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St Petersburg Russia with limited mobility

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 31, 2016

On standard tours of St Petersburg, you need to prepare for quite a lot of walking, particularly on cobblestones. Visitors with mobility issue or want to visit venues with good wheelchair accessibility may be daunted. But don’t let what happens on standard tours put you off from visiting Russia.

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10 Tips for Your First Baltic Cruise

by Natalia Rogachyova on April 26, 2014

1). Whatever the season, pack clothes you can easily layer. You’re in what can be quite a changeable part of the world, so even if it is the height of summer, you may feel a little chilly. For summer, shorts, long trousers, t-shirts, a fleece, a rain jacket and sandals and sneakers are ideal. For winter, you’ll need much the same, but also a heavier coat, boots, thermals and knitwear.

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Jewish Heritage Tours in St. Petersburg Russia

by Natalia Rogachyova on April 14, 2014

Like many other cities in Europe, the Jewish people have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of St. Petersburg. Jews have always lived here, but began to flourish in the city during the reign of Catherine the Great, particularly after she annexed territories with relatively high Jewish populations, and assimilated their citizens into the Russian Empires.

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Royal Caribbean vs. Private St. Petersburg excursions

by Natalia Rogachyova on April 2, 2014

You might be on a Baltic cruise with the Royal Caribbean or another big operator, and be considering whether to book tours and excursions in St. Petersburg with your cruise company or with a private company. If you come to St. Petersburg by Explorer of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas ships, you’re only in Saint Petersburg for a couple of days and want to make the most of your stay.

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Smoking in Russia

by Natalia Rogachyova on May 12, 2013
Smoking in Russia

Smoking in Russia has a long history. Tobacco has long been traded in the country, both from the West and China. Some 40% of Russians smoke, which is one of the highest rates in the world.

If you’re reading this ahead of a Baltic cruise to St Petersburg then the chances are that you’re from a country with fairly strict laws on smoking in public places. Russia is somewhat behind the rest of the world in legislating on smoking in public places. However, driven by the high number of smoking related deaths, new anti-smoking legislation comes into force in June 2013.

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