A private tour is ideal if you prefer seeing a destination at your own pace, need a custom program or if you have limited time and want to see it all. Here are a few tips on what’s best to explore in Odessa with a private tour.
Odessa’s Jewish history
The turn-of-the–twentieth-century Odessa was the third largest city in the world after New York and Warsaw in terms of Jewish population. Of course, much of the Jewish heritage did not survive Soviet times and Romanian occupation during the Second World War.
Late spring, summer and first two months of autumn are typically the best and most touristy time in Odessa. In the beginning of November things slow down a lot (like in every coastal town), the weather gets chilly, sandy beaches turn empty and all Odessans start dreaming of the next summer.
Although, it will be wrong to say that Odessa is completely avoided by tourists in November. There are quite a few people who prefer to travel offseason to enjoy better deals, skip the lines to the sights and avoid the crowds. With the moderate November weather and fairly blue skies, Odessa has its own charm in autumn and is worth a couple of days visit.
Cruising the #BlackSea with @WindstarCruises Black Sea Tapestry cruise in September 2015? We have a super deal for you: 50% off on our private Odessa Catacombs #tour and Constanta Food Tasting and Culture tour. Book before Sept 5! Group size is limited to 12 people.
Inside Odessa’s underground tunnels (aka “catacombs”)
Quick Facts about Odessa’s Catacombs
– The tunnels under Odessa are the longest underground tunnels in Europe, covering the distance of about 1553 miles.
– Unlike the catacombs in Rome and Paris, they’ve never been a place of burial for people
– Acting as a base camp for the partisan groups during the city’s occupation in WWll, the catacombs now feature a museum, which shows how people lived in the tunnels during the war
Constanta Food Tasting and Culture tour is our original tour that follow the series of the Food Tasting tour that we offer in the Black Sea ports of Odessa, Constanta and Nessebar. The tour is tailor-made to offer the best of Constanta and to let you explore Romania’s rich culture and history through its cuisine. More about the tour http://constantafoodtour.instapage.com
We look forward to meeting you in Odessa and Constanta next month!
Thomson Spirit, one of Thomson cruises’ ships, is scheduled to call on Odessa four times this year. Here’s a video about her calling on this Black Sea port during her first visit in June.
We are excited to see her back in the Black Sea in August and September!
Taking her guests on a private Undiscovered Odessa and an exclusive tour of the Opera House shore excursion and Odessa Thru the Centuries group walk in August.
Windstar cruises Star Pride was one of the first cruise ships who visited us this year. She called on Odessa on May 24 with around 200 passengers aboard. The weather was gorgeous, simply perfect for touring. Since the cruise line included a visit to the National Opera and Ballet House into the cruise itinerary, our guests had only till 1.30pm to see the city. As usually, we ran group walks on this day (but started the morning one half an hour earlier than scheduled to cater to the Windstar travelers schedule) and private tours. And it certainly looks like both our guides and guests had a great time. Here’s one of the guest’s comments: “I emailed Odessa walks and had the pleasure of dealing with Olga to arrange everything – she was super flexible and even changed our itinerary slightly at my request up to the day before the tour. Our guide Jane was super informed but still fun and had a great balance between history and information about current day Odessa. 5* for sure.”
How about doing something different from just a standard general observation shore excursion during your Black Sea cruise? A tour, which will provide you with really rich shore experiences of a place you are visiting?
For the first time ever, we took guests who visited us this May with the Windstar cruise’s Black Sea Tapestry cruise on a Food and Culture tour in Constanta and Nessebar. And let me tell you honestly, we all had a blast in both destinations.
But lets start from the very beginning or, to be exact, with an explanation about how we started offering this kind of a tour and what this tour is about.
We first launched a Food Tasting tour in Odessa back in 2011. The idea was quiet simple: to provide our guests not only with a chance to see the sights but to get a feel for a local lifestyle and culture through Odessa’s cuisine. After all, food for many people comes to define travel experience and is the fastest way to learn about a new city or region.
With just six weeks left till Hapag-Lloyd cruises’ MS Europa’s overnight visit to Odessa in 2015 during her “Golden Spring in the Black Sea” cruise we are reminiscing about ms Europa 2 visit to Odessa last year.
Political instability in the region did not put Hapag-Lloyd cruises off from visiting the port of Odessa during their 2014 Black Sea cruise. Ms Europa 2В called at Odessa twice during the year and we were fortunate to take a small group of herВ travelers on a private full day city tour with an exclusive visit to Odessa’s iconic sight – the magnificent Opera House.
Coming a bit later than usually, this is our look back on 2014 tourist season, how it went for us here in Odessa. All opinions are ours and the commentary draws solely on the experience of Odessa Walks team.
Needless to say, the 2014 did not go as planned. It proved to be the year when all forecasts were useless, external risks to business were unmanageable and all planning could be done only for tomorrow. The day after tomorrow was already unpredictable. Due to political unrests that had been happening in Ukraine throughout the winter months, we thought we wouldn’t see any tourists in 2014 whatsoever. However, the first private tours were arranged already in May. As situation in Odessa stabilized later in the year, we saw more guests coming from Europe and USA.