Special Interest Tours

TOUR TO SPACEPORT BAIKONUR

You are welcome to feel the thrill and amazement of a spaceship launch at the legendary Spaceport Baikonur. Cosmodrome Baikonur is the World's first and largest working spaceport launch facility (with a total area of 6717 km2) situated in southern Kazakhstan. It has been the launching ground for the Manned spacecrafts 'Vostok', 'Voskhod' and 'Soyuz', orbital stations 'Salyut' and 'Mir', space shuttle 'Energiya' - 'Buran' and various interplanetary space crafts and artificial satellites. Here you have a great opportunity to be among the privileged ones to see the cosmonauts, learn the history of the first space harbour and the interplanetary research.

A year ago Russia's federal space authority Roscosmos outlined its intention to develop the Earth-based space tourism and selected a limited number of the tour operators who would be licensed to organize tours to Baikonur complex and to Vostochny Cosmodrome in the future. These tours will allow tourists to witness the launch of a manned or unmanned automatic mission from the spaceport and experience the moment they will never forget.

OUR RUSSIAN PARTNER WAS AUTHORIZED TO ARRANGE SPACEPORT LAUNCH OBSERVATION TOURS.

We are happy to offer you:

  • Baikonur City Tour with stops for main attractions;
  • A visit to the International Space School;
  • Watching the pre-launch events;
  • Participation in the spacecraft's launch.

Note: due to the complexity involved in spacecraft launches, all planned dates are subject to change. Generally, the final launch date is confirmed about 3-4 weeks before the planned date, however, final date may be changed.



COSMOS TOUR

On April 12, 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human being to travel into space. During the flight, the 27-year-old test pilot and industrial technician also became the first man to orbit the planet, a feat accomplished by his space capsule in 89 minutes. That was the triumph of the Soviet space program. Behind Gagarin's flight there is great work of such outstanding scientists and engineers as Tsiolkovsky and Korolyov.

COMING TO MOSCOW YOU HAVE AN OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY TO DEEP IN HISTORY OF SPACE EXPLORATION.

The main attraction is of course The Stars City and Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, a Russian training facility responsible for training cosmonauts for their space missions. There, tourists may see with their own eyes MIR Space Station full-scale simulator, TsF-18 centrifuge, and hydro-lab. Centrifuges and centrifuge-based simulators are used for improving cosmonauts' G-tolerance capabilities.

Hydro lab is intended for training cosmonauts in conditions of simulated weightlessness in the water. The hydro lab is equipped with a set of experimental installations (full-scale mock-ups of modules) which can be fitted on the mobile platform and lowered into the basin for training. All experimental installations are made in real size with a full simulation of volumes, internal and external contours, structural elements.

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum in Moscow, dedicated to space exploration. The museum primarily focuses on the Soviet space program with major themes like Gagarin, Sergey Korolyov, Sputnik and Soyuz.

After visiting above mentioned sights we will continue our trip in Kaluga, city located in 150 km from Moscow and famous for its resident Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, a rocket science pioneer. The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of the History of Cosmonautics is the first museum in the World dedicated to the history of space exploration. The exposition of the museum consists of two parts. The first part is dedicated to the ideas and research of Tsiolkovsky, and shows a model of the rocket designed by Tsiolkovsky as well as copies of his scientific work. The second part contains mock-ups of space craft like Sputnik 1 and samples of moon dust. Just outside the museum is a rocket park, which contains amongst others a R-7 rocket. In the outskirts of Kaluga is the wooden house where Tsiolkovsky lived. In 1936, one year after his death, this house was turned into a memorial house museum and is now part of the museum organization.



LITERARY RUSSIA

One of Russia's patrimonies is its literary heritage. Russia gave to the world a lot of great writers and poets like Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Chekhov and many others. During your trip to Russia you'll have a unique possibility to know these outstanding people closer. In house-museums of the great writers you could get acquainted with collections of documentary, memorial materials and books connected with their life and art.

For example, in museum of Tolstoy in Moscow you'll have a chance to see the archives of manuscripts of the writer who created War and Peace. For more exigent visitors in Moscow we can offer excursions to Chekhov's house-museum, museum of Bulgakov, house-museum of Pasternak where he finished his novel Doctor Zhivago, house-museum of Russian play-writer Ostrovsky where you can take a dive into the atmosphere of Moscow of the 19th century.

St. Petersburg opens to you the World of Dostoevsky: besides house-museum of the writer where he lived and worked during his last years and finished his novel Brothers Karamazov, we'll offer you an unforgettable excursion along streets, squares and quarters where the action of the novel Crime & Punishment took place. Excursion to Pushkin in St. Petersburg will give you a possibility to visit the lyceum where studied and born as a writer Pushkin.



MILITARY TOURS

The military history of Russia starts with the first people to establish settlements, the Rus', who built Kiev, the Mongol invasion, the numerous wars against Turkey, Poland, Sweden, the Seven Years' War, France (especially the Napoleonic Wars), the Crimean War. The 20th century saw two world wars and the Cold War. Since then Russia has always been a strongly developed country of a military power. Whether you are interested in a military history or in a modern military industry you will find numerous inspiring objects here in Russia to visit.

IN MOSCOW WE MAY OFFER TO YOU THE FOLLOWING SIGHTS TO VISIT:

The Central Air Force Museum, housed at Monino Airfield, 40 km east of Moscow, Russia, is one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Russian aircraft. 173 aircraft and 127 aircraft engines are on display, and the museum also features collections of weapons, instruments, uniforms, other Cold War-era US spy equipment, artwork, and other air-related items.

The Kubinka Tank Museum is a museum of armored fighting vehicles in Kubinka, Moscow region. The museum consists of open and covered exhibition of many famous tanks and armored vehicles throughout the 20th century. Most of its displays in the museum were derived from the research collection of the still-functioning Kubinka armour testing and proofing ground. Most Cold War-era Western tanks were war trophies from Middle East, Africa, Vietnam and Latin America, sent to the armor test facility to test for weaknesses. Due to its secretive history as well as its close relationship with the army, the museum is still staffed entirely by Russian army personnel today.

Central Museum of the Armed Forces - one of the largest military-historical museums in the world. It was founded in December 1919. Over its history the museum has managed to accumulate the most prominent and important military relics of the Soviet period, creating a record of its military past. In total more than seven hundred thousand individual exhibits are now stored at the museum. The most valuable are displayed in the 25 halls of the main building. A special display is dedicated to the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan and recent combat operations in Chechnya.

SEVERAL MUSEUMS ARE DEDICATED TO EXACT WARS OF RUSSIAN HISTORY:

Borodino Battle Museum is dedicated to Napoleonic War of 1812. The highlight of the museum exposition is the panorama Borodino painted by an outstanding Russian artist Franz Roubaud. Canvas (115 meters in length and 15 meters in height) depicts the decisive episode of the battle between the Russian and French armies near Borodino village on September 7, 1812. Franz Roubaud presented the high point of the battle when "all the infantry, cavalry and artillery were fighting desperately".

Victory Park and Second World War Museum - Memorial of Victory in Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. In the center of the museum is the Hall of Glory, a white marble room which features the names of over 11,800 of the recipients of the Hero of the Soviet Union distinction. Below lies the Hall of Remembrance and Sorrow, which honors Soviet people who died in the war. This room is dimly lit and strings of glass beads hang from the ceiling, symbolizing tears shed for the dead.

The museum is set in Victory Park, a 2424-hectare park on Poklonnaya Hill. The park features a large, paved plaza, fountains, and open space where military vehicles, cannons, and other apparatus from World War II are displayed. Also in the park are the Holocaust Memorial Synagogue, the Church of St. George, the Moscow Memorial Mosque, a triumphal arch, an obelisk, and a number of sculptures.

Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad is the focal point of Ploschad Pobedy (Victory Square) and is hard to miss on the main road from St. Petersburg's international airport. Inside the monument, in a vast underground memorial hall, there is an exhibition devoted to the Siege. The external wall of the monument is decorated with a freeze of sculptures representing the soldiers, sailors and civilians who did not surrender to the Nazis despite hunger, cold and the dangers of constant enemy bombardment.

The Central Navy Museum tells the fascinating story of the development, growth and achievements of the Russian navy. The pride of the museum has to be the boat of Peter the Great, known as the "Grandfather of the Russian Navy". It was on this very boat that Peter learned to sail as a teenager and acquired his fascination for the sea, sea faring and shipbuilding.

Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signals is a great place to visit with your kids, who will love the open-air exhibition of artillery and missile launchers in the museum's courtyard. Inside the museum displays a rather old-fashioned collection of military memorabilia, temporary exhibitions, a nice little shop stocked with models of weapons and miniature soldiers and a café.