The largest country in the World, Russia boasts an incredible diversity of landscapes, architecture, wildlife and climates.
The sheer size of Russia is beyond most people's comprehension. Most tourists flock to the culturally rich cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. However, the other-worldly landscapes of eastern Russia also have much to offer slightly more adventurous travellers.
Russia Essential Information:
Major cities: St Petersburg and Novgorod
Places of interest: Rostov-on-Don and Sochi
Time Zone: GMT +2, +3, +4, +5, +10, +12, +8
International dialling code: +7
Language: Russian. To learn the basics of Russian visit www.masterrussian.com
Russia currency: Russia uses Russian Rouble. One RUB is worth around two pence. For up-to-date exchange rates see: www.xe.com/ucc