Yelnya in autumn : songs of cranes and taste of cranberries
In this journey you will enjoy autumn colors of Yelnya bog, fascinating songs and dancing of cranes, taste of freshly picked cranberries. Two days we will spend on the most picturesque routes of two nature reserves and our guides will be the local residents, who live near the bog for all their life and know every single path there. We will take routes, which lead to the most picturesque lakes with clean drinking water, where you can also see a rare berry - cloudberry and impressive thickets of sundew. And one of the dinners will be held at the local eco-lodge "Yelnya Cranes" with the mysterious sounds of flying cranes in the sunset!
Saturday. In the morning, at 7:00, we leave Minsk. In 3,5 hours we arrive at the lodge, have lunch and meet with our guide. Let's start to explore the bog! The first nature reserve is called Boloto Moh and it will surprise you with a number of small picturesque lakes which people call here "azerauki". We would be guided to picturesque places, where we can pick cranberries and blueberries, We would also find out what kind of plants, birds and animals inhabit such places.
After that path we move to Yelnya bog - here we will walk at one of the tourist trails. Thanks to the wooden flooring, you can look around more than under your feet!
In the evening, we will have dinner at the "Zhuravlinaya Yelnya" eco-lodge. That would be tasty homemade food cooked in a Russian stove and on fire. And the highlight of our journey - flocks of cranes in the sunset, flying over the lodge to the bog. This is just a fascinating experience!
Sunday. Today, with our guide we will explore Yelnya from the southern side. We will walk along non-tourist paths deep into the bog, to picturesque lakes and islands.
We have a picnic just right at the bog, near the lake. We provide food for the entire route, you have nothing to worry about!
On the way back we will visit a cafe in Hlubokae town for having a quick and tasty dinner. Arriving in Minsk about 23;00.
And this is the dawn at "Zhuravlinaya Yelnya" lodge, which Yulya Ayuna Kholeva has seen. In our journey we will watch crane flocks in the sunset, flying to the bog to spend a night. You will be fascinated by this incredible natural phenomenon! We will be surrounded by loud songs of cranes and will observe how they are constantly forming new formations while flying. It is simply breathtaking!
Very interesting and unusual way to spend time in Belarus and see the beauty of its nature. The guide was very attentive and knowledgeable, I would definetely recommend this tours to foreigners coming to Belarus. They can custom-make your experience and organize everything for you. And - this is a social project helping rural Belarus discover and use its many unique features!Anastasiya Matchanka
We had such a great time touring the beautiful yelnya bog! Both our guide and tour organizer were very knowledgeable and passionate about the region. Highlights of the trip were getting to swim in two scenic bog lakes and having a delicious home-cooked meal at a homestead. I would definitely do this trip again and would love to try one of the other tours as well. Thanks again for the wonderful experience!Olivia Knodt
Included in the price:
- accompanying by a local guide;
- accommodation in a lodge (double/triple rooms with a shared bathroom);
- food (Saturday - lunch and dinner, Sunday - 3 meals/day);
- transfer from Minsk and back (please let us know if you want to join with your own car - we will tell you about possible discounts);
- an English-speaking guide on the tour.
The listed price is relevant to a scheduled tour or a group of 12+ participants
Are you going to travel with smaller children? We can either organize an individual tour for you, an easier one; or contact us and we will describe you more precisely the routes of this tour, so you decide if that is suitable for your kids. Write us to make sure they would feel comfortable during the tour.
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