Catacombs of Paris: Small Group Guided Tour

 
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Catacombs of Paris: Small Group Guided Tour

Highlights:

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

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  • Paris: 2-Hour Catacombs of Paris Tour

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 2 hours

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Overview:

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.

Description:

Explore the underground ossuary of the Catacombs of Paris and enter a mysterious underground world.

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.

What's Included:

• Entrance ticket
• Guided tour

What's Not Included:

• Gratuities

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
• As entry is reserved for one group at one specific time slot, please
be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour
• No refund will be possible in the case of late arrival

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  • Rating: 1 “Bad Experience”

    Reviewed by Wolfgang from Wavell Heights, Australia on October 4, 2014 Due to a problem on the Metro, I arrived 20 mins late for the meeting point but still 10 mins before the actual tour start. Even though I could see the entrance to the catacombs I thought the guide may still check for me at the meeting point (30m away).

    Anyhow I missed the guide, the tour and did my money.

    I then waited in line for 2 hours and saw the Catacombs anyway.

    I could understand if I was later than the 10AM tour time but it seemed that no attempt was made to locate me.

    A 55 euro lesson.


  • Rating: 5 “Amazing experience, definitely the highlight in Paris”

    Reviewed by Michele from Pacific pines, Australia on July 10, 2014 Perfect size group and very informative, unfortunately we had a number of other guests not in our group tag along and listen to the commentary without having paid for the tour experience which is disappointing when you pay for a private experience.


  • Rating: 3 “Save time in line”

    Reviewed by Michael from Hygiene, United States on June 4, 2014 Using Voyages LLC saved us about 90 minutes of waiting in line. The site is outstanding and well worth the visit. Our guide spoke very little English even though it was an all English group. After the tour, I had to read up on the internet about what we just saw since our guide gave us very little info. Still I'd recommend using Voyages if you want to save the time. My 14 year old son loved it too.


  • Rating: 4 “excellent catacombs experience”

    Reviewed by James from Okemos, United States on June 3, 2014 Good guides, very well organized. Informative and group was not to large. Overall a good experience!


  • Rating: 4 “interesting and different”

    Reviewed by Eric from Townsville, Australia on May 22, 2014 Our experience was very enjoyable and informative. Would recommend this tour for the complete Paris experience.


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