Odessa catacombs tour info
One of must-see places in Odessa is catacombs. Such phenomenon as Odessa catacombs widely known all over the world. It is a network of branched underground tunnels, stretching under the city and its suburbs. Catacombs are endless tunnels of abandoned mine workings of 19th century. Odessa catacombs tour is very popular among the others Odessa tour, and passes completely underground.
All Odessa catacombs tour divide by duration and location. Price for one person also depends on what type such tour you need. You can get acquainted with Odessa dungeon during a half-hour excursion, or during 3-hour and more inspection of catacombs. All possible options for tours in catacombs, as well as prices, type of tour and conditions you will see below. Also on this page you can find general information on this topic.
Usual catacombs Odessa tour takes place in underground museum built in the 1960 year. During Second World War, when Odessa was occupied, inside catacombs were hiding partisans, hidden by Soviet regime. A little more than a decade after the end of the war, in catacombs systems where partisans hid, soviet regime created special museum of this partisan detachment.
That museum placed in old mine tunnels, equipped for human habitation underground in same way, as partisans base was. A small exposition inside this museum intended to show the living conditions in which partizans lived, what they did and how they suffered with difficult conditions of the underground war.
Descending into catacombs, you immediately feel specific atmosphere of this place, and adding a little imagination, imagine what it means to live many months underground, surrounded by darkness, dampness and endless yellow walls of tunnels.
This Odessa catacombs tour runs through the museum territory inside catacombs. Here in museum your safety is guaranteed, walls and ceilings are strengthened, and inside it there can not be surprises. In rare cases, there may not be light inside, which is due to its disconnection on surface. In such cases, excursion groups in museum move with flashlights and candles. But this happens rarely. Usually museum is well lit by electric lamps for a more comfortable visit. We can say that such a civilized way to visit catacombs, is suitable for people who want to learn the history of Odessa catacombs with convenience and without risk.
One of existing catacombs Odessa tour is an underground nuclear bunker. This bunker refers to the times of Cold War, when world expected that the frozen conflict between USSR and USA would pass into a hot stage using atomic weapons. As a result, goverment created an underground bunker in old mines under Odessa.
This abandoned bunker is a network of communications, specially equipped to hide commanding staff of Soviet army in case of nuclear strike. This bunker has numerous rooms, chambers for cleaning water or air, residential compartments. Also in museum-bunker there are expositions of partisan movement during Second World War, rooms dedicated to smuggling in 19th century, an underground church, robbery refuge, and various fantastic installations.
Nuclear bunker is one of most interesting options among catacombs Odessa tour. Its length is more than one kilometer. Also its location is convenient, since it is located within the city, and you do not have to get to it for long. This bunker is completely safe for tourists. All visitors receive equipment free of charge: helmets and flashlights.
An excursion to Nuclear Bunker is appropriate option for those who want to make Odessa catacombs tour, but do not want to make Extreme tours.
Wild Odessa catacombs tour
This tour passes inside so-called wild catacombs. This is not a museum, or any place adopted for tourists. You can’t see here museum exhibition or anything else, except endless tunnels of catacombs. There is no light, you can get dirty, you need to go in helmets on your head and flashlights in your hands. Such a tour can be much longer in time, because the route of such excursion is several kilometers.
This tour is suitable for those who want to feel maximum of atmosphere in catacombs, to appreciate whole scale of this phenomenon, its peculiar beauty and gloominess. It is worth remembering that inside wild catacombs were not carried out strengthening work, and therefore we go down at our own peril and risk.
Of course, experienced guides will guide you through the most beautiful and safe sections of Odessa catacombs. Nevertheless, we should not forget that they are not in vain called wild. Here nothing adapted for the comfort of tourists. Such a tour can last from 1.5 – 8 hours, depending on client’s desire.
Escape quest in Odessa catacombs
For people who do not like lot of historical information, but want to get full impression of Odessa catacombs, we offer special quest tour. Quest tour takes place in wild catacombs in form of quest game. Participants of tour have a map of tunnels in their hands, after which a group of participants, or teams, diverges in different directions and using map, search for an exit from the labyrinth.
Quest tour is entirely safe, as it passes in a closed system of catacombs, from which only one exit. During quest, there will be conductors inside catacombs who will find you, if you do not find way out for allotted time. Before conducting quest, we gave special instruction how to navigate in Odessa catacombs.
Quest tour will be interesting for those who want to fully experience gloomy atmosphere of Odessa catacombs. This is a good chance to test yourself and your strength in an extreme situation. Despite the fact that all participants will have maze maps, it is rather difficult to navigate inside catacombs. Nevertheless, all the time of catacombs existence, for various reasons, people lived here, hiding or waged war. It was not important that they were partisans during Second World war, or simply fans of thrill. All of them have experienced an unusual underground atmosphere of this place, and have learned how to navigate in endless tunnels of underground Odessa. This is what we propose to test you during Quest tour in catacombs.
Express tour in Odessa catacombs
It is well known that Odessa catacombs running under the city were connected with special basements under residential buildings. These are so-called house mines.
House-mines were used by citizens as refrigerators for storing perishable products. Temperature in such mines is always the same. They are located under simple houses of 19th century in old town. Such underground storage facilities are very large, and are often connected to each other. In the quarters adjacent to port, mines and catacombs form one network of tunnels. Often, large entrepreneurs stored in them some goods unloaded in port.
In Odessa there is a small museum located in one of such mines. He is in a usual residential yard. This is very typical for catacombs, because entrances to them can be anywhere. In it you can form an idea of catacombs, without going deeply in it. This option is suitable for those who do not have a lot of time for go down under the ground, for those who want to look at catacombs with only one eye. If you can panic when you are in an enclosed space, it’s not scary, because this mine itself is small, and exit is very close. This museum has electric lighting and it is completely safe.
Visiting Catacomb of Cantacuzina is possible during any of Odessa sightseeing tours, as an additional object for inspection.