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Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan

From US$ 3,455 US$ 3,282 per person
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highlights
  • Truly off the beaten track, Kazakhstan sees few travellers, especially outside Almaty and capital Astana. Feel the remoteness of Central Asia on this one-of-a-kind expedition
  • Visit dusty Baikonur, the hub of the Soviet – and now Russian – space program. Check out the Cosmodrome, the world’s oldest and largest spaceport, and witness a manned rocket launch
  • Explore the Aral Sea, which suffered environmental and humanitarian devastation in the 60s due to Soviet irrigation projects. Enjoy a homestay with local friends and meet those working with an NGO to restore the area
  • Discover the history and architecture of the Silk Road, visiting ancient mausoleums and mosques on guided tours in the cities of Turkistan, Sayram and Shymkent
The Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan tour starts and ends in Almaty. The Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan is a Expedition tour that takes 10 days taking you through Almaty, Kazakhstan and 6 other destinations in Kazakhstan.

Where can you explore space without ever leaving earth? In Kazakhstan, of course! In the middle of nowhere on the dusty Kazakh steppe is the settlement of Baikonur, the seat of the Soviet – now Russian – space program and the site where, if all goes to plan, we’ll witness a live rocket launch. Beginning in cosmopolitan Almaty, join us on this one-off expedition through Kazakhstan, from the shrunken Aral Sea to the ancient city of Turkistan and the Silk Road portals of Sayram and Shymkent. Ready for a rare, fascinating adventure through one of the least-explored corners of the earth? 3, 2, 1, liftoff.

2017 DEPARTURES:
As this trip is yet to depart for 2016 some itinerary changes may be made in response to traveller feedback. New departures have been added based around the 2017 launch schedule. This is, as always, subject to change. Please avoid booking flights until 2017 in case date changes are necessary.
Day 1 Almaty

Day 2 Almaty

Day 3 Kyzyl Orda/Baikonur

Day 4 Baikonur Space Launch

Day 5 Aralsk

Day 6 Aralsk/Overnight Train

Day 7 Turkistan

Day 8 Sayram/Shymkent/Overnight Train

Day 9 Almaty

Day 10 Almaty

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what’s included Accommodation
  • Hotel (7 nights), Overnight Train (1 night), Homestay (1 night)
Meals
  • 9 Breakfasts & 2 Dinners
Transport
  • Minibus, Plane
Group Leader
  • One group leader will accompany you on this tour. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you to have the best possible trip
Included activities
  • Almaty - Central State Museum
  • Almaty - Museum of Kazakh Musical Instruments
  • Almaty - Kok Tobe Hill
  • Almaty - Panfilov Park
  • Almaty - Medeu
  • Almaty - Zenkov Cathedral
  • Baikonur - Cosmodrome
  • Baikonur - Space Museum
  • Baikonur - Space Launch Viewing
  • Baikonur - Yuri Gagarin Museum & House
  • Aralsk - Aral Sea 4WD tour
  • Turkistan - Yasui Mausoleum
  • Sayram - City Tour incl. Mosque, Mausoleum & Minaret
what’s excluded
    International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Almaty are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
Duration 10 days
Minimum Participants 5 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Good to know Travel Insurance

The Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan tour requires that you have a travel insurance covering emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Payment

Bookmundi only requires a deposit of 250 USD to confirm this tour. For any departures before 01 February 2017 full payment is required.

Visa

For this Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Expedition - Baikonur & Kazakhstan tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 58 days of departure.
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