“In the Footsteps of Odessa’s Famous Musicians and Writers” walking tour

Odessa. A true jewel of the Russian Empire in the 19th century, its Southern Capital. The city that stood in one rank with Paris and Vienna. The city that had the Theater built just 16 years after its founding. Odessa inspired Pushkin and Gogol, Bunin and Chekhov. Odessa’s Famous Musicians and Writers private tour tells the story of the bohemians in Odessa.

Odessa gave birth to prominent musicians — Richter, Milstein, Oistrakh and Gilels. Pyotr Stolyarsky established here the first of its kind musical boarding school for talented children. This school gave birth to many brilliant 20th century musicians.

Over the two centuries, Odessa attracted the greatest names in music and arts. Ferenc Liszt gave six concerts here. Caruso, Chaliapin and Sobinov sang in the Opera Theater. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov stood at the City Theater behind the conductor’s desk. Sara Bernard and Eleonora Duzes performed in the Russian Theater.

Start your exploration of Odessa with a walking tour through the picturesque, cobble-stoned streets of the old city center. We follow in the footsteps of Odessa’s famous musicians and writers who lived and worked here: Emil Gilels and Svyatoslav Richter, Pyotr Stolyarsky, Alexander Pushkin and Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Bunin and Anton Chekhov. Many of these bohemian types knew each other, were students and teachers, as well as friends. These relationships gave rise to numerous anecdotes that further enhance the stories. The stories that lie behind the facades of historic landmarks.

Optional: Proceed «In the Footsteps of Odessa’s Famous Writers and Musicians» walking tour with an exclusive private tour of the Opera House and get an insider view on its splendid interiors.


3 hrs


Walking tour


*Potemkin Steps

*Vorontsov & Tolstoy palaces

*Monument to Odessa’s Founders

*Odessa Opera House (exterior)

*Palais Royal *Deribasovksaya str

*Sights connected to Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Babel

These are just some of the sights included into the tour. Email us for the complete tour itinerary and price.