Odessa -  Jewish Odessa Tour Part 1: The City of Dreams

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Jewish Odessa Tour Part 1: The City of Dreams

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(274 reviews)
Odessa's historic quarter, Odessa, Ukraine
60 mins

About the tour

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 the 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 - the places connected to Jabotinsky and described in his novel the “Five” - the Odessa’s Ephrussi and the novel “Hare with Amber Eyes” - the hotel described by Shalom Aleichem in his story “My Grandfather’s hotel” - mansions, which belonged to the wealthy Jewish merchants in the early 1800s

Meet OlgaOdessaWalks


Olga's journey to guiding and establishing Odessa Walks started in 1998 when she left her home country and went to California to attend a business school. What made her move across the ocean back then? First off, interest to see the world and desire to explore her career options. And while studies were certainly important, traveling was her real passion. After obtaining an MBA degree she has worked in California, London and Moscow. Finally, in 2011 she made a decision to return to Odessa, her anchor city. Why? To build something of her own, based on what she loves most: meeting people, this amazing city and its rich heritage. As a result, Odessa Walks Ltd. came to live in 2011. Since then she's been managing the business and providing in-person tours. Since the fall of 2020 she's been creating online Odessa experiences.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Odessa with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 60 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Odessa. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Janice L.

01 September 2021

Excellent tour and guide

James H.

31 August 2021

Olga was superb.

Andrea B.

31 August 2021

Looking forward to the next one.

Rochelle S.

31 August 2021

Olga was very informative about the interesting Jewish heritage of Odessa, showing us the beauty of Old Town of Odessa.

Vicki B.

31 August 2021

Olga's knowledge was obvious and the information she shared was appreciated. I'm looking forward to more trips with her.

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