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Updated: Jul 2, 2021

We all deserve a break, especially after such a rollercoaster year. Perhaps, a vacation to the crystal-clear beaches in Bali or the dazzling white-walled islands in Santorini. How about a nine-day tour at Russia’s Yuri Gagarin Training Centre, where cosmonauts and astronauts alike are put through their paces before launching into space? Space travel has long been a wonder for humanity since the days of Aristotle. Now, you can get the chance to experience the incredible, inner workings of space flight.

The nine-day tour kicks off in Moscow, where a maximum of sixteen travellers will receive a warm, welcoming dinner before setting off to the once-classified Star City. This base is regarded as the Russian equivalent of America’s Area 51! There, guests will receive a tour of the International Space Station (ISS) simulator and the world’s largest centrifuge (the infamous device that spins astronauts around at stomach-turning speeds). Will you give it a try?

On the following day, prepare yourself for a breath-taking cosmonaut training experience. I mean literally, breath-taking! You will get suited and booted for zero-gravity flight in one of the facilities state-of-the-art simulators. As this is optional, guests who prefer a more relaxing afternoon will be driven to the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, which is dedicated to the practice of space exploration. If this is your first time visiting the magical city of Moscow, you will be given the opportunity to visit the Kremlin and dynamic Red Square. The 850-year-old, UNESCO World Heritage Site will deliver a small insight into the days of the Soviet Union.

Next, you will be whisked away to the vast expanse that is the Kazakh Steppe, where you will be introduced to the world’s first spaceport for orbital and human launches, the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Be ready to rub shoulders with military personnel, cosmonauts, and the international press, to witness the launch of the Soyuz rocket. Before the aircraft launches into the star-speckled depths of space, guests will partake in behind-the-scenes events and rituals, such as walking through the Alley of Cosmonauts and sending off the space crew from the Cosmonaut Hotel.

It has been over 60 years since man first wandered into space, as a result, the nine-day tour is rounded off with a moment for reflection. Guests are invited back into Moscow to visit the UNESCO-listed Novodevichy Convent and Cemetery, where cosmonauts including Chekhov and Khrushchev were laid to rest. At Poklonnaya Gora and Victory Park, guests will additionally be allowed to pay their respects to those who fought at the Soviet front. All before ending with a traditional farewell meal.

Dates: September 29-October 8, 2021

September 23-October 2, 2022

If you’re interested in this all-inclusive once-in-a-lifetime luxury getaway to the Russian Space Training Centre, and of course one of the “elite” visit the MIR Corporation website, where you will find all the details.

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