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MUST SEE in Odessa, & Sevestopol, Ukraine?

MUST SEE in Odessa, & Sevestopol, Ukraine?

Old Mar 28th, 2007, 04:54 PM
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MUST SEE in Odessa, & Sevestopol, Ukraine?

Odessa and Sevestopol are 2 different port stops on our Mediterranean/Black Sea cruise. Odessa has a Primosky Blvd./Cryptic Catacombs/Tyras tour that looks interesting. Sevestopol has a walking tour of 5th century/ancient theaters/basilicas in Chersonessos ---or Crimean Khan Palace and 9th century Uspensky Monastery.
Any of my travel friends out there been to any of these places and have suggestions?
thank you so much
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Old Mar 29th, 2007, 03:24 AM
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I have spent about a month in Odessa over the past 9 years ( married a native). I honestly can't say that there is anything especially interesting about the city (apart from the fact that it is former FSU). It's a nice enough place to live (especially if you HAD to live in the FSU), pretty in the summer, but lacking in "tourist" attractions. Yeah, the steps are OK, and old parts of town are quaint, but, nothing that will change your world there.

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Old Mar 29th, 2007, 04:36 AM
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We were on a similar cruise last May. We did not stop at Sevestopol. We did spend a day in Odessa. We did a walking tour in the a.m. and found that the old town was very attractive. Unlike some other former communist cities, Odessa still has its elegant old buildings, a lovely promenade overlooking the sea, and the famous Potemkin steps. There is also a lovely park where street vendors sell their goods. After the walking tour, we had lunch on the ship and then spent the afternoon strolling through the town. We enjoyed Odessa very much.
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Old Mar 29th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I basically agree with takemealong, Odessa in the spring and summer is quite beautiful. The central core is nice, but it's not by any means old by European standards(mostly 19th century). The Opera is impressive. There's a great bazaar (prevost) just to the right of the Vokzhal (railway station) that will keep you amused. The park takemealong refers to is off Deribosovskaya, which is the main shopping street. I was kind of impressed by the WWII memorials (of which there are several). Again, IMO, it's a decent place for a day, probably beats going to Dneipropetrovsk, but doesn't have the patina of time that I think Sevastopol or Kherson might have.

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Old Apr 4th, 2007, 10:51 PM
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For the record, I think Dnepropetrovsk is a great city. Maybe not for tourism, but it just depends on what you're looking for. And yeah, I think Odessa is probably only worth visiting in summer. As for Crimea areas... never been there before, but you may want to visit http://www.ukracom.org. There are people on that site that know a lot about those areas that may be able to offer additional advice.
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Old Mar 19th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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I don't know if you have time for it, but in Sevastopol I really enjoyed taking a harbor tour with its submarines and other navy boats. There are several small boats taking off from the main drag of the waterfront, and it's very cheap, maybe 30-40 grv. They will do the commentary in English often.

There is also a very nice park right next to the waterfront, with a few stages for free local performances. Haven't been to the places you mentioned so I can't comment on those.
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Old Feb 6th, 2012, 04:44 AM
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Doing my research about the Black sea ports before embarking on a cruise to see eastern med. here's a video clip i found about odessa's main sights http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A3CJ...qRAWRV2V7PpCay
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Old May 10th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Orange Travel...just left you a note on another thread..this American poster can use some advice from you in Kiev...seems like he's in visa trouble (90 days have run out). Any help you can be will be appreciated I'm sure. Hope things are going well for you back there.

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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 09:38 AM
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You can see what this Belarusian tourist recommends doing in Odessa in this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HLzocQjNj0

Enjoy Odessa!
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Old Sep 9th, 2013, 09:39 AM
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Also not far from Odessa is Transnistria, which is worth a day-trip. This is a video about the crossing the border:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWh8jTfFWg0
and also a more in-depth article about Transnistria can be read here:
http://www.languagetsar.com/adventur...ss-the-border/
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