Odessa Walks Group Walking Tours
Plan on visiting Odessa and want to experience the city? Already in town and have a spare hour? Join our group walks to get the best value and most entertaining ways to explore this fascinating city.
How to join a walk? – Simply select a walk from the list of walks down the page, book your place and show up for the tour! Look for a guide holding a sign that reads “Odessa Walks” at the meeting point.
How to book a place on a tour? – Just send us an email with your name, name of the tour and a date when you’d like to attend it. Booking is free and should be made at least a couple of hours before the tour. Please note, during the high season (May- end October) book a place on a walk in advance. Last minute bookings (2-3 hours before the starting time of a walk) are conditioned upon availability of the places and the guide.
We highly recommend booking a spot on a group walk a day in advance during the high season.
What’s the price? – It’s the best bargain in Odessa! And there’s no need to pre-pay – no credit card hassle or planning anxieties. Fee for the tour ($15 or an equivalent in local currency per an adult, kids under 15 go free) is payable on the day of the tour.
What’s the group size? – We keep it at 12. And don’t fret if you are the only one who signed up for the tour – we’ll be happy to take you on a walk… for the same price.
Join us! See the schedule for details on price, meeting points, etc.
View our SUMMER 2017 Group Walks Schedule (April 1st – November 15th)
View our WINTER 2016 – 2017 Group Walks (November 16th– March 31st)
Groups Walks Description
This is the “must do” walk, miss it and you’ve missed Odessa. For Odessa Through the Centuries tour takes you through two hundred years of the city’s history. Worried that you will spend an hour and a half listening to a monotonous lecture packed with boring facts, stats and people’s names? Not at all! The city’s past is a cocktail of funny stories cast in stone and we take it all in: how Odessa’s iconic sight appeared and why it was called Potemkin Steps, why the statue to the French prime-minister was erected on the donations of the Odessa’s poor and rich and has become a symbol of Odessa; the city’s beating heart of all times – Primorsky boulevard and its secrets.
The four foreigners met on a Russian military vessel in 1780s- Jose de Ribas, Duc de Richelieu, Count of Langeron and François de Wollant. The first one convinced Russian Empress to found Odessa on a totally deserted piece of land, the second one made it the 3rd largest city in Russia in just 11 years, the third one established here a free economic zone, which boosted city’s economy, and, finally, the last one created the city plan used to built Odessa. Quite an impact!
Want to step aside from the downtown’s traditional routes and learn if there’s anything else there besides Primorsky boulevard and Deribasovskaya street? Then, this walk is for you! Totally off the beaten track, this walking tour takes you through the area, which lies across the road from Deribasovskaya, and takes you further to the quarters once populated by the city’s first craftsmen, later by artists, doctors and men of science. This is the area where the oldest city market and the second in the world bacteriological lab are. And if you want to hear a few stories about criminal Odessa (yep, Odessa used to be reallyyyy infamous for its criminal world and could be easily called “Russian Chicago” of 1930s), you should definitely go!
Join us as we explore the tree-lined streets of Odessa’s historic city center. Seek out ethnic eateries and charming neighborhood restaurants. Odessa offers a unique cuisine – a mix of Greek, Bulgarian, Jewish, French, Russian and Ukrainian. During this tour you will enjoy a variety of food specialties that has secured Odessa’s reputation as being one of the greatest culinary and cultural centers of Ukraine and former USSR.
The Odessa Pubs walk makes for truly memorable and entertaining experience. By focusing on the off the beaten path sights of the historic city center you can explore some truly fascinating places. Alleyways and entrances of the buildings become gateways of discovery through which you step and find yourself gazing upon parts of Odessa that you would never dream existed.