Catacombs of Paris: Small Group Guided Tour
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
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.
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.
• Entrance ticket
• Guided 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
• 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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Reviewed by Wolfgang from Wavell Heights, Australia on October 4th, 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.
“Amazing experience, definitely the highlight in Paris”
Reviewed by Michele from Pacific pines, Australia on July 10th, 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.
“Save time in line”
Reviewed by Michael from Hygiene, United States on June 4th, 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.
“excellent catacombs experience”
Reviewed by James from Okemos, United States on June 3rd, 2014 Good guides, very well organized. Informative and group was not to large. Overall a good experience!
“interesting and different”
Reviewed by Eric from Townsville, Australia on May 22nd, 2014 Our experience was very enjoyable and informative. Would recommend this tour for the complete Paris experience.
“Well worth it!”
Reviewed by Amber from London, United Kingdom on April 23rd, 2014 We had Sophie guide us round the catacombs - really lovely and very knowledgeable! Thanks Sophie!
“It was really neat!”
Reviewed by Carissa from carson city, United States on April 19th, 2014 I was a little disappointed my tour didn't include the cost to get into the catacombs. It ended up being a bit more expensive then I thought, still a good time, but I would not spend that much a second time. Plus it was hard to locate the tour guide. Myself and a few others I came across could not locate the tour guide at the time requested. We eventually found them at another location. There are multiple exits to the metro, so that's where the confusion came from.
“Prompt, informative and understood our needs!”
Reviewed by Linda from Lichfield, United Kingdom on April 7th, 2014 Excellent!
“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.
“Ohne Guide wären es nur Knochen ...”
Reviewed by Uta from Frankfurt, Germany on October 6th, 2014 Entstehung und Geschichte dieses faszinierenden Ortes wären ohne den Guide nicht so einprägsam gewesen. Auch ist das lange Schlange stehen weggefallen. Nur das Erkennungszeichen
"Gelber Schirm " hätte uns vorher mitgeteilt, aufgeregtes Suchen erspart.
“Sehr informativ, super Gruppengröße”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Stade, Germany on June 6th, 2014 Die Buchung gestaltete sich schwieriger als erwartet. Die Tour war nämlich für den gebuchten Tag voll. Aber der Koordinator hat das umgehend geregelt, sodass wir einfach einen anderen Tag wählen konnten.
Es war dann leider nicht ganz einfach den richtigen "Guide" zu finden.
Der Treffpunkt ist etwas schwammig und ein Ansprechpartner war schwer auszumachen. Erst standen wir bei dem falschen Guide, aber auf Nachfrage beim Koordinator vor Ort (als wir ihn ausfindig machten) fanden wir die richtige Gruppe in der übermäßig langen Schlange vor den Katakomben.
Unser Guide hat alles super verständlich in Englisch erklärt, viele Informationen und Hintergrundwissen waren vorhanden. Sie hatte Spaß an dem was sie tut. Die Tour ansich war hervorragen.
Und da der Guide auch noch, bevor die Gruppe kommt, stundenlang in der Schlange steht, ist der Preis auf jeden Fall gerechtfertigt!
Wir kamen mit den ersten 200 Besuchern in die Katakomben. :-)
“sehr gute Information und sehr freundlich”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Forstern, Germany on May 20th, 2014 siehe oben
“sehr, sehr gut / very, very good !!”
Reviewed by Markus from Bellenberg, Germany on April 28th, 2014 unser Guide (David) war super nett - die Tour ging über 2 std - wir haben viel gelacht und sehr viel erfahren - jederzeit wieder war ein tolles Erlebnis !!
“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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“Prompt, informative and understood our needs!”
“interesting and different”