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It’s no surprise that Odessa features in so many famous works of art and literature. It has been a cultural center with a unique energy since the 18th century. As a port city, Odessa has an international feel from the mix of cultures that landed here. More than just a highlight of tourism in Ukraine, Odessa is a standout European city. Odessa is a lively destination with a variety of restaurants, shops, and architecture. One of Odessa's most famous buildings is the Opera House. It is both beautiful and affordable to visit, either for a performance or a guided tour.
Located on the Black Sea, Odessa is also known for its beaches. The famous Potemkin Stairs lead to the port and are definitely worth seeing. Climbing them on a hot summer's day is quite an achievement! There's a funicular if you prefer to have less of a workout. It’s easy to have a wonderful time just strolling though Odessa. It's a scenic and very walkable city. Odessa’s catacombs are famous, and along just about any avenue you can admire brightly colored neoclassical buildings. Gourmands will love exploring Odessa's dining scene. You'll find some of the best cuisine in Ukraine.
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Where to stay in Odessa
With all our accommodations located in the heart of the city, close to the main sights, the choice really comes down to budget and your preferred style. From cozy B&B to high end 5 star with sea views and a spa and pool area with a panoramic outdoor terrace, we've got Odessa hotel options for all pockets and tastes. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Things to do in Odessa
Sure you could just head for one of the beaches that cause locals to flock to Odessa in the summer but there's much more to see and do. A city walking tour will fill you in on this important port city's role in the history of the region or explore the significant Ashkenazi heritage of Odessa on a Jewish Odessa driving tour. Visiting the catacombs with a private guide is easily the best way to experience them. Now a riddle for you: When is a country not a country? When it's only recognised by other non-UN countries. The place in question is Transnistria, a breakaway region of the Republic of Moldova where time has stood still, the Berlin Wall is still intact, there's a hammer and sickle on the flag and you can step back in time for the day. Don't forget your passport! When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to included in your vacation package or consider for adding later.
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What I love about Odessa...
“Odessa is very picturesque and colorful and I love its beautiful nature, golden sand beaches and elegant architecture. You can feel Odessa’s charm and emotions by taking a walk on Primorsky boulevard and Derybasivska street. Climb the 192 steps of Potemkin Steps, discover the secrets of underground Odessa and of course try some local food on the famous "Privoz"" market or in various restaurants."”
Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Odessa
Spend some time in Odessa on a tour that takes in other cities in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Odessa and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.
10 day tour of the highlights of Western Ukraine. Starti in beguiling Lviv, Ukraine's coffee and cocoa capital. The next stop is the bustling metropolis of Kiev, a modern city with an interesting past to learn about. Your tour finishes at the Black Sea coast, in Odessa. A famous port city with hidden depths. read full itinerary