Small-group guided tour of Paris catacombs
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Attractions & guided tours

Small-group guided tour of Paris catacombs

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: On Wednesday and Sunday
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 1 hour 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Descend into the macabre underbelly of Paris
  • Marvel over millions of intricately arranged skeletons
  • Hear fascinating tales about the place's history
What to expect

Descent into the catacombs of Paris for a thrilling and unique experience!

Sometimes called the “Empire of Death”, this marvelously macabre 200-mile maze houses the painstakingly arranged remains of roughly 6 million Parisians. On this Paris Catacombs tour, you will get to see all the glorious and ghoulish sites without waiting for hours in line and you'll access rarely seen restricted chambers. Your tour begins with a bone-chilling descent on the complex’s 133-step staircase. Your guide will explain how these tunnels were used in the 13th century to quarry limestone for buildings as grand as Notre Dame. As you make your way through these narrow tunnels, you will learn why bad weather in the 1780s forced Parisians to bury their dead here. During your tour, you will have plenty of time to admire the Catacombs’ disturbingly detailed bone decorations. From religious iconography to hearts, workers found many ways to “beautify” the bones housed in this complex. Inside the popular Crypt of the Passion, for instance, you'll admire “The Barrel,” which is constructed out of various skeletal remains.

In addition to housing the dead, the catacombs played an important role in many significant historic events. Your guide will tell you tales of the German Wehrmacht and the French Resistance who both used part of the catacombs as wartime bunkers during World War II. Pay homage to monuments dedicated to people who died fighting during the French Revolution and pass by some of the cemeteries, such as the Magdalena Cemetery, where beheaded revolutionaries were laid to rest. If you are not afraid of ghosts, then ask your guide about the grave of the doorman Philibert Aspairt who passed away in the catacombs in the 18th century.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • Guides and all other staff are required to wear masks
  • What's included
    • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to the catacombs
    • Exclusive access to restricted areas
    • Professional guide
    What's not included
    • Pick up and drop-off service
    • Food and drinks
    Reduced price
    • Child (3-17 years old): reduced
    • Infant (0-2 years old): free
    Where

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

    Meeting point:
    • In front of the Catacombs main entrance
    What to remember
    • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour
    • A minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 6 is required for the tour to take place
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    When

    On Wednesday and Sunday at 12.25pm

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    Provider
    LivTours
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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