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Odessa: Underground Secrets Catacombs Tour

4.8 / 5

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Odessa: Underground Secrets Catacombs Tour

From $64.52 per person

This tour is a unique opportunity to explore Odessa's catacombs. From smuggling and slave trading, to sheltering partisans and acting as a Cold War bunker, the catacombs have had a rich history. Learn about the many roles they have played over the years.

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Duration 3 hours
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Spanish, Ukrainian, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the catacombs in the very center of the city
  • Experience a full immersion into underground life
  • Visit a real bunker from the Cold War era
Full description
Odessa is known for its stunning architecture and friendly residents, and also for its extensive maze of underground catacombs. The catacombs are a network of underground tunnels and mazes, and were at one time quarries from which the building stone for the city was mined. At present, the length of the Odessa catacombs is estimated at approximately 2,500-3,000 kilometers. On this 3.5-hour tour you’ll learn how the catacombs played an important role at different times in Odessa’s history. In the 18th and 19th centuries the catacombs served as a conduit for smugglers, stashes for different gangs, and a prison for women, who were sold into slavery. During the October Revolution the catacombs were a gathering place for members of underground organizations and the location for the printing of the Bolshevik newspaper. During World War II, partisans and sabotage units took refuge in the catacombs. In the years after the war (the Cold War period), part of the catacomb system was used to build anti-nuclear bunkers. Itinerary 10:00 AM:  Tour begins 10:00 AM -12:30 PM:  Journey into the mysterious underground catacombs Short break to rest, and enjoy a snack and share impressions 1:00 PM: Return
Includes
  • Guided tour
  • Insurance
  • Hard hats, gloves, and lanterns
  • Snacks
  • Transfers
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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2-y Rozumovskiy Ln / Rozumovska str.

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  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and sports shoes.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
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Catacombs

The description of the trip and the purchase process were ok. Everything I needed was described on the website. Tour: started on time. I had a guide from the museum and an interpreter in my language. The place is fascinating, and the stories I heard about it during the trip - unforgettable. The guide was very involved and answered all our questions. The trip lasted almost 3 hours and I don't even know when that time has passed because it was so fascinating. I recommend to all visitors to Odessa. PS take warm clothes - long pants and a sweatshirt, because the temperature is low underground.

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July 23, 2019

Great tour excellent guide spoke great English

May 20, 2019

a circuit, so we finished in 2 hours. guidr was good, a bit harf to understand so a bit of information lost. overall a good time

October 6, 2018

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