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Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tour with Special Access

1 hour 30 mins

Max 20

49 reviews

Explore Paris' 'Empire of the Dead' with a local historian guide. Skip the always-long entrance lines and delve deep into one of Europe's largest catacombs to see macabre arrangements of bones and strange sculptures in rooms that usually sit behind locked gates. Along the way you'll learn the improbable history of this enormous burial ground and how it literally saved the city from disaster.

An engaging local guide is the key to any good Paris Catacombs tour. Expect a spooky corridor or two as you descend into the Catacombs. Paris Catacombs tickets come with over 200 years of stories. The story of the Catacombs is almost as interesting as the Catacombs themselves. The first remains arrived in the Catacombs in 1786. In the Catacombs, there is no shortage of reminders of your own mortality. The amount of bones you'll see on this Paris Catacombs tour is truly staggering. The mix of architectural styles and human remains make the Catacombs a truly singular sight. This Paris Catacombs tour takes you through gates that are usually closed to the public. Our Paris Catacombs guides are part spelunker, part raconteur, and always entertaining. The stories told by your guide add layers of context to everything you see. Femurs and skulls make up the majority of the human remains you will encounter on this tour. Some of the remains in the Catacombs are hundreds of years old. The Latin inscription above the door reads Skulls and femurs were arranged in the 19th century in order to attract more visitors. Have you ever seen a wall composed entirely of human bones? We take you through gates that are usually closed to visitors. Skulls are some of the most affecting of the items displayed in the Catacombs. Each of these skulls and femurs were arranged by hand. The remains of some 6 million people reside in the Paris Catacombs.
  • Sites Visited
  • Paris Catacombs general access
  • Special access areas of Paris Catacombs
  • Tour Includes
  • Skip the line Paris Catacombs tickets
  • Expert historian guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer

Take a (special access!) walk through Paris's eerie City of the Dead

Paris Catacombs stretch beneath the streets of the city and are the final resting place of some 6 million people. How they were transformed from abandoned quarries to one of Europe's largest communal burial grounds is quite a story, to say the least. You'll learn the whole tale as you explore their underground tunnels with our expert historian guide, including special access areas usually closed to the public.

Your Paris Catacombs tour begins by skipping the long entrance lines that routinely stretch around the block. Instead your guide will lead you and your small group of maximum 19 other people, directly into miles of subterranean tunnels lined with bones.

As you pass strange sculptures made of human remains and crucifixes fashioned from skulls, your expert guide will tell you the story of how, as the cemeteries of Paris literally overflowed with bodies, city planners hatched an audacious plan to empty every last one and relocate the remains to a series of underground quarries - themselves already threatening to swallow entire blocks of the city.

How they pulled it off is just as impressive as what they created: Miles of tunnels, stacked floor-to-ceiling with human remains. Since our Paris Catacombs tour has special access, you'll step off the well-worn tourist path and go behind locked gates to see special rooms. Areas like a small chapel that, until surprisingly recently, hosted religious ceremonies; and the Catacombs' first tourist attraction - a set of stone carvings created by a bored quarryman before he was killed in a rockfall.

Our Paris Catacombs tour takes you on an insiders' visit to one of the city's most famous and sought-after attractions with an expert guide and an intimate group. There's no better way to immerse yourself in this completely unique and wonderfully creepy site.

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49 Verified Reviews

This was a pretty cool tour!

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Paris and the catacombs.

This tour was a highlight of our visit to Paris.

Our guide was OUTSTANDING - Knew so much history and it really enriched the experience.

FAQ

What should I wear on my Paris Catacombs tour?
Regardless of what the weather is above ground, the tunnels of the Paris Catacombs are a consistent wet and cool 14°C/57°F all year long. Because of this, we recommend that you wear appropriate clothes, carrying a cardigan in summer and wearing layers that you can remove in winter. We also recommend comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven in places.
Are the restrictions on what I can bring on my Paris Catacombs tour?
Yes - only very small backpacks and handbags may be taken inside Paris Catacombs. More specifically, any bag must be smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm. There is no luggage storage at or near the Paris Catacombs and Walks cannot responsible for entry denied due to large luggage.
Do I need to bring an ID with me on this tour?
Yes! Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a student discount.
I'm claustrophobic. Can I still take a Catacomb tour?
While the Paris Catacombs are not the tightest catacombs we have ever visited, they are still a series of underground tunnels running deep below the streets of Paris. As such, we do not recommend visiting them if you suffer from Claustrophobia.
I am in a wheelchair: Can I take a tour of Paris Catacombs?
No. Unfortunately, due to their historic nature, the Catacombs are not wheelchair accessible.

The Perfect Guide, Every Time

We take care to assign our guides to the perfect tour for their particular skill set; so you’ll always have the perfect companion for your experience. Here are a few of the guides that regularly lead this tour.

Ferit

PARIS, FRANCE

Ferit was born and raised in Paris but is still finding new things to enjoy about his city.

Alberto

PARIS, FRANCE

Alberto first came to Paris on a routine trip and felt so drawn-in by it he decided to stay. 6 Years Later the city continues to enchant him.