Odessa Highlights: Private Shore Excursion Tour


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are supervised by a parent.

Friendly: No.
Not really. You must enjoy some walking. This tour is mainly done on foot since many streets in the downtown are either pedestrian or are very hard to drive and park. However, if you still wish to have this tour in a car all the time it is possible (but you will miss some of the sights).

Maximum travelers: 6



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

Discover the secrets of Odessa with a knowledgeable local guide

Welcome to Odessa. During this amazing full day tour you will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a local guide.

This tour is for people who are visiting for the first time. We'll see all of the things you would see on an ordinary tour - they're certainly worthwhile. But I will also show you the special things that make Odessa great.

As your private tour guide, I can adjust the schedule, duration and activities to meet your needs. Please let me know of any special requests you have. This is a comprehensive tour that may be tailored to your interests like museums, Jewish or German heritage, architecture, churches/religion, etc. Anything that can fit one day is good! You choose. However, if you cannot last for many hours and are only interested in some special items please take a look at my other shorter tours as they may suit you better as well as turn out cheaper.


I suggest the following 'must see' things. We may not have time to visit all of them. Please let me know your priorities and top interest. We can be flexible and include items from shorter tours in this list (e. g. Jewish Heritage).


- Opera House (the most beautiful in Europe)
- Potyomkin Steps
- Mother's-in-Law Bridge
- Palaces: Pototskiy (Fine Arts Museum), Gagarin (Literature Museum), Tolstoy (Scientists' Society), Abaza (Museum of Western & Eastern Arts), Novikov (Regional Museum), Naryshkin
- Monuments: Catherine the Great, Duke de Risheleu, Count Vorontsov, Pushkin, etc.
- Cathedrals
- Synagogues
- Passage
- Philarmonia
- Arts/Crafts/Souvenirs Lane (at the Cathedral square)
- Salty Lakes (Kuyalnik and Hajibey)
- Catacombs

- Archeology
- Western & Eastern Arts
- Regional History
- Waxworks
- Fine Arts
- Literature
- Pushkin Apartment
- Jewish History
- Ukraine Ethnographic
- WWII Resistance (catacombs)
- 1941 Defense (411 Coastal Battery)
- Odessa Police

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal or elsewhere within the town (please specify).

End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal or elsewhere within the town (please specify).

Duration: 7 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.



We can take either taxi or public transit and also do some walking. In fact, this tour is mainly pedestrian.

What’s Included

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 may need up to $20 per person for taxi fares, museums entrance fees, etc. Meals/snacks, souvenirs may add up more.

What’s Extra

You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals. You have to pay the fares (if 3rd party transportation services are utilized) and 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.

A Recent Review of this tour

Igor was professional, helpful, and spoke English Very well. He had a car that was well suited for the bumpy dirt roads we went on to reach our destination. We were very happy with our tour into the country and highly recommend him as a top tour guide. Helen and Mike, Oak Harbor, Wa.
Helen Mosbrooker

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