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Excursion 2: Highlights of Odessa
Tour Code: ODS-002
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 4 hours)

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Your tour begins with a short transfer to the lovely chestnut tree-lined Primorsky Boulevard, a much revered location for tourists and local Odessans alike. Embarking on a guided walking tour, you'll discover the boulevard's allure in its numerous inviting benches and magnificent, panoramic views of the harbor and sea. Stunning vistas abound along this grand promenade which is sprinkled with one remarkable attraction after another, including the City Hall, the highly cherished monument to the Duc de Richelieu, the fabulous Odessa Opera House and the Classical-styled Archeological Museum. One of the Boulevard's most illustrious sights is the renowned Potemkin Steps, originally known as the Boulevard Steps. Built in 1837 and extending 465 feet, the steps are arguably the very best place to view the sparkling waters of the bay and the bustling port. Interestingly enough, looking down from the top, the steps themselves become invisible, with only the landings being seen, while looking upwards, the landings disappear and only the steps become visible. The steps were made famous in the motion picture, The Battleship Potemkin, a film that commemorated the 1905 workers' uprising that was supported by the crew of the battleship. The film depicts the famous massacre taking place on the steps, but in actuality, it took place in the nearby streets and not on the steps themselves. Also seen is the Pushkin Monument which honors the once-exiled famous poet.

Rejoining your motor coach, you'll travel to the distinctive two-storied Uspensky Cathedral, painted in a sky blue color and topped with five silver onion-domed towers. The spectacular architecture of this Russo-Byzantine cathedral is truly something to behold and a highlight of the Cathedral's interior is the extraordinary 16th century Kasperovskaya Icon of the Mother of God. Proceeding on, your tour will make a brief stop at picturesque Shevchenko Park with its monument to an unknown soldier.

Your final stop before returning to the ship will be the Fine Arts Museum. This former palace of Count Pototsky was built in 1805 and in many respects is itself a noteworthy museum. Housed in an exquisite setting of ornamental halls, painted ceilings, parquet floors and fine marble, resides an impressive display of paintings dating back to the 18th century and an even more amazing collection of icons from the 14th and 15th centuries. The full collection which also includes works by Odessa's contemporary artists truly reflects the full history of Russian art.

Please note: This tour includes approximately 45 minutes of walking with steps to be negotiated and may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cameras and video equipment are not allowed at the Fine Arts Museum and the Literary Museum charges camera and video fees of approximately 12 Euros. These fees are not included in the tour cost and must be paid directly at the site. Those wishing to use their cameras or video equipment are strongly encouraged to bring along an adequate amount of Euros for this purpose. The order of sites visited may vary.

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