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Paris Catacombs: Small Group Priority Access Guided Tour

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Skip the long lines with your priority access ticket on this guided 20-meter underground tour of the Paris Catacombs for a mysterious experience.

Highlights

  • Explore the dark side of Paris on this underground tour of its Catacombs and learn about how it came to be the world's largest grave.

  • Start your 1.5-hour guided tour from the Denfert-Rochereau Metro Station and follow your guide to the underground tunnel network of buried secrets.

  • With skip-the-line and exclusive access to two of its restricted areas, this tour offers a unique yet eerie experience to a small group of 19 people.

  • Learn about the macabre artworks as you stroll through the gates and the labyrinth corridors where you will find a meticulous display of bones.

  • Fun fact: If stories are to be believed then there are secret movie screenings that take place in this eerie underground tunnel.

Inclusions

  • 1.5-hour small group guided tour

  • Skip-the-line access to Paris Catacombs

  • English-speaking guide

  • Priority access to 2 restricted areas of the Catacombs

  • Small group of 19 pax

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Ratings & Reviews

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Thomas Flegler

Thomas

5/5

Aug, 2018

It was a great tour with a FANTASTIC host! Lots of fun info. Her accent wasn’t too strong that native English speakers would have any difficulties understanding. Her interest and passion for the Catacombs was easy to see which made for a better experience. The only issue I have is the booking processs. Rather than start out an email with “we cannot fit you at the 5 PM time...” say “we rescheduled you to the 4:45 PM time.” 15 minutes really won’t make a difference to most people. I missed the second part of the email where you reordered to reschedule us 15 minutes earlier until he next day. I was SO upset and bummed out! But when I saw that it was still an option to go (just 15 minutes earlier) I was elated! Try rescheduling people for minor time changes with the option to cancel rather than telling them “too bad, it’s overbooked” to begin with. Again, FANTASTIC tour and host! I cannot day enough great things about our host! She’s worth every penny and more.
Jaime Murphy

Jaime

5/5

Jul, 2018

The glitzy city of Paris has a whole network of underground tunnels that hide bones and its dark secrets! Thrilling indeed!
Rickey Simmons

Rickey

3/5

Jul, 2018

Great for those who love a spooky walk in a graveyard.. not for me!
Horace Austin

Horace

5/5

Jul, 2018

Guided tour really helped us understand the Catacombs better...
Loren Gibson

Loren

4/5

Jun, 2018

Spooky!!!

The eerie stories!

Beneath the bustling streets of Paris lies a subterranean world holding the remains of over 6 million Parisians. Explore 2 km of underground tunnels and travel back to 18th-century Paris. The Catacombs of Paris are a grim yet beautiful reminder of the city’s important history.

As a way to combat overflowing cemeteries during the Middle Ages, the capitol decided to transform its mines into an underground burial site. Gradually, the city relocated millions of dead bodies to a complex series of interconnected tunnels and rooms, creating a massive 300km stretch of ossuary that has shaped the Paris we know today.

From the role the Catacombs played in the French Revolution and Hitler’s regime to the impact this network of underground tunnels continues to have on the city, explore over 2,000 years of Parisian history in this incredible tour. Since the day they were created, the mysterious ossuaries aroused curiosity, and they continue to do so today.

What to expect on your Paris Catacombs - Priority Access Guided Tour

On the day of your experience, head to the meeting point, located right in front of the Cafe Oz, at the exit of the Denfert Rochereau Metro station, and meet your tour guide. Avoid the hassle of waiting in a long queue as you walk straight through the entrance. Your professional guide will then lead you 20 meters (65 feet) underground, into one of the city’s most enticing attractions.

Be greeted by a doorway with a plaque that warns “Arrête, c'est ici l'empire de la Mort”, “Stop, this is the empire of the dead”. But don’t let that deter you; your adventure has only just begun. Wander past walls lined with skulls and bones as your guide leads you through a 2km, one-way stretch of the ossuary. Explore the ancient world of Paris while listening to stories of the Catacomb’s past. Hear urban legends, listen to creepy tales about the mysterious tunnels, and find out how this complex underground network continues to impact the city.

What to bring

  • Bring along comfortable shoes for this experience.

What's not allowed

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography is a no-go inside the venue.

Accessibility

  • This experience is not accessible by wheelchair and pram/strollers.

Additional information

  • The Paris Catacombs often go on strike without much warning so be prepared for a change in plan.

  • The Paris Catacombs are open Tuesday - Sunday. Closed on Mondays and major holidays (May 1st, August 15th and January 1st).

  • There is only one restroom located at the exit.

  • We will be subject to a security check at the entrance to all sites. Depending on the volume of visitors, we may have a short wait in the security line.

  • There are 130 steps to the Paris Catacombs. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access.

  • Bring along a light jacket as the Paris Catacombs tunnels are often wet and cool (14°C/57°F all year long).

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting point

  • Meet your guide in front of Café Oz The Australian Bar Denfert.

  • Address: 3 Pl. Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France.

  • Landmark: Near the exit of the Denfert-Rochereau Metro.

  • Your guide will be waiting for you holding a sign with 'The Tour Guy' on it.

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