Guided tour

Paris Catacombs: Tour

Paris Catacombs: Tour

From US$ 87.55 per person

Discover the labyrinth of the Paris Catacombs with a guide. Skip the ticket line and uncover the secrets of the world’s largest underground burial site.

About this activity

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Duration options: 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Small group available
Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Baby strollers
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • There are 130 steps to enter the catacombs and 112 steps to exit
  • The catacombs are 65 feet (20 meters) underground and the tunnels are narrow in places
  • The tunnels can be slippery and remain at a temperature of around 57°F (14°C), even in summer
  • Only 200 visitors are allowed in the tunnels at any one time. If numbers reach a maximum, the catacombs staff reserve the right to hold the entry lines until there is sufficient space
Highlights
  • Learn the history and legends of the Catacombs from an expert guide
  • Descend 20 meters below the streets to explore the Paris Catacombs
  • Get to know why the remains of over 6 million people were transported underground in the 18th century
  • Understand the history of legendary struggles and triumphs
Full description

Join your knowledgeable, informative guide on this tour through the underground passages and special rooms of the Catacombs. Get the most out of your visit as you listen to unique insights from your guide and together, navigate this dark but curious space. Learn the intriguing stories of those who worked, visited, and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including the secret societies that still visit today.

Discover the history of the labyrinthian passages, from how they were initially mined for limestone to how they are now home to the bones of more than 6 million former Parisians. The remains that you’ll walk past were carefully moved here in the 18th century, in a discreet operation to transfer them from the unclean and overflowing cemeteries of the city center.

Includes
  • Access to Paris Catacombs
  • Live tour guide
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with claustrophobia
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with respiratory issues

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    Meeting point

    Meet in front of Café du Rendez-vous, 2 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris. Directions by metro: Take Line 4 or 6 to Denfert-Rochereau Metro Station. Upon leaving the train, follow the "sortie" (exit) sign.

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 839 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Service
      4.8/5
    • Organization
      4.8/5

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    Our tour was with City Wonders and it was amazing! Our tour guide, Vic was full of stories and information, and made everything fascinating. She had a great sense of humor and her English was flawless. I can't recommend this tour enough. We are usually budget travelers, but this tour was worth every penny!!!

    March 18, 2020

    The tour was a lot of fun as it meant taking a deep dive into the history of Paris. With the many stories and anecdotes of the good lady, I can now see Paris with different eyes. The somewhat more piquant and cruel stories were unfortunately left out, in consideration of more sensitive minds. The 2 hours passed very quickly.

    February 16, 2020

    I fully recommend doing this experience with a guide. You get to see areas that other people do not and therefore don't have to worry about crowds. Leye was a wonderful guide that had some funny jokes and was actively engaged with us the entire time. He relayed very interesting facts and encouraged us to ask as many questions as we wanted.

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    January 20, 2020

    Product ID: 390452

    VA ID: 390452