You might think it’s hard to compete with the historic sights and urban buzz of Kyiv, or the old – world charm of Lviv, but Odesa – known as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, is a blossoming cosmopolitan city and historic Black Sea Port, which is soon catching up.
Get a taste for this beautiful maritime city, whose famous Potiomkin steps sweep down to the glistening Black Sea… Its sunny climate, stunning buildings and multicultural build give this ancient city a unique feel.
Join us for a 4-day trip to this charming city, to walk its streets, marvel at the infamous Odesa Opera Theatre, soak up the atmosphere of the city, and let its culture and history amaze you.
This trip is the perfect add-on to your tour of Ukraine, or a short journey of its own to this wonderful city! Join us, or have us customize a tour that perfectly suits your needs.
Enjoy the colorful culture of our country along with NextStopUkraine that will befriend and guide you during all the stay.
If you have any question or requests regarding your trip – big or small – please call or e-mail us. We are happy to help!
*You will be charged for additional services at the end of the trip
*Unforeseen events and new discoveries may result in changes to this itinerary, but only for the better! None of the activities listed are guaranteed at this point. You will receive a more detailed itinerary closer to departure dates.
Hotel “Londonskaya” – 3 NIGHTS
2x Breakfast, 1x Lunch as part of your tour
Odesa, known as the Pearl of the Black Sea, is a blossoming, cosmopolitan city, and historic Black Sea Port. Immigrants from all over Europe were invited to make their fortune here when Odesa was founded in the late 18th century by Russia’s Catherine the Great, meaning that Odesa is one of the most multicultural cities in Ukraine – you will feel its unique vibe as you wander its eclectic streets stunning buildings, and the famous Potemkin steps which sweep down to the glistening Black Sea.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your Next Stop Ukraine guide at the airport and chauffeured to your centrally located hotel. Check-in.
After some time to rest and unpack your suitcases, your guide we’ll show you around and give you a bunch of local insider information on the best souvenir stores, local restaurants with the most delicious food, and show you places to exchange money as well as ATMs!
Free evening at leisure.
After breakfast in the hotel, to intoduce you to the city, we’ll embark on a city tour of the most prominent places around Odesa. During this tour, you’ll see the Potiomkin Stairs, which create a fascinating illusion, Derybasivska Street, the bustling hub of the city, Duke de Richelieu Monument, the local quay to look out over the sea and many more.
We will continue this day with a tour to the world’s largest network of underground catacombs. Its length is about 2500 km. First catacombs started to appear in the 19th century, as underground quarries. During World War II, local partisans used the labyrinths for hiding.
Afterwards, we will treat you to a delicious lunch in one of the best restaurants in the city.
In the afternoon, we’ll take a stroll through Odesa Passage. The inside and exterior of the Passage building are decorated by numerous sculptures. The Passage houses multiple shops and restaurants. It is rightfully called the most picturesque market of Odesa.
This evening, we’ll pay a visit to Odesa Opera Theater which is rightfully considered among the most beautiful in Europe. Opera Theater has unique acoustics and even the quietest whispering from the stage can be heard in any part of the hall. Being here you will be able to fully enjoy the atmosphere of this unusual place during the performance.
(*Please note that the visit to the Opera House may be moved to another day depending on the performance schedules).
Afterwards, you can enjoy this wonderful evening at your leisure. Your guide will provide you with options of nice restaurants for dinner.
For those who enjoy delicious wines, today is your lucky day!
Today, the small town of Shabo will open its doors to us! Shabo is home to its own winery and wine factory, where we will take a tour of the winery, and even try some of their fabulous products with tips from a professional sommelier. Shabo’s wine is famous around the world for its quality and exceptional taste. If you like it enough, you can even purchase some to take a taste of Odesa home!
Enjoy some lunch at a cozy restaurant next to the wine factory.
Afterwards, relax near the sea. Check whether you took swimsuits with yourselves, as we will have time for swimming and sunbathing (*seasonal option).
Return back to Odesa. Remainder of the evening at leisure.
After a free morning to stock up on souvenirs we will transfer you to the airport where, sadly, we will have to say our goodbyes! Thank you for travelling with Next Stop Ukraine!