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
  • 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

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.

User's Reviews

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DENNIS R

Awesome tour. You will not believe the size and use of the underground. Unbelievable what is still going on under Paris

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Lea

Our tour guide was excellent- very knowledgeable. The guided tour took us in areas that is not for general admission

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Fred M

Vic our tour guide did a great job! Very knowledgeable on the history surrounding the catacombs and the quarries. We got to see sections not generally accessible to the public. The tour group size was not too big. The catacombs themselves are a little creepy and sobering to realize that you are surrounded by the bones of so many people. I would not recommend for younger children but for adults it was engaging and something that you would not be able to do many other places. I was originally booked for the 10:00am tour but they moved me to 6:30pm. I was a little upset but it actually worked out better going at the end of the day. We were the last people to leave the place and it was actually closed when we left. This tour gets you to skip the line which is important since they really control the number of people in the catacombs and without it you would probably have to wait a long time in line.

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John W

Our guide, “Vik” was very informative, she used history and humor to describe a somewhat morbid topic. Learned a lot about the history of the Catacombs of Paris.

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Claire F

We were a family group including a 75 yr old. The tour, run by Charlie, was full of historical interest and black humour to educate us on the complexities of Paris.
Queues for entry was 2-3 hours so Skip the Line tickets were worth the price.
Wear comfortable shoes as it’s 2 hrs long and the stairs back up can be challenging - just take it slow.

User's Picture Gallery

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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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