Head to Arkadia Beach, not to swim, but to people watch and stroll along the café-lined boardwalk. Wander down Bul Prymorsky - this charming pedestrian area is the heart of Odessa - then make sure to walk down the famous Potemkin Steps, as they sweep down to the Black Sea. The city boasts numerous renowned museums, focusing on everything from Jewish History to Fine Arts. In the evening, your guide can help you secure tickets to a performance at Odesa's architectural and cultural jewel, the breathtaking Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Your guide wants you to make the most of your time in his hometown and will happily customize an Odessa tour to suit your unique interests in this fascinating Ukrainian city.
1. Tour Around The City
During the excursion you will visit historical sights of great importance to the city of Odessa. The tour will take you to see major historic streets such as Pushkinskaya, Rishelievskaya, Lanzhronovskaya, Franzusky and Primorsky Boulevards, Potemkin Stairs and certainly the most famous street of Odessa – Deribasovskaya. You will see the Black sea and the famous Arkadia Beach. Of course, you will also see numerous masterpieces of architecture such as Theatre of an Opera and Ballet, a monument to Duke de Rishelieu, Shakh Palace and many other remarkable places.
2. The Mysteries of the Odessa Catacombs. (duration 2 hours)
The city catacombs appeared as a result of the extraction of the limestone used for the construction of Odessa and they are everywhere under the city and its suburbs. A lot of myths and legends about this underground town have been rumored from the very beginning. The catacombs gave shelter to the homeless people, to those who were crashed and pursued, to the thieves and the smugglers. But mainly the catacombs are known for the partisan movement in Odessa during the WW2. On the place of one of such partisan detachments in the village of Nerubaiskoye a unique underground Museum of Partisan Glory was organized.
3. The Bilghorod-Dnistrovsky Fortress.
Is located in the mouth of the Dniester river, 80 km from Odessa. The modern town of Bilghorod-Dnistrovsky begins its history in the 6th century BC, when the ancient Greek town of Tyra was founded on the right bank of the river. Within the long period of its existence the fortress has survived dozens of wars and rulers, each bringing new architectural and military elements to the original towers and walls.
4. Shabo winery
After visiting the fortress you can gladden your heart with the best wines in a factory located in the village of Shabo- the first and the only one Swiss colony in the former Russian Empire, which began to exist since 17th century. In the village of Shabo, situated on the left bank of the Dniester River the experts of vine-growing and winemaking dwell and work. The technology of wine-making and viticulture has been preserved here since the 19th century when Russian Tzar encouraged wine-makers from France and Switzerland to settle down in this picturesque village. You will have an opportunity to plunge into the mystery of wine-producing yourself. The genuine heirs of the vine-growers who are keeping the traditions will unveil all the secrets to you. And here You will also have a chance to taste local wines that for sure will impress you greatly, leaving warm and unforgettable feelings in the very depth of your heart!
In the crystal hall guests can taste the wine and brandy TM Shabo:
- «SHABO CLASSIC» Chardonnay – dry white
- «SHABO CLASSIC» Cabernet – dry red
- «SHABO CLASSIC» Sherry – dry white
- «SHABO CLASSIC» Semi-dry White
- «SHABO CLASSIC» Semi-sweet Red
- Sparkling wine «SHABO CLASSIC» semi-sweet
- Vermouth «SHABO BIANCO CLASSIC», desert white
- Brandy “V.S.O.P.” (five stars)
Traditional snacks for degustation: crackers, walnuts, dark chocolate are served for drinks. On the territory of “Shabo” wine company the Store is located, where you can buy products of TM “Shabo”, souvenirs.
5.Jewish Odessa Tour
Since its foundation, Odessa has been a cosmopolitan city. Big communities of Greeks, French, Polish, Italians, Jews, Russians, and other people have existed here. It became the first city of the Russian Empire, where Jews were allowed to settle. By the time of the WW II Odessa Jewish community became the third largest in the world, after New York and Warsaw, having reached almost 47% of the city population. Many great names of Jewish writers and politicians are connected with Odessa.
You'll visit almost all Jewish heritage sites of Odessa. With our professional guide you’ll find out about the history of the Odessa Jewish community, dark days of Holocaust, and get acquainted with modern Jewish Odessa.
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