The head-spinning city-break to Moscow
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Cosmonauts Tour ( CT6 )
With space exploration being as topical as ever, the London exhibition has been billed as the greatest showcase of Soviet spacecraft and artefacts ever to be seen outside of Russia. So why not to experience it all in the one of the world’s most opulent and fascinating capitals - Moscow! The highlights of the tour include visit to Star City, the Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics and the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.
Your Russian adventure has begun! On arrival transfer from the airport to the Cosmos hotel, situated just a short walk from the All-Russia Exhibition Center and the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.
After breakfast, find your bearings and absorb the magnificent atmosphere of cosmopolitan Moscow with an introductory city tour. In the afternoon visit the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. (B)
Following breakfast, visit the Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics where you can admire the exposition devoted to a history of domestic aircraft and astronautics from the moment of origin to now. Afterwards, transfer to the world of the famous Moscow Kremlin and the fascinating Armoury Museum. (B)
After breakfast embark on the Star city visit* – the highlight of the tour! In the afternoon, enjoy a stroll on the famous Arbat street and take a ride in the metro; the perfect chance to see the breathtaking decorations that some of the Metro stations in Moscow have to offer. (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport as your Russian adventure comes to an end. (B)
**Star City – interesting facts (Source: BBC News)
Star City, Russia’s primary cosmonaut training centre is indispensable for human space flight. It was set up in the 1960s in the woods outside Moscow and grew into a proper town - with schools, hospitals and kindergartens for astronauts families. Almost every cosmonaut or astronaut who has ever orbited the Earth has spent at least a few months of hard training here. A mock-up of the International Space Station sits in a hangar the size of a football pitch. It includes all the most vital of the orbital segments.
But unlike the real thing, trainees can simply open the door if they want some fresh air. The ISS mock-up is a very complicated piece of equipment - in fact it needs constant maintenance and adjustment.
Another mock-up of the ISS sits in a swimming pool 12m deep and 23m wide. Space walks are simulated here.
The density of the water is such that moving about needs muscular inputs similar to those astronauts might need in space.
The technology in the Soyuz maybe somewhat dated, but it is robust.
All buttons and screens are signed in Russian, and Russian is the accepted international language in space.
This means that Americans and Europeans who come to Star City to train are also expected to take plenty of Russian lessons.
It takes 10 years to train as a cosmonaut in Russia.
You can sign up only if you are perfectly fit and healthy and between 25 and 35 years of age. Some of the people receiving training in Star City might never go into space - launches are infrequent, and there is a lengthy queue to get through.
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Why not spend the New Year’s Eve in Moscow or St Petersburg? Follow the links to view our luxury tours:
- New Year in Moscow (https://into-russia.co.uk/moscow-st-petersburg-city-breaks/moscow-for-new-year/)
- New Year in St Petersburg (https://into-russia.co.uk/moscow-st-petersburg-city-breaks/new-year-in-st-petersburg/)
- Bed and Breakfast accommodation in Moscow based on 2 sharing a twin/double with private en suite facilities
- Excursions as outlined in the tour itinerary
- Entrance tickets to museums
- Guided group excursions as detailed
- Services of an English speaking guide
- Return airport ransfers
- Full visa support
Package Does Not Include:
- Russia visa fees paid directly to the Consulate
- Economy class return flights from London, including airport departure taxes and fuel surcharges
- Regional flight connections
Star City and the Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics must be booked at least 35 days in advance.