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About Odessa

Just a 10-minute walk from Odessas cruise dock are the Potemkin Steps, famous forever since that memorably dramatic crowd scene in Eisensteins film ‘Battleship Potemkin’.   Just 192 long steps but they remain an impressively evocative image of Odessas colourful past as a major cultural centre on the Black Sea coast.

It has long been a popular seaside resort, too, but it is its heritage that makes Ukraines Odessa so popular with cruise visitors with the 19th century five-domed Russo-Byzantine Uspensky Cathedral a particular feast for the eyes, along with the Italian baroque-style Opera House. This 19th century icon is home to the renowned Odessa Ballet while its ornate interior includes a remarkable ceiling decorated with scenes from Shakespeare plays. You can also visit several lavish palaces and excellent museums and see the monument to poet Alexander Pushkins time spent in exile in the city in the 1820s.


Shore excursions in Odessa

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Walk in the City

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

There’s no better way to see Odessa than by discovering the attractive promenade and the narrow streets on foot.

Your walk begins from Primorsky Boulevard, where from the top of the Potemkin Steps, you’ll head west to Vorontsov Palace. A short walk along the ‘Mother-in-Law’ footbridge takes you to the ‘Nook of Old Odessa’. This exquisite tiny bridge and Shah’s Palace will allow you to become acquainted with the remarkable art of Odessa’s architecture.

Walk along Gogol Street past St Peter’s Catholic Church to the tree-filled City Garden, where you can relax over refreshments provided in one of the local cafés. At Sobornaya Square, view the impressive Preobrazhensky Cathedral and enjoy some free time to browse for souvenirs.

No walking tour of Odessa would be complete without a stop to view the exterior of the famous and elaborate Opera and Ballet Theatre. Finally, walk past the Museum of Maritime History and Pushkin statue, where your coach will be waiting for your return drive.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 3 hours of walking. US dollars/Euros are accepted for any purchases made at the craft stalls. The order of sights may vary.

Highlights of Odessa

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4 hours

This tour offers you the chance to see some of the most attractive and important sights in Odessa.

Your scenic drive takes you to the imposing square of Catherine the Great and the popular Primorsky Boulevard, where you can enjoy a stroll from the top of the famous Potemkin Staircase. At the eastern end of the Boulevard stands the Pushkin Statue and opposite the statue is the imposing white colonnaded Odessa City Hall. After viewing the exterior of the famous Opera House, re-board your coach for a drive around the city.

Pass by Kulikovo Pole, the main official square of Odessa, where military parades and public celebrations took place. Nearby, you can enjoy the best views of the Neo-Byzantine Panteleimonovsky Church with its 5 onion-shaped, silver domes and pointed bell tower. Pass the resort area to Shevchenko Park, located not far from downtown. The highlight of the Park is the Alley of Glory with the 70 foot high Monument to the Unknown Sailor, commemorating the defenders of Odessa in World War II.

The return drive to the city centre takes you to Sobornaya Square to view the impressive Preobrazhensky Cathedral, and enjoy free time to browse for souvenirs amongst the street vendors. Take a leisurely stroll along the nearby pedestrian street, Deribassovskaya, where the tree-filled City Garden is located.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately 2 hours of walking over paved and cobbled surfaces with some steps. US Dollars/Euros are accepted for purchases.

Home Visit

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2½ hours

Meet the locals and step inside their home for a truly unique insight into life in Odessa.

The people of Odessa are proud of their city and are keen to share it with you. Enjoy the company of some of Odessa’s residents, who have generously invited you into their homes. As you step ashore, your host will be waiting to accompany you to the apartment where they live, and share with you their personal anecdotes. The Ukraine has undergone some remarkable changes throughout the last decade and the conversation will be interesting for all involved.

Enjoy true Ukrainian hospitality in the home as you chat about your different life-styles over a glass of local wine, tea, homemade pastries and fruit.

The homes visited on this tour are of varying distances from the port: en route you’ll pass by the Potemkin Steps and drive through the city centre.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. An official guide will not accompany your tour. You’ll be escorted to and from the pier by the English-speaking host from each home. Passengers are advised that there are normally 20 – 40 steps leading to the apartments visited and that the lifts to upper floors may not be operational.

Military Past and Catacombs

Activity high

Duration: 3 hours

This unique tour gives an unforgettable introduction to Odessa’s War history.

Your panoramic drive traverses through Odessa’s downtown taking you past the scenic countryside, small farms, orchards and vineyards. Your destination is the village of Nerubaiskoye, where, in the catacombs the Museum of Partisan Glory of WWII is located.

The catacombs run for over 1,500 miles under Odessa and its vicinity. They were formed when the foundation of the city was laid. The sandstone on which Odessa stands was quarried out from below the ground for the construction of the city, thus an intricate labyrinth of underground corridors was formed. Smugglers, revolutionaries and everyone who required escape used it from time to time. The catacombs served their key role during the city’s occupation by the Nazis when they became a command post of the Resistance and sheltered a group of partisans.

During a guided visit of a section of the catacombs, you’ll see the resistance headquarters and the museum, founded in the post war years to commemorate the heroic deeds of the city defenders. During your return drive you will make a short photo stop at Shevchenko Park and the Alley of Glory with the 70 foot high Monument to the Unknown Sailor, commemorating the defenders of Odessa in World War II.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This excursion involves approximately 1½ hours of walking over even, but rough earth surfaces. There are 10 steps down to the entrance of the catacombs and 70 winding steps up to the exit.The temperature inside the catacombs can be chilly therefore a light jacket is recommended.

Odessa and Sparkling Wines

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4¼ hours

View the highlights of Odessa and visit the oldest wine making plant in the Ukraine.

A short drive will allow you to sit back and soak up the highlights of the city, including the imposing square of Catherine the Great. After a short photo stop view the famous Potemkin Steps and enjoy a stroll along the popular seaside promenade of the Primorsky Boulevard. View the impressive Pushkin Monument located opposite the Odessa City Hall. Nearby, you’ll find the cannon salvaged from the British frigate ‘Tiger’, recalling the events of the Crimean War. Pass by the Maritime and the Archaeological Museums, the oldest in the Ukraine, and reach the most famous and elaborate building of the city - the Opera House.

The sparkling wine plant is located in the picturesque area of Frantsuzkiy Boulevard, founded 100 years ago by Henry Roederer, a German businessman. The first production of Odessa sparkling wine was in 1899, and it is highly regarded for its tender delicate bouquet, harmonic and refreshing taste.

Gain an insight into the production of Odessa ‘champagne’, from the blending process to the finished product. Take the opportunity to sample 7 sparkling wines in the tasting hall and, if your taste buds are aroused, perhaps purchase a bottle.

Before returning to the ship, enjoy some free time for shopping at Sobornaya Square, where you can browse the handicraft stalls.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are 30 steps to be negotiated at the wine tasting hall. The tour involves approximately 1½ hours of walking on flat, paved surfaces. Local currency (Hryvnia) will be required to purchase any wine.


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