Inside the Russian Space Program

Our behind-the-scenes exploration of the Russian space program features a VIP viewing of the manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft.

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 Russian cosmonauts  Moscow's Red Square, a World Heritage site  St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow  Moscow in the evening  The raising of the rocket ceremony  Preparing for the launch of a Soyuz rocket  A Soyuz spacecraft  A Soyuz rocket in flight  Spectators at a launch  Smithsonian Journeys travelers at launch site  A group of Smithsonian Journeys travelers  A Russian cosmonaut waves to onlookers  The ISS Crew Press Conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel  Cold War Museum Bunker, Moscow  ISS crew members at the Cosmonaut Hotel's press conference  Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City   The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center  The Mir Space Station Simulator at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center  The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, where crews acquire skills for operations on the external surface of the orbital station under simulated weightless conditions.


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Hotel Sputnik

Baikonur, Russian Federation

The Sputnik is a four-star hotel built in 1999.  Services include a pool, sauna, TV, air conditioning, and minibar.

Number of nights: 4

Lotte Hotel Moscow

Moscow, Russian Federation

Conveniently located near the New Arbat, the five-star Lotte Hotel Moscow features a fine French restaurant with wine cellar and bar, a modern Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, and a fitness center with pool and spa. The spacious rooms include a king size bed, free WiFi, marble bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, robe, hairdryer, and in-room safe.
Number of nights: 3

Kempinski Hotel Moika

St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is housed in a pre-revolutionary mansion on the Moika Embankment just across from the Hermitage. Its renovated interior is furnished with a mix of classic and antique pieces. Amenities include the ninth floor Bellevue Bar with beautiful views over the city, the Beau Rivage restaurant featuring fine dining, a rooftop Wellness Center and a Tea Room where a Russian/English high tea is offered every day. Rooms include satellite TV, wireless and cable Internet, minibar, hair dryers, heated bathroom floors and bathrobes.

Number of nights: 3