Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion, Other
Kid Friendly: No.
This tour is for fit adults. You are going to walk underground. While it is not really dangerous, you should often watch your step/head. Most of the route is tailored to tourists and quite safe and walkable, yet it is not a stroll on the boulevard. If you are claustrophobic you must not take this tour. Please also note that is is cold in the caves (always +14°C or 57°F) so you should have a coat or sweater with you.
Maximum travelers: 4
Ukrainian (advanced), Spanish (basic), Russian (fluent), German (conversational), English (fluent)
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 catacombs. Unlike other caves all the tunnels were carved by people. The network total explored length is about 3000 km! It has 6 layers total, including three main layers and several other 'floors'.
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 ten miles from the downtown).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal or elsewhere in Odessa.
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).
A private car is included in the tour cost or we can take a cab to the location if you like. See Tour Photos for image of private car used, 1960 Volga
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation to the catacombs 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.
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.