Introduction to Odessa, Ukraine
Gateway to the Black Sea Riviera.
Odessa has a reputation as a lively artistic and cultural centre, with architectural treasures that include a trio of palaces - and a prestigious 19th century Opera House, where Tchaikovsky performed. Don't miss the shopping arcades - or bargain-price local vodka and caviar!
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- Admire some of Odessa’s most charming buildings
- Explore Gagarin’s Estate, once home to a 19th century Russian noble family
- Experience a violin concert performed by talented musicians from the Philharmonic Theatre
Discover the highlights and rich cultural heritage of Odessa, which has been an inspiration to artists, poets, writers and musicians for centuries.
Departing from the quayside you will drive to Tolstoy’s Estate, which was once the home of Count Tolstoy and now houses the Scientists’ Club of Odessa. Amongst the mansion’s exhibits is an impressive collection of photographs and furniture, which once belonged to Count Mikhail Tolstoy, a cousin of the renowned Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy.
Following your tour of this charming building, you will travel to the refined Gagarin Estate, which today houses the Museum of Literature. Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful museum, which showcases around 40,000 exhibits. Next savour a glass of Odessa champagne or a soft drink in the magnificent Golden Hall as you delight in a violin concert performed by talented musicians from the Odessa Philharmonic Theatre.
After you have enjoyed the beautiful sounds of the orchestra, board your coach and travel back to the quayside to your awaiting ship.DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, as there will be some steps to negotiate throughout. Guests are advised to wear flat, comfortable shoes.
- Discover one of the longest catacomb systems in the world
- Explore the long tangle of corridors and underground rooms
- Enjoy an insightful visit to the World War II Museum of the Resistance Movement
Your tour of Odessa is combined with a visit to the labyrinth of catacombs which thread approximately 600 miles under the city and made good hideouts for the World War II resistance.
Your tour begins with a brief drive through the city, pausing for a photo stop at Primorsky Boulevard. View the monuments commemorating Catherine the Great and Duke de Richelieu, the famous Potemkin Steps – considered to be the entrance to the city from the sea - and the beautiful Odessa Opera House.
Next head out of the city, passing small Ukrainian villages en route. Soon you will reach the village of Nerubayskoye, which was originally built as a Cossack military settlement at the end of the 18th century.
Continuing, your guide will then escort you on a fascinating underground walk through the Odessa Catacombs, one of the longest underground systems in the world. Stop at the command post for members of the resistance of World War II. Leaving the catacombs, you will visit a recreation of the resistance headquarters at the local museum.
After a look at this fascinating underground network, you head back to the pier and your awaiting ship.DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and many steps to negotiate at the catacombs and museum. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, wheelchair users or those who suffer from claustrophobia. Participants are advised to wear flat, comfortable walking shoes and bring a jacket or jumper, as the temperature can be cool underground.
- Admire the splendid exterior of the Opera House, considered one of the best in Europe
- Marvel at Odessa’s striking architecture
- Visit the imposing Uspensky Cathedral
Discover the beauty of Odessa, one of the Ukraine’s most prosperous and cosmopolitan cities.
Begin with a view of the impressive Potemkin Staircase, which descends dramatically 139 metres (455 feet) from Primorsky Boulevard – a beautiful wide seafront promenade - and admire the city’s most cherished monument to the Duke de Richelieu, former governor of Odessa. The stairs are considered to be the formal entrance into the city from the sea.
Continuing, you will head towards the magnificent Opera House, where you can admire its stunning exterior. Considered to be one of the best opera houses in Europe, the Baroque building was completed in 1887 and resembles the Vienna Opera House and Dresden Court Theatre.
Next you will visit the imposing Uspensky Cathedral, the main church of Odessa and Kherson Diocese. This five-domed cathedral was built between 1855 and 1869, and is a grand structure with a Byzantine-style façade. From here you will drive past some of Odessa’s most appealing architecture before stopping at Shevchenko Park, which boasts over 225 acres of green space and amazing views of the coastline. The park also features an obelisk with an eternal flame burning in commemoration of the Unknown Sailor.
Your concluding stop is to the Museum of Fine Arts, housed in the former palace of Count Potosky, where you can admire the impressive display of Russian icons and paintings dating back to the 15th century.DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing. There are steps to negotiate throughout, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and are required to keep shoulders and knees covered when entering the cathedral (i.e. no vests or shorts), and ladies’ hair must be covered. Please note that the Opera House be viewed from the outside only.
- Odessa is a pearl of the Black Sea boasting some magnficient attractions
- Get to the heart of the city on a walking tour
- Visit the Shabo Winery and enjoy a taste of some local wines
On this fascinating full-day tour, uncover the city of Odessa and its surrounding countryside before pausing to sample some local wines.
Enjoy a short drive to Primorsky Boulevard, a beautiful wide and grand promenade which borders the seafront for its entire length. The panorama of this busy harbour city will soon unfold before you and you will pause to see one of the city’s most cherished monument commemorating Duke de Richelieu, former governor of Odessa, as well as the impressive Potemkin Steps, which descend dramatically 138 metres (455 feet) to the seafront.
Next embark on a walking tour which will take in many of Odessa’s most impressive buildings, squares and monuments including the City Hall, monument to Pushkin, cannon from the Crimean War, Laocoon Statue, classical-style Archaeological Museum building and the outside of the fabulous Odessa Opera House. Your next stop is at Shevchenko Park, boasting 225 acres of green space and a pleasant view of the sea. The park was named after the Ukrainian poet and patriot and is home to an obelisk with an eternal flame burning in commemoration of the Unknown Sailor.
Re-boarding your tour coach, you will enjoy a drive through Odessa to a local restaurant in Shabo, where you can indulge in a Ukrainian-style lunch with a glass of wine. After lunch, embark on a guided tour of the Shabo Wine Culture Centre and discover the history of Ukrainian wines as well as enjoying a tasting of local varieties.
DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
Is this tour right for you?IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking, with many steps to negotiate throughout, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please note that other than the winery, all sites mentioned will be viewed externally.
- Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Odessa from the comfort of your coach
- Capture the highlights of the city, including the Potemkin Steps, on camera
This unique tour is designed for those who are eager to admire the most cherished attractions of Odessa, without much walking involved.
Leaving the quayside, you will pass through the central streets of Odessa to enjoy a photo stop near Catherine the Great and Duke de Richelieu monuments. During your tour, you will also have a chance to take pictures of the famous Potemkin Steps, considered to be the entrance to the city from the sea, and the highlight of your tour - the beautiful Odessa Opera House.
A special stop will be made in Shevchenko Park with its Monument to the Unknown Sailor, where you can pay your respects before driving to Cathedral Square. Here you will have a chance to visit the amazing Transfiguration Cathedral, which was rebuilt in 2001 after it was demolished by the Soviets in 1936. From here you drive back to the quayside and your awaiting ship.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility providing guests can board the caoch unaided. Guests are required to keep shoulders and knees covered when entering the cathedral (i.e. no vests or shorts), and ladies must keep their hair covered.
- Discover the highlights of Odessa on foot
- Learn more about the city’s rich history and admire its beautiful streets
- Explore the Baroque Opera House
Take in an insightful walking tour to explore the main sights of Odessa – the third largest city in the Ukraine.
Your tour begins with a visit to Deribasovskaya Street, considered the best place in the city to browse for souvenirs and handicrafts, and is a street known for its special Odessan atmosphere.
From Deribasovskaya, you will take a short walk to the Odessa Opera House for a guided tour. Undoubtedly, the most impressive part of the building is its auditorium, which is decorated in Rococo style. All areas of the interior compliment one other - the dome, columns, arches, bas-reliefs, candles and gilding combine with the amazing colour of the walls and ceilings. The theatre deserves much of the credit for the development of musical culture in Russia and Ukraine. Artists who made the domestic arts famous have performed here and the world-famous dancer - Anna Pavlova - danced here.
After visiting the Opera House you continue past the Archaeological Museum as you stroll along the Primorsky Boulevard – its beauty lies in the early 19th century buildings - up to the magnificent Potemkin Steps. You will then take a short drive to the largest cathedral in Odessa - Spaso Preobrazhensky Cathedral. On 10th November 2005, the remains of Count Mikhail Vorontsov, General Governor of Novorossia from 1823 untill 1844, and his wife were reburied here. Next, enjoy the opportunity to browse and purchase local crafts and souvenirs on Cathedral Square, before returning to your awaiting ship.TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES!
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a strenuous amount of walking which will be over both cobbled and flat terrain. There will be steps to negotiate throughout, therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. Guests are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and are required to keep shoulders and knees covered when entering the cathedral (i.e. no vests or shorts), and ladies must also keep their hair covered.
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