Setting off for the Stars

A trip to the Baikonur cosmodrome 2016 (Kazakhstan).
Watching the launch of spacecrafts.

 

Country: Kazakhstan. View the route map »»
Itinerary: Baikonur.
Tour duration: 3 days / 2 nights.

To become a space tourist and fly into the space is extremely expensive today. However, this tour gives you an opportunity, among other things, to visit the legendary cosmodrome Baikonur - the largest Russian space centre. It was from Baikonur that the first artificial satellite was launched and the man flew into the space for the first time, which marked a completely new era in the exploration of the space.

The short excursion to the cosmodrome (space-vehicle launching site) Baikonur includes the watching of the launch of spacecrafts right on the site, participation in pre-launching events, familiarization with the cosmodrome’s launch and engineering complexes, meeting with the site’s managers and workers and visiting of launching pads and complexes, a museum and Gagarin’s house, alongside many interesting things other people can see only on TV.
Cosmodrome Baikonur is the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility (with a total area of 6,717 km2) situated in southern Kazakhstan. Manned spacecrafts ‘Vostok’, ‘Voskhod’ and ‘Soyuz’, orbital stations ‘Salyut’ and ‘Mir’, space shuttle ‘Energiya’ - ‘Buran’ and various interplanetary spacecrafts and artificial satellites were launched from Baikonur.

Welcome to the cradle of cosmonautics - Baikonur!

  • Itinerary
    Services & Cost

  • Launching dates
  • Useful Information
    Route Map

  • HOW TO GET TO BAIKONUR

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Baikonur.
Arrival in Baikonur. Meeting at airport/ railway station. Accommodation at hotel ‘Tsentralnaya’. Rest at hotel.
Day 2. Baikonur excursion program. Watching the launch of a spacecraft.
Breakfast at hotel. Excursion to Baikonur: launching pad No. 254, report of astronauts, visiting of operations and checkout building ‘Soyuz’; launching pad No. 112, visiting of operations and checkout building 'Progress’, Museum of the History of the Cosmodrome. Launching pad No.2, cosmodrome museum, memorial houses of S. P. Korolev and Yu. A. Gagarin, satellite rocket ‘Buran’, transfer to observation post, watching a launch; transfer to launching pad No. 1, visiting of Gagarin's launching pad (Gagarin's Start).
Day 3. Baikonur. Departure.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport/ railway station. Departure.
Cost in USD per pax:
Group 1 2-4 5-9 10-14 15-20 SGL supplement
Cost 1.780 USD 1.117 USD 735 USD 600 USD 515 USD +75 USD
Cost includes: Cost does not include:
Transfers on the railroad station / circulation control office №1;
Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour;
Accommodation at the hotel 3* on twin/double share with breakfast;
All necessary permits for visiting the spaceport;
Watching of the launch of spacecraft;
Sightseeing tour according to the tour program.
International airfares;
Travel health insurance;
Photo and video shooting charges;
Meals.

 

2016 Launching dates*

Cargo spacecraft Progress MS. Unmanned flight within the ISS Programme.
Launch dates: Cargo spacecraft Progress MS-04: 20.10.2016.
Progress MS is a modernised version of cargo spacecraft Progress. The spacecraft provides orbital space stations and the International Space Station with food, fuel, water and other necessities, being able to carry over 2,600 kg of load at a time. It is put in orbit using launch vehicle Soyuz 2.
The previous launch of Soyuz 2.1A with cargo spacecraft Progress MS from the Baikonur cosmodrome took place on 21 December 2015.

Manned spacecraft Soyuz MS. Manned flight within the ISS Programme.
Launch dates: Manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-02: 23.09.2016;
Manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-03: 16.11.2016.
Soyuz MS is a modernized manned spacecraft of a new series, which will be placed in orbit by launch vehicle Soyuz FG. The spacecraft will carry an international team of three cosmonauts to the International Space Station. The modernized version of Soyuz features improved navigation and docking and internal transfer systems and photoelectric cells with larger areas and greater power, which would allow them to produce more current.

* For reasons that are beyond our control a launch may be postponed or cancelled. In this case all the sum of money will be returned to the tourists.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Required permissions and documents.
To visit the Baikonur cosmodrome you are to obtain special permissions from Roskosmos. The documents submission period opens 70 days before the start of the program and closes 30 days before the tour begins for the citizens of the countries of the former USSR and 45 days before the beginning for all others.

The list of documents required to obtain permissions to visit Baykonur:

a scanned copy of the passport;
a filled form (full name, nationality, birth date, passport series and No., passport validity term, passport issuance date, organization that issued the passport, official address, occupation and position).

Hotels
This tour provides accommodation at the Central Hotel 3*, which is one of the main hotels of the town of Baikonur situated in the Central Square. The hotel possesses everything required to make your stay comfortable.

Some terms:

Operations and checkout building A building where spacecrafts are assembled and tested.
International Space School Contains a unique museum where tourists can participate directly in launching models of spacecrafts.
Shuttle ‘Buran’ Today the famous shuttle is a museum article in the territory of the space centre.
Observation Post A point, from which the launch of a spacecraft may be observed; it is situated at a safe distance from the launch pad and from there you can easily make photos and videos of the launch.
ISS The International Space Station (ISS). It is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit.

Climate:

Winter is moderately cold, the days are mostly cloudy and misty. The average temperature during the day is -6 -8 °С, in the night time -12 -15 °С. In the second half of December and in January the temperature may drop as low as -25 -30 °С. However, it may thaw in any winter month. Precipitation usually falls in the form of snow. The snow cover is formed by mid-December, reaching 10 cm in thickness (in snowy winters - 20 cm) by the end of winter. Almost every winter features 10-12 days when snowstorms occur and 5-6 misty days.

Spring is characterised by unstable weather and great differences between night and day temperatures. The snow cover disappears early in April. On the first days of spring the average daytime temperature fluctuates between -3 and -10 °С, in the end of the season it may rise to 20 degrees. The night temperature in the beginning of spring ranges between 10 -12 and 0 °С. Precipitation mostly has the form of occasional rains. March and April together feature an average of 7 misty days. In the first half of May warm weather usually sets in, with but a few cloudy days.

Summer is dry and hot. The average temperature during the day is +25 +30 °С, with a maximum of +40 +43 °С. At night the temperature drops to +15 +18 °С. On the hottest days the surface of the soil may be heated to +60 °С.

The first half of autumn is dry and warm, the second half is cloudy and cool. The average temperature during the day is +6 +15 °С, at night - +5 +8 °С. Precipitation usually has the form of drizzling rains; it starts snowing in mid-November. In summer most of the winds blow from the west and southwest, in autumn and winter - from the north and northeast. In most cases they blow with a speed of 3-5 m/sec; however, autumn and winter feature gale-force winds having a speed of 15-20 m/sec and causing trouble to all types of transport.

Route Map

Route Map

 

HOW TO GET TO BAIKONUR

By air. Flight Moscow - Kyzylorda - Moscow (Domodedovo Airport - Kyzylorda Airport).

Flight number Itinerary Days Departure time Arrival time
6R 9941 Moscow - Kyzylorda ....5.. 11:00 17:00
6R 9942 Kyzylorda - Moscow ....5.. 18:30 18:45

Train 006F/005F via Moscow (Kazansky Railway Station). Moscow - Tyuratam - Moscow; travel time in one direction - 51 hours 40 minutes.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
033C Kyzylorda - Tyuratam Daily 23:59 3 hours 6 min 23:30
034Т Tyuratam - Kyzylorda Daily 15:54 3 hours 26 min 16:24

Train 006F / 005F via Moscow (Kazansky Railway Station). Moscow - Tyuratam - Moscow.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
006F Moscow - Tyuratam .23...7 22:40 2 days 00:59
005F Tyuratam - Moscow 1..45.7 15:54 .23..67 11:15

Train 006F/005F via Tashkent. Tashkent - Tyuratam - Tashkent; travel time in one direction - 17 hours 20 minutes.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
005F Tashkent - Tyuratam ...4.6. 18:50 17 hours 20 min 13:20
006F Tyuratam - Tashkent ..3.56. 01:02 16 hours 48 min 16:50

De luxe train Kazakhstan 007C / 007R via Moscow (Paveletsky Railway Station). Moscow - Tyuratam - Moscow; travel time in one direction - 52 hours.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
007C Moscow - Tyuratam day about 21:33 52 hours 04:31
007R Tyuratam - Moscow day about 07:44 52 hours 10:38

De luxe train Kazakhstan 007C / 007R via Almaty. Almaty - Tyuratam - Almaty; travel time in one direction - 26 hours.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
007R Алматы - Tyuratam day about 08:00 26 hours 10:27
007C Tyuratam - Алматы day about 04:41 26 hours 06:00

Train 018SH / 017SH via Moscow (Kazansky Railway Station). Moscow - Tyuratam - Moscow; travel time in one direction - 49 hours.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
018SH Moscow - Tyuratam ...4.6. 22:40 49 hours 00:59
017SH Tyuratam - Moscow .2.4... 13:20 49 hours 11:15

Train 018SH / 017SH via Bishkek. Bishkek - Tyuratam - Bishkek; travel time in one direction - 26 hours.

Train No. Itinerary Departure days Departure time Travel time Arrival time
017SH Bishkek - Tyuratam 1.3.... 12:39 26 hours 13:10
018SH Tyuratam - Bishkek .2....7 01:02 26 hours 02:06

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