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Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre | Top Tours in Ukraine

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The Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the most renowned attractions in Ukraine. Nestled in the heart of Odessa, it is the oldest theatre in the city. It is a great example of beautiful Ukrainian architecture.

Here you’ll find an entranceway with sculptures representing Greek mythology and theatre art. The Odessa theatre’s design features a French rococo style with antique columns and stunning arches. From the magnificent ceiling paintings to the velvet seating, the interior design will leave visitors in awe.

The theatre also has a collection of performances such as ballet, concert programs, children’s plays, and over 80 operas. Additionally, the National Ballet of Odessa has over 25 performances in its repertoire. Touring the historic building is one of the best things to do in Odessa.

Highlights:

  • Visit the National Opera and Ballet Theatre
  • Experienced guides and informative commentary
  • Explore nearby attractions like the Potemkin Steps
  • Tours are offered in different languages


Know before you book::

  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Some tours provide hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and snacks are not provided

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa in summer

The first opera house in Odessa was established in 1809. However, it was destroyed by a fire in 1873. After the fire there were more than 40 proposed projects from both local and foreign architects. Two Austrian architects, Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer were chosen to revive the masterpiece.

The modern building of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre reopened in 1887. The main hall can accommodate around 1,600 individuals. You’ll find dazzling chandeliers hanging from the eye-catching ceiling. The ceiling paintings represent scenes from works like William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Odessa opera theatre has hosted many legendary composers and performers, including Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Enrico Caruso. As the theatre is in a central location, you can easily explore other major attractions in the city, including the Potemkin Steps and Privoz Market.

It’s easy to see why this captivating destination attracts numerous travellers each year. Here are the top tours to check out for an enchanting experience on your next vacation.

Prices of Odessa Opera House Tours

The tour prices start from around ₴866 ($23 USD) to ₴1,335 ($59 USD) per person. The cost is dependent on the duration, type of tour, and transportation.

You can compare the prices of Odessa theatre tours below:

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa Tour Times

Tours of the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa operate daily from Monday to Sunday. It takes place during the day, and most tours start between 10 am and 12 pm. The duration of the trips varies from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

Best Time to Go

The best time to visit the city is between May and September. In summer, you’ll experience mild and warm weather in Odessa. If you’re looking for good deals, visiting in spring provides great off-peak discounts.

Tourism is busiest during December, August, and October. So, it’s best to avoid visiting during those times to steer clear of the crowds and higher prices. If you’re heading to Odessa during the warmer seasons, check out this guide on things to do in summer.

Odessa Theatre Tours

If you’re seeking a memorable adventure, a trip to the Odessa Theatre is an excellent way to experience this charming city. Below you will find the top guided tours at various price points.

View from Deribasovskaya Street in Odessa

Small-Group Sightseeing Tour from Odessa Opera Theatre

Discover the city’s magnificent treasures on this 2.5-hour walking tour. It starts at the renowned Odessa Opera House, where you’ll experience the rich history and awe-inspiring architecture.

You’ll also learn about the fascinating traditions of Odessa from an experienced local guide. The tour features views of the city’s top landmarks, including the City Garden, Potemkin Steps, and the Monument to the 12th Chair.

What we liked: Leisurely walk with intriguing facts about Ukraine.

INCLUDES:

  • English speaking local guide
  • Informative commentary
  • Free cancellation (within 24 hours)

EXCLUDES:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

This enjoyable stroll starts with exploring the outside of the theatre. As you make your way through the vibrant Deribasovskaya Street, you’ll come across famous monuments at the City Garden. These include the Monument to the 12th Chair and the Monument to L. Utesov.

The tour is perfect for couples as the scenic City Garden provides a romantic atmosphere. As you pass through Primorsky Boulevard, you’ll make your way to the famous Potemkin Steps. It supports another unique monument, the Monument of Duke de Richelieu.

On this tour, you’ll admire the beautiful architecture and rich culture. Although food and snacks are not provided, the guide will recommend the best cafes and restaurants in Odessa to indulge in local cuisine after an energizing walk.

Note: There is a minimum of two participants required.

Departure point: Chaikovs’koho Ln, 1, Odesa, Odes’ka oblast, Ukraine, 65000

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Odessa theatre, Ukraine

Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre Tour

Explore the captivating interiors and exteriors of the theatre on this 1.5-hour private group tour. You’ll get to walk through one of the most iconic symbols of the city. Participants can also sit in the main hall that once hosted world-famous performers such as Feodor Chaliapin, Anna Matveyevna Pavlova, and Enrico Caruso.

What we liked: This is an enjoyable private activity in an enchanting atmosphere.

INCLUDES:

  • Experienced guide and informative commentary
  • English and German-speaking guide
  • Free cancellation (within 24 hours)

EXCLUDES:

  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

The tour starts at the main entrance, where you’ll find your guide with an Odessa Walks sign. This enjoyable activity includes interesting stories about the theatre, including its construction, destruction, and restoration. From the spectacular ceiling decorations to stunning sculptures, you’ll certainly see why it is one of the most beautiful theatres in Ukraine.

Note: The maximum group size for this tour is 12 individuals.

Departure point: Lanzheronivs’ka St, 8, Odessa, Odes’ka oblast, Ukraine, 65000

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Odessa Opera House and fountain

Odessa: 2.5 Hour Private Walking Tour

Embark on an exciting journey as you stroll through the cobbled streets of Odessa.This 2.5-hour tour begins at the enchanting Opera and Ballet Theatre and includes spectacular sightseeing opportunities.

From enjoying splendid views of the Black Sea, to admiring the Tree of Love, this trip offers an enjoyable outing for all.

What we liked: Friendly local guide and very knowledgeable about Odessa.

INCLUDES:

  • Bilingual guide (English and Russian)
  • Informative commentary
  • Free cancellation (within 24 hours)

EXCLUDES:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

This private tour is excellent for couples, families, and those travelling in groups. From Teatralnaya Square, you’ll marvel at the theatre’s awe-inspiring architecture and learn interesting facts about its history.

You’ll then stroll through the city’s main street, Deribasovskaya Street, and make your way to several must-see landmarks. These include the Monument to L. Utesov, the Monument to the 12th Chair, and the City Garden.

At the City Garden, you can enjoy the sounds of festive music as you sit beside the stunning Fountain of Perfume. The final stop will certainly leave you in awe as you walk up the magnificent Potemkin Steps and enjoy views of the dazzling Black Sea.

Note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or travellers with mobility impairments.

Departure point: Chaikovs’koho Ln, 1, Odesa, Odes’ka oblast, Ukraine, 65000

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Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa: Sightseeing Tour with Transportation

If you’re seeking a spectacular tour by car and on foot, then this package is perfect. You’ll be picked up from your accommodation and travel by car through Deribasovskaya Street. On the way, you’ll discover some of the city’s main attractions, such as the Odessa Opera House, Passage Shopping Mall, and the City Garden.

What we liked: Amazing sightseeing and learning about the city’s rich history from the knowledgeable guide.

INCLUDES:

  • Experienced guide
  • Informative commentary offered in English, German, Spanish, and Russian
  • Transportation along the route
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Free cancellation (within 24 hours)

EXCLUDES:

  • Food and drinks

On this private 2.5-hour group tour, you’ll stop at the famous Passage Shopping Mall. It is a great spot to try a few local dishes and buy souvenirs. As the next stop is the scenic gardens, we’d recommend grabbing a few snacks at the mall to enjoy while admiring the Love Tree sculpture.

You’ll then make your way to the top of the Potemkin Steps via the spectacular stairway or the funicular. Here you’ll find the Duke de Richelieu statue and stunning views of the Black Sea.

Last but certainly not least, you’ll stop at the Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Here you’ll get to explore the astounding exterior while learning about the history of this masterpiece.

Note: Hotel pickup and drop-off are only available for accommodations in the city centre.

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8.3Expert Score
Touring the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre is truly a memorable experience. Here you’ll discover the rich history and awe-inspiring architecture. It is near several of the city’s main attractions that provide an enjoyable adventure for all.
Location
8.5
Value for money
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Fun
8.5
PROS
  • Small groups and most tours are private
  • Informative commentary from local guides
  • The tours include free cancellation (within 24 hours)
CONS
  • Food and drinks are not included
  • Most tours are not wheelchair accessible
  • Most tours do not provide hotel pickup and drop-off

Specification: Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre | Top Tours in Ukraine

Accessible

Most tours are not wheelchair accessible

Duration

1.5 to 2.5 hours

Inclusions

Live commentary, experienced guide

Exclusions

Hotel pick-up/drop-off, drinks and snacks

Meals

Meals are not included

Suited for

Families, couples, groups of friends, solo travellers

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