Depressive Odessa

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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Local Experience


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.
This tour is for fit adults. Some locations are difficult to walk, and may even be a little dangerous because of holes in the ground, wires, stray dogs.

Maximum travelers: 4



Ukrainian (advanced), Spanish (basic), Russian (fluent), German (conversational), English (fluent)

Not-So-Bright Side Of Town

Odessa is a beautiful city and tourists are usually shown the nicest locations. But there is another side of Odessa… Some locations are not so nice and look like WWII only ended yesterday. This is an alternative tour for those fed up with the nicety of well trodden tourist paths who want to explore more…


Gogol's House,
Gayevskiy's Drugstore,
Summer Theater,
Shtempel's House,
Brodska Synagogue,
Devolanovskiy Descent,
Former 1st Cemetery (Preobrajenskiy Park),
Jewish Hospital,
Savitskiy Park,
Peresyp Synagogue,
Irrigation Sewage Disposal Fields,
Former Meat-Packing Plant,
Marshalling Yard.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal or elsewhere in Odessa.

End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal or wherever you wish in Odessa.

Duration: 6 hours

This tour is not offered on an hourly basis. It can last 3 hours or 8 hours if needed but the cost does not change. The specified duration is only for reference (that is how long a typical tour lasts). A lot depends on your priorities and the time you spend seeing each location. Also, if you make a lunch break, this makes it longer too.



A private car is included in the tour cost or we can take a cab to the location if you like. See Tour Photos for image of private car used, 1960 Volga

What’s Included

Other: My services as your personal tour guide and a private car (Volga). It is a Soviet classic vehicle without seat belts and air-conditioning. It can hold up to 4 passengers, so if there are more tourists, another car will have to be used, but that would be extra.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 UAH - You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals. You have to pay museum entrance fees or other activities.

PLEASE NOTE that the car included in the tour is NOT air-conditioned and can only hold 4 passengers. If there are more than 4 visitors or an air-conditioned vehicle is a must this will require a different (custom) tour which will have a different price.

What’s Extra

Other: You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals. You have to pay museum entrance fees or other activities.


1. My car has no A/C.
2. Call me if you don't see me within 5 min.
3. No responsibility for 3rd parties.
4. May not know everything about some places.
5. Cannot be a guide while driving.
6. Walk close to me.
7. Please agree with your mates on everything.

Private tour guide Igor

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