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The Hidden Yards of Odessa: Private Tour

The Hidden Yards of Odessa: Private Tour

From US$ 58.25 per person

Courtyards in Odessa are not just between buildings; they are places where history is made. In the courtyards people meet, do business, create masterpieces, fall in love, and more. Come see the locations where culture takes place in Odessa.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Ukrainian, English, Russian
Pickup included
Pickup from all Odessa hotels and apartments
Private group


  • Become familiar with typical humor, anecdotes, and everyday life in Odessa
  • Learn interesting facts about the Moldavanka district and its inhabitants
  • Admire the beauty of the Philharmonic courtyard and Pale-Royal Square
  • Feel the authentic ambience of the colorful hidden courtyards
  • Step off the beaten track and see how local people live
Full description
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel to set off on a fascinating tour of Odessa's hidden courtyards. This tour gives you a unique chance to see not only Odessa's main streets and the most popular tourist attractions, but also the hidden gems of the city: its yards. On this tour you will discover that Odessa is a city of a controversial and complicated history. Being one of the main seaports and economic centers in the Ukraine, Odessa has always attracted a variety of people, including businessmen, artists, politicians, and criminals. During the tour, you will visit Moldavanka courtyards with a through-passage, where pickpockets and other criminals escaped from the police. You will hear some chilling stories about Mishka Yaponchik, who was Odessa’s mafia boss in the early 20th century. Prepare to learn about the dark past of the city. And on the other side, the Philharmonic courtyard and Pale-Royal will impress you with their beauty and splendor. Located in the center of the city, these yards are famous for their stunning architecture and charming atmosphere. The most appealing part of our tour is the chance to glimpse into the authentic yards of the city, away from the main tourist roads, where local people live. You will notice that people in Odessa are very talkative, and share their vivid stories with great pleasure. Learn more about well-known Odessa humor on this tour through Odessa's back yards. At the end of the tour your driver will drop you off at your hotel.
  • Professional guide service
  • Transportation services along the route
  • Pickup service from the hotel
  • Gratuities
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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interesting stories about the hidden courtyards in Moldavanka

Competent guide, she knows a lot. You can tell that she is a teacher. Enormous memory for all the details.

September 16, 2019

Guiden var meget bidende og fortalte levende om byen

September 5, 2021


А Одессе были тысячи раз) думала знаю - все. Этот тур - это нечто. Хочется продолжения. Наталья - просто гид мечты). Очень интересно, профессионально, просто тонны новой информации.

August 25, 2021

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