It was a really amazing experience to film for Travelswithsheila and take Sheila and her husband on private Odessa Food Tasting and Jewish Heritage tours. Enjoyed every minute of it!
Thinking of taking a tour by car in Odessa and wondering what’s included? Here’re a few insights from a local guide.
It’s best to split the Odessa tour by car in two parts: start with the walking tour of the historic city center and then proceed with the tour by car to other neighborhoods. Why do we recommend seeing the city this way? First and foremost, at Odessa Walks we are big advocates of walking tours :). The best way to get under the skin of a city is by walking it. Secondly, Odessa’s old town is perfect for walking tours: it’s very compact, all sights are close to each other and it’s well worth going behind the façade of the landmarks and into the courtyards to get a feel for local lifestyle. Even if you are limited in time, it’s still worth spending a couple of hours walking the cobblestone streets of Odessa’s historic quarter:).
“…Pushkin street, an important street, majestically sleepy, … for some reason even the large hotel on the corner did not stick out… it seemed that grand, classical antiquity was living out its last days on this section of Pushkin street, where grain traders were still called merchants and mixed both Greek and Italian phrases into their conversations.” Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky “The Five”
One of our favorite tours is Odessa’s Foodie walk:)) And it’s just perfect for the winter weather. A walk between three cozy local restaurants does not exceed more than 40 minutes, yet you see most of the city landmarks and mouth-watering food is sure to keep you warm and delighted 🙂 And you get a chance to learn how to make Odessa’s style pancakes from one of the city’s best cooks:)) Join us when in Odessa! To book a tour email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visiting Odessa in November & interested in sightseeing? From the catacombs to the city’s museums to champagne and wine tour to pubs walk and food tasting tour there’s a lot to see and do despite the autumn weather.
Catacombs tour. According to local historians, the tunnels cover the distance of 2,500 km (about 1,500 miles) if put in one line. This makes Odessa’s catacombs the longest in Europe. During different periods, the tunnels served home to criminals and smugglers, anarchists and bolsheviks, and later to WWll resistance. There’s a lot to explore and learn on the catacombs tour!
This 4.5-hour private tour is ideal if you are in Odessa on a short visit and want to get a good feel for the city in one day or if you are interested in exploring Odessa beyond its historic quarter.
So, what’s included into the Odessa on Foot and by Car private tour?
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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.
All travelers always face a question how to best explore a new destination: on their own, with a private guide or by joining more cost efficient group tours. When our customers question us about the best ways to see Odessa we suggest them either joining our group walks or booking a private tour. Each option has its own advantages. In this blog post we are going to look at the top five benefits of a private tour. We list them randomly, as each of us has his own priorities.
Odessa’s historic quarter boasts many grandeur buildings erected mostly during the second half of the nineteenth – early twentieth centuries when the city reached the peak of its prosperity.