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Paris Catacombs Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Access to Special Areas

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Skip the long lines and descend 20 meters underground into the complex network of ancient burial grounds. Get exclusive access to areas of the Catacombs not open to the rest of the public on this guided tour.

Highlights

  • Stand out from the crowd with exclusive access to hidden sections, revealing peculiar sculptures made of human remains.

  • Wave goodbye to long queues with this skip-the-line ticket, propelling you straight into the heart of Paris's underground world as you embark on a guided tour.

  • Relish in the richness of your tour, enhanced with access to a once-active chapel to stone carvings by a quarryman.

  • Fun fact: The Catacombs were once a series of abandoned quarries, posing a threat to swallow entire blocks before they were ingeniously repurposed.

Inclusions

  • Skip-the-line entry to the Catacombs

  • Expert English-speaking guide

  • Access to special areas

  • Group of up to 19 people

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Brittany B Fickling

Brittany

5/5

May, 2024

Totally worth the extra money for the private tour. The guide was very informative and patient. I was very impressed with her English! Highly recommend!!
Joy Anne Franks

Joy

4/5

May, 2024

Our guide Leo was so excited and knowledgable about the catacombs! We were very engaged in the many stories and history of the catacombs and surrounding area. The use of photos on the guide's phone really helped to tie everything together. My only complaint is that Leo arrived about 15 minutes late to the meeting point. After that, everything moved along well.
Abigail Phillips

Abigail

5/5

Jul, 2024

Mark Kennedy

Mark

5/5

Jul, 2017

Ellen our tour guide was AWESOME!!! She was an excellent tour guide!

A journey beneath the Parisian streets

Immerse yourself in the eerie subterranean world of the Paris Catacombs. With a local English-speaking guide, you'll bypass the lengthy queues that often form around the block and step directly into the vast network of underground tunnels. This labyrinth beneath the city streets is laden with the bones of 6 million souls, forming an 'Empire of the Dead'. As you navigate the corridors, your guide will unveil the audacious plan of city planners who, in the 18th century, decided to empty overflowing cemeteries, relocating the remains to these abandoned quarries, thus averting citywide disaster.

An intriguing exploration of history

The expert tour allows for a unique experience, taking you off the beaten path and behind locked gates to parts of the Catacombs usually off-limits. You'll marvel at sculptures made from human remains step into a secluded chapel once used for religious ceremonies, and discover the stone carvings of a quarryman who sought to stave off boredom before his untimely demise in a rockfall. Alongside your intimate group of just 6 guests, this tour promises to captivate with its blend of history, artistry, and intrigue, making for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Paris's past.

What to bring

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable sturdy sturdy shoes and bring warm clothing to the Paris Catacombs.

  • The Catacombs maintain a constant temperature of 14°C (57°F). Be sure to dress warm or bring a jacket. Wear comfortable shoes and casual clothes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

What's not allowed

  • Children aged 14 and under are prohibited from entering the Paris Catacombs without parental accompaniment.

  • It is prohibited to enter the Catacombs with a suitcase, a large bag, or a motorcycle helmet. Bags no larger than 40x30x20 cm are allowed. They must be carried on the front or held at your side.

  • Strollers are not allowed into the venue. Please use a baby carrier.

  • Photography is allowed without the use of tripods or bulky equipment.

Accessibility

  • The experience is not suitable for people with cardiac or respiratory problems, or suffering from claustrophobia, pregnant women, sensitive individuals, and wheelchair users.

Additional information

  • This tour is not recommended for children under the age of 5.

  • Worried about making your way through the city? We’ve got you covered with a detailed city guide for any queries you may have.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly..

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

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

Meeting point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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