Arrive into the harbor of Odessa. This morning, your driver and guide will meet you at your cruise ship to start your exploration of the city with a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Housed in a beautiful 19th century building, it once the palace of a princess of the noble Potocki family.
This small museum features works by Russian and Ukrainian artists. Of particular note is the work of the outstanding seascape painter I. Aivazovskiy and others who followed in his footsteps.
Don’t miss the recently reopened collection of icons dating back to the 16th century. You may also enjoy a small exhibit of Soviet modern art on the second floor.
Stroll down the picturesque harbor front of Odessa past monuments such as the Vorontsov Palace. Of course you will also see the famous Potemkin Steps, which descend 455 feet down to the sea front, Odessa’s unique architectural landmark and a symbol of the city ever since they were featured prominently in Eisenstein’s famous film, Battleship Potemkin.
Walk down Primorsky Boulevard to the Odessa opera house. One of the finest in all of Ukraine, it’s worth a visit if your ship is staying in port late until the night. The opera season runs September through June.
Continue with a stroll down Deribasovskaya Street – the many cafes that line the street make for a pleasant stop.
This afternoon, drive approximately 12 miles outside the city to see one of Odessa’s most famous sites – the catacombs. This underground network of tunnels carved into the limestone served as a base for partisans during WWII and was actually their home for over two years. People of many nationalities and faiths worked together to defend the city from the Nazi army and this gives one a glimpse into their struggle and sacrifice.
Please note, entry and exit of this site entails a flight of stairs. You will walk underground for approximately 1⁄2 mile. Please wear appropriate footwear. This excursion is not recommended for those that suffer from claustrophobia.
Return to your ship in time for its departure.
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