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The Baikonur Cosmodrome
The Baikonur Cosmodrome

Tour for the spaceship launch

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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.
Age
5 y.o.
Group size
from 10 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
17 March 2024
  • 17 March 2024
End date:
22 March 2024
from 3 513 EUR

Baikonur is the first and largest cosmodrome on Earth. Its area is 3 times larger than Moscow. On this tour, you will see the gigantic engineering structures, discover the history of space exploration, and watch the real scheduled launch. You will feel the ground shake from the thrusters' power and see the launch from close range.

New
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.
Age
from 5 y.o.
Group size
from 10 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
17 March 2024
  • 17 March 2024
End date:
22 March 2024
from 3 513 EUR

Experiences you'll have

The Baikonur Cosmodrome tour

This journey brings together the entire history of Soviet and Russian cosmonautics. You will visit key points of the huge infrastructure of the cosmodrome. And inexpressible impressions of the real launch will stay with you forever.

In February 2024, the unmanned Progress spacecraft will be launched, and in March, a spacecraft with cosmonauts on board will head into orbit

In 5 days on this tour, you will:

  • see launch pads and launch vehicles that participated in world-class space programs
  • visit assembly and test buildings where rockets are installed and tested
  • learn how preparations for the first human space flight were organized
  • observe all stages of preparation for launch: from rocket removal to flight readiness report
  • watch the launch of a spacecraft with first-hand experience

Rates depend on the date of travel:

February tour – 300,000 RUB (3,456 USD)

March tour – 340,000 RUB (3,917 USD)

 

The base rate is in RUB. The price in USD depends on the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia minus 2% and is valid as of January 19, 2024.

Note: the spaceport is a restricted object. To visit it, you need to submit your documents 45 days before the tour starts. We will take care of the registration of your pass.

Itinerary

The journey starts at Kyzylorda Airport (Kazakhstan).

 

Note: If you arrive the day before the tour starts, you need to get to the airport on your own on the first day of the program.

Day 1 Arrival to Baikonur town

After meeting at the Kyzylorda airport you will be taken to Baikonur town (250 km). At the checkpoint, you will go through passport control and then check in at the hotel.


During dinner, you will get acquainted with the guide. You will be given a safety briefing and told about the upcoming mission.

Day 2 Spaceport and Baikonur town tour

Today after an early rise you will go to the spaceport. Breakfast in lunchboxes will be taken with you. At exactly 7:30 the gates of the assembly and test building will open. Here you will see up close the rocket, which was assembled by a team of engineers for several months. You will watch it being installed into the launch system.

 

Then you will return to the town, have lunch, and go on a sightseeing tour. The town was built for the cosmodrome employees: every corner here is dedicated to the history of cosmonautics. You will walk along the pedestrian street, and see monuments to famous engineers and officers. You will also see real cargo mock-ups, the rockets that were used to test equipment before flights. 

 

One of the points of attraction in Baikonur is the monument to Yuri Gagarin. We recommend visiting it after sunset. From the right angle, you can see how the first cosmonaut of the Earth holds the Moon in his outstretched hands.

 

In the evening you will have dinner (paid extra) and then rest in the hotel.

Day 3 Launch complex and Museum of Cosmonautics visiting

After breakfast, you will go to the cosmodrome. Today you will see the Soyuz launch complex. It was originally designed for 10 launches but has already survived 519. The complex has undergone two major modernizations and is now on its third.

 

At the Zenit launch complex, you will also be given a tour. It is possible to send 450-ton rockets into space every 4 hours in automatic mode from here.

 

Lunch will be held at the cosmodrome. Afterward, you will visit the Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you will observe the exposition of space equipment, rocket engines, and houses of the famous engineer Sergei Korolev and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. You will see the Buran orbiter, the most ambitious project of Soviet cosmonautics, and the huge transport and installation unit of the Energia launch vehicle.

 

In the evening you will return to the town and have dinner (paid extra).

Day 4 Continuing spaceport exploration

After breakfast, exploring the cosmodrome will continue. You will see the Saturn measuring station. This station receives data from rockets launched from Baikonur. The staff will tell you about the advanced tracking equipment. You will pass between colossal dishes of long-distance space communication and new radars.

 

Then you will be taken on a tour of the Proton launch complex and told about heavy-lift rockets. You will learn what fortifications and huge structures are needed to withstand 60 million horsepower – rocket launch power.

 

At the spaceport, you will have lunch from the boxes you bring with you. Then you can explore the nuclear missile silos. Here you will be told about the history of the nuclear missile shield of the USSR and Russia.

 

Then you will return to the town, have dinner (paid extra) and rest. Tomorrow you will have an early rise.

Day 5 Launching a spaceship

You will rise before dawn, take your breakfast with you, and head out to the spaceport. You will be taken to the observation point. On this day in February 2024, the Progress cargo ship will be launched. In March 2024, you will observe the launch of a manned mission to the ISS on the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft.

 

Then you will return to the town and have free time. Before and after lunch you can walk around and relax.

 

In the evening you will have dinner (paid extra).

Day 6 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken to Kyzylorda airport, from where you will fly to Almaty.

 

If you wish, you can stay in Kazakhstan for a few more days. We are ready to offer you an additional program: trekking and excursions on mountain lakes, visiting the Medeo sports complex. Contact us, we will tell you the details.

New
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.
Age
5 y.o.
Group size
from 10 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
17 March 2024
  • 17 March 2024
End date:
22 March 2024
from 3 513 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

You will stay in Galaxy Hotel located 10 minutes walk from the center of Baikonur town. Comfortable double rooms are at your service.

 

Each room has AC, refrigerator, TV, bathroom with shower. 
 

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, gym, library, and conference room.

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Required documents to apply for participation  +

To make access clearance to Baikonur for foreign citizens it is necessary to submit to GCTC not later than 45 working days before the date of the visit the following information:

  • surname, name, middle name in Russian
  • surname, name, middle name in English (according to the 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

 

Additional passport copies must be attached to the list.

Required data for border permit +

To participate in the tour it is necessary to submit the following information not later than 70 days before the 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 permits is included in the tour.

What to bring with me +
  • weather-appropriate clothing
  • closed shoes (obligatory)
  • passport, for which the pass is issued
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.

Meals +

The cost of the program includes breakfasts in the hotel and packed lunches. You will have to pay extra for dinners.

Transportation +

All transfers will take place in a Mercedes Sprinter or Volkswagen Crafter minibus.

Booking

New

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.
Age
from 5 y.o.
Group size
from 10 person
Duration
6 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
from 3 100 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • hotel accommodation

  • breakfasts and lunches 

  • group transfers according to the program

  • all excursions according to the program

  • all required permits and registrations

  • entrance tickets to museums according to the program

  • security service of Roscosmos FSA at the cosmodrome

  • visa support

Extra charge:
In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • hotel accommodation

  • breakfasts and lunches 

  • group transfers according to the program

  • all excursions according to the program

  • all required permits and registrations

  • entrance tickets to museums according to the program

  • security service of Roscosmos FSA at the cosmodrome

  • visa support

17 Mar 2024, Sun — 22 Mar 2024, Fri
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