Odessa Catacombs tour

Secrets of underground tour details

odessa catacombs tour

Odessa catacombs bunker

Duration - 2 hours

Price for 1¬†person¬†- ‚ā¨15¬†per person

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Catacombs tour inclusions

  • Place - catacombs tunnels + museum installations.
  • Safety -¬†fortified walls and ceiling - completely safe for tourists.
  • Info - history facts, stories, legends.
  • Distance - 2 km under the ground.
  • Location - catacombs under the city.
  • Guide - full tour time with private guide.
  • Time - any time for a private group.

One of existing catacombs Odessa tour take place in a large underground museum. You will go down to a depth of 25 meters, into abandoned mine tunnels under city streets. Going down into catacombs you will see soviet bomb shelter and mine tunnels with museum installations, which represent different pages of Odessa catacombs history from the 19th to the 20th centuries. Total length of tourist route inside catacombs is 2 kilometers.

What is "Secrets of underground Odessa" museum?

odessa catacombs tourThis abandoned bunker is a communications network specially equipped to conceal the command of Soviet army during event of a nuclear strike. Catacombs bunker has numerous rooms, chambers for cleaning water or air, living compartments. Also in museum-bunker are exhibits of partisan movement during Second World War, an exhibition of contraband in catacombs, an underground church, criminals' shelter and other various installations.

"Secrets of underground Odessa" - one of most interesting options among catacombs Odessa tours. Length of museum is almost two kilometers. Catacomb bunker hid under old city and is absolutely safe for tourists. All visitors receive equipment for free: helmets and flashlights. An excursion to museum "Secrets of Underground Odessa" is a suitable option for those who want to make an underground tour, but do not want to go through wild catacombs of Odessa.

Odessa catacombs tour below the city

An underground museum located in a secret bomb shelter during of Cold War era. This was a time when whole world expected that frozen conflict between USSR and USA would turn into a hot stage of using atomic weapons. As a result, soviet government created hundreds of bomb shelters in old catacomb mines under Odessa. Network of bunker communication with the tunnels of 19th century formed a very intricate labyrinth under residential buildings above the ground. For a long time, only local diggers visited the catacombs, looked for interesting places to see and gave out many rumors of ghosts that are hidden in Odessa maze. Currently, the maze is open for travelers and active people who like to explore unusual places and are not afraid of an enclosed space.

Wild catacombs tour details

odessa catacombs tour

Odessa catacombs natural view

Duration - 2.5 hours

Price for 1¬†person¬†- ‚ā¨25¬†per person

More than 7¬†people - ‚ā¨17¬†per person

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Wild catacombs tour inclusions

  • Place - non-tourist part of Odessa catacombs.
  • Info - history facts, stories, legends.
  • Time - 2.5 hours underground.
  • Distance - 5 km route.
  • Location - catacombs under Odessa.
  • Guide - will accompany you all time.

odessa catacombs tour

Abandoned military bunker in catacombs

What the difference from other tours?

  • Get ready to visit non-tourist catacomb maze, which only local urban exploration community knows about.
  • We open for you coolest places inside the Odessa catacombs: wild labyrinth of abandoned mines, natural caves, sunken tunnels, secret military shelters, World War II resistance base and much more.
  • Real catacombs in their natural state: there is no light, there is no smooth road, you need to climb, sometimes low ceilings and many amazing locations.
  • It‚Äôs better for active people who can walk for hours, are not afraid of confined spaces and heavy underground air, but are looking for an unforgettable experience and want to really understand what a labyrinth of Odessa catacombs is.

How wild tour is going?

We get down to the catacombs in old city and begin our route. Going from point to point, we observe most interesting places, make break and drink tea. Guide explains features of underground labyrinth, answers questions and tells interesting facts and urban legends about catacombs. After 2.5 hours of exploring, we exit in the same place where we started. Wild tour is available both in group and in private. Underground bunkers in limestone mines create unique catacombs world which is very interesting to explore.

What equipment you need

  • Shoes. Comfortable closed shoe (no sandals or flip flops)
  • Legs. Take clothes like overalls or jeans (prepare to dirtying them a little)
  • Light. Flashlights and helmets to protect one's head, we give for free

Wild Odessa catacombs tour details

odessa catacombs tour

Odessa catacombs tour - abandoned mine tunnels

Duration - 3 hours

Price for 1 person¬†- ‚ā¨30¬†per person

More than 7 people - ‚ā¨25¬†per person

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Wild catacombs tour inclusions

  • Place - wild part of Odessa catacombs.
  • Info - history facts, stories, legends.
  • Time - 3 hours underground.
  • Distance - 5 km route.
  • Location - catacomb tunnels below Odessa.
  • Guide - will accompany you all time.

Difference from other tours

  • Unique underground tour, which includes most hidden location of Odessa subterrain space -¬†command post of Red Army.¬†The catacombs were perfect location to place refuge for a highest commanding staff in World War II.
  • Get ready to see extremely entangled subterranean¬†passageways in a small group. Bunker & underground tour by urban adventures will take you to limestone mines, abandoned civil defence refuges, sunken tunnels and more.
  • The tour is also good for those who want to get some extreme, since there are hard-to-get tunnels and mines. A little adrenaline, dirty clothes and you will see most rare feature of Odessa catacombs - second level of the limestone labyrinth.

Wild Odessa catacombs tour

odessa catacombs tour

Artificial maze of Odessa catacombs

Wild catacombs tour takes place inside so-called wild catacombs, which are not museum reserve. You will not see exhibits of the WW2 museum or anything else but endless catacomb tunnels in their natural form. There is no light underground, you can get dirty, you need to put helmets on your head and flashlights in your hands. Wild tour can be much longer in time, because the route of such an excursion is several kilometers.

What you will see?

Experienced guides make excursion through most beautiful and safe sections of wild Odessa underground. Nevertheless, we should not forget that they are not in vain called wild. Here nothing adapted for the comfort of tourists. Wild catacombs tour can last from 1.5 - 8 hours, depending on client's desire.

What the aim to visit wild catacombs?

Wild Odessa Catacombs tour is suitable for those who want to feel atmosphere of catacombs as much as possible, to appreciate full scale of this phenomenon, its special beauty and gloom. It is worth remembering that no reinforcing work was carried out in wild catacombs, so we show you how dangerous places look and how to avoid them.

Tour to catacombs preserve details

Odessa catacombs tour

Catacombs museum preserve

Duration - 1 hour

Price for 1-4 people¬†- ‚ā¨10 per person

Price for 4-15 people - ‚ā¨15¬†per person

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Catacombs tour inclusions

  • Place - Odessa catacombs + Partizan museum installations.
  • Safety -¬†fortified walls and ceiling - completely safe for travelers.
  • Info - history facts, stories, legends.
  • Time - 1 hour underground (+ 1 hour to and back road).
  • Distance - 1 km route.
  • Location - out of the city.
  • Guide - will accompany you all time (museum + road to and back).

What are Odessa catacombs

World's largest underground labyrinth near Odessa! Catacombs are endless tunnels of abandoned mine workings of 19th century. This is a network of branched underground tunnels stretching below Odessa and suburbs. Odessa catacombs tour is very popular among the others city tours, and runs completely underground.

We provide 5 different Odessa catacombs tour. Each tour differ by duration and place of visit. For example, there are express tour - 30 minutes or 3-hour tour of exploring Odessa catacombs. Tour in wild part can be more than 3 hours. One can find below all possible options of Odessa catacombs tour, as well as prices, type of tour and specifity.

Partizan museum preserve (catacombs of Odessa)

Basic catacombs Odessa tour are held in underground museum built in 1960 year. During WW2, Odessa was occupied by Romanian troops in 1941 year. Nevertheless, Soviet regime created a base for resistance detachment in Odessa catacombs. A little more than ten years after the end of war, special museum-reserve devoted to this people, appeared in catacomb systems where partisans base was.

odessa catacombs tour partizan museum

Odessa —Āatacombs tour in Partizan museum

Reserve is a real catacombs?

There is not much difference between museum part of catacombs and wild tunnels. Going down into underground labyrinth, you will immediately feel special atmosphere of this place and, adding a little imagination, you will understand what it means to live eight months in catacombs, surrounded by darkness, dampness and endless underground tunnels.

WW2 catacombs history

Odessa Museum-Reserve of Catacombs is located in old mine tunnels and present underground base of partisans. A small exposition in this museum, designed to demonstrate hard conditions of resistance during Second World War. How partisans lived in catacombs, how they fought with enemy and suffered in difficult conditions of underground war.

What expect inside?

This Odessa catacomb tour passes through museum inside the catacombs. Here in museum your safety is guaranteed, walls and ceilings are strengthened, and there can be no surprises inside. In rare cases, there may be no light inside, due to its separation on the surface. In such cases, tour groups in museum move with lanterns and candles. But this happens rarely. Usually museum is well lit by electric lamps for a more comfortable visit. But this rarely happens. Usually museum is well lit by electric lamps for more comfortable visit. We can say that such civilized way of visiting the catacombs is suitable for people who want to study history of Odessa catacombs with maximum comfort.

Escape quest in catacombs details

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Escape quest in Odessa catacombs

Duration - 1.5 hours

Price for 1 person - ‚ā¨15¬†

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Escape game in Odessa catacombs

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Subterranean Odessa network

For people who do not like a lot of historical information, but want to get a complete picture of Odessa catacombs, we offer a special quest tour. Quest tour takes place in wild catacombs in form of escape game. Tour participants will have a map of tunnels, after which the group or teams diverge in different directions and, using map, look for a way out of Odessa underground labyrinth.

Does it safe?

Quest tour is absolutely safe, as it takes place in a closed system of catacombs with one exit. During the quest, there will be guides inside catacombs that will help you in event of a lost path. Before the quest, we gave special instructions on how to navigate in Odessa catacombs and not to panic, if you are completely lost.

Why you need to try escape game?

Quest tour is interesting for those who want to fully experience gloomy atmosphere of Odessa network. Also quest tour is a good chance to test yourself and your strength in an extreme situation. Despite the fact that all participants have tunnel maps, it’s rather difficult to navigate in catacombs. However, for centuries of catacombs existing, people for various reasons lived here, hid or waging war. It doesn’t matter if they were partisans during World War II or just thrill-seekers. All of them experienced an unusual underground atmosphere and learned to navigate in endless tunnels of Odessa catacombs. This is what we suggest you try during an active tour.

Join the group details

odessa catacombs tour

The Odessa network

Duration - 2 hours

Price for 1 person - ‚ā¨15¬†

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What should to remember

  • Excursion to the biggest museum preserve in catacombs.
  • Museum located in the city, to get there one can use taxi or uber.
  • Group gathering takes place 3 times a day at strict time!
  • One should be in time, otherwise excursion starts without you!
  • Entrance fees, guide, helmets, lights - included to a price.

Catacombs excursion details

  • Catacombs history from the appearing until nowadays: stories, facts, legends of catacombs haunted.
  • Many catacombs locations: WW2 resistance base, nuclear bomb shelter, karst caves,¬†underground labyrinth,¬†installations of museum preserve.
  • Geology and paleontology: underground lakes,¬†Pontic ocean, pra-historical animals, particular qualities of pontic limestone,¬†the odessa network inhabitants.
  • Catacombs stories: missing people, smugglers storages, revolutionary refuge, partisans base.

Express tour in Odessa catacombs details

odessa catacombs tour

Odessa catacombs history museum

Duration - 30 min

Price for 1 person - ‚ā¨7
(group price)

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Express tour inclusions

  • Place - museum in catacombs.
  • Info - history facts, stories, legends.
  • Time - 30 min. underground.
  • Distance - couple of underground rooms.
  • Location - old city.
  • Guide - fee and private guide are into the price.

Express Odessa catacombs tour

In old city of Odessa there is a small museum located in an ordinary residential courtyard. This is very typical of catacombs, because entrance to them can be anywhere. Museum will help you feel the catacombs without delving into maze.

Convenience of express tour

You don’t have much time, but you want to know what are catacombs of Odessa? An express tour in catacombs is what you need. This option is also suitable for those who do not have much time to go underground, for those who want to look at catacombs with only one eye.

If you can panic when you are in a confined space, this is not scary, because this mine itself is small, and exit is very close. This museum has electric lighting, and it is absolutely safe.

In addition, it is possible to visit catacombs of Kantakuzin during sightseeing in Odessa, as an additional object for inspection. Visit our special page of mixed Odessa tours.

How catacombs appeared under city buildings?

Catacombs below Odessa are located under ordinary houses. Most entrances are closed due to security. However, many city buildings have secret underground tunnels. These are the so-called home mines. In quarters adjacent to the port, mines and catacombs form one network of tunnels.

Odessa —Āatacombs tour refuge undeground

Odessa —Āatacombs tour - city museum

Home mines were used by citizens as refrigerators for storing perishable foods. Temperature in such mines is always same. They located under simple 19th-century houses in old town. Such underground storage facilities are very large and often connected to each other.