Arrive Odessa International Airport or Pick up from cruise ship.
Transfer to the Hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
Orientation city tour “Odessa by night”. All-lit-up Primorsky boulevard, Catherine Square architectural ensemble with the restored Monument to Catherine the Great. Pleasant evening drive around the central part without traffic jams is giving the impression that this city entirely belongs to you. Great tour for the first acquaintance and primary orientation. *Duration of the tour – 2 hours. Photo stops on request.
DAY TWO (Thursday)
Breakfast at the hotel Full day Jewish Heritage tour outlining the development of the Jewish Ethnic Community along with the development of the city itself. Comprehensive tour revealing all the sides of life of the Jewish community of Odessa, its Golden Age and dramatic moments of Pogroms and Holocaust.
The highlights of the excursion: visit to Holocaust memorial, laying flowers to the memorial, drive along the streets memorable to Jewish community where numerous historical, cultural institutions were and are situated, places connected with the life of prominent people like Vladimir Zhabotinsky, founder of Zionizm, Emil Gilels, Sholom Aleyhem, Mendele Moyher Shorim, Leo Trotsky. Visit the Synagogue, meeting with Rabbi.
Lunch at kosher restaurant.
Visit to Odessa Jewish heritage museum.
Evening at leisure (dinner on request)
Optional visit to the Opera Theater.
DAY THREE (Friday)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart to the Jewish school, kindergarten and orphanage. Meeting with children and the authorities of the institutions. Children’s concert.
Lunch can be organized on request (choice of the kosher, European, Odessa, Ukrainian cuisine)
Evening at leasure.
Optional tour to the Museum of Fine Arts containing one of the best collection of Russian art and the best collection of South-Ukrainian school founded by Kostandi.
Attendance of the Synagogue with the Shabbat prayer. Shabbat dinner at the “Rosemarine” (Glat Kosher restaurant)
DAY FOUR (Saturday)
Breakfast at the hotel. Shabbat.
Day at leisure No official program. Optional walking tour of Odessa. Pleasant excursion showing intimate corners of Odessa regular tours do not include. (This tour is especially good for photographers on request can be escorted and toured by one of the best photographers in the city). En route view the other side of the Primorsky Boulevard, Count Vorontsov palace, Old Odessa place, Mother-in-Law’s bridge, Gogol Street. We also call this tour “The Masonian Odessa” as it reveals mysterious places connected with this movement, reveals some secrets of the city construction and maybe gives a hint of its unexplained and rapid development. The tour ends up at Odessa Monmartre where we can spend some time browsing for small souvenirs made by Odessa artisans.
DAY FIVE (Sunday)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out. Boarding coach.
Time permitting options of the tour by the boat along Odessa bay, delivering the information about the history of the city connected with the sea, the particularities of the Black Sea itself and showing the great view of Odessa bay, its classical and modern architecture.
Tour to the Archaeological Museum containing great collection of Ancient Greek artifacts from the colonies of Tiras, Olbia, Roksolany, Zmeiny island and other areas populated by ancient Greeks, Scythians, Sarmatians. Visit to the Goden Chamber.
Tour of famous Odessa catacombs famous for the activity of Odessa resistance during the WWII. And not only that, this land has mysteries, legends. What else you will be able to see underground?..
Lunch on request.
Day 6. Transfer to the airport.