Sylvester Stallone, Sydney Pollack, David Copperfield, Kirk Douglas, Steven Spielberg, Sigmund Freud, Bob Dylan, Boris Pasternak – these are just a few celebrity names, whose family roots are connected with Odessa.
How did Odessa become the third largest city in terms of Jewish population in the world by the end of the XlX century? What made the Jews in Russian Empire and Odessa escape the country at the first decade of the XX century? On this 2.5-hour walking tour we’ll talk about the “Golden Age” of Odessa’s Jewish community:
One of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Amazing museum lecturers. Rare exhibits and unknown facts about Pushkin, Gogol, Babel, to name a few. Unique chance to interact with Odessa’s locals, the generation of the nineteen- seventies and nineteen – eighties.
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.
The largest in Ukraine collection of antiquities of northern Black Sea region. One of the four world museums displaying the first golden coin made in Kievan Rus’. Unique Scythian gold collection.
Hidden behind the century old plain trees and posh residences is the historic building of Odessa’s Champagne factory. Yes, I know that the correct way is to call it Odessa’s Sparkling Wine factory, but here it’s called champagne and we’ll follow the local tradition in our blog ☺. If not for the beautiful old gates, which immediately catch the eye, the building is absolutely unnoticed from the boulevard.
The largest and best preserved fortress in Ukraine. The “lungs” of Polish-Lithuanian and Moldavian kingdoms. The last outpost of Christians on the Black Sea during the Ottoman expansion.
Italian and French architecture. Greek square and Palais Royal. Gefilte fish – one of the most traditional local dishes. A synagogue, Russian and Greek Orthodox churches, a Catholic cathedral and a Lutheran church in the historic quarter. It does not take long for Odessa’s guests to discover the city’s fascinating mix of cultures with a strong Mediterranean flavor, which makes it different from all other Ukrainian towns. What are the origins of such amazing cultural diversity?
The Italian story of Odessa goes back a long way, centuries before the city’s foundation. In the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Black Sea region was so familiar to the Italians that adventurers like Marco Polo in the late thirteenth century could write: “We have not spoken to you of the Black Sea or the provinces that lie around it, for there are so many who explore these waters and sail upon them every day… that everybody knows what is to be found there. Therefore I say nothing on this topic”.
A little bit of Italy in Odessa
Island Sky, one of Noble Caledonia’s three flag ships, arrived in Odessa on Oct 3, 2016. Staying in the beautiful Odessa overnight, she gave her guests enough time to get a feel for the city’s magnificent architecture, rich cultural heritage and taste delicious local foods. The weather was gorgeous:))
Join our group walks in Odessa on October 20, 2016 and enjoy a special price! The group walks’ schedule is as follows:
10.00am – Odessa Through the Centuries. This is a perfect introductory walking tour around Odessa’s historic city center. You’ll see landmarks and off the beaten path areas, hear exciting stories and crack a little bit of the city’s secret history.