Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
This giant staircase was once considered the formal entrance to Odessa (though after climbing all 200 steps, visitors arrived a little worse for wear). These days, a funicular will also take you to the top—marked by a statue of Duc de Richelieu, Odessa’s first governor—and the place for lovely views of the harbor.
Anna Karenina may not have been written here, but this palace—home to Leo’s cousin Count Mikhail Tolstoy—is still worth visiting to give you a glimpse of what life was like among Odessa’s well-heeled class in the 19th century. The house has retained its original porcelain fireplaces, intricate wood-paneled walls, and many of the count’s furnishings.
Odessa Fine Arts Museum
One of the country’s largest collections of Soviet, Russian, and Ukrainian art—ranging from 15th-century pieces to contemporary works—can be found at this museum, housed in a count’s former palace. Keep an eye out for works by Ivan Aivazovsky, who was famous for his seascapes, and explore the surrounding grounds.
Be sure to visit our Shore Excursions page or speak with our onboard Destination Concierge for arrangements to any of these must-sees.