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The Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Tour for the launch of the spacecraft

The Baikonur Cosmodrome
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
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Baikonur is the largest cosmodrome, which marked the beginning of the human space exploration. The first satellite of the Earth was launched from this cosmodrome, and Yuri Gagarin made the first human space flight around our planet. Visiting this legendary place, you will not only touch the history of the space exploration, but also witness the launch of the spacecraft.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
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Experiences you'll have

The Baikonur Cosmodrome tour

During this journey you will visit the city of Baikonur and the legendary Soviet cosmodrome, which both form a single complicated engineering and technical complex. The history of human space exploration began here. Nowadays the Baikonur cosmodrome is open for international cooperation and is considered to be one of the world's leaders in the sphere of international manned orbital complexes launching.

Want space to become closer? Join our tour to Baikonur. You will get acquainted with the history of the legendary cosmodrome and watch the manned launch of the spacecraft

5 reasons to choose this tour:

  • you will see the launch pads and the rockets that participated in the international space programs
  • you will visit the integration and checkout buildings, where the spacecrafts are assembled and tested before launching
  • you will observe the museums' expositions of the Baikonur cosmodrome, telling about the history of space exploration and legendary cosmonauts
  • you will have the opportunity to witness all the stages of preparation for the launch, including the roll-out of the rocket from the hangar, the installation of the rocket onto the launch pad, as well as the cosmonauts’ farewell ceremony, the space crew ready-to-go official report
  • you will experience unforgettable emotions watching the amazing lift-off of the spacecraft from the nearest observation point

 

Note: Border permit is required for this tour. Personal data should be submitted minimum 70 days before the date of arrival. This is a preliminary program. The time and order of visiting the facilities of the Baikonur cosmodrome can be changed because of the specificity and technical features of this complex.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Kyzylorda (Kazakhstan), where you should travel to on your own (you need to fly from Moscow to Kyzylorda on the 4th of April).

Day 1 Arrival to Baikonur

After meeting at the Kyzylorda  airport you will be taken to the city of Baikonur. Here you will check into a hotel. After that you will have free time for city walk.

Day 2 Monitoring the installation of the rocket onto the launch pad

After breakfast in the hotel you will move to the cosmodrome. You will be watching the roll-out of the rocket from the hangar and the following installation of the rocket onto the launch pad № 31.

 

Then you will see a monument to the fallen rocket engineers, visit the Zenit launch complex (pad № 45) and Zenit integration building (pad № 42). After that you will return to the city and visit the memorials and monuments related to the history of Baikonur and space exploration.

 

The program of this day will end with an excursion to the International space school. It provides training for children concerning the rocket and space education.

Day 3 Energia-Buran launching facilities

After breakfast you will move to the Baikonur cosmodrome. You will visit the "Saturn" tracking station and the "Proton" launch pad.

 

Then you will observe "Energia-Buran" launching facilities, as well as visit the command post. This bunker was used to control the only one flight of the famous spacecraft "Buran", launched with the help of super-power booster rocket "Energy". Further you will visit the Yubileyny airfield, and then return to the town.

Day 4  Visiting the Baikonur museum complex

In the morning, after breakfast, you will be taken to the cosmodrome. First, you will visit the pad 1 (Gagarin launchpad), and then will have a tour of the Cosmodrome Museum complex.

 

You will see the Buran shuttle, the memorial houses of the outstanding Soviet designer Sergei Korolev and the first cosmonaut of Earth, Yuri Gagarin. Then you will return to the city and visit the Museum of the history of the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Day 5 Lift-off of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft

After breakfast you will go to the Pad № 17 ("Cosmonaut" Hotel). You will walk along the historic alley of Cosmonauts where the personalized trees are planted and take part in the cosmonauts’ farewell ceremony.

 

Then you will be taken to the cosmodrome. You will witness the space crew ready-to-go official report and then will move to the observation site for watching the lift-off of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft. After that you will return to the town and visit the central market for souvenirs.

Day 6 Departure

After breakfast you will be taken to the airport.

The Baikonur Cosmodrome
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
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Accommodation during the trip

You will stay in "Tsentralnaya" Hotel 3* (accommodation in single rooms without Wi-Fi). This is one of the largest hotels in the city. It is located in the Central square of the Baikonur city, so it would be easy for you to get to city sites and attractions. There are a restaurant, a swimming pool, a sauna, a gym and  laundry service at the hotel. Each room here will provide you with a TV, a refrigerator and air conditioning.

 

On request and for an additional fee you can choose the superior comfort accommodation in "Sputnik" Hotel 4*. Visiting to the swimming pool, sauna and gym is included in the room price. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby.

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Who will be my guide +

You will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide who will try to make your journey the most comfortable and informative.

What documents you need to apply for participation +

To make access clearance to Star City for foreign citizens it is necessary to submit to GCTC not later than 45 (forty five) working days before date of visit the following information:

  • surname, name, middle name in Russian
  • surname, name, middle name in English (according to identification document)
  • citizenship
  • date and place of birth (with country indicated)
  • identification document number and date of expiry
  • full name of employing Company and job position
  • place and country of current residence

 

Additionally passport copies must be attached to the list.

Meals +

The cost of the program includes breakfasts at the hotel. Lunch and dinner you will need to pay extra.

Required data for border permit +

To participate in tour it is necessary to submit the following information not later than 70 days before start of the tour:

  • copy of passport
  • full name of employing Company and job position
  • address of current residence
  • city of birth (with country indicated)
  • phone number

 

The issue of border permit is included in the tour.

Booking

The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
173 338 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • single hotel accommodation (3*)

  • breakfasts

  • transfer from Kyzylorda airport and back

  • transportation services in Baikonur

  • guided excursions, entrance tickets

  • monitoring the different stages of preparation for the launch and the lift-off of the spacecraft

  • guide's and an English-speaking interpreter's service

  • photo and video shooting permission

  • all the necessary permissions for gaining access to the cosmodrome

  • visa support

Extra charge:
  • airfare to Kyzylorda (starting at 200 EURO for a round-trip ticket)

  • lunches and dinners

  • superior accommodation at "Sputnik" Hotel 4* (+1250 EURO per person)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • single hotel accommodation (3*)

  • breakfasts

  • transfer from Kyzylorda airport and back

  • transportation services in Baikonur

  • guided excursions, entrance tickets

  • monitoring the different stages of preparation for the launch and the lift-off of the spacecraft

  • guide's and an English-speaking interpreter's service

  • photo and video shooting permission

  • all the necessary permissions for gaining access to the cosmodrome

  • visa support

  • airfare to Kyzylorda (starting at 200 EURO for a round-trip ticket)

  • lunches and dinners

  • superior accommodation at "Sputnik" Hotel 4* (+1250 EURO per person)

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