Odessa - Jewish Odessa Tour Part 2: From the “Star in Exile” to the “Gates of Zion”

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Jewish Odessa Tour Part 2: From the “Star in Exile” to the “Gates of Zion”

Tue, 29 Jun
(153 reviews)
Odessa's historic quarter, Odessa, Ukraine
60 mins

About the tour

Let’s continue exploring enormous and fascinating Odessa’s Jewish heritage. The two contrasting phrases – “Live like God in Odessa” and “The fires of hell burn for 7 miles around Odessa” originated among the Ashkenazi Jews about the nineteenth century city. Odessa welcomed the Jews, yet the first riot against the Jews in the Russian Empire happened here. While paradise in the eyes of some, the city was a hotbed of depravity in the eyes of others. Odessa enthusiastically embraced the Haskalah, yet later became home to Zionism. We’ll see the Main City Synagogue and the building of the Odessa Palestine committee. We’ll visit the monument to Isaac Babel, the Odessa born writer who made Jewish Odessa world famous. We’ll talk about Lev Trotsky in Odessa. During the stroll around the area of the Jewish riots, Olga will share the story of these tragic events. Although focused on the period of the 19th century, this live tour will include several places connected to the period of Odessa’s occupation in WW2. Finally, Olga will share insights into the modern Jewish community. Sights included into the live tour: - the Main City Synagogue (exterior) - Jewish street - The Isaac Babel monument - The area of the Jewish riots - The building of the Odessa Palestine Committee - The avenue of a mass killing of the Jews during Odessa’s occupation in WW2

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

susan c.

09 June 2021

Very interesting and well spoken, but this time the camera work made me motion sick.

Joshua M.

08 June 2021

Really great tour. Very informative and well paced. I felt like I was there.


06 June 2021

Connection was so bad I couldn’t stay on the tour. Not a reflection of the the guide. Will sign up again. Sorry

Ruth S.

28 May 2021

This was my first virtual tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found Olga to be extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you.

Jenni S.

28 May 2021

Very interesting tour. Thank you.

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