Rural tourism is one of the most attractive ways of spending holidays in Belarus. Picturesque landscapes, untouched nature and the unique rural color attract guests to Belarusian farm tourism estates.
When coming to Belarus for a long holiday or for several days you will be able to:
Today Belarus has over 2,000 farm tourism estates. They are located in the most picturesque places. Their design usually reflects the Belarusian color but some have a modern eco-style design.
These farm tourism estates offer their guests different entertainment activities which correspond to their specialization:
Belarusian color is the main peculiarity of farm tourism estates which architecture reflects the national style. Its hosts create special cultural programs. Here you can hear local legends and authentic songs, master Belarusian dances and take part in old folk rites, for example, sing Christmas carols and celebrate Shrovetide or Kupalle. You can even arrange a wedding which will be held according to Belarusian traditions.
If you are interested in the life of Belarusian peasants and would like to master some of their skills you can order a hay mowing tour in early morning (breakfast in the field is included), feed animals in the coaching inn, check honeycombs or bake Belarusian bread.
Of course you can take a steam bath with aromatic bunches of green birch twigs and healing herbs and also get familiar with traditional recipes and the secrets of personal care.
Every third Sunday in May the Doors Open Day in Belarusian farm tourism estates is held. In 2014 this date will be changed taking into account the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk.
It has already become a tradition that on this day owners of farm tourism estates show tourists their houses, tell them about the services and sights available and prepare food. Many participants of the Doors Open Day campaign create their own programs with excursions and exclusive dishes.
Agro- and eco-tourism in Belarus is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. These days owners of farm tourism estates, farmers, craftsmen and representatives of tourism business form clusters and offer a wide range of services to their guests. They also offer unique programs and present their own brands.
Throughout the entire year interesting festivals and celebrations are held in Belarus, both in the country and in small towns. Many of them have acquired the status of international events.
The most popular of them are: