Guided tour

Paris Catacombs: Skip-the-Line Special Access Tour

Activity provider: Walks

Paris Catacombs: Skip-the-Line Special Access Tour

Activity provider: Walks
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From US$ 87.55 per person

Likely to sell out

Skip the long lines to the Paris Catacombs where millions of Parisians were buried in the underground ossuaries. Learn about the past in a small group and benefit of special access to restricted areas.

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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Skip the long lines to the Paris Catacombs
  • Get exclusive access to areas of the catacombs usually closed to the public
  • Learn about how 6 million people came to be buried in this city of the dead
Full description
Get fast track entry to the underground cemetery of the Paris Catacombs, composed of miles of underground tunnels lined with the skulls and bones of some 6 million Parisians. Join a local guide and explore the catacombs in a small group of no more than 19 people. Each room reveals ever more ornate and macabre bone decorations. Hear the unbelievable story of how the catacombs were built, and the massive project that was undertaken to move bones from around the city to this point. Your special access status means the guards will also open gates just for your group, letting you into areas such as a secret chapel decorated with skulls and femurs. The Paris Catacombs contain bones representing some 2,000 years of history, and their construction was a unique civil engineering project that helped give rise to the modern-day city.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Paris Catacombs
  • Access to special areas of the Paris Catacombs
  • Small group tour of no more than 19 people
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Date

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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • There are 130 steps to the Paris Catacombs. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access
  • The Paris Catacombs tunnels are often wet and cool (14°C/57°F all year long)
  • Please note that there are neither toilets nor cloakroom facilities at the Paris Catacombs
  • Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm are allowed
  • The tour partner complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to Paris government guidelines for the most up-to-date information
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 430 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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Tour guide was excellent. It was eerie being down there and amazing at the same time. However, it was more crowded than I would have thought for a weeknight evening. The tour would have been better with headphones since there we not a lot of areas to gather to hear the guide and a lot of other talking over her as well as playing the self guided recordings loudly.

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August 28, 2022

I believe her name was Kaitlyn, she was amazing and very knowledgeable. She answered all of our questions. She made the tour entertaining and spoke to everyone making us all feel great and included. The tour itself can get cold so I recommend bringing a sweater! Also bring sneakers as there are parts that are damp and the ground is uneven which is to be expected.

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May 28, 2022

If you’re just expecting to see a bunch of human bones under the city streets you’ll be completely amazed and this incredible labyrinth under the streets of Paris! Our amazing guide Michelle was fantastic he! Her passion and knowledge of the Catacombs, combined with her charming and funny personality, made for a very informative and memorable experience. The story behind the catacombs is remarkable!

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April 16, 2022

Product ID: 88340