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Baikonur Summer Program

20 August  2020
Country / city: Kazakhstan / Nur-Sultan
Season: Summer
Theme: Cultural & Leisure Group

Baikonur Sample Program • 20 pax

 

Morning Activities
08:00 — 13:00

Lunch
13:00 — 14:00

Afternoon Activities
14:00 — 19:00

Dinner Evening Activities
19:00 — 00:00

Day 1
12 Oct
2020
Mon

Baikonur Cosmodrome

Kazakhstan — Description

Weather forcast

19:00 Dinner at the Hotel

15:00 Arrival to Kyzylorda Airport

18:00 Arrival and passing checkpoint to Baikonur town

 

Day 2
13 Oct
2020
Tue

5:00 Transfer to Cosmodrome (point №31)

7:00 Meet the Carrier Rocket

11:00 Transfer to the town

16:00 Free time at Baikonur town

18:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

12:00 Lunch at a Local restaurant

13:00 Baikonur city tour

 

Day 3
14 Oct
2020
Wed

Morning Free time

13:30 International Space School visit and launch of model rockets

17:30 Evening walk along to the alley of astronauts

19:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

Day 4
15 Oct
2020
Thu

8:00 Transfer to Cosmodrom (point № 23)

8:20 Meet the space ships — Buran, Soyuz, Vostok

11:30 Lunch at a Local restaurant

12:30 Touch to the history of space exploring in Baikonur Museum complex

15:30 Visiting the command post «Buran»

18:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

Day 5
16 Oct
2020
Fri

8:30 Meet the cosmonauts and Report of the State Commission

Transfer to the Cosmodrome (point №31)

13:05 Lift-off of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft

16:00 Festive dinner at a Local restaurant

 

Day 6
17 Oct
2020
Sat

Departure from Kyzylorda Airport

 

 

 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

 Tsentralnaya Hotel 3*

The building of the Tsentralnaya Hotel, like other hotels in the town, is one of the examples of architecture and culture from the time of the Soviet Union. Today we can see it intact and as if we were back in that era. The rooms are a very simple interior with a shower and toilet.

120 rooms are available for the guests, as well as 2 meeting rooms, a pool, beauty center, billiard, restaurant and a café.

 

DAY 1 — 12th October 2020, Monday

 Baikonur Cosmodrome

Baikonur Cosmodrome is the world's first and largest operational space launch facility.

Construction started in 1955 in high secrecy and since 1957 cosmodrome has been the launch site for Soviet and Russian space mission of space exploration. The first satellite and the first human flew into space from there. Today, the site is heavily used for Soyuz astronaut launches to the International Space Station.

The spaceport is currently leased by the Kazakh Government to Russia until 2050, and is managed jointly by the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Sample Program

Day 1 Arrival to Baikonur

Day 2 Monitoring the installation of the rocket onto the launch pad

Day 3 Energia-Buran launching facilities

Day 4 Visiting the Baikonur museum complex

Day 5 Lift-off of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft

Day 6 Departure

 Kazakhstan — Description

if you are eager to see boundless steppes and deserts, blinding snow peaks and blue mountain lakes, swift rivers, and whimsical narrow canyons. If you want to have a breath of the air of coniferous woods and hear the singing of rare birds do come to Kazakstan.

Location:

The Republic of Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country of the world; it occupies over 2,7 mil sq km. Kazakhstan is located in the very center of the Eurasian continent. Kazakhstan borders with Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan and China. The capital is Astana city.

The landscape of Kazakhstan is diverse. The northern forest-steppe turns into steppe, half-deserts and deserts in the South. Kazakhstan is mineral rich. Enterprises involved in extraction and processing of coal, oil, gas, non-ferrous and ferrous metals play a leading role in the national economy. The Republic is a multinational state inhabited with representatives of more than 120 nationalities. The main religions are Islam and Orthodox Christianity, but religious tolerant is the norm. In recent years lots of mosques and churches are under construction and the number of religious people is growing. But Kazakhstan is not as religious as other republics of Central Asia, and as a heritage of the Soviet Union a great number of people are not religious at all.

Currency.

The local currency is the Kazakh tenge (KZT). Cash is the preferred method of payment although credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in hotels and large international restaurants.

Language

The official language is Kazakh. It belongs to the Turk language group. Russian remains the language of interethnic communication. English is also spoken here but not widely used.

Climate:

Sharp continental climate: cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid

 Weather forcast

The climate in Almaty is a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. It is characterized by the influence of mountain–valley circulation. This is especially evident in the northern part of the city, located directly in the transition zone of the mountain slopes to the plains.

Annual average air temperature is equal to 10 °C (50 °F), the coldest month is January, −4.7 °C (24 °F) (on average), the warmest month (July) 23.8 °C (75 °F) (on average). In average years frost starts on about 14 October and ends on about 18 April, with sustained extreme cold from about 19 December to about 23 February, a period of about 67 days. Weather with temperature above 30 °C (86 °F) is average for about 36 days a year. In the center of Almaty, like any large city, there is a «heat island» – the average daily temperature contrast between the northern and southern suburbs of the city is 3.8% in the coldest days and 2.2% in the hottest five days. Therefore, frost in the city center starts about 7 days later and finishes 3 days earlier than in the northern suburbs. Annual precipitation is about 650 to 700 mm (25.6 to 27.6 in). April and May are the wettest months, during which about a third of the city's annual precipitation is received.

 15:00 Arrival to Kyzylorda Airport

Meeting at the airport of Kyzylorda Airport and transfer to the Baikonur.Guide/Assistants will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign.

Kyzylorda Airport is the closest international airport, located 256 km from Baikonur town. It takes approximately from 3 hour to 4 hour to go from the airport to the town, depending on traffic situation. The new building of the air complex was constructed in 2001 with a capacity of 150 people per hour. Airport territory reconstruction was ended in 2011.

Guide/Assistants will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign.

 18:00 Arrival and passing checkpoint to Baikonur town

Baikonur, formerly known as Leninsk, is a city of republic significance in Kazakhstan on the northern bank of the Syr Darya river, rented and administered by the Russian Federation till now. It was constructed to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome and was officially renamed Baikonur by Russian president Boris Yeltsin on December 20, 1995. During the Soviet period, it was sometimes referred to as Звездоград (Zvezdograd), Russian for 'Star City'

The fortunes of the city have varied according to those of the Soviet or Russian space program and its Baikonur Cosmodrome. Foreign visitors need pre-approval from the Russian authorities to visit both the town of Baikonur itself and the Cosmodrome.

 19:00 Dinner at the Hotel

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 

DAY 2 — 13th October 2020, Tuesday

 5:00 Transfer to Cosmodrome (point №31)

The Baikonur Cosmodrome is located 30 kilometers from the city of Baikonur — the way takes 30 minutes, And passing the checkpoint at the spaceport

 7:00 Meet the Carrier Rocket

Unforgettable launch vehicle rollout.

The rocket will proceed to the launch pad directly in front of us at arm's length. We will not see it closer than at that moment.

Erection is installation of a 50-meter rocket on the Gagarin's launch pad.

 11:00 Transfer to the town

The way takes about 30 minutes

 12:00 Lunch at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 13:00 Baikonur city tour

Everything here is part of the history of space exploration. Here the story began in 1955 with the creation of a rocket range and the satellite city of the same name — Baikonur.

During the city tour, clients will see the main monuments know the big history of the small town.

 16:00 Free time at Baikonur town

If you are lucky, you will meet not only good-natured locals but also free-roaming camels

 18:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 

DAY 3 — 14th October 2020, Wednesday

 Morning Free time

If you are lucky, you will meet not only good-natured locals but also free-roaming camels

 13:30 International Space School visit and launch of model rockets

Visiting the International Space School. It is a unique educational institution where children are trained in the rocket and space education. The school also has its own exposition where you can climb into the real spaceship «Proton»

Interactive in the International Space School and the launch of model rockets by members of the group.

 17:30 Evening walk along to the alley of astronauts

Cosmonauts Alley is the very alley where all crews plant trees before flying in space — from Gagarin to the present day.

 19:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 

DAY 4 — 15th October 2020, Thursday

 8:00 Transfer to Cosmodrom (point № 23)

 

 8:20 Meet the space ships — Buran, Soyuz, Vostok

Closest familiarity with the Buran, Soyuz, Vostok spacecraft, satellites, rocket engines, cosmodrome equipment, and giant launch complexes.

Visiting the launch complexes «Soyuz», «Buran». We'll go straight to the launching pads and see the fantastic facilities that launch rockets into space.

Assembly and testing complex of rockets «Zenith» and «Soyuz-5». We will see from the inside where the assembly of rockets and spacecraft takes place.

Launch pad «Zenit» + destroyed back-up launch pad.

Сommand post «Zenit»

Nedelin launch pad — You will see the ruins of the site 41, where the largest catastrophe happened in the world history of rocket and space technology (Nedelin disaster)

Visiting the tracking station «Saturn» — a telemetry station tracking rockets launching from Baikonur.

 11:30 Lunch at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 12:30 Touch to the history of space exploring in Baikonur Museum complex

Visiting The History Museum of the Cosmodrome. It is evidence of the greatness of civilization. A huge exposition dedicated to the construction of the century — the building of the first in history and the largest cosmodrome of the planet Earth.

 15:30 Visiting the command post «Buran»

Visiting the command post «Buran» — bunker, from which the flight of the legendary spaceship was conducted. Inspection start complex «Energia»

Inspection of the transport and installation unit «Enegria-Buran»

Nedelin launch pad — You will see the ruins of the site 41, where the largest catastrophe happened in the world history of rocket and space technology (Nedelin disaster)

 18:00 Dinner at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 

DAY 5 — 16th October 2020, Friday

 8:30 Meet the cosmonauts and Report of the State Commission

The ceremonial departure of astronauts from the hotel «Cosmonaut».

Report of the State Commission.

 Transfer to the Cosmodrome (point №31)

 

 13:05 Lift-off of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft

Watching the launch of a rocket from a near-boundary (the time is preliminary)

 16:00 Festive dinner at a Local restaurant

Small town Baikonur has a few simple and cozy restaurants with traditional and modern Russian and Kazakhstan dishes where clients can have lunch or dinner.

 

DAY 6 — 17th October 2020, Saturday

 Departure from Kyzylorda Airport

Meeting at the airport of Kyzylorda Airport and transfer to the Baikonur.Guide/Assistants will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign.

Kyzylorda Airport is the closest international airport, located 256 km from Baikonur town. It takes approximately from 3 hour to 4 hour to go from the airport to the town, depending on traffic situation. The new building of the air complex was constructed in 2001 with a capacity of 150 people per hour. Airport territory reconstruction was ended in 2011.

Guide/Assistants will be waiting for the group in the lobby area with the welcome sign.