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

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered 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
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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

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.’
Itinerary
Stop At:  
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
  • UPDATE TO COVID PASS REQUIREMENTS: from January 15th 2022, public venues will require visitors above the age of 18 to prove that they have received a booster shot (3rd injection) 7 months after their second injection. This is reduced to 4 months as of February 15th 2022.
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas.

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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." See review
  • "It is chilly as you're underground, so consider your needs there, and wear good walking shoes." See review
  • "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." See review

Reviews

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star-5
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!!
star-5
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.
star-5
Addie was amazing!...
Sarah_S
, Dec 2021
Addie was amazing! Definitely learned a lot of information. Had a great time and overall great tour.
star-5
This is the way to see the catacombs of Paris!
bjbdhk4h97
, Dec 2021
Our guide Michelle was fantastic, we learned all about the catacombs and were entertained throughout. The private areas, together with the guide, made this tour worth every penny.
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Tour guide (I think her...
Charlie_C
, Dec 2021
Tour guide (I think her name was Barbara but not 100% sure) was amazing, so excited and enthusiastic to show us around and made it super interesting. Learned a lot about the history of the catacombs from her… Thankyou!!
star-5
Great tour!
Ronda_H
, Dec 2021
This is a great tour! Our tour guide shared fascinating stories about the history behind the catacombs. A word of caution about the stairs. It’s over 100 winding stairs to get down to the catacombs.. and back up again.
star-5
Amazing!
Amanda_H
, Dec 2021
Ferret was a great guide! Funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time and would love to do it again!
star-5
Terrific and informative catacombs tour
Kindra_C
, Nov 2021
It was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed learning the history of the catacombs. We had a lovely guide! Thank you for a great experience!
star-5
Fantastic
Josh_H
, Nov 2021
Addie was a great guide, and the catacombs did not disappoint. Highly recommend for any visit to Paris.
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Cancelled
Jamie_M
, Nov 2021
We didn’t get to go. It was cancelled once we got there. Did get a refund though since there were no other time slots available and we were leaving Paris the next next day.

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