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“Off the beaten track”

Wild Odessa Catacombs Tour
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Wild Odessa Catacombs Tour
Ranked #3 of 36 Tours in Odessa
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Owner description: It is not a museum. It is a huge abandoned labyrinth. Online office only. Please contact by internet.
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“Off the beaten track”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

I booked this trip through my hostel for 160UAH, but prices may vary. We saw the catacombs and a cold war bunker built in the catacombs. Amazing to see this underground world and a bit scary because you know getting lost is not an option with 2500km of underground tunnels. For those travellers who like to go off the beaten track I definitely recommend this trip. Bring a sweater and sturdy shoes and expect to get a little dirty ;-)

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Matango
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“Be warned!”
Reviewed 17 November 2012 via mobile

This tour is not what you think, so be warned!

The information office lied to us several times which us feel very uncomfortable about the whole situation. We were given a price of 360 UAH even though a leaflet quoted much less, but this was 'last years price' apparently. Then they said we needed to change the time of our tour because they were 'making repairs at the entrance' but it was actually because our guide had a maths exam. These are just a few examples of the lies!

To begin the tour we were introduced to Mike, a 20-year-old student. When I asked him what and how he knew about the Catacombs, he said he would only tell me when we were inside. We are shown to the battered taxi (normal for ukraine) and dropped off outside a supermarket in a run-down residential area.

After getting some cigarettes and chocolate, Mike took us round the back of the supermarket and showed us to a filthy hole in dirt. It was literally a hole in the mud surrounded by rubbish, broken glass and god knows what else. Mike then showed us how to slide on our backs down into the hole to get inside. By this point already we were covered in dirt. Inside was no better, filled with rubbish and awful smell. We decided to go no further and got out.

To cut this story short, Mike then hitch-hiked us a Lada back to the office and we got 300 UAH of our money back (which is the only reason I didn't give it one out of five -we didn't expect any money back).

We are not inexperienced travellers and are very adventurous, but were not comfortable with this situation at all.

If they had been honest and upfront about what to expect, then we would not have had the shock when we arrived, and could have reasonably decided if we were happy to take this trip or go to the museum. Because they messed us around changing the tour time, we didn't have the time to visit the Catacombs via another route, and ultimately missed out on the main purpose of our trip to Odessa. Totally gutted!

Please make an informed decision on this trip, and if you go ahead, I hope you have a great time

10 Thank Laurablue6
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