Following Odessa Foreign Settlers

Hugely under-marketed, ports of Bulgaria and Romania provide an enchanting experience and each offers something special to every visitor. Taste folklore heritage, authentic foods and wines in Constanta; discover history of Romania’s Jews and travel back in time to the Communist era in Bucharest; immerse in the atmosphere of the charming Middle Age old town in Nessebar and dive deep into the ancient times of the Black Sea coastline in Varna’s History Museum.

Walking for miles to explore each destination and compare its sights, foods and wines, we put ourselves in your shoes to understand what will inspire you. We leveraged our Odessa experience to develop itineraries, which will run smooth. We built connections among your ports of call to show you something unique in each, yet provide you with an integrated story of the Black Sea coastline that you bring back home from your voyage.

Discover cultures and history, feel and eat like a local, build custom itineraries or go with our choice of the tour – let YOUR journey along the Black Sea begin here!

The four foreigners met on a Russian navy vessel in 1780s- Jose de Ribas, Duc de Richelieu, Count of Langeron and François de Wollant. De Ribas convinced the Russian Empress Catherine to found Odessa on a totally deserted piece of land, Richeliue made it the 3rd largest city in the Russian Empire in just 11 years, Langeron established here a free economic zone, which boosted city’s economy, and finally, de Wollant created the first plan of the city and the harbor. Quite an impact!

Those four took the lead and were supported by hundreds of French, Germans, English, Bulgarians, Greeks and Italians who were encouraged to settle in Odessa.

This walk takes you through the ethnic neighborhoods of the city center, soaked in history and packed full of the most entertaining stories. After all, it can’t be any other way! Odessa’s foreign settlers were adventurous and entrepreneurial people. Fanconi, Astoridi, Frapolli, Torrichelli- they opened the city’s first coffee shops and bakeries, designed splendid buildings, which still exist. We’ll walk through Odessa’s Palais Royal (you did not know we have one as well? :)) and through one of the finest and longest streets once called Italian (which will never be called so again). We’ll see the first English men’s club (well, when the Brits moved in, they needed to feel at home, right ?:) ). Totally off the beaten track Greek street and La Strata Ribas – that part of it, which starts with the statue to Odessa’s founder in his actual size (I bet you’ll be surprised to see how he looked…). You’ll enjoy this walk – it will make you forget that you are somewhere there…..in Eastern Europe….. traveling…. You’ll feel at home!

What’s the price?

$15 per person. Children under 14 go free

Duration?

2 hours

How to join?

Email us at odessawalks@gmail.com with your name and date when you’d like to join. Booking is free and should be made at least a couple of hours before the tour. We’ll respond with confirmation

When is the walk?

April — Oct: daily, at 4.00pm

Nov-March: daily, at 3.00pm

Where’s the meeting point?

City Garden on Deribasovskaya street. Look for the guide with the Odessa Walks sign

What’s the group size?

12 people max We highly recommend booking a spot on a group walk a day in advance during the high season

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