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!
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.