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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

Paris, France
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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Small group guided walking tour inside the Paris catacombs
  • Personalized small group tour (maximum 19 people)
  • Skip the line to enter the catacombs and avoid two-hour queues
  • Expert English-speaking guide

What's Included

  • Skip-the-line access and visit to the Parisian catacombs
  • Small groups to ensure an intimate experience
  • Local English-speaking expert guide
  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Catacombs of Paris
    1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

    Meet at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. He/She will be holding a sign. To arrive at the Catacombs by Metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Paris catacombs consist of an extensive underground network of tunnels originally dug as limestone quarries during the building of some of the city’s famous monuments. Beginning in the late 18th century, remains from Paris’ overcrowded cemeteries were exhumed and transported here for storage, with thousands of bones neatly arranged into piles along the walls.

Delve into this eerie underworld with an exclusive small-group tour. Lines to enter the catacombs often exceed 2 hours, but you’ll head to the front of the queue with your knowledgeable guide. A group maximum of 19 people provides a more personalized experience.

Wander through the dimly lit labyrinth that winds beneath the city’s famous streets. Marvel at the stacks of human skeletons that greet you at every turn while your guide illuminates the history of this soul-stirring ‘empire of death.’

The Paris Catacombs

Why wait in a long line to see less of the Catacombs? Your guide, an English-speaking local expert, will lead your group straight past the lines and down into the 200-mile labyrinth of bone-lined galleries and former quarry tunnels. An inscription at the entrance reads “Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort”, or “Stop! Here lies the empire of death”. In this eerie empire, you’ll encounter the remains of such dignitaries as Rabelais and Robespierre, among more than 6 million other former Parisians. While individual ticket holders must remain on the public routes, your guide will lead you off the well-traveled path. As well as other significant remains, like the hidden Gilbert’s Tomb, here you’ll find monuments to those who made their living in the empire of death. In the Port Mahon Gallery, you’ll see sculptures that an 18th-century quarry worker spent five years chiseling secretly from the tunnel walls, before being crushed in a cave-in. You’ll see the Quarryman’s Footbath and the Sepulchral Lamp, whose constant flame reassured the living that there was enough air in the tunnels. As you wind your way around the Catacombs, you’ll hear all about the history of this parallel city – and the many legends surrounding it. Once you’ve seen what lies just 65 feet below the city, your view of Paris will be forever changed.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our tours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that Special Access areas may be closed on some days.
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Wear comfortable shoes as it’s 2 hrs long and the stairs back up can be challenging - just take it slow.
It is chilly as you're underground, so consider your needs there, and wear good walking shoes.
This tour gets you to skip the line which is important since they really control the number of people in the catacombs and without it you would probably have to wait a long time in line.
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Great Tour Guide
Melissa_A, Oct 2022
Victoire, our tour guide, did a wonderful job in explaining the history of the catacombs as we went along. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic in her story telling. A visit to the catacombs is a must. Highly recommend having a tour guide. Wear good shoes - it’s a lot of walking. It was neat to see the two areas restricted from general public.
Excellent and creepy!
Carolyn_M, Oct 2022
What a great tour. So interesting to hear about the history and see all the world underground. Who knew 6 million skeletons were underneath Paris! Excellent and great for our daughter.
Great fun and great history! Skip the lines
Ruben_s, Aug 2022
Victoire is a great guide! We learned a lot about history, old and modern. This is a must-do when in Paris. And I cannot emphasize how much better is to hire a private tour in popular (crowded!) cities. You will skip the lines and have access to out-of-boundaries locations that the rest of the people can’t go. However I do have an advise: take a sweater with you. No matter how hot is outside, down there it can get very chilly. Great fun for my teenager!
Interesting tour of Paris Catacombs
Larry_B, Aug 2022
Enjoyable tour of the Paris Catacombs. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Good history of the area.
SUPERB!
Lucas_M, Jan 2022
So amazing! Vic was an incredible guide with her vast knowledge of history, folktales, and current events of the catacombs. She spoke brilliant English and had an answer for every question she received. 10/10 recommend!!
A must see
Norm_L, Dec 2021
Their is a line to get in if you go individually. The benefit of a guide is you hear more and have access to a gated area of catacombs that others do not. The guide we had was Ferret and he was a good story teller and knowledge of Paris history.
An unforgettable visit
Steve_B, Oct 2021
My wife and I have talked about visiting Normandy every time we have been in Paris. This year we finally made it. The tour was everything we could have wanted. We had plenty of time to visit the beach at Normandy and to see the German batteries there. What really made it an unforgettable trip was our driver and guide Adrian. He is very friendly and knowledgeable and we learned quite a lot from him. We enjoyed talking to Adrian not just about Normandy but also about life in France. As I said before Adrian is very friendly. He’s the type of person you would like to have a beer with and just hang out.
Must see in Paris
Jason_H, Aug 2021
Great tour guide through the catacombs of Paris. Was about 2 hours with a guide that was very interactive and attentive. This is a narrow space at times under Paris with 6 million bones. That said, if you are OK with this, it is a must see and this tour is a very nice way to see parts of the catacombs that a regular ticket will not provide.
Fantastic
Josh_H, Nov 2021
Addie was a great guide, and the catacombs did not disappoint. Highly recommend for any visit to Paris.
Favorite activity of my first Paris trip
Candace_D, Nov 2021
Get out of your hotel room in Paris and do this tour! It is so much more worth it to go with a knowledgeable guide than to go on your own. Not to mention skipping a line and the access to areas that going alone won’t grant you access to otherwise. Really enjoyed hearing the stories/history of the Catacombs. Helps that I actually love morbid/weird things like this to begin with ;-) So glad I finally ventured under the Catacombs and I see Paris in a totally different perspective now than if I hadn’t gone.
Our guide was excellent!!...
Ricardo_H, Oct 2021
Our guide was excellent!! We enjoyed her stories related to the history of Paris and the catacombs. Very informative.
Excellent Tour
Leo_S, Oct 2021
Tour was excellent. Guide was informative and enthusiastic. Catacombs are quite interesting themselves, but the tour also allows you to see parts of the catacombs not open for general viewing. We got so much more out of the catacombs than if we went without a guide.
Awesome tour
Danielle_V, Sep 2021
I’ve done this tour twice. Once a couple years ago and just recently with my parents while visiting Paris. The tour is in a small-group setting and you spend 2 hours down in the catacombs. Our guide, Feret, was very knowledgeable and told great stories. You also get access to private areas behind the gates. Fantastic way to experience the catacombs of Paris.
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Aqeelah_O, Sep 2021
this tour was so informative! Michelle was amazing! She was always there to translate the quotes and poetry to English.
One of the most unique things you will ever experience.
Andrew_S, Sep 2021
Very cool very informative. Definitely one of the strangest things you'll see in Paris. The tour wasnt creepy as it would seem and our guide had great stories and antidotes along the way to keep a light mood.
Wonderful tour
Ivana_S, Sep 2021
Victoire was an amazing guide we learned so much and it was one of our best experiences in Paris. It is wonderful having a guide so informative and passionate about the subject. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Paris
Everything I expected.
mrspharold, Nov 2019
If you want to see the Catacombs this is the only way to go. The guide is informative, funny and very thorough. We went in right on time ( the general admission line was a 3 hour wait at 10:15, in the off season) that alone was worth the price! We saw some extra rooms not included in the general tour. The pace was perfect. Definitely one of our highlights of our time in Paris
Amazing Tour - I learned so much!
david c, Nov 2019
Charlie was our tour guide and he made the tour - so knowledgeable, interesting and funny in his presentation! I learned a lot about Paris history and its massive underground as he lead us through the tour. We were also able to see parts of the underground not available to the public. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour, and make sure to ask for Charlie!
Crazy about Catacombs!
Heather_S, Oct 2019
Only negative: our group had 20 people in it. Fair warning: there are 131 steps one had to descend to get down below and 112 to go back up. That and there are NO restrooms so go before you go! ;) When we got to the ticket booth, the line was wrapped around the block. The wait time was about three hours. (Entrance into the catacombs is limited—they only let in 200 people at any given time.) Once our group had fully gathered, we were allowed to cut through the line and got right in. So worth purchasing this tour in advance! Our tour guide was a local “cataphile” and knew quite a bit about the whole catacombs system. The tour was set for two hours but there was so much to see and learn we ran a little over. Our guide was committed to our catacombs edification! Another tour bonus: we were granted special access to two sections not open to regular visitors. Such an amazing and humbling experience. This is a “must see” on a Paris visit. Good, non-slip shoes are a must! Wear layers as the temperature fluctuates from section to section.
Great tour guide, great experience
Anton_C, Oct 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the Paris Catacombs. Our guide Victoria (Vic) did a good job explaining the history surrounding the catacombs. I arrived early because I was concerned because of other reviews I had read that involved confusion meeting up with the guide. There were no problems. The tour met at the main entrance door of the catacombs as advertised. Fifteen minutes prior to our tour time, Victoria arrived holding a sign just like the booking said. We skipped the long line as advertised. We had plenty of opportunities to ask questions along the way. The guide's care of the site was obvious in the instructions to avoid touching the bones and preserving the site. It was nice to be able to see the better preserved areas that the general admission groups do not access. Great tour, knowledgeable guide, highly recommend.
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