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

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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
  • 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

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas.

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star-5
Take the guided tour with Victoire, you won't be disappointed!
Dena_M
, Sep 2021
Incredible, highly recommend. In hindsight, I realize it's an absolute must to go through the Catacombs with a guide, so I'm glad I did. Our guide Victoire was top notch - very knowledgeable on the history and current events surrounding the catabombs. There's so, so much more to the place than just a bunch of bones and stones - stuff I would have never known without Vic. So glad I took this tour.
star-5
Vic’s Tour Was Great
Kevin_C
, Sep 2021
Our guide, Vic was an extremely knowledgeable young lady, and helped bring the experience to life and provided the necessary context to make it less morbid and more educational! I would recommend this guided tour. Plus, this tour takes you to parts unavailable to others.
star-1
Is this a scam?
Kevin_K
, Sep 2021
Absolutely no one in the museum knew of this tour or who was running it. Looked for several minutes to try to find anyone to no avail.
star-5
Michelle the bomb.com
Aqeelah_M
, Sep 2021
this tour was so informative! Michelle was amazing! She was always there to translate the quotes and poetry to English.
star-5
Michelle was a great...
Paul_H
, Sep 2021
Michelle was a great host...knowledgeable and funny. Her dry sense of humor made for a terrific tour.
star-5
Highly recommend
Anne_O
, Sep 2021
What a fantastic tour! Michelle is a wonderful guide and she shared lots of fascinating details about the catacombs. The VIP behind the scenes is definitely the way to go - highly recommend!
star-3
Too long and too large
denelle_w
, Sep 2021
Group was too large for this tour. Would have been better and quicker and less expensive to do on your own with audio guide
star-5
Engaging and fun tour- truly memorializes all the bodies down there
AnaP_I
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Farret made the tour worth it! Otherwise we would have just seen a bunch of tunnels. Farret not only provided lots of information, but memorized everyone’s name! We were about 15 in the group AND made it fun and engaging!
star-5
The Catacombs of Paris
Travis_V
, Sep 2021
Michelle was fantastic! She is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly and personable. With our tour with Michelle, we were able to access areas of the Catacombs closed off to those taking the standard tour.
star-5
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

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