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  • Odessa: Underground Secrets Catacombs Tour

    1. Odessa: Underground Secrets Catacombs Tour

    Odessa is known for its stunning architecture and friendly residents, and also for its extensive maze of underground catacombs. The catacombs are a network of underground tunnels and mazes, and were at one time quarries from which the building stone for the city was mined. At present, the length of the Odessa catacombs is estimated at approximately 2,500-3,000 kilometers. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll learn how the catacombs played an important role at different times in Odessa’s history. In the 18th and 19th centuries the catacombs served as a conduit for smugglers, stashes for different gangs, and a prison for women, who were sold into slavery. During the October Revolution the catacombs were a gathering place for members of underground organizations and the location for the printing of the Bolshevik newspaper. During World War II, partisans and sabotage units took refuge in the cata...

    Awsome experience, really cool guides (we had the tour guide and an Spanish language guide).

  • Akkerman Fortress and Shabo Wine Center Day Trip from Odessa

    2. Akkerman Fortress and Shabo Wine Center Day Trip from Odessa

    Start this full-day trip from Odessa with a 2-hour drive to Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky, and learn about the interesting history of this ancient city. Begin with a guided tour of the Akkerman Fortress, built during the 12th-15th centuries, and one of the most stunning sights in Bilhorod-Dnistrovsky. Take a walk through the stone galleries, and to the citadel, which is the oldest part of the fortification. Visit the Shabo Wine Cultural Center on the second part of the trip, and enjoy a guided tour. Learn about the winemaking process and then taste fine Shabo wines. Stop in the Shabo-brand store for wines to take home and gifts for your friends.

  • From Odessa: Cossack Village Weekend Experience

    3. From Odessa: Cossack Village Weekend Experience

    Visit the Cossack village of Marinovka, only 30km from Odessa. Experience the beautiful landscape of endless fields. Enjoy a warm welcome from your hosts, as they present you with traditional appetizers from the region.  Learn about the everyday life and culture of the Cossacks of the Black Sea. Discover religious traditions and rituals and even dress in the traditional clothes of the region, to take photos with your new friends. Dine with an authentic homemade lunch, prepared with fresh, organic ingredients.  Take the chance to make your own amulet or a doll, in the style of their culture. Express yourself, as they ask you to sing in their chorus. Walk to the firth and even try honey, freshly made in their own apiary.  

  • The Courtyards of Old Odessa: 3-Hour Walking Tour

    4. The Courtyards of Old Odessa: 3-Hour Walking Tour

    Explore the secret courtyards of Odessa on a 3-hour walking tour and experience a side of the city that is rarely explored. Meet your guide by the Monument to Orange on Zhvanetskiy Boulevard. Then walk to the typical courtyards of Vorontsovskiy Lane. Discover courtyards with a through-passage and a yard with a monument to Zamengoff, the inventor of Esperanto.  Visit an elegant Palais-Royal, an Italian courtyard and the art yards where you can admire the amazing architecture of Old Odessa. Enjoy an optional visit to a coffee house in the heart of the Old City and taste some excellent coffee and French macarons. 

    We enjoyed the tour very much, with all our questions answer in a very knowledgeable and interesting way.

  • From Odessa: Half-Day Shabo Wine Culture Center Tour

    5. From Odessa: Half-Day Shabo Wine Culture Center Tour

    Meet your friendly guide at the reception of your hotel and set off on a pleasant half-day trip to the Shabo Wine Culture Center, situated approximately an hour drive from Odessa. During a tour of the contemporary Shabo Wine Culture Center, you will visit the terroir vineyards and discover how the wine is made and which sorts of grapes are the best. Moreover, you’ll visit extensive cellars and see how the bottled wine should be kept.   You will also enjoy a tour of the fascinating territory of the complex with the underground wine storage, full of wine barrels, Grapevine Monument and Dionysus Fountain. There is a labyrinth museum and the movie theater to watch videos about the history of Shabo and the territory of the complex. You will examine the brandy hall and descend into the mysterious ancient vault to a depth of 9 meters under the ground. An expert guide will explain to you the cl...

  • Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy Tour

    6. Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy Tour

    You will be taken far away from Odessa to Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy City, the ancient town located in the historical province of Bessarabia which has often been in dispute between Russia and Romania. On the way you’ll see the main streets and get an impression of Odessa's downtown. Then you’ll drive along the coast southwards and 75 km from Odessa you’ll discover on the west side of the Dniester estuary, an impressive fortress in the bank of the river comprised mostly of a large system of walls and bastions. Sometimes referred to as Ackerman Fortress and dating back to the 13th century, the fortress was founded on the site of the Greek colony of Tyros, which existed from the 6th century BC. Subsequently Romans, Cossacks, Tatars, Russians and Romanians controlled this place . The fortress is one of the largest in Ukraine; its walls stretch nearly two km and its moat, once filled by an artifi...

  • Odessa Half-Day City Center and Shustov Cognac Tasting

    7. Odessa Half-Day City Center and Shustov Cognac Tasting

    Start your tour at an exquisite tiny bridge, the Shah’s Palace and a globe supported by the two mighty Atlantis from the 19th century. Head to the Vorontsov Palace, former residence of the governor of the city and the Novorossyisk houses. On the way, see the apartment house of the young Odessa. Head to the Duc de Richelieu monument and descend the 192 Potemkin Steps, the gala entrance to the city for those who arrive in Odessa by sea. See the Ekaterina Square and its recreated monument to Queen Ekaterina II. Marvel at the Pushkin statue and the imposing Odessa City Hall. Head to the Archaeological Museum, see the famous Opera and Ballet Theatre, designed by two Viennese architects Helmer and Felner. Move on to the Preobrazhensky Cathedral, destroyed by Stalin and rebuilt in 1999. Explore at your leisure as you walk through the Passage, a lavishly ornamented shopping mall and hotel built...

  • From Odessa: Bessarabian Village Cultural Tour

    8. From Odessa: Bessarabian Village Cultural Tour

    After departing from Odessa in your modern coach, you will venture toward the Tarutino/Sarata region. Once here, you will visit the green tourism complex of "Frumushika Nova". Frumushika Nova is a Bessarabian village-museum set out in the open air. Its manors have been created in the national style of different influences, including Moldovan, Gagauz, Ukrainian, Russian and Jewish houses. After a traditional breakfast, you will begin an excursion around the complex "Bessarabskaya village", an open-air museum containing Bulgarian, Gagauz and Moldovan farmsteads of the 18th-20th centuries. You will also encounter German and Jewish houses and a farmyard of the Russian family of a hero of socialist labor. You will also encounter a mini-zoo of elite breeds of pheasants, wild boars, raccoons, hares, lama, horses and donkeys on this farm. After this visit, you will venture to the ethnographic ...

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What people are saying about Odessa Oblast

Lovely gentle stroll around Odessa with a fantastic guide

After two busy days seeing all the historic sites above and below ground in Odessa this was a lovely way to spend our final morning. Our guide Natalya took us to numerous hidden courtyards and gave us a real feel for what this beautiful city was like to live in from the perspective of its residents. Natalya was incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of the history and life of the city and extremely patient in answering our many questions. She was happy to show us a couple of additional buildings we were curious about and even helped us organise a trip to the opera. Many thanks!

Really informative tour learning the history and ways of Odessa from the charming Natalia. The courtyards aren't beautiful gardens - more interesting cool and quiet spaces in a hot and bustling city but the tour is a great way to get to know the city.

A different picture of the city, very interesting stories. Guide fascinated with a noble treat I recommend. A trip worth the money spent.

Fantastic tour, lots of different court yards sand lots of informatio.

We enjoyed the tour very much, with all our questions answer in a very knowledgeable and interesting way.

It was an awsome experience. The guide was really cool!!!

Awsome experience, really cool guides (we had the tour guide and an Spanish language guide).