Guided tour

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Guided Tour with VIP Access

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Guided Tour with VIP Access

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 104.78 per person

Discover the haunting underground labyrinth of the Paris Catacombs. Enjoy skip-the-line access to the site, where your professional English-speaking guide will tell you about the history of the Catacombs and some of the legends and stories about them.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Small group available


  • Explore the Paris Catacombs and discover their dark secrets
  • Learn the history and legends of the Catacombs from an expert guide
  • Skip the lines waiting to enter this unique Paris attraction
Full description
Paris is commonly known for its beauty and romance. However, far beneath the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre is an entirely different, intimidating world. In the Catacombs of Paris there is an inscription above a doorway that reads: Beware of the Realm of Death. This is a suitable warning to prepare you for a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Access to the Catacombs is extremely limited as only 200 people are allowed to enter the site at a time. Consequently, lines can be very long and waits can be up to 2 hours. Privileged, skip-the-line access lets you save time and energy to make the most out of this personalized visit. Nearly 300 kilometers of tunnels and narrow paths stretch below the streets of Paris. Originally, the Catacombs were limestone quarries, hollowed out for the construction of the most famous bridges and buildings in the city. Beginning in the 18th century, the Catacombs served as the final resting place for more than 6 million people, and skeletons, bones, and skulls of exhumed bodies neatly line the walls and arches. Join this exclusive small-group, skip-the-line tour and see Paris in a different light than ever before.
  • English-speaking expert guide
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet outside the catacombs by Denfert Rochereau. Your guide will wait for you at the entrance to the catacombs. The guide will hold a sign to draw attention to themselves. To reach the catacombs by Metro, take line 4 or line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau stop and exit at Sortie 1. The entrance to the catacombs is directly across the street from this exit.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • Tour takes place in a small group
  • The Catacombs are quite small and dark in places so may not be appropriate for guests with claustrophobia
  • Given the nature of the Catacombs, the space is often wet, dirty, and a little slippery. It is also a cool 14 degrees Centigrade year-round. Be sure to dress appropriately
  • Please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard opening hours
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code…) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites and comply with each country’s requirements. City Wonders will not be held responsible for refused access to museums and tourist attractions and no refund will be due
Customer reviews

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4.7 /5

based on 346 reviews

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This is a must see tour, especially if you have never visited catacombs before. The history is interesting and the guides were very knowledge, easy to understand, and entertaining. I have been to the catacombs in Italy and I'm still glad I came here because the history is very different than in Italy.

January 17, 2020

Wonderful tour!! Our guide Randa was the absolute best. She knows her history and blew us away with all her stories and her humor (We all felt she was the best guide we’ve ever had in any city, EVER!) —this tour was worth every penny...splurge, especially if you have kids!!

October 31, 2019

The catacombs werent as macabre as I was expecting. It’s a long and extremely narrow stairway down to the catacombs, it can be quite dizzying. The walk will be a tight squeeze once in the catacombs, if youre 6’2+ in height be prepared to have a neck massage after its all done. The guide my group had, Charles was amazing. A bevy of historical information is presented to you in such a manner that keeps you entertained. You’ll stop at hear little tid bits of info and get to take a couple of photos. You’ll find a few trail behinds (other tour explorers not with the group) so be mindful if you fall behind and end up following the wrong group. Other than that wear proper shoes, something comfy possibly boots or something you dont mind sullying as its wet and a little muddy down there. Not sure your beliefs, but while down there, there was minor para activity. At the end of the tour you’ll get to visit the gift shop. Tip your guide, they might be worth it.

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May 8, 2019

Product ID: 54091