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

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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: 5 “It was excellent I arrived an hour early and the guide there.”

    Reviewed by Esther – New York, United States on June 27, 2015 Our guide knew her stuff full of answers and very entertaining loved it


  • Rating: 5 “Catacombs are fascinating”

    Reviewed by Adam – Waco, United States on June 17, 2015 Catacombs are fascinating and the guided tour is the way to go. It was much more insightful to hear the details of how the catacombs came about, are laid out, and the significance of many of the things other people might just walk past without a guide.


  • Rating: 5 “Properly organised, knowledgable guide”

    Reviewed by tina – ripley, United Kingdom on June 1, 2015 The guide was clearly visible in the queue . After registering the guide held the spot, while the guests could wander of for another 30 min until the actual tour started. Guide was friendly and knowledgable. To wear 'proper' shoes in the catacombs was in our case overrated and not really necessary .


  • Rating: 5 “Fantastic tour, Lucy our guide was amazing. Would recommend to anyone.”

    Reviewed by Michael – Auckland, New Zealand on May 31, 2015 Fantastic tour, Lucy our guide was amazing. Would recommend to anyone.


  • Rating: 5 “Fascinating tour with an informative guide.”

    Reviewed by David – Cary, United States on May 15, 2015 The guide provided an interesting and well researched overview of the Paris catacombs. It was worth every penny too to skip the line. Others were waiting two hours just to get in. Highly recommend.


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  • “great”

    “Thanks to our tour lider Victoria everything was perfectly
    Mersi Victoria”

    IvanfromLondon, United Kingdom

  • “Just Great”

    “Christine was a Great Guide. Totally Recommend it to everyone. Skip The line was absolutely Worth the Money as the queue to get in was Huge”

    OliverfromBlaustein, Germany

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