MOSCOW - RUSSIA

EXPERIENCE RUSSIAN SPACE TRAVEL

ASTRONOMY - SHORT TOUR

TOUR CODE

WT-03-22-A1

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

7 D. - 6 Nts

P.P. PRICE

Coming soon

PAX

10 - 20

MOSCOW / RUSSIA - EXPERIENCE THE RUSSIAN SPACE TRAVEL

ASTRONOMY - GROUP - SHORT TOUR

INTRODUKTION

On this particular trip, Soviet and Russian space travel will be the main theme. The cosmonaut museum in Moscow, which was extensively modernized in 2009, the well-known Star City (Swjosdny Gordodok, Star City) and the state Ziolkowski Museum for the history of space travel in Kaluga with Ziolkowski’s house will be visited. A city tour of Moscow with the Kremlin, Red Square and a possible visit to Zagorst (Sergiev Possad) in the Trinity Monastery, the Russian Orthodox church centre, will culturally round off the travel programme.

ITINERARY

Morning departure from Frankfurt / M. (other departure airports on request). Arrival in Moscow around 5:00 p.m. In Moscow short city tour and transfer to the hotel with dinner. Evening lecture by Prof. Dieter B. Herrmann.
3 nights / half board in the Hotel Cosmos, Moscow

City tour in Moscow with a visit to the GUM department store, Red Square at the Kremlin, Sparrow Hill with a view of Moscow. Afternoon visit to the cosmonaut museum in Moscow. The cosmonaut museum, which only reopened in April 2009 after extensive modernization, is one of the world’s largest space exhibitions. On the site of the former “All Union Exhibition” of the USSR, the visitor is welcomed by a 107 meter high monument clad in titanium, “For the Conquerors of Space”. A model of the 38-meter-high Vostok rocket with which Gagarin was the first person to launch into space in 1961 can also be seen in the outdoor area. On a total of 4000 m² of exhibition space, the museum shows valuable exhibits from the history of Soviet and Russian space travel, including Yuri Gagarin’s landing capsule, models of the world’s first moon car (Lunochod 1), the MIR station and probes from the Luna range which samples of the lunar soil were brought to earth without human intervention. Important exhibits on the Apollo program or the space shuttle are dedicated to the US successes in space travel. Dinner at the Hotel Cosmos.
The Star City (Svjosdny Gorodok, Star City) is a closed settlement about 40 kilometers northeast of Moscow. All Soviet and Russian cosmonauts have been and are being trained here and prepared for their deployment. During the tour you will get to know the star city and the training conditions. You will also see the largest centrifuge in the world, in which up to twelve times the force of gravity can be generated, the water basin for simulating weightlessness and the Sojos training capsules. We are planning lunch in the cosmonauts house. There is also a small museum about Yuri Gagarin here. Dinner as every evening at the Hotel Cosmos.

The city of Kaluga, with a population of 350,000, is about 170 km southwest of Moscow. The space museum in Kaluga, which opened in 1967, is primarily dedicated to the development of Soviet and Russian aerospace, which is demonstrated using an abundance of exhibits. The interiors of the architecturally impressive building are richly decorated with artistic elements such as large wall mosaics that express the enthusiasm that prevailed in the early years of space travel. The museum is also a research centre and acts as a coordinator for other Russian space museums.
1 night / half board in a hotel in Kaluga

After breakfast visit to the house of K. E. Ziolkowski, the space pioneer who lived and worked here from 1904 to 1933, which leads directly to the sources of Russian space travel. The rooms have largely been restored true to the original and show a wealth of authentic exhibits from the life of Ziolkowski and his family. The visitor can look at Ziolkowski’s study and his workshop on the veranda. It was in this house that most of his ground-breaking work on rocket development and his visionary books on space travel originated. After the optional lunch, drive back to Moscow.
Dinner at the airport hotel in Moscow. Metro ride to the centre possible.
2 nights / half board in a 3 * hotel in the center of Moscow

Free day to explore on your own or visit the Trinity Monastery in Sergiev Possad (70 km from Moscow). This is where HI’s famous 1340 is located. Sergij founded monastery (Troitze-Sergievskaja Lavra). Inside the monastery is the Holy Trinity Cathedral (15th century) with the grave of St. Sergij, the HI. Spirit Church (15th century), the Assumption Cathedral (16th century), the Tsar’s palace, the Church of John the Baptist (17th century), the Metropolitan Palace (18th century), the church Our Lady of Smolensk (18th century) and the bell tower (18th century). You can also visit the Museum of History and Art, which has a valuable collection of Russian art and culture from the 15th to 17th centuries.
Midday transfer to the airport for flight back to Frankfurt / M. to Germany.
Picture gallery for the optional tours

7-day additional programme (before the main trip)

Copper Canyon

In the evening you will be picked up by your tour guide at Los Mochis airport (English speaking) and driven to the small town of El Fuerte. Dinner in the hotel (D).
1 night in a hotel in El Fuerte

In the morning you will be taken to the train station so that you can catch the train at 8 o’clock. During the impressive train ride, you will travel to an altitude of over 2200 m above sea level in the next 4 hours. During the journey you will drive through numerous tunnels and bridges as well as marvel at beautiful lakes and the rich vegetation. From the Bahuichivo train station you go to the village of Cerocahui, where the Hotel Mision is located, and you will have lunch. After lunch, drive to the impressive “Cerro del Gallego”. In the upper area of the canyon, you can enjoy an overwhelming panorama with a view of the village, the canyon and the river “Urique”, which flows into El Fuerte. On the way back, you will stop at various lookout points to take in the scenery. (B,L,D)
1 night in a hotel in Cerocahui

In the morning you can independently visit the old mission church, which was founded in the 17th century by the Jesuit Father Salvatierra, before you are brought to Posadas Barrancas by car in about an hour in the late morning.
Fortify yourself with lunch for your short hike along the break edge of the Copper Gorge to a Tarahumara Cave. Enjoy the various breath-taking viewpoints along the edge of the gorge. If the situation allows, visit a Rarámuri family during the hike, who impress with their fine braiding made of pine needles and agaves. (B, L, D)
2 nights in a hotel directly on the copper canyon

After breakfast, your overwhelming excursion to the Piedra Volada, to various viewpoints and to the National Park “Barancas del Cobre”, where the three largest canyons meet – the Urique, the Cobre and the Tararecua Canyon. In addition to the majestic beauty of the landscapes, the national park in the heart of the Siera Tarahumara offers a restaurant with a terrace directly in the canyon gorge and crystal floor, mountain bike routes as well as rides with the cable car, zip lines with 7 stations, zip riders, via ferrata; Via ferrata and Tarzan jump. (B, L, D)

After a good hour’s drive, stop in Cusarare and hike to one of the largest waterfalls in the region. In the afternoon visit to the wider area of Creel, the peaceful Arareco Lake and the Missin San Signacio of the same name. In the “Valley of the Mushrooms” and the “Valley of the Frogs”, bizarre rock shapes live up to their name. At the end you will visit the “Valley of the Monks”. (B/D)
1 night in a hotel in Creel

After breakfast drive from Creel to Chihuahua. Today you will visit the highest waterfall in the region, the “Basaseachi!”, Which you will reach after a 3-hour drive. After lunch you will continue towards Chihuahua , (D)
1 night at the hotel in Chihuahua

After breakfast you will get to know Chihuahua on a city tour where you can visit the cathedral, the government palace and the museum of Pancho Villa. Around noon you will go to the airport for your flight to Mexico City or Cancun and international flight back.

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Your Science historian and lecturer:
Prof. Dr. Dieter B. Herrmann

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

TOUR COST

Tour date:
Main Tour – In Planning (Sep. 2022)

optional: trip to Zargorsk with a visit to the Trinity Monastery

(Complete tour without international flights on request)

Tour Price:
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approx.     ** € per person

INCLUDED

✓  Flights with Lufthansa to Moscow with Lufthansa from Frankfurt / M. (other departure airports on request)
6 nights with half board (B&B) in the Htl. 3 * in Moscow
English tour guide from Berlin and English-speaking tour guide on site in Moscow
Lecture on the history of science by Prof. Dr. D. B. Herrmann
Visit and guided tour in Star City
Visit to the Cosmonaut Museum in Moscow
Visit and guided tour of the Ziolkowsky Space Museum in Kaluga with Ziolkowski’s house

NOT INCLUDED

Visa fees approx. 95 € per person
● Tips
● Other meals and drinks
 Optional excursions as indicated in the programme
 Possible fuel increase

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Moscow in September is 8°C. The amount of rain in September is normal with an average of 65mm (2.6in). The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 16.0°C. The sun will occasionally show itself with 144 hours of sunshine during the whole month.

EQUIPMENTS

Walking shoes for the tours
● Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
● Rain cover / jacket
● Sun protection
● Daypack
● Folding stool (if needed)

(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
  The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

●  20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
  Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents: You’ll need to get a visa from the Russian Embassy before you travel. Processing times are up to 20 business days for standard service. As part of the visa application process, all applicants will need to visit a visa application centre to submit biometric data (scanned fingerprints). The Russian government requires biometric fingerprinting from all foreign nationals, when entering Russia.

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MOSCOW / RUSSIA - ASTRONOMY - GROUP

EXPERIENCE THE RUSSIAN SPACE TRAVEL

TOUR CODE

WT-09-22-S2

DATE

In Planning

DURATION

7 D. - 6 Nts

P.P. PRICE

Coming soon

PAX

10 - 20

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room