See what is underground
Odessa is a unique town: it has two parts, one is the public one for everyone which is on the ground and the other part is a mysterious underground town, an enormous network of man-made caves also known as the catacombs. Unlike other caves all the tunnels were carved by people. The network total explored length is about 2800 km!
This network has many secrets and is worth to see. In particular, during the 2nd World War Soviet freedom fighters used it as their safe heaven to hide from Nazis and strike them unexpectedly.
There is a museums deep under ground where you can see their weapons, rooms, utensils like it was 70 years ago when it was all going on. Many of the artifacts are genuine and were found there after the war.
It is easy to get lost in the catacombs but you do not need to worry: the museum is made so that you cannot get lost (all side passages are sealed off). You just need to follow your guide.
The tour takes place in the small town of Nerubayskoye which is located next to Odessa (about 10 miles from the downtown). We drive there from the downtown passing the historical neighborhoods of Moldavanka, Bugayevka, Slobodka and entering the Kiev higway, then enter the town of Nerubayskoye. This takes about 30 minutes. Then we leave the car on the surface and go underground for about an hour (the actual duration depends on the number of tourists in our group and the activity of other tourists groups there, as well as on your preferences). We enter the WWII Partisan Glory Museum which is quite walkable and well suited for tourists, has lighting and ventilation. When we exit we get into the car and drive back. Normally using another route: through the town of Usatovo, then the historical Odessan neighborhoods of Krivaya Balka, Slobodka and Moldavanka).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal, your hotel or private apartment, a monument/building/intersection /street address you specify.
End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal or wherever you wish in Odessa.
Duration: 4 hours
The tour may take shorter. It is about one hour underground and the rest is getting there and back (it is a bit far from the downtown).
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
300 UAH - You may need to buy some drinks or snacks as we go, or you may like some souvenirs.
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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This was our 2nd tour booked with Igor. Igor speaks English, like a pro. We are from America & had no problem communicating. He customized a tour for the Catacombs. Both the WWll & a nuclear shelter! We even had biscuits, tea & shots, down there! It's was so amazing & a very cool experience!! I HIGHLY recommend this tour!! Igor also recommended a restaurant we later went to & let us stop at the Harley Davidson store. Then dropped us off!! Also, his car is SO FUN!!! Thank you, Igor!!