Witnessing a rocket launch is one of the most awe-inspiring experiences available – but it’s also an increasingly difficult one to encounter. Fortunately, Country Holidays now offers a unique itinerary to Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, where Russia conducts many of its rocket launches.
During this insightful six-day adventure you’ll travel to Almaty in Kazakhstan before delving into the seemingly-endless steppes bound for the cosmodrome, where you’ll watch either a manned Soyuz or unmanned Progress rocket take to the skies from a special observation platform. On your journey you’ll have time to explore Almaty’s Panfilov Park and Zenkov Cathedral; tour Baikonur’s Museum of History of Space Travels; and visit the house where Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, once lived, before peeking behind the scenes as the astronauts and rocket scientists prepare for liftoff. There’s also a chance to extend with a visit to Mangystau in the far west of Kazakhstan, a landscape of towering mountains and bizarre geology, which you’ll explore by helicopter.