Live guide: English
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Private bus tour
Dates 2019: every day upon request
Join this delightful tour that offers an opportunity to visit the must-see attractions of Odessa traveling from Kiev. Set off from Kiev and enjoy the impressive Ukrainian landscape from the windows of a comfortable high-speed intercity train,ideal for those who wish to see Odessa, above and below ground, within a short time combined with free-time in the city.
During this tour, you will:
Accommodation in 3* Hotel Ayvazovsky or similar (2 nights, BB):
Accommodation in 4*Hotel Londonskaya or similar (2 nights, BB):
Check-in time 14.00, check-out time 12.00
Day 1: Departure from Kiev
Departure time in Kiev: 16.35
Arrival time in Odessa: 23.46
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in the evening and transfer you to Kiev’s central train station. The train ride is fast and convenient and you can buy snacks and beverages during your trip. When you arrive in Odessa during the night, there will be a driver to transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, you may head out and get a glimpse of the nightlife in Odessa.
After the tour, your guide will recommend you the best local restaurants and cafés that you can visit in your free time.
Overnight in your selected 3- or 4-star hotel in Odessa.
Day 2: Odessa, Sightseeing Walking tour – Catacombs
In the morning we invite you on a walking tour through Odessa. Among the attractions you see is, at first, the marvelous Opera and Ballet Theatre, considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Europe. The House-wall and stucco-decorated House of Atlantes, will both make you want to see more of this charming city.
Therefore, the tour continues on Primorsky Boulevard, where you will feel the bohemian atmosphere and admire the mansions located there. Nearby is also the Vorontsov Palace with a splendid Belvedere. The legendary Potemkin Steps are considered to be the formal entrance to Odessa from the Black Sea. The steps are built intentionally to give an optical illusion, depending on if you look from the top or the bottom of them. At the top, is the monument dedicated to the founder of Odessa, Duke the Richelieu, overlooking the Black Sea. Your tour continues from there to vivid and vibrant Deribasovskaya Street where the 12th Chair Monument can be found. Between each stop, your guide will share with you interesting stories about visited attractions.
After your nice walk through the city of Odessa, complete your tour by heading below ground. Odessa is famously also known for its mysterious underground Catacombs. Their origin date back to when the high demand for limestone gave ground for the uncontrolled appearance of underground quarries, which by time turned into labyrinths underneath the surface of the Odessa. However, due to lack of safety in the underground labyrinths, the mining was prohibited and sites have been left untouched ever since.
The catacombs, different from those in Paris and Rome, are literally a hidden gem of Odessa. An experienced guide will reveal the history and stories about these underground labyrinths and their significance to Odessa and its’ residents. Among the revealed stories are details about Odessa’s criminal past, when the catacombs was a refuge for robbers and smugglers. More importantly, is the catacombs’ significance during the Second World War when Soviet partisans used it as a hideout. Additionally, you will see the underground Partisan Glory museum.
After the comprehensive tour of Odessa, enjoy your additional free-time to explore more of Odessa, seek suggestions from your guide or simply relax and enjoy the Black Sea beach before you return to Kiev the next day.
Overnight in your selected 3- or 4-star hotel in Odessa
Day 3: Return to Kiev from Odessa
In the early morning, your driver will take you to the Odessa train station from where you will depart to Kiev. Enjoy the changing landscapes of Ukraine during the 7-hour train ride and collect your memories from your fascinating trip Odessa.
Departure time in Odessa: 5.42
Arrival time in Kiev: 12.43
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