WWII: Defence, Occupation, Resistance
The Second World War is a heroic and tragic page in the history of Odessa. The city was besieged very soon after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union. During the siege the Odessites were very efficient in fighting back the enemy and inflicted heavy losses on them. However, while the troops rolled back everywhere else, it was decided to leave Odessa after two months' defense. But Odessa did not surrender. Some people went underground and fought the Germans and Romanians for 2. 5 years until liberation in 1944. By the way it only took the Red Army 3 days to retake Odessa. Gen Malinovskiy, future Marshal and Soviet Defense Minister, who grew up in Odessa, was Commander of the liberators.
The tour starts in the outskirts of Odessa at the 411th Coastal Battery World War II Memorial, continues at the small town of Nerubayskoye which is located next to Odessa (about ten miles from the downtown) and then returns to the downtown where the Holocaust Museum and the Local History Museum (WWII Section) will be visited.
The location of the killing of 25 thousand people directly after the fall of the city can also be visited.
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: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or elsewhere within the city of Odessa (please specify).
Duration: 6 hours
This tour is not offered on an hourly basis. It can last 3 hours or 8 hours if needed but the cost does not change. The specified duration is only for reference (that is how long a typical tour lasts). A lot depends on your priorities and the time you spend seeing each location. Also, if you make a lunch break, this makes it longer too.
The bottom line is WE SELL TOURS AND EXPERIENCE RATHER THAN HOURS.
My 1968 Volga classic car (not air-conditioned). It can take up to 4 passengers and is big enough (16 by 6 feet).
If it is important for you to have a modern, bigger or an air-conditioned vehicle it is possible to arrange it (a third-party taxi) but this will require a separate tour and its price will be different. Message me for details.
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation from your location (apartment, hotel, sea port, etc.), arranging an underground tour in the catacombs, translating the local museum guide, helping to get back to the sea port. A private car is included as well as the entrance fee to the underground museum.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 UAH - You may need up to $20 per person for taxi fares, museums entrance fees, etc. Meals/snacks, souvenirs may add up more.
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 this will require a different (custom) tour which will have a different price.
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.