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Highlights of Odessa Tour

Highlights of  Odessa Tour
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Price: $139.00
Model: ODE(3)
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Duration: approx. 7 hours

July 9, 2012 - Tour code: ODE(3)

US$139.00 (Included Lunch)  **Odessa,Ukraine

Your car leaves Odessa and goes through the countryside, passing small villages, farms, and gardens in the environs of Odessa. Arrive at the village of Nerubaiskoe, first settled by Ukrainian Cossaks as a fortress. Enter the labyrinthine underground interior of the famed catacombs, stretching impressive underground 500m. The catacombs were first made to provide the city with lime stone.

During the World War II the catacombs were an underground fort of the Soviet army. Visit the WWII command post and learn about the defense of the catacombs at the local museum.(70 steps from catacombs to museum).

From catacombs take a drive to Prymorsky boulevard. Its beauty lies in the early 19th century buildings, the shady promenade, the park tumbling towards the sea & the sweep of the Potemkin Steps. The 192 steps, built between 1837 & 1841, descend from a statue of the Duc de Richelieu in a Roman Toga. At the eastern end a Pushkin statue & a British Tiger Gun, captured in 1854 during the Crimean campaign, stand before the pink-and-white colonnaded Odessa City Hall.

Next to the City Hall is the Archaeology Museum, which welcomes you for a guided visit. Museum was established in 1875, and was the first museum of its kind in the former Russian Empire. It houses archaeological finds from the region predominantly. The collection includes artifacts of different cultures, including ancient Greek, Scythian, and early Slavic.

As you leave the museum, find yourself near the world-famous Odessa Opera House to view the impressive building. Opera & Ballet Theater designed in the 1880s by Viennese architects Felner & Gelmer in the Habsburg Baroque of the day, with a number of Italian Renaissance features.

From the Opera House stroll to the famous Deribasovskaya Street – home to Odessa humor, and a street, keeping the special Odessa atmosphere.

Proceed to Spaso-Preobrazhensky (Transfiguration) Cathedral- the biggest Cathedral of Odessa –, that was recreated after detonation at 1936.This is the place where in November the 10 2005 were reburied remains of Count Mikhail Vorontsov and his wife Elizaveta Vorontsova. Count Vorontsov was General Governor of Novorossia from 1823 till 1844. Territory of Novorossia included Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson, Zaparozh`e, Donets regions and Crimea. With his activity closely connected prosperity of these territories: construction of railway, ports, docks, Potemkin steps, public libraries, archaeological excavations, first passenger-cargo line that connected Odessa and Crimea and anymore.  Return to port.

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