Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, so you enjoy a more personalized experience.
- 1.5-hour tour of the Catacombs of Paris
- Beat the queues and enjoy skip-the-line entry to this popular Paris attraction
- Explore the alluring underground labyrinth of skulls and bones with an expert guide
- Learn about the history and significance of the catacombs
- Small-group tour limited to nine people to ensure a more personalized experience
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What You Can Expect
Descend 130 steps to the subterranean cemetery and begin exploring the labyrinth of passageways, filled with curious nooks and crannies. Hear about the history of the catacombs from your knowledgeable guide — once stone mines, the network of tunnels were developed into a vast burial tomb in the 18th century after Paris' cemeteries became overcrowded. Today they are home to the remains of approximately six million people.
Wander along winding tunnels lined floor-to-roof with the skulls and bones of the dead. Listen as your guide relays some of the stories relating to this historic burial ground, and soak up the catacombs’ otherworldly atmosphere.
After 1.5 hours exploring the Catacombs of Paris, ascend back to street level to conclude your tour.
I highly recommend this tour. It's well worth the cost. We reserved for a Saturday in November, and the line we avoided would have been a very long wait. Our guide was very amicable, good-homored, and knowledgeable. He outlined the history of the Catacombs and how and why they were constructed, including the reinforcements that were painstakingly undertaken to keep the site from collapsing, and various sites within. He was most willing and able to answer questions. The ossuary itself is fascinating and not disturbing, as I feared it might be, although I don't think it would be appropriate for young children. My teenage granddaughter found it amazing. We walked down very, very many stairs to go deep underground and then through a longish tunnel, and then the space opens up. At the end, there is another walk up a very narrow, circular staircase, which I think was around 86 steps. Educational and very interesting.
Lucy was our guide and she was adorable. I have a little claustrophobia and she put me completely at ease. Highly recommended.
Wear sensible footwear because the floor is very uneven and for heavens sake don't bring a baby stroller down there. A couple in our group did and I don't know how they managed to cart it back up 5 storeys of tightly corkscrewed enclosed stairs at the end of the tour. Strollers are useless anyhow because of the bumpy path. Unless you're really claustrophobic you'll be fine through most of the tour, but those stairs at the end freaked me out and I'm ok in tight spaces. The tour was fascinating and our guide gave us so much information we would have otherwise missed. A very unique and interesting tour for sure.
Very interesting and a nice guide!
awesome and chilling
Tour guide was very good. We had a group of 12 which made it easier to here the guide as went through the Catacombs.
Overall great tour.
It was worth paying extra to skip the very long line, plus have an English-speaking guide. The signs in the Catacombs were all in French, so we would have had no idea what was happening. The guide was great, told important historical information, as well as great stories!
The catacombs were one of our more interesting experiences in Paris. My teenage son loved this tour as an alternative to museums and cathedrals. It was a nice change of pace and a unique part of Paris history in its own right. The tour guides were very sensitive to the needs of the group and offered lots of insights and personal impressions. Skip the line is highly recommended given the summer tourist crowds.
This tour was amazing!
Our tour guide Demetri was very knowledgable and friendly. Top notch tour.