Take a guided tour in the historical downtown, visiting the newest museum of the city and tasting of wonderful drinks. Shustov Cognac is one of a kind for its excellent quality received right to be called so, not being produced in the Cognac province.
What to Expect
Your exploration of Odessa will start at “A Piece of Old Odessa”. An exquisite tiny bridge, the Shah’s Palace and a house with a globe supported by the two mighty Atlantis will, certainly, get you acquainted with the remarkable art of Odessa architects of the 19th century. The House with Atlantis belonged to a famous family of barons Falz-Fein. The first representatives of the dynasty arrived to Russia on the decree of Ekaterina II (1763) about settling colonists from the European countries of Malosossiya territory (Odessa region). Being Germans originally, they swore on loyalty the Russian throne and served the Russian Empire with good faith and fidelity more than one hundred years.
Follow your guide who will take you to the western end of the Primorskiy boulevard where Vorontsov Palace is situated. On the way you will see one of the first and most prestige apartment house of the young Odessa by German merchant Lerche. The Vorontsov palace with an elegant colonnade, once the residence of the former governor of the city and the Novorossyisk Area houses now the children’s music and dance academy.
A short walking will lead you to the monument to Duc de Richelieu descend the 192 Potemkin Steps, the gala entrance to the city for those who arrive in Odessa by sea. From the other side of the monument you will see the Ekaterina Square recently renewed, with recreated monument to the Queen Ekaterina II – Sophie Auguste Friederike von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, whose rescript dd May 27th (June 7th) 1794 established the city and the port of Odessa.
At the eastern end of the boulevard stands Pushkin statue erected in 1888 by public subscription. The poet spent 13 months here in 1823-24 during his exile. Opposite the statue is the imposing pink-and-white colonnaded Odessa City Hall. A nearby cannon salvaged from the British frigate Tiger recalls of the Crimean War.
A gentle stroll will take you to view the Archaeological Museum with its graceful columns. It was founded in 1875 and is the oldest in the Ukraine. A Roman copy of the famous Laokoon marble statue is placed in front of the museum. Marvel at the famous elaborate Opera and Ballet Theatre, designed by two Viennese architects Helmer and Felner and ingeniously realized by the Russian and Ukrainian masters in 1884-1887.
A quick drive brings you to the "Pride of Odessa" majestic Preobrazhensky Cathedral, situated in the historical Sobornaya (Cathedral) Square. Considered one of the most important monuments in the city, the cathedral's immense domes were originally used as a navigational landmark for sailors. In 1936, after the Soviet revolution, Stalin had the cathedral destroyed. Architects using the original drawings and plans began to rebuild the magnificent building in 1999.
You'll enjoy free time for independent sightseeing when you walk through the Passage, a lavishly ornamented shopping mall and hotel built in 1899. Visit the stalls in nearby Sobornaya Square where you're sure to find that perfect souvenir.
After that your coach will drive you to the Odessa Shustov Cognac Factory via picturesque Odessa streets. Odessa Shustov Cognac Factory is the oldest cognac production plant, the cognac production flagship in the Russian Empire, the USSR, and today’s Ukraine. Its prominence is due to the legendary cognac dynasty of Shustov entrepreneurs. Shustov trademark history takes its rise in 1863. In the year of 1990 the Shustov's brandy has won the Grand Pris in the World Exhibition in Paris. From that time Shustovs were honored to write “cognac”, not “brandy” at their products.
Odessa Shustov Cognac Factory has the full production cycle following the French classical technology. It has vast areas planted with premium vineyards (about 1,000 ha) and the oldest park of cognac barrels.
You will see a short video about the cognac production and Shustov Factury history, will visit four museum halls acquainting youself with the traditional cognac manufacturing instruments, cooperage proccess, some points from Odessa history connected with cognac production, will see old boatles and oak barrels, imteresting documents and old promotional brosures, well-know persons photos from the private collections, will be able to taste differente cognac aromas.
The museum visit will end with testing of 5 types of vantage cognac. Then you are able to purchase any cognac, special made chocolate and souvenirs in the Museum shop.
- Transport service (car, mini-bus, bus)
- Entrance fees to the Cognac factory museum
- Cognac tasting (4) and snacks
What's Not Included
- Cognac and chocolate in the shop, souvenirs
Know Before You Go
The tour is very comfortable for the weal-chair guests: there is an ultramodern mechanism to go down and up in the cellars.