Enjoy a panoramic 5-hour coach tour of Odessa to see the main sights, such as Primorskiy Boulevard, Catharine II Square, and the Cathedral. Stop for a tour inside the Opera House to discover the “Pearl of Odessa” in the picturesque halls and galleries.
What to Expect
Start your half-day tour of Odessa on the grand thoroughfare of Primorsky Boulevard where many of the city’s most beautiful buidlings are to be found. See the recently renovated Ekaterina Square with its restored monument to Queen Ekaterina II, and the legendary Potemkin Steps, entrance to the city from the sea.
Continue to the Gothic Shah’s Palace and admire the statue of a globe supported by 2 figures of Atlantis. Your next stop is a highlight of the tour; the beautiful Opera and Ballet Theater, designed by 2 Viennese architects in a French rococo style. Enjoy a 20-minute tour of the picturesque halls, galleries, and balconies, and marvel at the stage and fabled curtain.
Drive through the main streets of Odessa to Shevchenko Boulevard, named after a famous Ukrainian poet. During World War II, many parts of Odessa were damaged leading up to its liberation on 10 April 1944. Admire the monument on the square named for this historic date, and then go to Frantsuzky (French Boulevard) to discover the only Champagne factory of the Russian Empire.
Pass the Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy, one of the world's leading ophthalmology clinics, and continue to the prestigious University buildings en route to Shevchenko Park. Pay your respects at the Monument of the Unknown Sailor, before driving to the Pushkin Museum and Monument.
Next, visit the Transfiguration Cathedral, rebuilt in 2001 after it was demolished by the Soviets in 1936. Stop to purchase some souvenirs at the craft’s market, and then continue to the Odessa Philharmonic Society's Theatre and historical Krasnaya (Bristol) Hotel. Return to your hotel via Tamozhennaya (Customs) Square and the Sea Passenger Terminal.
- Transportation by air-conditioned coach
- Guide (English, French, Italian, Spanish, and other languages)
- Entrance to the Opera House
What's Not Included
- Tips and private expenses
Know Before You Go
• Please note that a visit inside the Opera House is possible for groups of more than 6 people