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Intra Express GmbH
Burgherrenstr. 2
D-12101 Berlin

Phone:
0049/30/785 33 91

Fax:
0049/30/785 92 08

E-Mail:
intraex@t-online.de

Internet:
www.intraexpress.de

General Manager:
Thomas E. Fischer

Registration Office:
Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg
Register Number:
HRB 31339

Tax Number: 29/10/5481
Finanzamt für Körperschaften III, Berlin

Trams in Belarus
Sep. 8th until 16th, 2018

Tour 2

tour fully booked


25 years have passed since an Intra Express group has last visited the trams of the young Republic of Belarus - only two years old at this time. Seems it is time to go there again, and look what has changed. A visit has become easier as tourists from most European countries do not have need visas any more if their stay does not exceed five days - just enough to visit the country's four tramway systems. Fortunately all of these four have developed well as far as the condition of tracks, and fleets are concerned, and look forward to a secure future - thanks to the Belkomunmash (BKM) factory in the capital of Minsk providing state-of-the-art tram cars (and trolleybuses) for the domestic market, and even for export.

As we fly Ukraine International Airlines via Kiev to Minsk, our idea was to extend this tour to a full week, including two days in Kiev on the way to Belarus, and back.

Tour Itinerary:

Saturday, Sep. 8th, 2018.

Early afternoon departure from Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, or Berlin Tegel by Ukraine International Airlines to Kiev, and hotel accommodation there.

Sunday, Sep. 9th, 2018.

Full day dedicated to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and its large, and varied tramway system. As we have visited Kiev's trams extensively with visits to all depots, and charter tours during our 2017 Ukraine tour, we try to charter some other interesting types of cars, and to tour different lines this time to offer those having joined our previous tour some variety. Those who prefer to go on their own have the choice to ride the Metro, the extensive trolleybus system, and the funicular, or to visit the many famous churches and monasteries, some of them listed by UNESCO as world heritage. Hotel accommodation in Kiev.

Monday, Sep. 10th, 2018.

Short morning flight from Kiev to Minsk, the country's largest city with about two million inhabitants, a Metro, a huge trolleybus system, and a medium-sized tramway network of 9 routes, and about 35 kilometres of lines. The fleet is quite modern, and mainly consists of locally-built BKM cars. During the afternoon we visit the only tramway depot, and tour the whole system on No. 180, a DWM articulated car received from Karlsruhe in 2003, and available for charters now. Hotel accommodation in Minsk.

Tuesday, Sep. 11th, 2018.

Full day excursion by charter coach to Mazyr, 300 km away. This small town features a 20 km long interurban tramway running through the woods, and connecting the town with its biggest employer, a huge refinery. Trams run frequently at shift changes, but rarely at other times. The fleet exclusively consists of older KTM5 bogie cars dating back to Soviet times, but even here line and cars are well-kept as the times with little traffic are being used for maintenance. Hotel accommodation in Minsk.

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 2018.

Another small town with a tramway, Navapolatsk, 250 km away from Minsk, is the destination of today's coach tour. Navapolatsk has a quite modern fleet of mostly BKM cars with only some KTM5 left. We plan to charter two different types of BKM bogie trams for our tour of the only, 11 km long tramway line. In the afternoon we continue our coach tour to Vizebsk (120 km), and spend the night in a hotel there.

Thursday, Sep. 13th, 2018.

Vizebsk operates both trolleybuses, and a tramway system of about the same size as in Minsk: one depot, eight routes, 35 km of lines. The fleet is young with many BKM cars, and a decreasing number of KTM5. One Riga-built RVZ6 has been kept as a heritage car, and is planned to perform for us on a charter tour of the whole system. In the afternoon we take our coach back to Minsk (290 km), and spend the night there.

Friday, Sep. 14th, 2018.

Free morning in Minsk for further tram, trolleybus, and Metro rides or for sightseeing. Early afternoon transfer to the airport, and flight back to Kiev. Hotel accommodation in Kiew.

Saturday, Sep. 15th, 2018.

On our second full day in Kiev we visit the isolated tramway system in Darnyzja on the left bank of River Dnipro. Hotel accommodation in Kiew.

Sunday, Sep. 16th, 2018.

Morning transfer to the airport, and Ukraine International Airlines flights back to Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt or Munich, arriving early in the afternoon.

The Tour Price Includes:

* Ukraine International Airlines flights Germany - Kiev - Minsk, and back *).

* 8 nights accommodation at good hotels, twin rooms with private facilities.

* Half board (daily breakfast, and dinner).

* All transfers, and tour of Belarus as per itinerary by charter coach.

* Depot visits and tram charters as per itinerary.

* English speaking tour guides.

*) Flights are available from/to Berlin Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt (Main) or Munich at the same price. Please state your choice on your booking form!

Not included in the tour price are fares for regular trams and trolleybuses. Day Passes are unknown. You usually  pay your (very small) fares in cash to the conductor each time you enter a vehicle.

Tour Price:

€ 1,595.00 per person. Single room supplement € 330.00. As on all our tours, individual participants wishing to save their money are welcome to book a shared twin. We are sure to find an English-speaking roommate for you.

We offer connecting 2nd class train tickets from any DB station (including all border stations) to the airport of your departure at a flat return fare of € 120.00 per person. If required, please state the required station of your departure on your booking form.

Regulations of Immigration.

Each participant needs a Passport, valid at least as three months longer than the tour lasts. Visas are no longer required from citizens of the European Union. Each visitor is obliged to have an international health insurance valid for the Ukraine, and Belarus, and to give proof of this at immigration on request.

Travel Insurances.

Due to low demand we do not offer insurances any more. Nevertheless we strongly recommend to make sure to have a tour cancellation insurance as a cancellation at short notice could otherwise become very expensive for you.

Tour Guide: Thomas E. Fischer.

Booking Deadline Date: May 8th, 2018 unless the tour is sold out before this date.

Minimum Number of Participants required to let this tour go: 30
 
Tour Operator: Intra Express Hobby- und Studienreisen GmbH, Burgherrenstr. 2, D-12101 Berlin, Tel. 030/785 33 91, Fax 030/785 92 08, Email intraex@t-online.de, Internet www.intraexpress.de, Managing Director: Thomas E. Fischer, VAT No. DE136587760.