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Criminal Odessa Private Tour

Criminal Odessa Private Tour

From US$ 58.25 per person

Uncover intriguing facts about Odessa's dark past on a thrilling private 2.5 hour Criminal Odessa Tour. This tour will introduce you to the history of famous gangsters, who once lived in Odessa, and whose life stories have not faded in centuries.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Visit infamous places of Odessa, including Myasoedovskaya and Moldavanka Streets, where gangsters lived
  • Hear the stories about Mishka Yaponchuk, the legendary chief of Odessa mafia
  • Find out how pickpockets and tricksters cheated on law-abiding citizens
  • Explore the hidden inner yards of Odessa where robbers escaped from police officers
  • Listen to the legends about a famous thief Son’ka the Golden Hand
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If you want to discover the city of Odessa from an unusual side, be sure to take a Criminal Odessa guided tour. You will visit off the beaten track streets and yards, and plunge into the enigmatic atmosphere of mafia and crime.  After hotel pick-up, you will set off on a captivating 2.5 hour tour with an expert guide. The fascinating criminal history of Odessa starts from the very day of its foundation in 1794. Being a new port city with tempting opportunities to get rich quickly, Odessa attracted many people with a dubious reputation. Adventurers and scammers took advantage of the situation, creating one of the most powerful criminal groups in the Russian Empire. During the tour, you will see the most significant places of the criminal Odessa, including the famous Shevchenko Park, where one of the legendary fortress walls is still visible, and the customs office. Moreover, you will visit intriguing crime-related places, such as Myasoedovskaya and Moldavanka Streets, the quarantine harbor and the famous “Chumka”. The Moldavanka district became popular because of Mishka Yaponchuk, the famous chief of Odessa mafia, who was born here. Moreover, the robbery academy, preparing “staff” for both the Russian Empire and abroad, was operating on Moldavanka. Odessa was a home for numerous legendary thieves, pickpockets and tricksters, including well-known Sonka the Golden Hand and others.  Exploring the streets once home to famous gangsters, you'll feel the atmosphere of the criminal Odessa of the 19th-20th centuries. The tour will end with hotel drop off.  
  • Professional guide service
  • Transportation services along the route
  • Pick-up service from the hotel
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Best excursion I've ever been!

Best excursion I've ever been! Our guide Denis knows the history of the city for 5 plus, it is very interesting to listen to him! I strongly advise!

August 29, 2017

Very nice and competent guide, there was also a private taxi which was / is included in the price.

August 21, 2019

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