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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) Tours

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Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris)
The Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) date back to the 1700s, when the ossuary was formed from an old underground quarry. Over the years, more and more remains were brought here from overcrowded cemeteries to make room for the city's development, up until 1860. For those with an interest, it’s a fascinating look at a former burial practice.
 
The Basics
A Catacombs tour takes you 135 feet (20 meters) below ground to explore this subterranean world of skeletal remains. You’ll cover just under one mile (1.5 km), which takes about 45 minutes. The Catacombs of Paris aren’t usually part of standard city tours, so they’re often experienced on a standalone tour. Book a skip-the-line ticket to bypass the queue, or make your sightseeing even easier by selecting combo admission to both the Catacombs and the Eiffel Tower.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Buy a ticket in advance to avoid waiting in a long line; visitors are limited to 200 at a time.
  • You may want to bring a layer, as the temperature is 57° F (14° C) in the Catacombs.
  • There is no cloakroom, so bring only what you want to carry with you.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes—you’ll go down 130 steps and up 83 steps to return to street level.
  • The Catacombs tour is not for everyone—you will be underground and see human bones, so it's not recommended for those with sensitive disposition or young children. And unfortunately, the site is not accessible for those with limited mobility or recommended for those with heart or respiratory problems.

How to Get There
The Catacombs are located in Paris' 14th arrondissement. The Denfert-Rochereau metro and RER station puts you right by the entrance on Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy.

When to Get There
The Catacombs are open every day except Mondays and some bank holidays. The experience is the same by day and in the evening, as you’re underground and the lighting is artificial. For fewer crowds, book a morning visit.

Other Things to Do in the 14th Arrondissement
This section of Paris is not the city’s most visited, as it’s away from the Seine near the southern edge of the city limits. If you’re making the trip to visit the Catacombs, take advantage of being in the 14th to check out other attractions such as the 56th-floor observation deck of Tour Montparnasse or Montparnasse Cemetery, where writers and intellectuals such as Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir are buried.
Address: 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, Paris, Ile-de-France 75014, France
Admission: € 8-12 for adults
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Paris Catacombs : Premium Audio Guided ExperienceAttraction Tickets

Paris Catacombs : Premium Audio Guided Experience

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Discover the Catacombs at your own pace and prepare yourself for a unique and unforgettable visit 20 meters underground and a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday Paris above! Originally, the catacombs of Paris were limestone quarries, used for the construction of the bridges and buildings of the city. At the end of the 18th century, parts of these quarries became the 'municipal ossuary' of the capital as the bones from the largest cemetery in Paris were transferred here. It took two years to transfer all the bones down to the now famous Catacombs. Prepare yourself today for a trip like you've never seen before as you explore 3km of Paris' underground galleries!
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Skip The Line Paris Catacombs TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Skip The Line Paris Catacombs Tour

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Dig deep into history with an underground Paris Catacombs tour. Learn why the bones of more than six million people were deposited under the city in a complex maze of tunnels that you definitely need a guide to navigate.
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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

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Discover the darker side of the City of Lights with this skip-the-line tour of the famed catacombs of Paris. Explore these fascinating underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Bypass the long lines for this popular attraction and enjoy personalized attention in a small group limited to 19 people.
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Paris Catacombs Special Access TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour

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Venture beneath the City of Light to explore the dark underworld of the Paris Catacombs. Skip the entrance lines and head inside this fantastically macabre tunnel system filled with the skeletal remains of more than 6 million Parisians. Hear about the remarkable construction of the catacombs from an expert guide as you walk past ornate chambers piled with decorative arrangements of bones, and gain special access to chapels and chambers closed to the general public. Group size is limited to 19.
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Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour

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See one of Paris's spookiest attractions on this skip-the-line tour of the "world's largest grave." Forego the long lines in front of the attraction and head straight inside. Be prepared to see thousands of bones and skulls, remains from graves that were overflowing and consequentially excavated in the 17th century and hear amusing antidotes from your expert guide.
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Catacombs of Paris Semi-Private VIP Restricted Access Tour

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Explore the Catacombs of Paris on a small-group tour limited to only seven people. With this skip-the-line admission, you can avoid the typically long ticket queue at one of Paris' most fascinating attractions, and learn about the history of the underground burial site with a guide.
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Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour with Special AccessHistorical & Heritage Tours

Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour with Special Access

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See sections of the Catacombs of Paris that aren't typically open to the public on this 2-hour tour with skip-the-line access. With a guide, you'll descend below the city streets to explore a maze of tunnels that hold the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, transferred there during the 18th and 19th centuries. As you go, listen to stories and facts about this macabre attraction and hear about the French monarchy and revolution. Select your preferred tour time when booking.
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Paris Catacombs Quest for 5 people - Mobile app Tour with QuestcityPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Paris Catacombs Quest for 5 people - Mobile app Tour with Questcity

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Go down under to explore the Paris catacombs. You will get to know what mysteries lie behind the beautiful neat streets of the city, learn about the events that once took place in the ossuaries and how did it turn into a giant burial. This quest will lead you through the underground passageways of the Catacombs and will allow you to see the most interesting places while telling you about the secrets buried there along with the bones. NB! Please pay attention that this listing does not include admission tickets to Paris Catacombs. We offer skip the line tickets in another listing Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Ticket + Awesome Quest in Questcity Application, which could be found in our profile.
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Paris Catacombs Kids and Families Tour

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Getting kids excited about history can be a challenge, but this private tour is tailor-made for families with children of any age. Avoid the long queues with skip-the-line entrance to the Catacombs of Paris, explore the fascinating underground tunnels and tombs, and enjoy an entertaining and educational commentary from your guide.
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Paris Catacombs Private Tour with Top-rated Alberto Local Guide

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Visiting the Catacombs of Paris, this amazing network of old caves situated sixty feet under the level of the streets guided by our expert guide Alberto will be an unforgettable experience! You'll meet him right in front of the Catacombs and go inside, skipping the lines and then start your amazing tour through this 1.5km of underground paths. Alberto will tell you everything about the history of this unique place, that today hosts nearly six millions of bones. He will share with you all the secrets about this amazing and mysterious ossuary. You will learn that the Catacombs used to be a mining site, then filled with bones coming from the local overflowing cemeteries. So, if you are looking for a creepy and fascinating experience, this tour is the right choice!
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Discover the beauty of Paris with this comprehensive Hop-On-Hop-Off tour. Choose from 4 routes with 38 stops all over the city. Set your own pace and hop off at major attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and Montmartre, spending as much time as you like in each place. Opt for a 1.5-hour night tour to see the sights of Paris illuminated.
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Catacombs Exclusive : Small Group Guided Tour with Direct Access

See one of Paris's spookiest attractions with this skip-the-line tour of the "world's largest grave." You'll get to forego the oftentimes long lines in front of the attraction and head straight inside. Be prepared to see thousands of bones and skulls, remains from graves that were overflowing and consequentially excavated in the 17th century and hear amusing antidotes from your expert guide. ✔ Immerse yourself in the Parisian underworld and discover the dark secrets of the city's history. ✔ Visit the Catacombs of Paris that extend below the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower to over 300 kilometers. ✔ Learn more about the remains from the 18th century and listen to stories about the former souls. ✔ special access to restricted areas in small groups of 18 people or fewer. ✔ Duration: 2 hours. ✔ Check availability to see starting times. ✔ Skip the ticket line. ✔ Printed or mobile voucher accepted. ✔ Live tour guide.
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Visit one of Paris’ most distinctive and macabre landmarks, and enjoy a seamless way to explore, on this tour of the Paris Catacombs. Meet your guide at the landmark, grab a headset to hear them clearly and, thanks to your skip-the-line-access, head right inside. Home to the bones of 6 million Parisians, the subterranean Catacombs date back centuries. Learn all about the history, explore the many winding tunnels, and even venture into corners that are normally off-limits to visitors.
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Two things you should absolutely avoid when travelling with kids is stand in line and get them bored during an experience or visit. Therefore we not only offer skip-the-line access to the Catacombs of Paris, but also provide a special guide, Alberto, who is fantastic with kids, knows how to talk to them and keeps them engaged and thrilled throughout the whole tour with his stories and secrets about this mysterious place. Which kid doesn't love to go on an adventure underground, discovering millions of bones and learning many fascinating facts about one of the must-see sides of Paris? So, if you're looking for a tour your kids and you will love a 100%, than you found it!
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Paris Catacombs : Special Access to Restricted Area with Expert Guide

Paris may be known as the City of Lights, but this city hides a dark and disturbing history. Underneath the city of Paris,you’ll find a place where it is full of tunnels.The system is a giant maze and no one knows quite how many tunnels or chambers there are out there.This tunnel system is commonly known to as “The Catacombs of Paris.” Explore the darker side of beneath the streets of Paris city in just 2 hours avoiding the long entry lines with our guide.Our guide will help you to Know the unknown , solve the unsolved mysteries and discover and learn about about the “World’s Largest Grave.” ✔Learn about the fascinating history and stories behind this unique site ✔ Benefit from special access to parts of the Catacombs closed to the general public ✔ Avoid the long entry lines and get fast track access to the Catacombs ✔ Duration: 2 hours ✔ Skip the ticket line ✔ Printed or mobile voucher accepted ✔ Instant confirmation ✔ Live tour guide ✔ VIP small group
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Paris Catacombs Special : Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access (Small Group)Historical & Heritage Tours

Paris Catacombs Special : Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Access (Small Group)

See one of Paris's spookiest attractions with this skip-the-line tour of the "world's largest grave." You'll get to forego the oftentimes long lines in front of the attraction and head straight inside. Be prepared to see thousands of bones and skulls, remains from graves that were overflowing and consequentially excavated in the 17th century and hear amusing antidotes from your expert guide. ✔ Immerse yourself in the Parisian underworld and discover the dark secrets of the city's history. ✔ Visit the Catacombs of Paris that extend below the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower to over 300 kilometers. ✔ Learn more about the remains from the 18th century and listen to stories about the former souls. ✔ special access to restricted areas in small groups of 18 people or fewer. ✔ Duration: 2 hours. ✔ Check availability to see starting times. ✔ Skip the ticket line. ✔ Printed or mobile voucher accepted. ✔ Live tour guide.
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Everyone knows Paris is famous for its monumental architecture, world-class museums, and illustrious people. However, few realize that just 65 feet below its streets a parallel city exists with a population of some 6 million skeletons arranged in 200 miles of former quarry tunnels that equally merits a visit
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VIP Access And Skip-the-Line : Paris Catacombs Guided Tour Historical & Heritage Tours

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

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 personalised visit. Nearly 300 km 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. ✔ 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
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What is a Virtual Guided Tour? It is not virtual reality. It is a licensed guide led webinar packed with photos, videos, polls and a fully interactive chat function which makes this anything but a lecture video. There is also a live Q&A at the end satisfying all your questions about the Catacombs in Paris. Whether you’ve never been abroad or spent every summer in France, enjoy this exciting, interactive experience from the comfort of your home. All Start times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST). You can use this timezone converter tool to verify what the start time is in your city. Change the city on the right to "New York" and insert the time you are considering. The tool will compute what time that is in your location.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 20 Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) costs USD 91.25. Guided Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) tours start around USD 91.25 per person. See all 20 Paris Catacombs (Catacombes de Paris) tickets and tours on Viator.
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