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4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Small-Group Tour

Enjoy fast-track entry to the mysterious Catacombs of Paris on this 1.5-hour tour. As one of the city's most compelling attractions, the catacombs often draw long entrance queues, but you and your expert guide will get to bypass the crowds and jump the line, saving you time (and a headache). Descend the steps and discover the intriguing underground tunnels lined with millions of skulls and bones, and hear of their fascinating history.

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

Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Small-Group Tour

See the remains of more than six million people in the Catacombs of Paris

Meet your guide at the Catacombs of Paris, skip the entrance line and head straight inside to explore the mysterious underground ossuary. The catacombs may not be for the faint of heart, but they are certainly worth the visit.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Lucy was our guide and she was adorable. I have a little claustrophobia and she put me completely at ease. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very interesting and a nice guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

awesome and chilling

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our tour guide Demetri was very knowledgable and friendly. Top notch tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

First of all, based on the line that I saw wrapping around the block, getting the 'skip the line' was the best move for seeing this attraction. It was a little misleading at first because I didn't see anyone with the yellow umbrella, so I ended up walking all the way around the line and coming back to the entrance before noticing that one of the people near the entrance had one of those small yellow umbrellas at their side not opened. Sure enough, when I went up to them, they were the tour guide. A quick scan of my confirmation got us on board. When we were still a few folks short, he did open up the umbrella and walk through the line to make sure no one from the tour was back there waiting. Once we got underway, our guide did a great job with the tour. The size was about 10-12, so it wasn't too difficult to stay in a small group and hear everything he was saying. He was quite knowledgeable, which made for a very fulfilling tour. There was a lot of history there I just didn't know, and it was great to learn it, especially with such an eerie backdrop. Would definitely recommend.

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