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 small-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 groups to ensure an intimate experience
  • Local English-speaking expert guide
  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
  • 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
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination (with an EMA-approved vaccine), proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test (PCR or antigen) taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
Departure Point

Catacombs of Paris, 1 Av. 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

Andrew S

09 Sep, 2021

Very cool very informative. Definitely one of the strangest things you'll see in Paris. The tour wasnt creepy as it would seem and our guide had great stories and antidotes along the way to keep a light mood.

Joe V

28 Aug, 2021

Excellent tour - great for both kids and adults! Learned a lot about the history and was able to get into the private sections

Jason H

23 Aug, 2021

Great tour guide through the catacombs of Paris. Was about 2 hours with a guide that was very interactive and attentive. This is a narrow space at times under Paris with 6 million bones. That said, if you are OK with this, it is a must see and this tour is a very nice way to see parts of the catacombs that a regular ticket will not provide.

Maeve A

13 Aug, 2021

I will only be recommending the VIP tour of the catacombs to those I know. We were able to the walk the normal path, and the VIP tour easily doubled the amount we saw. My tour guide was incredible, she was so animated and a wonderful storyteller. Do yourself the favor and book this tour, you won’t regret it (unless you don’t like catacombs, in which case why are you reading this).

Cathy

05 Aug, 2021

Michelle was absolutely fantastic. Extremely knowledgeable of French history, able to answer all our questions. Absolutely loved this tour and encourage people to take the VIP tour. Worth the extra money.

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My lovely girlfriend exiting the spiral staircase out of the Catacombs

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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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