cosmonaut museum st petersburg russia steika and belkaEvery kid dreams of being an astronaut, so if you’re visiting St. Petersburg with little ones make sure to ask Ulko Tours to add a trip to the Cosmonautics Museum into your itinerary. [click to continue…]

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The Beer Museum in St. Petersburg

by Elena on March 19, 2014

beer museum st petersburg stepan razinWe all know that Russia famous for its vodka, it even has a vodka museum devoted to it, but the tradition of beer brewing is also strong in St. Petersburg, with the Stepan Razin Brewery the oldest brewery in Russia. This brewery houses the St. Petersburg Beer Museum and it is well worth a visit for fans of beer and history alike. To gain (free!) admission you need to be part of an organised tour group so make sure to contact Ulko Tours if you’d like to visit! [click to continue…]

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eage conference russia, park in st petersburgRunning from April 7-10th, St. Petersburg plays host to the International Conference & Exhibition of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). This is the largest geoscience event in the Russian Federation and is a bi-annual conference being organised as part of the EU-Russia Year of Science 2014. Don’t just travel alone though, bring the family and make an extended visit to St. Pete’s at one of the lovelies times of the year! [click to continue…]

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Orthodox Easter in Russia

by Elena on March 4, 2014

orthodox easter in russia Traditional Russian Easter eggs make great souvenirs!

Easter is one of the most important Russian holidays but the date of Easter Sunday is usually different in Russia than in western countries. This is because the Orthodox Church in Russia follows the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar and does not link Easter to the vernal equinox, meaning that Orthodox Easter usually falls later in April or May, instead of later in March or early April. [click to continue…]

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international women's dayRussians love to celebrate International Women’s Day so if you’re on a city tour of St. Petersburg on March 8th expect to find many businesses closed as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and all of the other lucky women in the city are pampered by their loved ones. The streets may be quiet and government offices and embassies closed but restaurants are likely to be booked out by large parties of women celebrating one of their favourite holidays. [click to continue…]

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Staying Safe While Visiting St. Petersburg, Russia

February 18, 2014

There’s been a lot in the news recently about the safety of Russia for visitors and residents alike and while certain groups of people may have a difficult time of things it is considered pretty safe for the majority of tourists. The important things are knowing how to reduce your risk of attracting unwanted attention, […]

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St. Petersburg Hosts Impressive Array of Musicians in February and March

February 11, 2014

A range of musical stars are gracing St. Petersburg with their presence this month and next so if you’re after boy bands, heavy metal, classical, or techno while you’re on your St. Petersburg city tour, let Ulko Tours know so you can be sure to get tickets early.

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24 Hours in St. Petersburg – Your Sochi Stopover

February 5, 2014

If you’re on your way to Sochi for the games then consider making a quick visit St. Petersburg. There’s a lot you can do in just 24 hours, although, of course, we’d encourage you to stay for longer and really get acquainted with a full city tour from Ulko Tours. Luckily, St. Petersburg is a […]

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Enjoying the Sochi Games in St. Petersburg

January 27, 2014

As the start of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games gets ever closer in Russia, St. Petersburg is determined not to play second fiddle – the Mayor having expressed a keen desire in hosting the Summer Olympics sometime soon. Mayor Georgy Poltavchenko said last October, during the ceremony marking the arrival of the Olympic torch in […]

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The State Russian Museum – From Starving Orphans to the Avant Garde

January 20, 2014

The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg is a cornerstone of cultural and educational activity in the country, housing valuable art works, providing a center for restoration, and acting as a workplace for academic experts on a wide range of art history and cultural artefacts. The museum was the first state museum of fine arts […]

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