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Tour to the Old Believers

Tour to the Old BelieversDuration: 5 hours
Group: 20
Season: All the year round
Language: English, German, Mandarin, Mongolian
Tour type: Ethnic tourism
Tour price: from 3500 rub per person



Take a tour to the Old Believers – Russian people, who still live traditionally in a small community in the Buryat Republic.
The Old Believers separated after 1666 from the official Russian Orthodox Church as a protest against church reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon of Moscow between 1652 and 1666. They have continued liturgical practices that the Russian Orthodox Church maintained before the implementation of these reforms. As any deviation from the correct Nikonian Orthodox was punishable by death, many of the Old Believers went into voluntary exile to Siberia, and some emigrated.
Another name of this people — Semeyskie or Family People — was given because they moved to Siberia with their big families. These special people keep the traditions of their ancestors and have a unique identity.
Their faith is the pre-17th century Russian Orthodox Christianity. They believe that the modern Russian Orthodox Church has lost the true faith and there are no true priests. The Old Believers do not share many views of the contemporary Russian Church.
The Old Believers are very hard working. In the old times, they were prohibited from drinking alcohol, smoking, tea drinking. Even today, some of their customs may seem as relics of much older and simpler times. Their way of life is very different from what urbanite Russians got used to. They managed to preserve their pride of hard work, spiritual faith in God, connection with the Mother Nature, and family values.
The phenomenon of the Old Believers is that they are like an alternate version of the modern Russians. They are the Russians, which weren’t changed by revolutions, the years of Soviet indoctrination and capitalism of the 2000s.
Many visitors come to Buryatia only for the tour to the Old Believers, to see their way of life, as if leapt from the pages of a history book. Today, there are over a hundred thousand Old Believers living in communities in Buryatia.


Description of the tour to the Old Believers:
1. Hotel pick up and transfer to Tarbagatai village (35 km). You can choose the time of the departure between 10.00 and 12.00 in the morning. However, the best time is 10.00 am.
2. Introduction to the culture and way of life of the Old Believers
3. Visit to an Old Believers house
4. Folk performance
5. Lunch with traditional cuisine
6. Photo shoot in Old Believer costumes
7. Participation in ansient rites and games
8. Transfer to Ulan-Ude


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Price of the tour to the Old Believers: from 3500 rub per person

2 PAX – 7200 Rub
3-5 PAX – 5800 Rub
6 and more PAX – 3800 Rub

The price includes:
– Hotel pick up/drop off
– Transfer to Tarbagatai village
– Lunch
– Tour of the village and local community museum
– Folk performance

The price doesn’t include:
Interpreter (English, German, Mandarin, Mongolian) – from 3,000 RUB per group


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    8 thoughts on “Tour to the Old Believers



      Do you have schedule for today(28/10) or tomorrow morning?

      1. russia

        Tomorrow only a private tour is available. How many people are going on tour?

    2. Charles

      We will be staying in Listvyanka from 21 – 24 December 2017 and would like to do the 5 hour Old Believers Tour – Ulan-Ude tour.

      How do I book for this tour


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