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Catacombs guided tour with skip-the-line ticket and access to restricted areas

Based on 23 reviews
Availability: Various days
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
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  • Skip the line access allows you to avoid long two-hour queues
  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
  • English-speaking guide will share the history of the Catacombs
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a small group (maximum 19 people)
What to expect

Take this unique tour of the Paris Catacombs that are home to millions of past Parisians’ skulls and bones. Grab your chance to have skip the line access and save yourself time and energy to fully live this eerie yet fascinating experience.

Paris is a romantic and popular city, but it has its hidden, mysterious and even macabre aspects that are not commonly known or seen by the typical tourist. The Paris Catacombs are part of the darker side of Paris. The inscription (in French) above its entrance sets the tone for your experience - “Halt, this is the realm of death.”

Twenty meters below the surface and covering almost 300 kilometers, the Paris Catacombs are the final resting place of more than six million Parisians dating from the 18th century. These Catacombs are listed among Paris’s 14 museums, and you will see and appreciate, with the help of your guide, how the layers of skulls and bones lining the walls and arches are arranged in the Romantic style and divided by poems and literary passages.

Only 200 people are allowed to enter these Catacombs at a time, so by booking in advance and getting Skip the Line access will ensure your entrance at the date and time of your choice. Explore this unique subterranean world with an expert guide that will reveal the history of the Catacombs and the legends of those at peace here, sheltered from the plagues, revolutions, and war they may have endured.

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What's included
  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 19 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
Reduced price
  • 0 - 3 year olds travel for free and do not require a reservation
  • Reduced price for 4-14 year olds, with proof of age (Strollers or baby carriages are not allowed on this tour)
Where

1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Meeting point:

Your guide will meet you 20 minutes before departure at the entrance to the catacombs, the small green building on Place Denfert-Rochereau. They will be holding a sign to identify themselves. 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.

What to remember
  • Latecomers cannot be accommodated nor get a refund
  • Not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia
  • Not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers or baby carriages
  • The Catacombs are wet, dirty, and slippery. 14°c year-round. Bring a sweater and wear comfortable shoes
  • Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour
  • There are 130 steps to walk down and 80 fairly steep steps to climb to exit
  • We will do our best to ensure timings and itineraries are respected; however, timings and sites are subject to last minute changes on rare occasions
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When
  • Various days, see calendar
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Provider
City Wonders
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 3 days before the activity begins.
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