Silversea Luxury Cruises To ODESSA

ODESSA

If adventure, romance and grandeur are what you look for in a city, then you have come to the right place in Odessa. View more

Immortalised in bittersweet novel Moonlight in Odessa as “a place where the streets were lined with candy-coloured buildings, where people had conversations about classical music and art, where cooking for friends and family was the greatest way to express your love, where women wore sky-high heels with miniskirts and clattered down the street”, the city is also a bit of a pull for Alexander Pushkin fans, as the famed poet was exiled here in 1823. Odessa’s literary legacy is not the only thing it has going for it. Wide leafy streets lined with Baroque buildings make up the city centre, while the city’s beaches are considered the pearl of the Black Sea. Unsurprisingly for a city with a cultural heritage as important as Odessa’s, art and music play a great role, and nowhere is this more deftly illustrated than in the former estates of Novikov, Tolstoy (cousin of Leo) and Gagarin. The city was founded in the 18th century by Catherine the Great, although history records its roots as being ancient Greek. There are also vestiges of a Tsarist past, and it was under Ottoman reign from 1529 to 1792. Once part of Imperial Russia, Odessa enjoyed a heady status as a major port and was considered the fourth largest Russian city after Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Warsaw. Prior to the revolution, Odessa’s golden sands and warm waters made it a magnetic destination for Russian aristocrats.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ATHENS (Piraeus) To ATHENS (Piraeus)
  • Departure
    May 24 2022
  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit
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ATHENS (Piraeus) To ATHENS (Piraeus)
  • Departure
    Jul 10 2022
  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit
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ATHENS (Piraeus) To ATHENS (Piraeus)
  • Departure
    Sep 20 2022
  • Duration
    15 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit
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Excursions in ODESSA

Evening Performance at the Odessa Opera House

Enjoy a live performance at the recently restored Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre on this exclusive evening excursion.


Odessa Opera and Ballet House

The building of the Odessa Opera and Ballet House was created in the style of Vienna "baroque" with a remarkable hall. It is luxuriously decorated by various gilded ornaments. A big chandelier in the centre of the ceiling strikes by its tracery details.

Admire this beautiful building, before attending a private evening performance.

During the intermission you will be offered a glass of local champagne or juice in a nearby restaurant.

Grand Mansions with Classical Music Recital

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Tolstoy Estate.


Tolstoy Estate

The Tolstoy Estate once belonged to Count Mikhail Tolstoy, the famous patron of art, philanthropist, and a cousin of noted Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Today, it houses the Scientists' Club of Odessa. During your visit, view a collection of photographs, elegant furniture and interior décor representative of the life of 19th-century Russian nobility. Next, your tour continues with a visit to the refined Gagarin Estate.


Gagarin Estate

Built in the 19th century for the Russian Prince Dmitry Gagarin, today houses the Museum of Literature. During the guided visit to the Palace, absorb the atmosphere of the 19th century Russian noble family and learn about Russian and Ukrainian Literature.


Golden Hall, Private Recital, Champagne Reception

Following the visit, proceed to the lavishly decorated Golden Hall, known for its excellent acoustics and enjoy a private classical music concert performed by the talented virtuosos from Odessa's musical schools, accompanied by a glass of chilled champagne.


Afterwards drive back to the port, passing by the city centre.

Leisurely Odessa

Explore the magnificent historical, architectural, and cultural heritage of Odessa during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Depart the pier for the brief drive to Primorsky Boulevard. This beautiful, wide and grand promenade borders the seafront, and is lined with majestic, 100-year-old chestnut and plane trees.


Odessa City Centre

Upon arrival, a photo stop is made at the symbol of Odessa, the monument of the toga-clad Duke de Richelieu, and the impressive Potemkin Staircase. Its 193 steps, built from 1837 to 1841, descend 455 feet (138 metres) to the seafront in dramatic style.


Odessa Opera House and Refreshments

Next, proceed for an outside visit to the impressive Odessa Opera House. Designed during the 1880s in the Viennese-Baroque style of the day, it includes a number of Italian Renaissance features. Stop for refreshments at a local café.


Transfiguration Cathedral

From here, drive to Odessa's main church, the Transfiguration Cathedral. Built in the Russo-Byzantine style in 1869, the cathedral features five domes and a 175-foot (53-metre) belfry. During your guided tour inside the church, see the miraculous 16th-century Kasperovskaya Icon of the Mother, venerated by the faithful in the country's southern region. Guests wishing to view the second floor will need to walk up and down the staircase.


Shevchenko Park

Your tour concludes with a photo stop at Shevchenko Park. Named after the Ukrainian poet and patriot, this lovely park features 225 acres (91 hectares) of green space, a splendid view of the sea, and an obelisk with an eternal flame burning in commemoration of the Unknown Sailor.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Odessa Jewish Heritage

Explore the Jewish heritage of Odessa during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion in the city.


Primorsky Boulevard and Odessa Opera House

Depart the pier via coach for a sightseeing tour of the city. Begin with a nice walk along Primorsky Boulevard, and an exterior photo stop at the world-renowned Odessa Opera House. This impressive structure was built during the 1880s in the Habsburg-Baroque style of the day, and is adorned with a number of Italian Renaissance features.


Shomrei Shabbos Synagogue

Next, a visit is made to the Shomrei Shabbos, one of the newest synagogues in Odessa. Upon arrival, visit the synagogue's spacious worship hall and learn about the present-day life of Odessa's Jewish community.


Jewish Street, Refreshments

Afterward, drive past the impressive Brodsky Synagogue and the House of Jabotinsky en route to Jewish Street, where the Old Main Synagogue was relocated following the Soviet atheistic era. Following a guided tour of the synagogue, head to local Jewish restaurant for refreshments before driving to the Moldavanka district.


Holocaust Memorial

Your tour of Odessa's historic Jewish landmarks continues with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial, which consists of two dark grey marble stones, one engraved in lighter shades with a menorah and the other with a Magen David. The inscription reads, 'Remember in the name of the future'. From here, re-board your coach and drive along Miasoedovskaya Street, still known as 'Shalom Aleichem', to view the early-19th-century Jewish Hospita.


Museum of Jewish Heritage

The last stop is a visit to the Museum of Jewish Heritage which will provide a deep insight into the the history, life and traditions of Odessa Jews. Located in a former private apartment, it is the only Jewish museum in Ukraine displaying the richest collection of exhibits including documents, photographs, books, newspapers, postcards, religious garment, household goods, music instruments and others.


Re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier.

Odessa, the Pearl of the Black Sea

Depart the pier for the drive into Odessa and a visit to the city centre.


Odessa City Centre

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour along Primorsky Boulevard. Along the way, admire its beautiful, early-19th-century buildings, shady promenade, the park tumbling to the sea and the sweep of the Potemkin Steps. The 193 steps, built from 1837 to 1841, descend from a statue of the Duke de Richelieu in a Roman toga. At the eastern end, see the Pushkin Monument, pink-and-white colonnaded Odessa City Hall and a British cannon captured in 1854 during the Crimean War.


Archaeological Museum

Visit the Archaeological Museum, established in 1875 and the first museum of its kind in the former Russian Empire. It houses archaeological finds from the region, including artifacts of different cultures, such as ancient Greek, Scythian, and early Slavic. Enjoy a visit of the Golden Room showcasing impressive examples of ancient jewelry.


Odessa Opera House

Next, proceed for an outside visit to the impressive Odessa Opera House. Designed during the 1880s in the Viennese-Baroque style of the day, it includes a number of Italian Renaissance features.


City Garden and Refreshments

Proceed to the City Garden, pausing for some traditional refreshment at a local restaurant. Next, walk through the Deribasovskaya Street and Passage on to the main orthodox temple of Odessa, the Transfiguration Cathedral with its marvelous architecture and wonderful interior. Visit the interior of the recently restored cathedral and learn about its history.


Transfiguration Cathedral Square

Admire the monument to Count Mikhail Vorontsov in Cathedral square. Count Mikhail Vorontsov (1781-1856), Governor-General of Novorossia (New Russia) between 1823-53, was a remarkable man, whose achievements included building the first steamship to navigate the Dnieper and establishing a steamship service for the Black Sea ports. It was during these years that Odessa began to develop as a major port. The town grew and acquired its famous steps, the monument to Richelieu, its palaces, roadways, and sea-front. At Cathedral Square you will have some free time to browse for souvenirs.


Here your tour comes to an end and you rejoin your coach to return to port.

Secret Odessa: Catacombs & Soviet History

Learn about Soviet history, while exploring the underground labyrinth of the Odessa catacombs on this half day excursion.


Scenic Countryside Drive

Depart Odessa for the approximately 50 minute scenic drive through the Ukrainian countryside, passing small villages, farms, and gardens that surrounds the city of Odessa.


Nerubaiskoe Village,

Upon arrival at the village of Nerubaiskoe, originally established by the Ukrainian Cossacks as a fortress, walk to the Museum of the Partisan History, from where you will access the catacombs.


Catacombs, Museum of the Partisan History

Enter the labyrinthine underground tunnels of the famed catacombs, stretching over 500 meters. The catacombs were first made to provide the city with lime stone to build palaces. During World War II the catacombs were used as an underground shelter by the Soviet army. Visit the WWII command post and learn about the defense of the catacombs in the local museum.


Shevchenko Park, Unknown Sailor Memorial

Return to Odessa to continue your tour at Shevchenko Park. In the park you will walk along Alley of Glory to view the Unknown Sailor Memorial and the eternal flame to those who fell, defending Odessa - the hero-city during the World War II.


Conclude with a short drive to the port.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.