Automated tourism technologies" offers a full range of travel services for organizing a tour of any complexity and paperwork for visa-free entry. The visa-free procedure for entry and exit from the Republic of Belarus through the State Border of the Republic of Belarus to visit these tourist and recreational zones must be carried out strictly through the checkpoints established by Presidential Decree No. 426.
In addition, for citizens of certain states, agreements provide for visa-free entry to the territory of the Republic of Belarus for a longer period. You can find out if you need a visa to travel to Belarus and in what cases you can come to the country without a visa, as well as get advice and assistance in preparing documents, on the Belarus-online Internet portal. y in the section Visa to Belarus.
Citizens of the Russian Federation do not need a visa to enter Belarus. For them, you only need to have an identity document - for an adult it is an internal or foreign Russian passport, and for a child - a birth certificate with a mark of Russian citizenship or a corresponding insert. Medical insurance is optional, since the agreement concluded between our countries provides for the provision of free emergency medical care. If you wish, you can conclude a voluntary health insurance contract. The policy of the insurance company offers a wider range of services than is prescribed in the agreement of our countries. Compulsory medical insurance of foreign citizens is carried out by two insurance companies "Beleximgarant" and "Belgosstrakh", and the insurance policies of only these companies are valid and obligatory on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. A medical insurance policy can be issued at any checkpoint on the borders of the Republic of Belarus, as well as at airports and railway stations where branches of Belarusian state insurance organizations operate.
When visiting Belarus for more than 30 days, most foreign citizens require a visa. A consular fee is charged for obtaining a visa to the Republic of Belarus. From January 1, 2017, the consular fee rate for the issuance of an individual visa of all types with any number of entries is set at 60 EUR. In relation to citizens and residents with a special status of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, preferential rates of consular fees are determined, and this fee is not charged at all from citizens of Japan and Serbia.
The authorities for issuing entry visas of the Republic of Belarus are:
The Republic of Belarus is convenient in terms of transport links and is located at the intersection of the main international transport corridors connecting Western Europe with the Russian Federation, Northern Europe with South Europe. It is easy to get to Belarus by air, rail and road - there are many direct routes from most European countries, as well as from the CIS countries.
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