Catacombs of Paris: Small Group Guided Tour
Skip the long lines to explore the underground Catacombs of Paris on a lively 2-hour guided tour, and take a journey through 2,000 years of history. Discover why the labyrinth of tunnels became an underground cemetery full of bones.
Discover the Paris Catacombs and explore a mysterious underground world
Learn a 2,000 year history of the dead in Paris
See the bones and skulls of over 6 million people
Find out why the labyrinth became an underground cemetery in the 18th century
The Catacombs of Paris contain the bones of over 6 million people, and your guide will explain why this labyrinth of tunnels became an underground cemetery in the 18th century. Due to tight constraints on the number of visitors allowed inside each day, this is truly one of the hardest tickets to secure in town.
The name “Catacombs” was given to this ossuary in reference to the Catacombs of Rome, not far from the Appian Way. The Cemetery of the Innocents near Saint-Eustache, in the area of Les Halles, had been in use for nearly 10 centuries, but became a source of infection for the locals. Eventually the Council of State decided to prohibit its further use and to remove its contents. The Catacombs were the solution.
You will descend a narrow spiral stairwell to the darkness and silence below the city, broken by the gurgling of the hidden aqueduct. Then, walk through the cool and clammy corridors to see the bones and skulls of the long dead, pushed into caverns and embedded in the walls.
• Guided Catacombs tour
What's Not Included:
Good to Know:
• Please note that there is no restroom or cloakroom at the Catacombs
• The Catacombs are located 130 steps below ground, and another 83 steps to exit
• Please note that the temperature inside the Catacombs is 14°C/57°F
• As the Catacombs are comprised of a route through underground tunnels and caverns, the tour is not advised to anyone suffering from cardiac, respiratory weakness, or nervous disease, young children, or anyone with tendencies towards claustrophobia
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“An unusual and amazing experience”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Muntinlupa, Philippines on October 3rd, 2013 I had an extra day in Paris and made a last minute decision to visit the Catacombs. I found this site online and my booking was confirmed instantly. I was pleasantly surprised on the day of the tour that it was a small group. Our guide Sara was great, she's working on her PhD in Anthropology and gave us a ton of information making the visit educational. She gave us enough time to explore and made sure everyone got their fill of the ossuary before heading out.
I am glad I booked online rather than going with my original plan to just show up and take my chances. Being with a group made the visit less creepy and having a guide definitely made the experience a better one.
The only slightly negative comment I have is our guide had a hard time finding everyone because many tour groups met at the Metro station. Maybe best for guides to hold a sign stating the tour provider so that they'd be easy to spot.
“Not worth the 45 euro”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Turner, Australia on October 30th, 2013 Our guide was lovely, but we didn't feel that the tour provided us with anything extra to what an audio guide would have provided.
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