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Dig deep into history with a 2-hour 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.


  • 1.5-hour tour of the Paris Catacombs
  • Take a narrated walking tour of the fascinating underground labyrinth of tombs
  • Hear the story behind the Catacombs from your informative guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip The Line Paris Catacombs Tour

See how Paris solved the problem of overflowing cemeteries in the 18th century on your Catacombs tour

Meet your knowledgeable guide at street level and prepare for a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Paris Catacombs. Head down 130 steps to reach the intricate network of tunnels, and follow your guide through what can be a confusing labyrinth.
Hear stories about how the Paris Catacombs were built as a massive underground cemetery, housing the bones of roughly six million people since the 18th century. Paris' dead were moved en masse from existing cemeteries to the Catacombs from 1786 to 1788. By the early 19th century, the Catacombs had already started to attract tourist attention.
In this tour, you'll have plenty of chances to ask questions of your guide as you walk through the tunnels. It's a unique opportunity to see a side of Paris most people miss.
After 1.5 hours touring the Catacombs, the tour comes to an end back at street level when you climb back up the stairs where you started the tour.

Customer Reviews

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

David was an excellent tour leader.

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a very interesting side of Paris that most people don't see. David, our guide, was very informative and we enjoyed this tour and this part of Paris history. We would definitely recommend it.

Larissa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a wonderful guide named Tuc (I hope I spelt this correctly). He was friendly and very knowledgeable. By choosing this tour we avoided queues, had a small group and were lucky enough to go into areas that are normally closed to the general public. We highly recommend this tour.

Kinga N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A really neat way to see the catacombs with a funny, knowledgeable and nice guide. The skipping the line is no joke, since to line is around the whole block. Also the fact that you learn so much more and get to see parts of the catacombs usually not open to the public makes is really worthwhile. I really liked how the guide allowed to take our time and had all sorts of interesting tidbits to add to everything. I was a little worried about finding him, but he was right by the entrance with the yellow umbrella, impossible to miss, so everything was super easy, interesting and well worth every penny. Yup, if you are considering the catacombs and you are an English speaker, this is the tour to take for sure. Also the other tour advertised here does not include the entrance fee and you have to stand in line.

Rita T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing. The guide gave good historical background on the tunnels and the reasons for moving the bones. There was adequate time to to look at each section of the tunnels, and I got great pictures. It was truly fascinating. Overall, the walking was quite easy, with level, well lit pathways. It was relatively dry, with few puddles. If more than 6 feet tall, you may have to crunch down at times. The only significant exertion was walking up more than 80 stairs for the exit.

AJ Florida United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour was great. I really enjoyed it. The tour guide spoke 3 languages and was very informative. We walked a lot, so a person who might not well enough to walk and go up and down stairs should skip the catacombs. I highly recommend it for anybody visiting Paris. It's a unique place with lots of history.

Gregory T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful and intriguing tour. It was great to see some special sights not open to the general public. A definite must do in Paris.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a wonderful tour, I would do it again.Very interesting tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

very interesting and worth the price!

Sue M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The your guide did an outstanding job providing interesting information, keeping the pace and speaking clear English so as to be fully understood! Thank You very much for an outstanding 2 hours!

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