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Odessa Food Tasting Tour

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 info@odessawalks.com

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Private Odessa Tour in Winter: What’s Best to Do

Planning to be in Odessa in winter and wondering whether it’s possible to do any sightseeing at all without freezing to death? In this blog post, let’s talk about what’s doable and not and how to get the most of your time in Odessa in winter.

For a start, here’s a quote from our tour guest, who visited Odessa right after New Years and took several tours, although it was quite cold and snowy. “I was there two years ago for New Years and went on two of your tours. I was surprised that it was the best time to visit Odessa!”

Early January morning. Odessa’s historic quarter
Richelieu statue in winter
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Things To Do in Odessa in December

O’key, to be completely fair, December is not the most magical month in Odessa. Yet, the city has some winter charm and there are festive things to do as Odesseans celebrate Christmas and New Year.

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Odessa Jewish Heritage

Odessa Jewish Heritage: the Jewish hospital – one of the Jewish artifacts, which survived the pogroms, revolution, the Civil war, WW2 and the Soviet period. Built by the Jewish community in 1860s-1870s on the funds, which came from the interest on the special bank deposit and kosher butcher’s tax, the Jewish hospital provided medical services to the Odessa’s Jewry as well as all other people who needed treatment. Around 20000 people could come see the doctor there annually.
Interested in arranging a private Jewish Odessa tour with us? Email at info@odessawalks.com

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Odessa Jewish History

The Jewish Odessa phenomenon is well-known far outside the borders of Ukraine. The book, which greatly contributed to the city’s fame is The Hare with Amber Eyes. This is just one of many beuatiful descriptions of Odessa in this book: “Odessa was a city within the Pale of Settlement, the area on the western borders of imperial Russia in which Jews were allowed to live. It was famous for its rabbinical schools and synagogues, rich in literature and music, a magnet for the impoverished Jewish shtetls of Galicia. It was also a city, which doubled its population of Jews and Greeks and Russians every decade”… (a quote from the best-seller The Hare with Amber Eyes”). Below are old photos of the Brodsky and Main Synagogue, Odessa’s port and Jewish street. #odessa #jewish #history #heritage #tour
Interested in Odessa’s Jewish Heritage tour? Email us at info@odessawalks.com

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Odessa Sightseeing in November

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!

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Odessa’s Cultural Heritage: Wassily Kandinsky in the Fine Arts Museum

Wassily Kandinsky, one of the founders of abstract art, moved to Odessa with his parents in 1871, at the age of five. Since then for forty years his life in many different ways was connected with the city at the Black Sea.
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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Shabo Winery During Your Odessa Stay

  • One of the most modern and largest production facilities in Europe
  • The only in Ukraine center of wine culture
  • A superbly put tour of both historical part of the winery and modern operations: you’ll visit 200-year old wine cellars built by the French-Swiss colonists and modern production facilities: grape processing, fine wine, grape vodka and brandy production departments and much more
  • A fascinating journey into the wine-making history of the region: from the ancient Greeks to the Ottomans to the Swiss colonists and Romanians – Shabo has quite a story to tell!
  • Last and most important – you’ll try a selection of the Shabo sparkling, fine red and wine wines :).
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    Odessa’s Jewish Heritage tour

    Odessa’s Jewish history is a fascinating story to tell. Opportunities provided by the fast growing city and port both for the poor Jews from the shtetls and rich Galicia Jews were plentiful. In hundred years Odessa boasted Jewish bankers and traders, architects and doctors. The city became home to the Jewish intellectuals, housed the Haskalah movement and Odessa’s Palestine Committee. The “Star in Exile” to a Jew in the Russian Empire during the first half of the nineteenth century, Odessa evolved into the “Gates of Zion” several decades later.

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