BAIKONUR

TRIP DETAILS

Price: Subject to Size of Party

Trip Length: 4 Days

Trip Origin: Almaty

Dates: March – November

Group: Individuals + Groups

Difficulty: All Ages

Tour the Baikonur Cosmodrome

Baikonur Space Harbour is located near the middle of Kazakhstan, where, in accordance with an agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan, the cosmodrome is leased to Russia until 2050.

The administrative center of the cosmodrome is in Baikonur City. It is a unique scientific, cultural and social complex. Over the 50 years of its existence, Baikonur became the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. It consists of a nine launch-site complex with 15 missile launching devices, 11 operations and checkout buildings for assembling and testing space vehicles, space boosters and upper-stage rockets, three re-fueling stations, and two airfields.

From Baikonur were launched the first artificial satellite of the Earth and the world’s first artificial satellite of the Sun, Moon and Venus. More importantly, from Baikonur was launched the world’s first manned space flight on April 12, 1961.

  • Cosmodrome leased to Russia until 2050
  • Site of many of world’s first space flights
  • World’s largest operational space facility
  • First human space flight on April 12, 1961

Days 1–2

Depart Almaty & rest

Day 1 – Afternoon departure from Toretam Station in Almaty and travel overnight by train 1440 km (895 mi), with an estimated travel time of 26 hours.

Day 2 – Afternoon arrival to Baikonur City and transfer to our hotel 10 minutes away. Free time, dinner and rest overnight.

  • Depart Almaty
  • Travel 26 hours by train
  • Arrive second day and rest

Days 3–4

Tour cosmodrome & travel to Almaty

Day 3 – Early departure from the hotel and transfer by vehicle to Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site where we’ll eat breakfast. Excursion at site #2, Museum of Baikonur Cosmodrome, where the memorial houses S.P. Korolev and Y.A. Gagarin and Buran spacecraft (named after “Snowstorm”). We’ll then have lunch and transfer by vehicle back to Baikonur City. We’ll tour the sights of the city, including City Museum of Baikonur, city squares, Alley of the Astronauts, Hotel “Cosmonaut”, memorials of explorers of space, Gagarinskaya Gazebo, and orbital carrier rocket “Soyuz”. We then transfer to the train station for our 26 hour return trip back to Almaty.

Note: At Toretam Station, stopping time of the train is 6 minutes (on even-numbered days), train meals not included on the train.

Day 4 – Evening arrival to Almaty.

  • Early departure from hotel
  • Tour cosmodrome and lunch
  • Tour Baikonur City
  • Depart for Almaty; 26 hours

Special Notice

Things to know

*** Registration for permits to Baikonur Cosmodrome is 50-60 days (registration for the citizens of Republic of Kazakhstan and Russian Federation is 30 days prior)

During the tour of Baikonur, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Visit two museums with unique exhibits of national and foreign space technique
  • Explore the historical monuments of the city and launch site, visiting places associated, in the town, with astronauts, engineers, scientists and politicians from different countries
  • Visit the architectural complex dedicated to the VII-X Century narrator-composer and founder of Turkic-stringed bow music, Korkyt-Ata (Korkut-Ata)
  • Become acquainted with the history and traditions of Kazakh people, take part in national ceremonies
  • See the unique nature of the southwestern part of Kazakhstan

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