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

Duration: 2 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 2 hours
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

Venture below the avenues and Metro tunnels of Paris and into the Catacombs, whose population of skeletons far outnumbers the living city above. This group tour includes Skip-the-Line Entry and lets you access parts of the Catacombs that are off-limits to individual visitors, so you get more out of your experience. Exclusive sights include the Sacellum Crypt, where bones were blessed before beginning their rest in the tunnels.

Itinerary
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Stop At: The Paris Catacombs, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris France

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

Inclusions
  • Skip-the-line access and visit to the Parisian catacombs
  • Small group tour (maximum 19 people)
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - The Paris Catacombs
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Departure Point

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


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

2 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

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Bethany D

Our tour guide, Michelle was early to arrive and easy to find. She was informative while keeping it light and fun. We had a great time!

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jainra1

This is a must do tour. We had a LOT of fun walking through the catacombs and learning so much about the history.

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Kelley B

Leo was fantastic as a tour guide and made this a wonderful experience. She is very knowledgeable and passionate

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jrulricson3

We had a great time visiting the Catacombs with John as our tour guide. It is one of the longest lines in Paris, so not only was it great to skip the line, but also amazing to learn about the history of Paris while inside the catacombs. John was very knowledgeable and did a great job teaching us about the catacombs. I would definitely recommend to anyone going.

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Michael R

Amazing tour with the best guide ever. Fred was so interesting and so funny. So glad we decided to take this tour.

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My lovely girlfriend exiting the spiral staircase out of the Catacombs

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Catacombs, Paris

Catacombs, Paris

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estimated 6 million bones & skulls

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Bones at the Catacombs in Paris

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Just a sample of what you'll see.

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One of the shapes formed with skulls in the Catacombs!

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Amazing how they stacked the bones and skulls

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they made shapes i.e. crosses, hearts out of the skulls

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dim lighting so the bones would not detriorate

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Stair going down

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