History of Military Development and Space Research


(Moscow / St.Petersburg)

Most of the impressive technological achievements of the recent Soviet past of Russia where connected to her success in the fields of military development and space exploration. Nowadays Russia still remains one of world leaders in those technologies. The tour is designed to give a traveler the comprehensive understanding of the history and the modern situation of the space research in Russia.

The tour is originally devoted to 100th anniversary of Korolev, the outstanding Russian scientist and engineer. Koroljov\'s engineering developments in the field of rocket technology are extremely valuable for development of Russian missile weapons and essential for world\'s space exploration industry. He deserves to be called the father of the Russian rocket and space programs.


The program of the tour:



Arrival in Moscow, traditional “Bread & Salt” welcome at the airport, transfer to the hotel, check-in, dinner at the hotel.

Day 2


Breakfast, sightseeing tour of the city including a visit to the memorial apartment of Sergey Koroljov, tour of the Kremlin including one of the cathedrals, dinner at the hotel.


Day 3


Breakfast, Full day trip to the town of Kaluga (about 3 hours drive), known as the birth place of Constantine Tsiolkovsky (the founder of theoretical Cosmonautics), visit to the museum of Cosmonautics History and the apartment house of Constantine Tsiolkovsky, return to Moscow, dinner at the hotel


Day 4


Breakfast, visit to the “Star City” – the only professional training centre of cosmonauts in the world (30 km from Moscow), where the Cosmonauts Training Centre and Museum of the Star city named after Yuri Gagarin are located. Here one can see the biggest centrifuge in the world that is used for cosmonauts training by simulating the space flight as well as the Hydro Lab that is designed to test space object models and micro gravity, dinner in a downtown restaurant. Transfer to the Leningradsky Rail Station. Departure to St. Petersburg by a night train.


Day 5


Arrival to St.Petersburg, breakfast, transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing tour of the city including Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery where many of the victims of the Siege of Leningrad are burried, tour of the Peter & Paul Fortress with its Cathedral and necropolis of the Russian emperors of Romanov dynasty and visit to the museum on Space Exploration and Missilery, visit to the cruiser “Aurora” - the historical battleship built more then 100 years ago which participated in some of the most important events of the Russian history of the last century, dinner at the hotel.


Day 6


Breakfast, Tour of the world famous Hermitage museum, former royal residence of the Russian emperors (nowadays featuring West European Arts collection, the gala and private rooms of the Winter Palace, etc.). Trip to Pushkin, for the tour of the Catherine’s Palace, home to the famous Amber Room. The palace and surrounding park are among the best masterpieces of the Russian landscape design and architecture. Dinner at the hotel.


Day 7


Breakfast, trip to Kronstadt, the city that for centuries had been the main naval base of Russia and fortress guarding entrance to St.Petersburg. City tour, visit to a historical submarine, dinner in the downtown restaurant.


Day 8


Breakfast, transfer to the airport, departure.


The price of the tour is quoted by request.