Rocket Launch from Baikanur
Offering 3-day and 6-day programs to manned launches as well as tours at other moments.
NEW: in 2017 we organize in addition to the regular three-day trips to Baikanur launches also six-day programs guided by Dutch the specialist on Russian Space History, Jakob Terweij! These programs are packed with interesting excursions at the Cosmodrome and in Baikanur City, all explained by Jakob. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First 6-day trip to Baikanur launch from July 24-29, deadline for registration May 28th!
We organize three-day trips to all manned Baikanur launches with start and finish in Almaty. (You may also start in another Kazakh city and join in Kyzlorda). There are four manned launches every year and for 2017 the next launching dates have been announced in February 2017: April 20th, May 29th, August 24th and October 16th. Please note these dates may be adjusted during 2017.
Please realise that the territory of Baikanur though situated in Kazakhstan is under Russian control. A Russian visa is not needed however.
Disclaimer: the Russian authorities may decide even at a late moment not to give a permission (unlikely), or a launch can be postponed.
You may also visit Baikanur at other times, please write to email@example.com for more information and an offer.
The 3-day program outlined below is our standard program to all manned launches at Baikanur. Exact times will depend on flight times to and from Kyzlorda on the specific dates.
In addition we offer the following 6-day program to launch MS-05 on July 28:
*changes may occur depending on decisions of the Baikanur authorities
Day 1, 24.07
Arrival in Baikonur and transfer to Hotel Studencheskaja. There is a flight Astana-Kyzlorda at 07:25, arrival 09:00. Or from Almaty at 08:05, arrival 09:50. From Kyzlorda transfer onwards by bus or train to Baikanur in some four hours. Accommodation.
Day 2, 25.07
Breakfast – always at the Hotel Studencheskaya. Excursion program including:
Transfer to the launching platform #112 and observation as the “Soyuz” rocket is driven out of the hall to the launching platform (which takes 4-4,5 hours)
-Museum of the Cosmodrome Baikonur history
-Memorial houses of J.Gagarin and S.Korolev, there also the Buran spaceship is stored.
Return to the city.
Day 3, 26.07
Excursions to Baikonur Museum, a short city tour, Cheelomej Space School.
Day 4, 27.07
Transfer to the Launching Platform # 112, the assembly and test system (sometimes not approved)
Transfer to SP Launching Platform # 250 with the Energiya-Buran.
(the excursions may be changed when we have information that the sites mentioned cannot be visited. In that case a comparable program will be offered)
Day 5, 28.07
– Press Conference (if allowed to visit)
– exit of the Cosmonauts from Hotel Cosmonaut,
Transfer to Launching Platform #254,
– Short talk of the Cosmonauts about their willingness to head the
– Transfer to Launching Platform #2. Watching the Start, usually around midnight.
Day 6, 29.07
Return to the city.
Early transfer to the train station for the return to Kyzlorda. There are flights to Astana at 10:00 with arrival 11:30, and to Almaty at 10:50 with arrival 12:25, or at 19:50 with arrival 21:20. In the latter case the transfer from Baikanur can be made later.
End of program.
Three day program,
at 08:05 flight from Almaty to Kyzlorda, arrival at 09:50. Transfer to the train station and train to Baikanur. Arrival in the afternoon. (Train schedule not yet known). Transfer to the city Baikanur and accommodation in hotel Zentralnaya. Leisure time.
transfer to Platform no. 254 for the Presentation of the Cosmonauts before the State Committee. Transfer to Platform no. 2 and witnessing the launch. (time not yet known) Return to the hotel and rest. Breakfast. Excursions to the museum of the history of Baikanur, the memorial houses of Y. Gagarin and S. Korolev and a visit to the Buran, the former Russian ‘Space Shuttle’. Return to Baikanur city and accommodation in hotel Zentralnaya.
Breakfast. Transfer to the train station to catch the train to Kyzlorda. Transfer to airport for the flight to Almaty of 19:55, arriving at 21:25. End of program.
Price for the 3-day tour July 27-29 to MS-05 ranges from €795-1,250 at 2-14 participants.
The 6-day tour costs €1,495-1,995 at 6-18 participants.
Groups are composed internationally and you can apply individually. Single supplement in Hotel Studencheskaya is €40 for two nights.
Prices may vary per launch.
Included in the price are:
– Train tickets from Kyzlorda-Baikanur-Kyzlorda
– A permit to be allowed to visit, which must be requested at least 60 days prior to arrival
– All excursions as mentioned in the program, with an English speaking local guide
– Accommodation in hotel Studencheskaya in Baikanur city on the basis of bed & breakfast
– Transfers throughout the program, including in Kyzlorda
Not included in the price are:
– Transport to and from Almaty or Astana.
– Flights Almaty-Kyzlorda-Almaty (from €120-260 return ticket indication)
Finally we withhold €15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Travel Guarantee Fund.
|four times a year|
|from €895 p.p. approx.|