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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 20 people.

Highlights

  • Small group guided walking tour inside the Paris catacombs
  • Personalized small group tour (maximum 20 people)
  • Skip the line to enter the catacombs and avoid two-hour queues
  • Expert English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour

Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small Group Walking Tour

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 20 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.’

Itinerary

Departs on Thursdays at 4pm (arrive strictly at 3:40pm)
Departs on Saturdays at 10am (arrive strictly at 9:40am)

Customer Reviews

Eiki N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very unique. To avoid lining up long hours, this tour is perfect. The guide taught a lot of history. After tour, a lot to think what is the life?

George G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour, great tour guide, easy to locate meeting place. This is a must and I would only use Viator to book

Brad M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

First time going to the Catacombs after many trips to Paris. This is a great attraction to visit and one where skipping the very long line and having a guide made it much better.

JOAN C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was way better expected! Tour guide was so informational, learned French history, cave history, history of cemeteries in Paris, and more. My personal groups raved to everyone we met that they should include this exciting historical place in Paris. Very very good.

Terri G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good guide, and very interesting history, good visuals, take a light jacket and expect to walk a long way, but well worth it, we had a great continental breakfast at a cafe just to the right of the Metro station, Paris has the best Coffee int the world.

Nette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this experience, not for claustrophobics! Again brilliant guide and extra experiences than self guided tour

lisa w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!

Barns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our trip to the Catacombs was fantastic. Charlie our English host, a self confessed and #34;Cataphile and #34; - someone who loves going underneath cities into the history was a ripper host who well and truly new his history and background.
It and #39;s amazing there is some much history behind the catacombs.

Stephanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide, Lillia was her name I believe, was an excellent tour guide. She is a history teacher from America and now lives in Paris, and she came well prepared. She had pictures to go along with the stories she told. It was very fascinating . I learned so much about the catacombs. I wish I had more time with her to explore. Definitely ask for her as your guide.

Sharon K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Definitely worth doing if only to skip the crazy line for those waiting to buy tickets probably saved an hour at least! Our guide was Lilia ?, who had an incredible amount of knowledge about the history of the catacombs and of Paris. Absolutely recommend the tour, especially since otherwise you're just walking through tons of bones on either side of you honestly would have gotten bored and more creeped out after 5 minutes by myself...Much better to listen to the stories behind everything and have the little details pointed out! We also got to explore a locked off area of the catacombs that are NOT open to general/individual ticket holders, so that was cool.

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