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

    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: 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.


  • Rating: 5 “Our favourite tour! BRILLIANT enthusiastic guide”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – United Kingdom on April 28, 2015 Our favourite tour! BRILLIANT enthusiastic guide who clearly loves his job. We will be back! really enjoyed it.


  • Rating: 3 “If you have nothing to do in Paris, you may consider the Catacombs...”

    Reviewed by Christina – Sweden on March 23, 2015 When booking a guided tour at a certain hour I expect to enter on the booked time (more or less). We had our appointment at 09.30, meeting time 15 min before. When receiving the confirmation it said meeting time at 09.00. Still ok, even though 30 minutes ahead is a long time. When we showed up at 09.00 it turned out that the Catacombs OPEN at 10.00. Furthermore our guide was standing in the regular line! We ended up entering at 10.16. We would have entered at the same time had we decided to stand in the line ourselves at 09.00. The guide was very pleasant, but she didn't really inform us of anything that couldn't be read from the signes. She rushed us through the Catacombs, and no time was given to contemplate. In a sancturary of all places! It was the speediest visit I have ever done (working 20 yrs in tourism!). The regular entrance fee is 10 Euros. If one pays 55 Euros for a guided tour there must be a lot more value for your money, starting with respecting clients pace & time.


  • Rating: 5 “great”

    Reviewed by Ivan – London, United Kingdom on March 17, 2015 Thanks to our tour lider Victoria everything was perfectly
    Mersi Victoria


  • Rating: 5 “Wonderful guide and fantastic experience!”

    Reviewed by Rachel – London, United Kingdom on March 8, 2015 Definitely recommended a guide to give you the full idea behind what the catacombs are all about. Our guide David (i think that's his name) was really friendly and added some humour to the tour. I would recommend this to all that visit Paris and really great to skip the very long queue!


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  • “Prompt, informative and understood our needs!”

    “Excellent!”

    LindafromLichfield, United Kingdom

  • “great”

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

    IvanfromLondon, United Kingdom

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