For hundreds of years southern Ukraine has been bordering the lands of the Ukrainian Cossacks and those of the Crimean Tatars (a Turkish ethnic group) resembling a "wild-west" no man's land. Odessa, the Black Sea's gateway to Ukraine is a combination of diverse landscapes and is the country’s biggest commercial Black Sea port. The city is a crossroads of cultures, languages and trade. Explore the old city center with private vehicle and English speaking guide. Discover the Catacombs, the place where the Romanian army was hidden during the Second World War and large enough to keep food and weapons for half a year. Learn more about the history of the area by visiting the local Archaeological Museum. You may choose to extend your stay with a tour to the Danube Delta and enjoy a traditional lunch with fresh-caught fish or discover another area of Eastern or central Europe.
Enjoy a private airport transfer by vehicle in Odessa.
Hotel Morskoy (4*) is comfortably located along the seashore of Arkadiyskiy Bay. The hotel perfectly combines rest, entertainment, and health improvement. It offers guests 54 comfortable rooms of different category: starting from standard rooms to apartment suites with opened terrace, SPA-pool for 6 persons and a rest zone where you can have excellent rest and have a look at wonderful sea landscape without leaving your room.
Enjoy a half day tour of Odessa with a private vehicle and guide. During the tour you will view the Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet, with a drive through some of the most important boulevards in the city. Continue your tour with a visit to the Odessa Art Museum which was established in 1899, in a palace designed by architect Franz Boffo. The collection reflects the history of painting from the old Russian icons, classical art and works by contemporary Odessa artists, showcasing the development in both the realistic and avant-garde trends. The museum is located in the center of Odessa and has an underground grotto which is open for visitors. The entrance fees to the museum are included in the tour cost.
Enjoy a half day tour of the catacombs in Odessa which appeared as a result of the extraction of the limestone used for the construction of the city. In times past, the catacombs gave shelter to the homeless, to those who were in hiding and pursued, and to the thieves and smugglers. They are mostly known for the use that the partisan movement in Odessa made of them during World War II. When the German and Romanian army occupied Odessa during the war, the Soviet Military headquarters gave the order to organize the partisan resistance. The partisan unit was fighting with the Nazi and Romanian army during the period of occupation. You'll walk in underground tunnels, where conditions of a partisan camp are reconstructed and where you will hear all about the history of the struggle. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
Enjoy a half a day tour to the Museum of Archaeology, one of the best in Ukraine. Its exhibits reflect the history of the people of the Black Sea Coast (dating back to the ancient era), the materials and culture of the Greek colonies and Roman military settlements. The items of the Scythian Culture as well as the articles of Kyiv Rus are really unique and unforgettable. Of special interest is a collection of ancient jewellery and coins. The entrance fee is included in the tour cost.
February 19, 2014
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Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
"People do not know what they are missing by not going to Romania. The landscape: beautiful, clean, untouched. The people: People exceeded friendly! Super safe. Wherever we went, we received the reception of "Welcome, welcome! You are our guest", by everyone. Food & Drink: Everything had such incredible flavor! They use only the freshest ingredients and everything is organic. Every meal was a new, exciting experience to our palettes. Architecture: The beauty, intricacy, history. One cannot help but appreciate the abundance of castles, churches and buildings boasting such incredible architecture. Experience Romania sooner than later! You’ll be so glad you did! Once again, Kensington Tours, and special thank you to Claudia.
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Mike Mikkelsen ,
November 15, 2013
"Lianne Kim did a great job for us (on our tour of Spain). Most enjoyable - thanks for all you did."
November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
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