Visiting the Old Believers

“Type of village where the Old Believers reside”

Step into the world of the Old Believers and be part of their traditions

Your excursion begins from the moment your guide escorts you to a village located 52km from Ulan-Ude. Before you embark on an unforgettable journey through the breathtaking Siberian steppe, your guide will reveal the rich history of the Old Believers, unfolding the hardship once endured by Russia’s largest indigenous group. In the 18th century about 20,000 russian families of the old believers were exiled to Siberia. These people founded their settlements in Buryatia where they preserved their religion, traditions and distinctive dialect.

Upon arrival in the Village of the Old Believers, you will be welcomed with a traditional greeting performed by the villagers, who will be dressed in traditional embroidered satin clothing. For a moment you will become part of their culture and partake in song and dance, then your guide will lead you inside the church of the Old-Believers, where you are able to delve into the villager’s way of life, and discover more about their religious formation.

Continue on route to explore the village, your first views will be the painted wooden shutters of the traditional wooden homes. While exploring you are able to feel as though you are walking through centuries, the ancient wooden houses and the old ornate of the village landmarks, will give you and insight into life as it was lived by the villagers’ ancestors.

Before your tour concludes, you will visit the local museum to unearth the collect of century old artefacts and antiques. After spending time with the villagers and saying your goodbyes, it will be time for you to make the journey back to the city, where your excursion ends with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Excursion details

Location: Russia, Ulan-Ude

Category: Culture and History

Duration: 5 hours

What’s included:

A local guide and any other fees including any museum entrance fees. Meals and transfers included only where stated


For groups of more than 6 people, price will be provided on application.

Restrictions: Comfortable clothing is advised. Transfer and dinner included.

Physical rating: Easy – Suitable for all

Guides available: English – Other languages are available though there maybe a price variation.