ODESSA CATACOMBS TOUR

Odessa catacombs tour: a walk through the authentic mines, aka “wild catacombs”. Life of the resistance group in the catacombs during WW2. Odessa during the war and Romanian occupation. You’ll hear exciting stories of the underground tunnels and people who made them home.

How did the catacombs appear? Why did they become home to smugglers throughout the 19th century, to anarchists and Bolsheviks after 1917 and World War ll partisans? What’s in there now? We uncover the fascinating history of Odessa’s Catacombs during a 800 meters (0.5 miles) walk through the underground tunnels.

We start the Odessa Catacombs tour with exploring the real mines, aka “wild catacombs” and get a feel for how it is to be there. Walking with the flashlight we “listen to silence”, explore the nature of limestone and see the authentic drawings made by the miners, anarchists and the Bolsheviks.

The tour proceeds with a walk through the tourist-friendly section of the Catacombs. The tunnels there are lit and wide enough. There we see how a WW2 resistance group lived in the mines during Odessa’s occupation.

And lastly, as we get out of the tunnels, we visit the “on the ground” museum dedicated to World War ll and Odessa’s occupation, the Memorial Complex and see the route that we covered under the ground on the surface.

 

“Excellent tour of the Catacombs! I was simply amazed…”

TOUR DURATION

3 hrs, including the drive

TOUR TYPE

We provide private transport to get to the tunnels or can use yours. We walk inside the tunnels.

SIGHTS INCLUDED INTO THE TOUR

*Odessa’s underground mines, aka “wild catacombs”

*Recreated WW2 partisans’ base camp

* On the ground museum about Odessa during WW2 and the catacombs

SPECIAL COMMENT

Please note, the temperature inside the tunnels is about +16C (60F).

Dress accordingly. Closed shoes are highly recommended.

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