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Paris: Catacombs Entry & Seine River Cruise with Audio Guide

1. Paris: Catacombs Entry & Seine River Cruise with Audio Guide

Experience the fascinating vestiges of Paris' past with a ticket to the mysterious Catacombs. Discover the city's romantic side on a picturesque Seine River cruise. Witness iconic landmarks and uncover the secrets beneath the city.  Begin in the captivating Catacombs of Paris, an intricate underground network nestled beneath the city streets. Walk through the tunnels that house the remains of millions of Parisians to feel how their histories and tales are etched into the silent stones. After your journey through the city's hidden underbelly, ascend to the vibrant cityscape and make your way to the Seine River's banks. Board a comfortable cruiser and set sail through the heart of Paris. Marvel at the stunning sights of Paris's iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and the Notre-Dame Cathedral, basking in the city's glow.

Paris: Catacombs Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

2. Paris: Catacombs Skip-the-Ticket-Line Ticket and Audio Guide

Avoid the hassle of ticket counters. Simply show your voucher, start your self-guided tour and explore the 'City of Lights' at your own pace with an informative audio guide. As you discover a world beneath the streets of Paris, see tunnels and rooms decorated with the human bones and skulls of around 6 million Parisians. The Paris Catacombs were originally a quarry with hundreds of kilometers of tunnels burrowed beneath the streets of Paris. When the cemeteries of Paris became overfilled, the city started moving the dead into the Catacombs. 

Paris: Lupin-Themed Audio Guide App

3. Paris: Lupin-Themed Audio Guide App

The Catacombs of Paris are world famous, but did you know that an episode of Netflix’s Lupin series was shot there? Some of the iconic scenes about the fictional fan of the ‘gentleman thief’, Arsène Lupin, were filmed in the Catacombs’ touristy sections, but others took place in private no-access tunnel networks. If you’ve ever dreamed of learning about the out-of-bounds parts of Paris’ underground tunnels without breaking the law or having to deal with bones and claustrophobia, then this walking tour through the city’s 14th arrondissement is for you. We’ll stay above ground at street level, where the various scenes from the show's season 2, episode 4 were shot, and I’ll even show you the real location of Lupin’s secret staircase. I’ll also point out the Parisian neighbourhood where Lupin's temporary home was set. But this tour isn’t only about the gentleman thief. I’ll share plenty of interesting historical facts, like why six million cadavers ended up deep in the Catacombs. I’ll also tell you how the city created its own meridian line to try and rival the universal time standard based on Greenwich. On this tour, you’ll have the opportunity to: • Take in impressive buildings with over 400 years of layered history, including the Congrégation des Sœurs de Saint-Joseph de Cluny (the Convent of the Order of St. Joseph of Cluny) and the Cochin Hospital • Hear true stories about jailbreaks from the Centre Pénitentiaire de Paris la Santé (the Santé Prison), some worthy of Lupin, some a tad more violent • See actual buildings that members of the Resistance accessed via the Catacombs to avoid detection by the Nazis during WWII • Find out about the Société des Gens de Lettres, or Literary Society, housed in Hôtel de Massa (Massa Hotel) where Maurice Leblanc worked before penning his Lupin short stories • Follow a small stretch of the Paris Meridian • Learn about François Arago’s invisible statue and where in the Jardin de l’Observatoire de Paris (the Paris Observatory) you can see a real statue of him Allow up to an hour for this fun-filled walk where sound effects are used to reveal what lies behind certain tall walls, or deep under your feet. There are several stops along the way with benches for you to rest and free, public restrooms nearby. Join me on this walk and together, we’ll dive deep into Paris’ macabre past!

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4.5 / 5

based on 5,820 reviews

Glad I pre booked, I had an early morning slot and the signs were already up to say sold out for the day. One slightly dizzying decent down lots of stairs and I was in a dark, creepy, beautiful and fascinating underground labyrinth of dead people arranged into strangely photogenic patterns. It’s easy to navigate your way around and you can’t get lost, so ignore all the urban legends of tourists vanishing down tunnels never to be seen again! Definitely worth a visit if you like your “dark tourism” or a want to see a completely unique side of Paris. The limited numbers also means there’s plenty of time and space to look around and get your photos without some random person getting in the way of your perfect shot!

We were able to go straight in. The audio guide is free with any ticket so that shouldn't be a selling point. The main thing was that online tickets weren't available but we were able to get tickets through this company. The Catacombs are very unusual and interesting but you'll be bored before the end and ready to move on to the next adventure you have lined up. About 35-45 mins long.

This was a really great experience. I was impressed with the ease of entry and the fact that it was an audio tour, so you could progress at your own pace. The audio tour information was interesting and informative. Overall a really great tourl

Our tickets were uploaded to the app so we just went straight to the gate at the catacombes. It was an easy experience.

Definitely worth the wait in line and the extra for the audio tour.