Silversea Luxury Cruises To Odessa

Odessa

On the northern banks of the Black Sea, Odessa draws in the crowds with its gorgeous classical and Baroque architecture, excellent museums, and sun-drenched beaches. The city is also a bit of a pilgrimage spot for Alexander Pushkin fans; the famed poet spent time in exile here after being expelled from Russia in 1823.

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Excursions in Odessa

Odessa With Less Walking

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 Uspensky Cathedral

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. From here, drive to Odessa's main church, the Uspensky 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.


French Boulevard

After a refreshment stop at a local cafe', re-board your coach for a scenic drive along the French Boulevard. Sights to be seen en route include a Russian champagne factory, musical comedy theatre, filmmaking studio, Odessa State University, and Filatov's Eye Clinic.


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.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking to see all sights fully. Guests may limit the amount of walking if preferred but must be able to embark/disembark the coach. The only access to the second floor of the Uspensky Cathedral is via stairs. The Potemkin Staircase is viewed only. The tour sequence may vary. Modest dress is required to enter the cathedral; bare shoulders and shorts are not permitted. A minimum number of guests per guide is required to operate this programme.

Odessa Highlights and Grand Mansions

Explore the historic landmarks and mansions of Odessa during this full-day sightseeing tour of the city.


Tolstoy Mansion

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Tolstoy Mansion, former residence of renowned local luminary and aristocrat Count Mikhail Tolstoy, cousin of Leo Tolstoy. During your guided tour, marvel at the refined 19th-century décor of the mansion, which still retains its original furniture, marble, porcelain fireplaces and interiors adorned with wooden panels.


Primorsky Boulevard

Next, stroll past the monuments to Catherine the Great and the City Founders, then along Primorsky Boulevard. This shady seaside promenade offers splendid vistas of Odessa Bay, along with numerous historical and architectural monuments dating from the 19th century. View the Duke de Richelieu Monument, magnificent Potemkin Steps, Pushkin Monument, imposing Odessa City Hall, and the cannon from the British frigate, the Tiger, which dates from the Crimean War.


Gagarin Mansion, Violin Concert and Opera House

Your walk continues past the elegant Archaeological Museum en route to the 19th-century Gagarin Mansion. The mansion houses the Museum of Literature and the lavishly decorated Golden Hall. During your visit, take in a violin concert performed by talented virtuosos from Odessa's musical schools. Afterward, an exterior photo stop at the spectacular, Baroque-style Opera House is made before a panoramic drive through the historical, tree-lined city centre.


City Centre Drive and Lunch

In addition to stunning French, Russian, Gothic, Baroque, and Art Nouveau buildings, pass by the Main Old Synagogue, Arabian Cultural Centre, Railway Station, St. Pantheleimon's Church, the city's main square, and Frantsusky Boulevard. A stop is made for lunch at the exquisite Aleksandrovsky restaurant, located in the former Konelskiy Mansion. After lunch, drive along Pushkinskaya Street, and pass by the magnificent Brystol Hotel and Philharmonic Society Concert Hall en route to the early-19th-century Pototsky Mansion.


Pototsky Mansion, Cathedral and Shopping

During your guided tour, see treasures dating from the 16th century. The Main Hall, a former ballroom, features a beautiful inlaid floor, intricate plasterwork and an exquisite Meisen porcelain chandelier. From here, visit the Transfiguration Cathedral at Sobornaya Square, followed by some free time at your leisure to browse the nearby handicraft market. Instead, you may explore Deribassovskaya Street, the City Garden or Passage, an ornate shopping mall with rows of Baroque sculptures. Your tour concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.9 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 30 steps to the entrance and 1st floor of the Gagarin Mansion, and 33 steps to the entrance and 1st floor of the Tolstoy Mansion. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the Transfiguration Cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. The tour sequence may vary.

Odessa Sights & Sparkling Wines

This offers the opportunity to view the main attractions of Odessa and visit the oldest Ukrainian wine making plant for tasting the famous Odessa sparkling wines.


Departing the pier, your coach takes you to the imposing Yekaterininskaya Square named after the empress Catherine the Great and where the monument to the city's founder stands. After a short photo stop, proceed to Primorsky Boulevard, the popular seaside promenade. View the monument to Duke de Richelieu and the famous Potemkin Steps, the gala entrance to the city from the sea side. The steps built between 1837 and 1841 have become a recognizable symbol of the city especially after Eisenstein made it a scene of the crowd massacre in his great film The Battleship Potemkin.


Walking Tour

Next, continue your tour with a walk to the eastern end of the boulevard and stop at the impressive Pushkin monument unveiled in 1888. The poet spent 13 months here in 1823-24 during his exile. Opposite the statue is the imposing colonnaded Odessa City Hall. Its portico is ornate with a chiming clock playing every 30 minutes a popular melody from the operetta "White Acacia", which became the anthem of Odessa. Next to the City Hall you may see the cannon salvaged from the British frigate Tiger and recalling the events of the Crimean War. Following, pass the Maritime and the Archaeological Museums, the oldest in the Ukraine, and reach the most famous and elaborate building of the city - the Opera and Ballet Theatre designed by two Viennese architects Helmer and Felner and ingeniously realized by Russian and Ukrainian masters in 1884-1887.


Sobornaya Square and Free Time

Next, proceed to Sobornaya Square where St. Preobrazhensky Cathedral is located, right in the heart of the city. It is the biggest and the richest interior decorateed cathedral in Odessa. The remains of the Count M. Vorontsov, the most respected Odessa governor were reburied here. The time of his government in the middle of the 19th century was called 'the golden age of Odessa'. The grateful citizens commemorated their favourite governor raising his monument not far from the cathedral. View the interior of the cathedral and have some free time to browse among the souvenirs on the handicraft market located on the square close to the cathedral. You may wish to proceed to Deribassovskaya Street, the city's most popular landmark and commercial center, where the pleasant tree-filled City Garden is located with a small fountain and figures of a lions sculptured in the 19th century. Not to be missed is Passage, a lavishly ornate shopping mall and a hotel built in 1899, which boasts rows of baroque sculptures.


Sparkling Wine Company

Rejoin your coach and ride through the central city streets viewing the imposing building of the Railway Station and neo-Byzantine St.Pantheleimon's Church with its five onion-shaped domes and a pointed bell-tower, to the sparkling wine plant located in the resort area of the city.


Over one hundred years ago, Henry Roederer, a German businessman, founded in Odessa the Sparkling Wine Company. A large plant was built after the design of Sharles Bosh from Rheims in one of the most picturesque places of the city Frantsuzkiy (French) Boulevard. Sparkling wine was produced by the winemakers from France following the technology commonly used in the renowned province of Champagne. The first lot of Odessa sparkling wine was put on sale in 1899. It was bottled and corked with the products imported from France. From the very beginning, Odessa 'champagne' gained the reputation of the elite wine and was awarded the Gold Medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. Ninety years later, the sparkling wine from Odessa won Grand Prix at the VI International Wine Contest in Montreal. It is highly prized for its tender, delicate bouquet, harmonic and refreshing taste.


After a short introduction to the plant history, proceed to the tasting hall located in the historical building and have a tasting session of seven varieties of sparkling wines from brut to sweet. Following the tasting, some time is available to purchase the wines you enjoyed most at the nearby wine shop.


Conclude your tour with the return drive to the ship


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking over mostly prepared surfaces with stairs to negotiate at the tasting hall. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Modest dress is required to enter the Cathedral, shorts and bare shoulders are not allowed. This tour is not available on Sundays and therefore will not be available on October 5 and October 19, 2014.

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. 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, drive 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.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately one-half mile (about 850 metres), with approximately 10 steps to negotiate. Modest dress is required to enter the synagogue. The tour sequence may vary.

Odessa Estates

Discover how the rich cultural heritage of Odessa has influenced music and the arts during this scenic, half-day excursion to the former estates of Novikov, Tolstoy and Gagarin.


Novikov Estate

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Novikov Estate. Originally built for the renowned Odessa merchant in 1876, the estate now houses the Museum of Local Lore and History. . Originally built for the local magnate Novikov who attained his wealth by producing cable and soap; today it exhibits photographs, maps, furniture, household goods and weapon of different time. After your guided walking tour, re-board your coach and proceed 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. Proceed to lavishly decorated Golden Hall known for its excellent acoustics and enjoy the violin concert performed by the talented virtuosos from Odessa's musical schools, accompanied by a glass of chilled champagne.


Following the visit make a photo stop at the renowned Opera and Ballet Theatre designed by two Viennese architects Helmer and Felner at the end of the 19th century before driving back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for up to 765 yards (700 metres), with 30-40 steps to negotiate at each of the estates. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary.

Odessa and Its Cuisine

Explore the unique sights and flavours of Odessa during this scenic sightseeing excursion, and a cooking class featuring Ukrainian cuisine.


Primorsky Boulevard

Depart the pier for the brief drive to Primorsky Boulevard, which abounds with historical and architectural monuments. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll along the shady seaside promenade. Along the way, a photo stop is made at the famous Potemkin Steps. Additional sights to be seen here include the Duke de Richelieu Monument, Pushkin Monument, the elaborate City Hall, the elegant, Classical-style Archaeological Museum, and the renowned Opera and Ballet Theatre.


Sobornaya Square, Cathedral and Shopping

Next, proceed to Sobornaya Square for a visit to the city's main Orthodox Church, the Transfiguration Cathedral, or 'St. Preobrazhensky' Cathedral. Afterward, some free time is made available to browse the adjacent handicraft market and Passage, an ornate shopping mall with rows of Baroque sculptures.


Scenic Drive and Khutorok Restaurant

Your tour continues with a panoramic drive through the historical downtown area en route to the Ukrainian-style restaurant called Khutorok which means the small farm. The restaurant is located next to the main city park overlooking the seashore. It is a replica of Western Ukrainian wooden hut from the past times including the interior decoration.


Cooking Class and Lunch

Upon arrival, you will proceed to the restaurant kitchen and attend a master class of Ukrainian cookery conducted by the restaurant's chef. During your class, learn about the diverse blend of nationalities and cultures that compose Odessa's unique cuisine. The head chef will demonstrate for you the preparation of the popular Ukrainian dishes-Borstch (soup) and Vareniki ((dumplings) which you may taste during your lunch served on the terrace or inside the restaurant. Your meal is accompanied by a glass of Ukrainian vodka, or 'Gorilka', juice, tea or coffee. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, 10 steps down to the terrace in the restaurant and 35 steps to the underground church (optional). Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. Guests wishing to take notes at the culinary class are advised to bring a pad and pen from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme.

Panoramic Odessa & Opera House

Enjoy a half-day tour that provides a memorable introduction to Odessa and its main attractions along with a visit to the lavishly decorated interiors of the Odessa Opera House.


Stroll to the Opera House

Departing the pier by air-conditioned coach, a short drive will bring you to the imposing square of Catherine the Great and the popular seaside promenade of the Primorsky Boulevard. A pleasant stroll will start at the monument of the city founders and proceed to the famous Potemkin Steps, the gala entrance to the city from the seaside. The steps built between 1837 and 1841 have become a recognizable symbol of the city especially after Eisenstein made it a scene of the crowd massacre in his great film of Battleship Potemkin. At the eastern end of the boulevard view the impressive Pushkin monument unveiled in 1888. The poet spent 13 months here in 1823-24 during his exile. Opposite the statue is the imposing colonnaded Odessa City Hall. Its portico is ornate with a chiming clock playing every 30 minutes a popular melody from the operetta White Acacia, which became the anthem of Odessa. Nearby there is a cannon salvaged from the British frigate Tiger recalling the events of the Crimean War.


Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre

Next passing by the elegant classical buildings of Maritime and the Archaeological Museums, you reach the most famous and elaborate building of the city, the Opera and Ballet Theatre designed by two Viennese architects Helmer and Felner and ingeniously realized by Russian and Ukrainian masters in 1884-1887. Its architecture combines Italian Renaissance together with surprising Baroque and Rococo influence. Step inside and view its gorgeous interiors with abundance of stucco mouldings, sculptural ornamentations, lavishly decorated in Louis XVI style, and scenes from Shakespeare's plays adorning the gilded auditorium ceiling. The theatre ranks in grandeur with Milano's La Scala and the Bolshoi in Moscow.


Panoramic Sightseeing

Rejoin your coach and ride through the central city streets viewing the imposing Arabian Cultural Centre, the Railway Station, neo-Byzantine St. Pantheleimon's Church with its five onion-shaped silver domes and a pointed bell-tower, past the main city square of Kulikovo Pole - the former site for military parades and public celebrations and further through the section of the city resorts. Next come back to the downtown along the shady Pushkinskaya street viewing the beautiful eclectic building of the Brystol Hotel and the Philharmonic Society Hall (the former New Exchange Stock) reminding of Doge Palace in Venice and make a stop at Sobornaya Square where the St. Preobrazhensky Cathedral is located, right in the heart of the city.


St. Preobrazhensky Cathedral

Destroyed in 1936, the cathedral was rebuilt only a few years ago in its original appearance. Today it is the biggest and the richest interiorly decorated cathedral in Odessa. View the interior of the cathedral and have some free time to browse among the souvenirs on the handicraft market located on the square close to the cathedral. You may wish to proceed to Deribassovskaya Street, the city's most popular landmark and commercial centre, where the pleasant tree-filled City Garden is located with a small fountain and figures of a lions sculptured in the 19th century. Not to be missed is Passage, a lavishly ornate shopping mall and a hotel built in 1899, which boasts rows of baroque sculptures.


At the designated time and location, re-join your guide and coach for the return drive to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour involves moderate walking and approximately 24 steps to negotiate in the Opera House. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes and sun protection.

Silver Shore Privato - Odessa by Private Car with Guide - Half Day

Explore Odessa at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Odessa by Private Car with Guide - Full Day

Explore Odessa at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Odessa by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore Odessa at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Odessa by Private Van with Guide - Full Day

Explore Odessa at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.