Guided tour

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Guided Tour and Special Access

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst
Guided tour

Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Guided Tour and Special Access

Activity provider: ExperienceFirst

From US$ 107.37 per person

Discover the chambers below the streets of Paris and learn the secrets of the world’s largest underground burial site on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Paris Catacombs. Access areas not available to the general public.

About this activity

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This activity is non-refundable
Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Descend 20 meters below the streets to explore the Paris Catacombs
  • Skip the lines and get special access to forbidden areas
  • Learn why the remains of over 6 million people were transported underground in the 18th century
  • Immerse yourself in the history of legendary struggles and triumphs
Full description
Meet your guide at the Paris Catacombs and skip the lines to descend 20 meters below street level. Learn how 200 miles of tunnels were mined to solve the problem of the overcrowded cemeteries, and hear about the struggle and ultimate glory of the macabre, sacred site. Get a feel for the amazing chambers as you pass the "Arrete. C'est Ici L'Empire De La Mort" ("Stop. Here is the Empire of Death") sign. Find yourself surrounded by bones and skulls, carefully arranged with reverence and a decorative flourish. Enter special areas closed to the general public as you follow in the footsteps of the 18th and 19th-century French royals.
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket to the Paris Catacombs
  • VIP access to areas not available to the general public
  • English-speaking guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

From Metro station Denfert Rochereau (line 4 or 6), use Exit 1 to reach the street level. You’ll see the Catacombs entrance, with glass doors and a sign, across the street, located to the right of the small green building that was the former entrance. Your guide will be waiting with an orange "ExperienceFirst" sign.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour includes an approximately 1-mile walk, with about 130 steps down and 85 steps back up to street level. It is not recommended for people who have mobility issues or suffer from anxiety in closed spaces
  •  Please note that the temperature in the catacombs is around 14 degrees Celsius
  • If the selected time is not available you will be offered options to reschedule. If you are unable to accept a reschedule option you will be offered a full refund.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 174 reviews

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Igor with Paris 1 tours was fantastic! He made a somber situation educational, fun and full of energy all while relaying to the group that we were walking through a final resting place of over a million people. There was a lot of walking and information to take in, but the afternoon went by so quickly that we were on the other side before we knew it! Bring comfy shoes (uneven pavers, gravel, etc) & bring along some water. Use the WC before you head down if you restrooms until the end!

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March 29, 2023

Best experience will be with a guide. Knowing how it was built, when and by whom makes the difference. Being there while hearing the story behind each section by a knowledgeable guide, where the corps creepy, awesome and eventful at once. Highly recommend getting a guide to get the full effect.

March 29, 2023

This tour is one of the best tours that I have ever done! Highly recommended! The guide was funny, informative and easy to hear. The guided tour meant we skipped the long line and went straight in. It was worth the cost to skip lines of 1 1/2 to 4hours! The special access areas were awesome!

March 29, 2023

Product ID: 136979