Russia, officially the Russian Federation is, by a considerable margin the largest country in the world by area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area and the 10th most populous, with about 147 million people as of 2019. About 77% of the population live in the western, European part of the country. After being closed to the rest of the world during the USSR years, Russia, since the mid-90s is well and truly open to tourism and the sheer scale of the country is somewhat incomprehensible, covering nine time zones.

Russia's economy ranks as the twelfth largest by nominal GDP and sixth largest by purchasing power parity in 2018. Russia's extensive mineral and energy resources are the largest such reserves in the world, making it one of the leading producers of oil and natural gas globally.

The name Russia is derived from Rus', a medieval state populated mostly by the East Slavs. The country typically was called by its inhabitants russkaja zemlja, which can be translated as "Russian Land" or "Land of Rus'". Russia contains Europe’s longest river, the Volga, and its largest lake, Ladoga. Russia also is home to the world’s deepest lake, Baikal, and the country recorded the world’s lowest temperature outside the North and South poles.

Russia at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Russia:

AEST - 7
time difference
22 Hours
flight time
capital city
148 Milllion 

Popular Holidays to Russia

Russia offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

Classic Russia Tour

15 days - please call for prices
  • Moscow
  • St Petersburg
  • Golden Ring town of Suzdal
  • State Hermitage Museum
  • St Basil's Cathedral
  • Red Square
Trans Siberian Railway Tour

25 days - please call for prices
  • Great Wall
  • Lake Baikal
  • Kremlin Citadel complex in Kazan
  • Moscow
  • St Petersburg
Trans Siberian Railway - Naadam Departure Tour

25 days - please call for prices
  • Great Wall
  • Naadam Festival
  • Lake Baikal
  • Kazan
  • Moscow
  • St Petersberg

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