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Jewish Heritage in Odessa Private Tour

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Learn the most important facts about the history of Jewish community in Odessa on a private 2.5-hour guided tour. Find out which famous Jewish people lived in Odessa and contributed to the development of the city.
About this activity
Duration 150 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Ukrainian, English, German, Russian

Pickup included

Pick-up all Odessa hotels and apartments
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Follow the steps of Jewish community from the foundation of Odessa till present days
  • Listen to the captivating stories about L. Utesov, I. Babel, Sholem Aleichem and M. Zhvanetsky
  • Discover the tragic pages of the Jewish history, including Pogrom in 1905 and Holocaust
  • Explore the building of Brodsky Synagogue and the oldest Main Synagogue of Odessa
  • Walk through Jewish Street in the city center feel an incomparable atmosphere of the Odessa
Full description
The tour starts from your hotel, as you meet your knowledgeable local guide. During a 2.5-hour tour by a private vehicle, you will plunge into the captivating and engaging world of the Jewish heritage in Odessa.

It is considered that Jews have appeared in Odessa right from the moment of the foundation of the city. It is also known that at the first census of population at the end of 18th century there were 106 Russians, 213 Ukrainians, 224 Greeks and ... 240 Jews in a new town. No wonder, that in the beginning of the 20th century Jewish community of Odessa was one of the biggest in the world.

Being a significant port city on the Black Sea, Odessa is an important commercial and economic center of Ukraine. Famous Jewish bankers and entrepreneurs have made a great contribution to the development of architecture, culture and science of the city.

With your local guide you will explore the Jewish quarter of Odessa, discover the Brodsky Synagogue and the Main Odessa Synagogue. You will see a monument to L. Utesov and learn interesting facts from his biography. Moreover, you will feel a special sense of humor of the citizens of Odessa, so brilliantly described by Isaak Babel in his “Odessa Tales”.

In addition, your expert guide will tell you about the tragic pages of Jews life in Odessa. There were pogroms and Holocaust, Soviet persecution and forced emigration in their history. Nevertheless, there were also the sentimental declarations of love to Odessa, made by thousands and thousands of Jews, who live and work around the world, but still call Odessa their Motherland. Therefore, we invite you to learn more about the phenomenon of Odessa Jews, to feel that contemporary Odessa would not be possible without them.

You may also visit the Jewish Museum of Odessa and find out more interesting information about the Jewish community (optional). The tour ends in the center of the city.
Includes
  • Professional guide service
  • Transportation services along the route
  • Pick up service from the hotel
What’s Not Included
  • Admission tickets to the Museum of the History of the Jews of Odessa (1 €/adults, 0.8 €/children)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Customer reviews
Overall rating
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based on 8 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.9/5
Organization
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Value for money
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Safety
4.9/5

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Green Tour Ukraine

Product ID: 72866