Welcome to Odesa


Immigrants from all over Europe were invited to make their fortune here when Odesa was founded in the late 18th century by Russia's Catherine the Great. These new inhabitants, particularly Jews, gave Russia's southern window on the world a singular, subversive nature.

Having weathered recent political storms, Odesa is booming again – it now substitutes for Crimea as the main domestic holiday destination. It's a golden age for local businesses, but it puts a strain on the already crowded sandy beaches.


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$118.83 Private & Custom Tours

Panoramic Odessa Private City Tour

The tour starts with a pick-up from your hotel. Ideal for the first time visitors, this tour gives you an excellent introduction to Odessa’s attractions and you will appreciate the personalized attention of your local guide. First, you will visit a famous resort district of the city – Arcadia. Nice beaches with white sand, luxury boutiques and fancy restaurants are situated there. All year round, this place is full with both tourists and locals who want to enjoy the joyful atmosphere of this area.Moreover, you will see Privoz Market – one of the biggest markets in Europe. This is a place where you can not only buy some food but also hear the colorful Odessa language. Your guide will tell you many anecdotes related to Privoz. Then you will drive to Odessa Port and see big cruise ships and small yachts there. Your guide will show you a famous sculpture, the Sailor’s Wife Monument, and will explain its meaning to you. You can admire a stunning view of the Potemkin Steps from the port.Then, you will head to the central part of the city and see the most iconic Odessa’s sights, including the magnificent Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, the Belvedere of Vorontsov’s Palace, the monument to Catherine the Great, among others. You will walk through the famous Deribasovskaya Street and its neighborhoods. Just a few steps away, there is a charming City Garden with a beautiful fountain where you can hear street musicians perform. The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel. You will have a lot of great impressions after this tour.

$29.71 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour of Odessa Catacombs

Your driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will head to the outskirts Odessa, Nerubayskoye Village, where the catacombs are located. The temperature in the Catacombs is about 57°F (14°С) all year round and they are one of the longest in the world. The Odessa catacombs don’t resemble the ones in Rome and Paris, offering you a brand new experience.The history of this attraction starts in the 19th century, with the appearance of the limestone quarries. Odessa was a fast growing city and people needed a cheap construction material for the buildings. As a result, long underground labyrinths emerged under the city. It wasn’t safe and soon the mining was prohibited, however the catacombs have remained untouched till today.Your professional guide will tell you many stories that took place in the catacombs and you will see how much this place means to Odessa and the citizens of the city. Once it was the place where robbers and smugglers hid from the police and you will hear a lot of facts about the criminal past of the city. However, one of the most important pages of the catacombs history is related to the World War II, when Soviet partisans hid there. There is an underground Museum of Partisan Glory and you will visit it during this tour. You will get a lot of new impressions after visiting Odessa catacombs; it is an unforgettable experience. After the tour, your driver will bring you back to the hotel.

$35.65 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer: Odessa International Airport to Odessa hotel

Your driver will be waiting for you at the arrival gate, holding your name sign. He will be glad to assist you with your luggage. You will be escorted to your private vehicle and taken to your centrally located Odessa hotel or apartment. See some of the city's sights and get some useful information as you drive through the city.Vehicles are available for a different number of passengers, and are in top visual and technical condition. You can choose a Sedan, a Minivan or Minibus for your transfer.Distance from Odessa International Airport (ODS) to the centrally located Odessa hotels is approximately 5 miles (8 km). Please, include the following information when booking: Name of the airlines & flight number Arrival time Name & address of your hotel Your mobile phone

$35.65 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Odessa International Airport from Odessa Hotel

Meet your driver, holding your name sign, at the reception of your hotel at the appointed time. He will be glad to assist you with your luggage. Sit back and relax with stress-free transfer, avoiding the hassle of arranging a taxi at the last minute or traveling by public transport. Vehicles are available for a different number of passengers, and are in top visual and technical condition. You can choose a Sedan, a Minivan or Minibus for your transfer. Distance from the centrally located Odessa hotels to Odessa International Airport (ODS) is about 8 km. Please, include the following information when booking: Name & address of your hotel Pick-up time from the hotel Flight departure details: name of the airlines & flight time and number Your mobile phone

$59.42 Private & Custom Tours

Private Sightseeing Tour of Odessa

The tour starts from the Teatralnaya Square, in front of the Opera and Ballet Theater. This building, built in 1887, is a real pearl of architecture, famous all over the world. You will appreciate the elegant decoration of its exterior. Then you will take a walk through the main street of the city, Deribasovskaya Street. It is a lively place, where you will find a lot of cozy cafes and restaurants. A great area to come back to in your free time. Your guide will show you two interesting monuments situated on this street: the Monument to the 12th chair and the Monument to a famous singer and actor L. Utesov. You will hear captivating stories and take nice pictures with these sights.Continuing your tour, you will visit a marvelous city garden and see the Fountain of Perfume in the middle. This place is very popular among tourists and locals alike; you will enjoy the light atmosphere and the sounds of music there. According to legend, if you hug the Love Tree in the City Garden and make a wish, it will come true. Not far from it there is Old Odessa Corner – a cozy park with a charming bridge and small fountain.Later, you will walk through the one of the most beautiful streets of Odessa, Primorsky Boulevard, and admire the stunning mansions on one side and enjoy the panorama of the Black Sea on the other. This street will lead you to the Duke de Richelieu Monument facing the Odessa Port. There is another must-see Odessa attraction there, the legendary Potemkin Steps. You can walk down the stairs and then use the funicular to get back to the top.On this fascinating tour, you will see the best Odessa sights and learn a lot of interesting facts from your friendly private guide. The tour ends in the city center.

$80 Private & Custom Tours

Odessa's Private Catacombs Tour

No one knows how old Odessa's network is, but the catacombs were greatly expanded in 1794, when Catherine the Great sought limestone to build her city by the sea. Odessa, from the moment of a birth, was under construction on a stone of a shell rock which was extracted from the underground. Therefore under the city underground labyrinths were formed. They store secrets of the past. The history of the Odessa catacombs is a terrible monastery of the criminal of Odessa and simultaneously they are Heroism Odessa the guerrilla of the period of occupation of Odessa during WWII. The temperature in the Catacombs is +15C all-around the year. That is why we recommend you to take the warmer underwear. Going in suburb of Odessa - village Nerubajskoe were you will visit catacombs. It is only one legal entrance to the Odessa’s Catacombs. We recommend enjoying this tour what will help you to open the underground history of Odessa.