A car tour of the Old Believers’ villages by Lake Peipsi

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This tour, which takes participants to the shores of Lake Peipsi in Eastern Estonia, is focused on the Old Believers – religious refugees who opposed the official teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church and settled in Estonia in the seventeenth century. 

The villages near Lake Peipsi are unique thanks to the arrangement of local roads and construction: the villages are located by a single main road, which runs along the lake and forms kilometres of settlements. Make sure to visit the Kolkja Museum of Old Believers and do not forget do dine at the local restaurants. Additionally, you can buy local fish and onions!

Sites along route
  • 1

    Starting point

    Tartu Visitor Centre

    Tourist information centres

    Raekoja plats 1a, Tartu linn, Tartu 51003

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  • 2
    Rajaküla Old Believers’ Worship House


    Kalda tänav 108, Raja küla, Mustvee vald, Jõgeva maakond 49509

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  • 3
    Kolkja Museum of Old Believers

    Museums & Galleries

    Ranna tänav 17, Kolkja alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60306

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  • 4
    Peipsimaa Visitor Centre

    Art & Craft workshops

    Suur tee 25, Kolkja alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60306

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  • 5
    Kasepää Old Believers' Prayer House of the Estonian Association of Old Believers Congregations


    Kasepää alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60302

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    Samovar house in Varnja

    Museums & Galleries

    Kesk tänav 21, Varnja alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60305

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Getting there

The tour starts and ends in the centre of Tartu.

  • Signposted
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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