Rocket Launch from Baikanur
Highlights from this six-day group program to a manned rocket launch from Baikanur are:
– experience a Soyuz launch
– further excursions in Baikanur
– the very skilled guidance by specialist and great storyteller Jakob Terweij
– introduction to the Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan and its fantastic architecture
For 2020 another group tour led by Jakob Terweij is offered: from 13-18 October to the launch of the Soyuz MS-17.
Our 2018 and 2019 tours led by Jakob both took place, also in years before!
We point out that a permission issued by the Russians is necessary for a visit to Baikanur. After all, Baikanur is a part of Russia situated in Kazakhstan, managed by the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The application for this permission must start 60 days before your arrival in Baikanur.
Disclaimer: it is possible that a permission, and even at a late moment, is not given. Launches can also be postponed. Most launches take place at the scheduled time.
A visa is not necessary for a visit of up to 30 days to Kazakhstan for most countries.
You do not a Russian visa for this tour program.
You can read more about highlights and practical advise on travelling in Kazakhstan here.
Arrival in Astana, usually at night (please note you may decide to arrive earlier in Astana, we will book extra hotel nights for you)
Accommodation in hotel Kazzhol 4*
City tour (4 hours) with the group.
Astana has been the capital of the country since 1998 and international top architects, including the British star architect Norman Foster, have built the most modern buildings here.
You can see Astana’s landmark, Bayterek, a 97-meter-high observation tower with the golden egg of Samruk, the “Tree of Life”, Norman Foster’s Pyramid “Palace of Peace and Harmony”, and the largest mosque donated by the Emir of Qatar. Leisure time.
Transfer to the airport
Flight Astana – Kyzylorda at later determined time. Arrival in Kyzylorda, continuation by bus to Baikonur. Transfer to hotel Zentralnaya. Leisure time.
Today, you watch the Soyuz rocket being moved from the Hall to the Launch Site No. 112 (an excursion of 4-4,5 hours.).
Transfer to the Launch Site № 1, here the rockets are mounted, then driven to the Soyuz assembly Hall No. 112. (the assembly-l and the test environment)
– Transfer to Launch Site 2, which is the Museum of the Baikonur Cosmodrome – there are many interesting exhibits, such as the suit of Gagarin, in which he flew, the radio system with which Korolyov spoke to him. Jakob will explain much about the space travel of yesterday and today.
– A visit to the Buran museum. Nearby are two small houses, one in which Gagarin stayed after his space flight, in the other one Koroljow lived for 9 years.
– Transfer to Launch Site No. 41 where Marshall Nedelin is buried.
Visit of the museum for the history of Baikonur City. With simple means, people begun here building the world’s first ‘Earth Orbit railway station’. There are many photos, models of various spaceships and installations, and many other things. After this visit you will have a good general picture of Baikonur.
Return to the city. Leisure.
Today you will visit the Tschelomej School.
Transfer to Launching Platform No. 254.
Then the cosmonauts come out, report that they are ready for the start. There is a classic speech. The cosmonauts say, “Ready for the start” and the head of the state commission says: “Good luck!”. Then the cosmonauts immediately go into the bus..
Transfer to Launch Site N2 and watching the Start.
Return to the hotel and one more night of accommodation.
At 05:30 AM transfer to the border point in Baikonur and continue by bus to Kyzylorda Airport.
Flight Kyzlorda –Astana at designated time, usually around noon. Transfer from Astana Airport to the city. End of services. Optional and individual program in Astana or in Almaty is possible.
For the six-day program to a rocket launch from Baikanur the costs are by indication €2,200 per person at ten participants, the minimum group size.
It’s not cheap but Roscosmos charges steep fees to visit. Russian operators may request double this amount for a similar tour!
Groups are put together internationally, you can register individually.
Included in the offer are:
– four nights at Hotel Zentralnaya in Baikanur, accommodation only and in double rooms; 1,5 nights in 4* hotel Kazzhol in Astana on the basis of bed & breakfast
– transfers Kyzlorda-Baikanur-Kyzlorda by train or bus
– transfer hotel-airport in Astana on day 2 with the group
– excursions as mentioned in the program o.l.v. Jakob Terweij.
– the permission to visit Baikanoer
Not included are international airline tickets, airline tickets Astana-Kyzlorda-Astana (estimated € 150-200 total), lunches and dinners, single supplement in the hotels in Astana & Baikanur (€ 125 total), breakfast in Baikanur, individual transfers in Astana and the services not mentioned.
Finally we charge € 15 per booking for the Dutch GGTO Guarantee Fund