BEST OF ODESSA

 

Day 1. Arrival. 

Our representatives will meet you at Odessa International Airport (ODS) and transfer you to the 3-star hotel we have reserved for you. We will select a standard double or single room (depending on how many people are traveling) in one of the following hotels based on availability:

 

Ayvazovsky Hotel

Royal Street Hotel 

Geneva Resort Hotel

 

Day 2. "Around Odessa" Tour.

You will be taken on the first Odessa tour to get acquainted with the main historic and cultural sights of this unique city. Around Odessa Tour will last a total of 2.5 hours.
You will be driven past the elaborately designed Railway Station to Kulikovo Pole field where a quick stop will be made for taking pictures. Then you will take a stroll through Shevchenko Park, where a grand monument to the Unknown Sailor is set. We will continue with a walk down the main pedestrian street- Deribasovskaya, brimmed with cute shops and cafes of all kinds. You can literally spend hours in the City Garden, moving between the stalls with locally produced handicraft. The tour will continue to Primorsky Boulevard, city's most cherished landmark, including the gigantic Potemkin Steps, the graceful City Hall and the magnificent Opera House. This area of downtown will be explored on foot, so that you can enjoy these sights close up. We will visit Archaeological Museum, that holds interesting artifacts found in the northern Black Sea region. Also, you will have plenty of time to explore the Uspensky Monastery which contains the relics of St. Andrew the First-Called. There is also an excellent icon museum on the monastery’s territory. 

 

Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater Duke de Richelieu monument Odessa

 

Day 3. Free Day.

Today you will have a chance to explore the city on your own. 

 

Day 4. "Criminal Odessa" Tour. 

The second Odessa tour is Criminal Odessa that will last a total of 2.5 hours. This tour could be one of the most intriguing experiences of your lifetime. During this excursion you will have a chance to see places in Odessa connected with the biographies of famous criminals, find out about their lives and heritage they have left for us. You will explore a historical part of Odessa developed by raiders, pirates, and criminals of the 1800s. You will hear epic stories of Mikhail Vinnitsky, the legendary criminal of Odessa, also widely known as Mishka Yaponchik or Benya Krik. This famous criminal lived in the early 20th century and was said to have once robbed the audience at the Odessa opera House in just thirty minutes. His personality was so immensely popular that Odessa writer Isaac Babel used him as a prototype for his famous novel. You will learn how the thieves and raiders used underground tunnels to reach almost all parts of Odessa to transport stolen goods. Just imagine that these port streets were once filled with bandits, pirates and hidden treasure. Much different now than before, of course, this part of Odessa still retains its historical feel.

 

Son'ka the Golden Hand and Mishka Yaponchik

 

Day 5. Free Day.

Today you will have a chance to explore the city on your own. 

 

Day 6. "Odessa Catacombs" Tour.

Your impression of Odessa would not be complete without a visit to a gigantic labyrinth of underground tunnels beneath the city, known as “catacombs”. Odessa is the city with the most famous and the largest network of underground tunnels in the world. The catacombs make up a distance of approximately 2,500 kilometers, sprawling under the city and its surroundings. It is a maze with hundreds of entrances, exits, caves, and tunnels.The Odessa underground tunnels were created nearly 200 years ago. During the World War II, in 1941, when German and Romanian army occupied Odessa during the war, the Soviet Military headquarters gave the order to organize the partisan resistance. The Odessa catacombs were chosen as the camp for the unit of partisans. The catacombs made good hide-outs for World War II partisans. Today only a small portion of the tunnels remain open to the public, although you can choose to explore other sections of the underground city at your own risk. Departing from the port, you will take a panoramic drive through the city and the pastoral Ukrainian countryside to the village of Nerubayskoye. Take a walk into the underground and visit a local museum of Partisan Glory. This Odessa tour will last a total of 2.5 hours.  

 

Odessa underground catacombs  Underground catacombs Odessa

 

Day 7. Departure. 

Breakfast. Free time. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Duke de Richelieu monument Odessa

 

 

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Dates:

Daily all-year-round 

 

Itinerary:

Any tour is customizable

 

Included:

 Individual Tour 
 Accommodations in a 3-star hotel 
 Breakfast at the hotel
 Airport round-trip transfer
 Around Odessa Tour
 Criminal Odessa Tour
 Odessa Catacombs Tour
 English guide services
 24 hour concierge services 
 Fees and taxes included

 

Highlights:

Deribasovskaya Street
Kulikovo Pole
Shevchenko Park
Potemkin Steps
Potemkin Monument
City Garden
Primorsky Boulevard
Opera House
Archaeological Museum
Uspensky Monastery
City Hall
Shevchenko Park
Criminal Odessa stories
Odessa Catacombs
Panoramic City Views
Nerybayskoye village
Partisan Glory museum

 

Price starts from:

1 person: $1,999.00
2 people: $2,499.00
3 people: $4,499.00
4 people: $4,999.00
5 people: $6,999.00
6 people: $7,499.00

 

Excluded:

Please note that airfare, lunch/dinner, and personal expenses such as souvenirs are excluded from the tour.

 

Airfare:

Assistance with airfare purchase upon request 

 

Hotel Upgrade:

Please contact us to upgrade to a four or five star hotel close to downtown Odessa. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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