Siberian villages – Day 1: Along the banks of the Ob River

Today we will drive through interesting settlements, which stretched along the banks of the Ob River. You will get acquainted with the history of the village Nagorny Ishtan, look at the failed ecological project Ruyan City, visit the corner of peasant life, drive by the southernmost cedar tree in Siberia and walk along the streets of the pilgrimage center of Novosibirsk region.
Siberian villages
Travel distance by car: 383 km.Travel distance on foot: 0 km.Visiting: Novosibirsk, Bazoy, Kolyvan', Kozhevnikovo, Nagornyy Ishtan, Voronovo, Timiryazevskoye, Pobeda, Tomsk

Trip duration: 2 days

Anna Arkhipova


There are stops on the route, but don't forget to bring food, water or a thermos with tea in your car just in case.

Gazpromneft filling station #104

All right, guys, let's go, shall we? Before the start, we recommend filling up with quality fuel at Gazpromneft's filling stations. You can pay for fueling quickly and contactlessly in the application. [App Store]( [Google Play](

Peter and Paul Church

The village of Nagorny Ishtan is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the Tomsk region. There is a church here, which even appeared in one of Mosfilm studio's films. However, the hope that the church will be restored after the filming remains only hope, so the building is taken care of by the people of Nagorny Ishtan themselves.

Melnikovsky Bridge

The village you're passing through now got its name for a reason. There were many mills here, and the locals supplied grain to the neighbouring villages.

Urtama Yar

State natural monument of special value for the preservation of unique features of the geological environment of the Tomsk region, with an adjacent area of the steppe. You can walk to the lighthouse on it.

Hotel Barracuda

Mayak Ruyan-city

The lighthouse is a part of the "Ruyan-City" project, which was supposed to become the center of ecotourism, but it didn't take place and left behind picturesque fragments of the failed greatness. Besides the lighthouse, here you can see an unusual monument to Yuri Gagarin and a wooden temple.

Voronov House of Culture

In a part of the House of Culture there is a cozy corner of peasant life in a Russian hut. Here you can find mainly wooden and pottery utensils, which locals themselves gave to a small museum. Voronovo village was also famous for a four-storey wooden mill, which at that time was about 300 years old. You can read about its history [on this site]( Unfortunately, the mill burned down on August 3, 2016.

Café Light

This cafe will please you with low prices and delicious dishes.

Bazoic cedar

In the Tomsk region there are several massifs of cedar trees, which are carefully guarded. The Bazoysky suburb cedar woodland is the most valuable area of cedar forests in the southern taiga of the Tomsk Oblast, as it is the southernmost and most compact place for the mass growth of Siberian cedar in Russia.

Kolyvan Local History Museum

Kolivan is included in the register of historical villages of the country. The settlement is considered one of the key places of religion and culture in the Novosibirsk Region, attracting pilgrims. Among the remarkable objects of Kolyvani are merchant houses and ancient public buildings: Gubin House, which is now a music school, Shepherds' House, postal and telegraph institution, local history museum, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. For information on visiting the museum, please visit [this website]( The museum is open from 10 to 18 hours (13 to 14 hours lunch break), weekends - Sunday and Monday.

Little India

I suggest you to have dinner in an interesting Indian restaurant, here you can share with your friends impressions from the first day of the route and just take a break from the road.

Hotel Barracuda

The first day of the journey has come to an end. Tomorrow you will have breakfast at the hotel and no less interesting part of the route, I hope you enjoy it!