Baikonur cosmodrome tour — Progress unmanned launch
Watch the lift-off of the Progress ISS supply spacecraft!
We invite you to join our Baikonur tour to witness the launch of Progress MS-08
scheduled for February 7th, 2018
The Progress MS-08 spacecraft will carry about 2450 kg of cargo and supplies to the International Space Station. The spacecraft will deliver food, fuel and supplies, including 705 kg of propellant, 50 kg of oxygen and air, 420 kg of water.
To take part in the tour you need to send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org along with participants’ data and passport copies (1st page).
During our exciting 4-day program you’ll visit the most interesting places of cosmodrome and Baikonur city:
- The launch of Progress cargo spaceship
- General sightseeing of the town of Baikonur (information about the history of the town, stops near the memorials and monuments)
- Museum of history of cosmodrome Baikonur
- Cosmodrome tour
- Cosmodrome museum, Buran spaceship, Gagarin and Korolev historical cottages
- Hotel “Cosmonaut” territory, historical cosmonauts alley
- Central market, souvenirs
Program dates: February 6-9, 2018
Baikonur tour cost (Sputnik hotel accommodation) – 3200 Euro per pax.
Baikonur tour cost (Centralnaya hotel accommodation) – 1950 Euro per pax.
The price includes:
- All the necessary permissions for getting access to cosmodrome
- Transportation services in Baikonur
- Travel assistance by company representative
- Accommodation (BB)
- Photo and video shooting permission
- English-speaking guide
- Guided excursions, entrance tickets
- Execution of the program
- Visa support if necessary
Documents are accepted up to January 10th, 2018
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For more information about the organization of the program please contact our managers by phone, e-mail or Skype.
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Baikonur tour reviews from our guests:
I would like to acknowledge and congratulate Vegitel, Stephanie and you for the great time I spent during the Baikonur Cosmodrome tour.
Everything run smoothly. Visits and events were timely and well organized. Hotel Sputnik was comfortable, clean, with good food and kind employees.
I will certainly recommend Vegitel to friends willing to enjoy this experience.
With my warmest regards.
Seeing a big, manned launcher lift off from near. Being in places where history happened. Seeing the rocket moving to the launchpad and being erected.
Was impressed by the openness. Being less than 1.5 km from the lauchpad as a tourist would not have been possible in the US (or Japan, or Guyana) for «safety concerns».
The guy doing the explanations at the space school left a big, very positive impression. The people from Denmark and Kazakstan cheering at their kosmonauts were impressive and partly funny. Weather was nice.
Tour organisation and operation was trouble free. Accomodation in Baikonur was good.
What a tremendous week you have given to us …
Preparations for launching, rocket moved out of the hangar, the roll-out, vibrations of the air and ground as close to the firing point as the rocket cracks at night.
And the moments shared with friends and family of Thomas Pesquet as well as with the formers French astronauts present in the same hotel as us. Claudie Haigneré, Jean Pierre Haigneré and Jean Francois Clervoy.
An attentive and professional Russian team.
Hello to colleagues from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, England with whom I spent the week.
Do it again and this time I will come with my wife, frustrated to have stayed at home. We would have liked to share these great moments together.
Probably the best thing is the access. You can get very close to hardware, people, cosmonauts. For a few days one has the feeling to be part of the space business without any real restrictions. The first time in 2013 we travelled with a group that included people from Star City and NASA, including astronauts. This time we travelled with an air force plane again with people from Star City, press, etc. During both tour we could meet NASA, ESA, and cosmonauts during the various events.
Again, the access and closeness to events is the best part.
Another very important aspect is authenticity. People who have been to the Kennedy Space Center have told us that it is almost like a theme park. One cannot get close to the actual hardware and people. The only thing one can visit is a special visitors center, remote from the actual assembly buildings and launch pads, with models and a very commercial approach.
It would be very, very sad if any of the access or authenticity would be lost. One can visit museums and theme parks in a lot of places, but there is only one place where you can experience real space travel this close and that is Baikonur/Kazakhstan.
Ton Schudelaro and Janneke van de Westelaken
This week was completely amazing to all of us. To be honest we only realise now, that we will remember this trip for the rest of our life. The programme was fine, the timing perfect and each day we were more and more impressed by the tour.
I thank you a lot for your availability during the tour. There were no time wasted and no activity that could be skipped. We enjoyed each day. And the final day was awesome.
To be honest we are still above the clouds and haven’t landed yet
I listen a lot the «Trava Y Doma» song, this reminds me good moments of the tour. I even have watched The white sun of the desert, i think i’m almost ready for the nest cosmonaut selection
I hope we will have new opportunity to come with vegitel. I d like to show the tour to my family and other friends.
Thanks for having perfectly organised our trip.
Visiting Baikonur was very special for me (I really love space exploration and Baikonur is a kind of Mecca) and the launch was, for sure, the best.
Also, it was great to hang out with the taxi driver (Nurlibyek), he showed me all around and I explored how people lives in Baikonur town, wich is great for my book.
Ksenia I really want to give thanks to you again. I know that you make some efforts to help me and to match my personal schedule with the group schedule and the transport and all. I am really glad and I appreciate your help.
About the Baikonur tour, I should said that although is very expensive, is… «unique and especial». I really enjoyed it (I smiled a lot during the lift off and still now
Pablo Morales Andreau
Our family trip to witness the Soyuz TMZ 17M launch from Baikonur was truly out-of-this-world experience. It offered us an exclusive membership into the world of passionate zealots of Space Exploration.
In the build up to the actual launch, we had the rare opportunity of seeing the roll out of the Soyuz rocket and it`s journey to the launch pad. We met crew doubles in person and immersed ourselves in sheer enthusiasm for this human endeavor.
We were amazed by how down to Earth the whole experience was/ The families of Lindgren (US Austronaut) and Oleg Kononenko (Russian Cosmonaut) were very approachable, and the support group of Jpanese Astronaut Kimiya Yue were very cheerful. To be present at the press conference with the Crew and their doubles just meters away was surreal. Bidding them goodbye as they boarded the buses to the music of the known Soviet band Zemlyane was like sending off a part of us.
Under the cover of amazingly starry skies, we chatted with fellow space enthusiasts until interrupted by the blinding spectacle and deafening roars of the launch. Then the space ship slowly disappeared from earthily view until reappearing six hours later on the big screen of the live conference.
Walks in this once closed to the public town, so distinctly Soviet in its architecture and history, were also a real treat for explorers of everything Soviet. Visits to the town`s museum and «Space» school revealed the passionate Soviet-Russian drive to be a world`s mindful contributor to Space exploration. The Space Museum at the Gagarin`s launch pad epitomizes just that.
Our journey wouldn`t have been smooth without excellent guides, Elena and Ksenya. The girls, were just as passionate about the experience as were we.
We highly recommend this trip as a family adventure. Our boys, ages 9 and twins of 7, were beyond wowed by everything and everyone. While they might not become astronauts, they surely appreciated the privilege of being part of history.
The tour was as wonderful as it had been previous time.
Fortunately we could see the night launch this time. The Soyuz rocket suddenly flushed in the darkness, the orange fireball flew higher and further, and then it became one of the brilliant star light, and gone out of our sight.
It was so fantastic!
We also had a lot to see both in the cosmodrome and the city. They are full of historical memories of space exploration. I wish I could have had more time enough to see all of it.
The Vegitel and its attendants organized the tour very well. Thank you so much!
I wanted to again extend my appreciation for how you handled all the details of my trip to Baikonur to watch the rocket launch. I would highly recommend Starcity Tours and you if you ever require a reference. I would also like to sincerely thank you for getting the tickets to Swan Lake, we went to many cultural events during our time in Russia and this was by far the best ballet that we got to experience.
Again, thank you for all your assistance during the visa application process, the details of the trip and then the actual trip itself. You always responded to all my questions in a timely and efficient way.
Thank you for a great tour; you did a great job arranging everything. It was great to have such good access to all the activities. And thanks for arranging the Moscow and Star City sightseeing for me too. I really enjoyed those tours.
Also thanks for the birthday present. I will enjoy all the pictures on the calendar. It was a pleasure to meet you and I enjoyed meeting the other tour members. Everyone got along well together.
My trip to Baikonur with you was the highlight of my year
USA, New Orleans
Thanks for a great trip. I thought you did a fantastic job organising everything, and I had a wonderful time.
I shall certainly be recommending this!
Great Britain, London
I wish to thank you and everyone from Vegitel who helped make my trip to Moscow and Baikonur such a success.
I had wanted to get to Baikonur for many decades and I am so glad I did and that the launch went beautifully.