Final Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on July 8 2011. For those space enthusiats who are interested in attending a most unique space-related event, you should consider an organized trip to the Baikonur Cosmodrome to witness a manned-Soyuz launch.
The next "Manned launch" of a Russian "Soyuz TMA-22" rocket with 3 crew members: Anton Shkaplerov (Russia), Anatoly Ivanishin (Russia) and Daniel Burbank (NASA/USA) will take place on September 22, 2011 (current confirmed date) from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Preliminary dates of the program are September 19-23, 2011.
If you're interested in participating on this exciting tour, please send your name, and we will send you standard questionnaire (name, passport number, job, address) in order for us to process and obtain all necessary permits for visiting the Baikonur cosmodrome. The application must be competed and received at least 45 days before the cosmodrome visit.
Reservations and a 10% pre-payment ($ 375 USD) for the upcoming September 2011 launch must be submitted by August 15, 2011.
As a tourism event, travel to participate in the main activities leading up to a manned-rocket launch into space is not available tourists to with any other countries space agencies.
The goal of this trip is to provide all travelers the opportunity to entirely feel the thrilling atmosphere of the preparations to the launch of the spacecraft and to participate in all the main events of this period!
Events associated with a Soyuz rocket launch include the following* :
||Roll-out of the Russian Soyuz rocket from the assembly building and its mounting on the launch pad.|
||Press-conference with main and back-up Soyuz crews.|
||Participate in the farewell ceremony of the cosmonauts from the hotel to the cosmodrome.|
||Observing Ready-to-go official report of readiness of the crew before getting on the bus to the rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome.|
||Watch Soyuz rocket liftoff from a distance of approx. 1.1 mile/1,800 meters, (versus NASA space shuttle launch closest viewing distance of 6-7 miles).|
||*Note: Some tour features may be subject to change.|
Program of this tour also will include:
We can also provide Russian VISA (seperate fee required), as well as services for travel within Russia including air, hotel, and sightseeing tours.
- Round Trip charter flight Moscow-Baikonur-Moscow
- Ground transfers to/from hotel
- Hotel accomodations
- 3 complete meals per day
- Guided assistance
- Sightseeing in the city of Baikonur
- All necessary permits for visiting the cosmodrome
- Photo/video shooting permission
$ 3,750 US Dollar / per person
(no single supplement)
Discount price for groups of 10 or more.
Send your reservations and requests to the WTZ Baikonur Cosmodrome Tour
Photos below are recent Baikonur tour (June 4-June 8, 2011) with observation of the launch of Soyuz TMA-02M spaceship. Expedition 28 to the International Space Station crew: NASA Flight Engineer Mike Fossum, Soyuz Commander Sergei Volkov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa.