Uncover intriguing facts about Odessa's dark past on a thrilling private 2.5 hour Criminal Odessa Tour. This tour will introduce you to the history of famous gangsters, who once lived in Odessa, and whose life stories have not faded in centuries.
What to Expect
If you want to discover the city of Odessa from an unusual side, be sure to take a Criminal Odessa guided tour. You will visit off the beaten track streets and yards, and plunge into the enigmatic atmosphere of mafia and crime. After hotel pick-up, you will set off on a captivating 2.5 hour tour with an expert guide. The fascinating criminal history of Odessa starts from the very day of its foundation in 1794. Being a new port city with tempting opportunities to get rich quickly, Odessa attracted many people with a dubious reputation. Adventurers and scammers took advantage of the situation, creating one of the most powerful criminal groups in the Russian Empire.
During the tour, you will see the most significant places of the criminal Odessa, including the famous Shevchenko Park, where one of the legendary fortress walls is still visible, and the customs office. Moreover, you will visit intriguing crime-related places, such as Myasoedovskaya and Moldavanka Streets, the quarantine harbor and the famous “Chumka”. The Moldavanka district became popular because of Mishka Yaponchuk, the famous chief of Odessa mafia, who was born here.
Moreover, the robbery academy, preparing “staff” for both the Russian Empire and abroad, was operating on Moldavanka. Odessa was a home for numerous legendary thieves, pickpockets and tricksters, including well-known Sonka the Golden Hand and others. Exploring the streets once home to famous gangsters, you'll feel the atmosphere of the criminal Odessa of the 19th-20th centuries. The tour will end with hotel drop off.
- Professional guide service
- Transportation services along the route
- Pick-up service from the hotel