Odessa Grand Tour: Fascinating Old Quarters, “Undiscovered” Odessa, Picturesque Neighborhoods and the City’s Marvel- the State Opera and Ballet Theater (7- hour tour)


Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see the most of Odessa in one day! Whether your ship docked in Odessa for a full day or you have a day to spend on a pre-cruise excursion, this 7-hour grand tour will give you an excellent overview of our beautiful city.

You’ll explore the best of Odessa by both car and on foot. Strolling through the old quarters, you’ll see the main historic landmarks and off-the-beaten path areas. You’ll enjoy the picturesque French Boulevard and Arcadia and sneak a peek at the contemporary city. You’ll visit Odessa’s main park – Shevchenko park, see the tomb of the Unknown Sailor, dedicated to the World War ll heroes, and enjoy gorgeous views on the port and harbor. A tour of the oldest city market will give you a feel for the local lifestyle and a tour through the area once populated by the city’s first craftsmen, later by world famous artists, doctors and men of science, will let you discover “The Other” Odessa.

You’ll receive an exclusive tour of the State Opera and Ballet Theater. This incredible baroque opera house is one of Europe’s largest and is sure to leave you awestruck with its elegant interior. Explore the auditorium, main staircases (Emperor’s Staircase) and grand foyer with your expert guide, and hear how the building inspired the most prominent opera singers and ballet dancers of the late 1800s and early 1900s, among which were Feodor Shalyapin, Peter Chaikovsky and Anna Pavlova.

You’ll follow in the footsteps of such prominent names as Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain), Anton Chekhov and Theodore Dreiser and hear the stories hidden behind the marvelous façade of the historic building. And to make the tour less exhausting, we’ll have a stop for lunch with a local twist in one of Odessa’s authentic restaurants.

Tour Highlights:

  • Guided walking tour of Odessa’s historic city center and its main sights: Potemkin steps, Primorsky boulevard with the Duke de Rischelieu statue, Vorontsov, Tolstoy and Naryshkin palaces, City Garden and Deribasovskaya street, Transfiguration Cathedral
  • Guided tour of the Odessa’s State Opera and Ballet Theater (both interior and exterior)
  • Guided tour of the local oldest city market
  • Guided tour by private car of the second district of the historic city center
  • Guided tour by private car of Shevchenko park, French boulevard and Arcadia

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