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Odessa, Ukraine-port

Although this “Pearl of the Black Sea” is now a bustling port of over a million inhabitants, Odessa still retains an old fashioned charm. Stretching along the semi-circle bay in the northwest corner of the Black Sea, it is a profusion of greenery and flowers. In 1905, it was the site of a workers’ uprising supported by the crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin; and here you can climb the legendary staircase which saw a battle between mutinying sailors and forces loyal to the Czar. Also worth a visit are the architecturally beautiful Odessa Opera and Ballet House, the Archeological Museum, impressive Spaso – Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral and nearby Passage shopping mall.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Odessa Catacombs
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Odessa Highlights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Odessa Palaces
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Panoramic Odessa
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required

Odessa Catacombs

Moderate Activity/Walking

Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Tour Code: ODS-002

Explore the historic and strategic significance of Odessa's catacombs during a memorable visit to this amazing underground labyrinth.

Depart the pier for a drive by coach through the scenic Odessa countryside, passing small villages, farms, and gardens en route to Nerubaiskoe, an historic village first settled by Ukrainian Cossacks as a fortress. Upon arrival, you will begin the walking tour by entering the underground interior of the famed catacombs; a labyrinth stretching an impressive 1,640-feet below ground. The catacombs were first created to provide the city with limestone, but were also used as an underground fort by the Soviet army during World War II. You will visit the World War II command post, and learn about the defense of the catacombs at a local museum.

Return to Odessa to continue your tour at Shevchenko Park. In the park you will walk along Alley of Glory to view the Unknown Sailor Memorial and the eternal flame to those who fell, defending Odessa - the hero-city during the World War II.

Following your tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour which involves 1 hour of moderate walking and 90 steps to climb up and 20 steps to descend at the Catacombs. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Please keep in mind that guides, though knowledgeable and the best available, are not as skilled as those found in the larger tourist centers of the Mediterranean, or other parts of Europe.