Akkerman / Shabo

Tour Number

Activity Level



Other, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes. This tour is suitable for children as long as they are carefully supervised by a parent. The fortress may be dangerous if walking on the walls unattended by an adult. You must watch your children closely while touring the site!

Friendly: No.
You must enjoy walking intermediate distances, sometimes on a little rough terrain.

Maximum travelers: 4



Ukrainian (advanced), Spanish (basic), Russian (fluent), German (conversational), English (fluent)

Explore a medieval fortress in the Odessa region and vineyards

The medieval fortress is situated about 50 miles from the downtown of Odessa. The fortress is about 500 years old.

There is an interesting winery in an adjacent town which was founded by Swiss settlers in the middle of the 19th century. The winery has the best modern equipment and a museum dedicated to the settlers and is worth visiting. There is a store where good wine can be bought directly from the winery.


We can drive directly to the fortress or visit the winery on our way. It is a 1 1/2 hours drive.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or elsewhere within the city of Odessa (please specify).

End location: End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or elsewhere within the city of Odessa (please specify).

Duration: 6 hours

This includes driving from Odessa and back which can take between 2 and 4 hours. The actual tour of the fortress can take about one hour. If the winery must be visited along this also makes it loner. It is hard to predict how long this will all take total.

What’s Included

My services as your personal tour guide and help with transportation to the fortress from Odessa and back.

A private car w/o air-conditioning is included if there are up to 4 tourists. My Classic 1968 Volga, see tour images for picture of the car used during tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

200 UAH - You may need up to $25 per person for museum entrance fees, etc. Meals/snacks, souvenirs may add up more.

Currently 1 US dollar is 8 hrynyas.

What’s Extra

You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals. You have to pay museum entrance fees or other activities.

PLEASE NOTE that the car included in the tour is NOT air-conditioned and can only hold 4 passengers. If there are more than 4 visitors or an air-conditioned vehicle is a must it is possible to arrange it at extra cost. This would require a separate driver (usually a taxi) who is paid directly and this is NOT included in the tour cost.


1. My car has no A/C.
2. Call me if you don't see me within 5 min.
3. No responsibility for 3rd parties.
4. May not know everything about some places.
5. Cannot be a guide while driving.
6. Walk close to me.
7. Please agree with your mates on everything.

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Message Igor K.

Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/AkkermanFortress

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