This electrifying exploration of the Russian Space Program is an incredibly close encounter with space flight – the manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft. In Moscow, tour Star City, Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility, where you can choose to participate in optional cosmonaut training yourself.
At Baikonur, the remote Russian launch facility on the Kazakh steppe, witness the rollout of the Soyuz and the raising of the rocket ceremony. Rub shoulders with top international space officials, space veterans and family of the next space crew, and from a special viewing area, witness the heart-stirring launch of the Soyuz on its way to the International Space Station.
Days 1-2: Moscow
Tour the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in once-classified Star City, the premier training facility for Russian cosmonauts and foreign astronauts. Meet a Russian cosmonaut and hear first-hand accounts about life in space.
Day 3: Moscow, Optional Cosmonaut Training Day
Those prepared for optional cosmonaut training, such as a breathtaking Zero-G flight, head for GCTC today. The others drive outside of Moscow to the Monino Aviation Museum.
Days 4-7: Baikonur, Kazakhstan
Board a special flight to Baikonur Cosmodrome on the Kazakh steppe. Walk alongside the Soyuz rocket during its rollout to the launch pad, together with the press, military personnel, cosmonauts and their relatives. Appreciate the pioneers of space along the Alley of Cosmonauts. Enjoy VIP seating at the Crew Press Conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel.
Experience compelling behind-the-scenes events, including the send-off of the space crew from the Cosmonaut Hotel, and the official Ready-To-Go Report. From a special viewing area, witness the thrilling manned launch of the Soyuz to the International Space Station. Remain in Baikonur to observe the docking of the Soyuz with the International Space Station via live feed.
Days 8-9: Moscow
Back in Moscow, enjoy a tour of the newly reopened Space Exploration Museum, the Memorial Museum of Astronautics. Gather together to celebrate with a final farewell dinner.