Jewish Odessa Tour Part 1: The City of Dreams

by Olga, Odessa Walks

Public experiences are in English unless specified as otherwise

  • Location
    Odessa, Ukraine
  • Duration
    1h 30m (Public) / 1h 30m (Private)
  • Group Size
    Up to 12 guests (Public) / 6 guests (Private)
  • Language(s)
    • English


Jewish Odessa is a phenomenon well worth exploring. So, let’s stroll through Odessa’s old town together and uncover the story of Odessa’s Jewry. Olga will be live, on the street in real time sharing her city’s rich Jewish heritage. You will explore the Golden Age of the city’s Jewry. Who were the early Jewish settlers? Why did Odessa become the “star in exile” for a Russian Jew? During this live tour you will stroll around Odessa’s old town and talk about the Jewish community from the city’s founding till 1850s. We’ll see the Brodsky Synagogue, talk about the Ephrussi family and follow in the footsteps of the prominent Jewish revolutionary Ze’ev Jabotinsky.

Sights included in the live tour:

-      the Brodsky synagogue (exterior)

-      the places connected to Jabotinsky and described in his novel the “Five”

-      the Odessa’s Ephrussi and the novel the “Hare with Amber Eyes”

-      the hotel described by Shalom Alecheim in his story “My Grandfather’s hotel”

-     mansions, which belonged to the wealthy Jewish merchants in the early 1800s

Public Experience Private/Custom Experience
Who You will be one of several joining the experience from across the globe. Exclusive experience for you and/or your party
Interaction You will get a chance to ask questions, however, the guide will be attending to all participants. You will get more one on one time with your guide throughout the experience.
Experience Standard, curated for the public. You can make custom requests to your interests.
When Choose from an available time. Choose from an available time slot or request a specific date and time.
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Preparing for your Experience

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Meet Your Guide

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Olga, Odessa Walks

Hello everybody! I am an Odessa local, a professional tour guide and the founder of Odessa Walks tour agency. I've been creating in-person Odessa experiences since 2011. Since last autumn, I've been doing online Jewish Odessa tours, sharing the city's fascinating Jewish heritage with everybody who continues exploring. I'll be delighted to take you on the live-stream Jewish Odessa tour. And since the city's Jewish heritage is really immense, there will be a series of the tours dedicated to Odessa's Jewry. This is Part 1.