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Paris Catacombs: VIP Skip-the-Line Restricted Access Tour

Product ID: 160007
Skip the long lines and unlock gates to hidden rooms in the Catacombs on this small group VIP tour. Explore the world’s largest ossuary and discover the buried secrets of underground Paris.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy official fast track access to the Catacombs and avoid the long entry lines
  • Benefit from special access to parts of the Catacombs closed to the general public
  • Learn about the fascinating history and stories behind this unique site
Full description
Beneath the streets of Paris there is another, darker side to the city that few get to see. Twenty meters (and more) below street level, the galleries of the Paris Catacombs extend for over 200 miles - a subterranean maze under the city that many are unaware of as they stroll along the streets above.

Initially quarried to provide limestone for the construction of the famous Parisian buildings and bridges, the Paris Catacombs are now home to the bones of more than 6 million former Parisians. Their remains were carefully moved here in the 18th century, in a discreet operation to transfer them from the unclean and overflowing cemeteries of the city center. Overcrowding in these cemeteries led to improper burials, open graves and unearthed corpses, spreading disease (and a few horror stories!) into the surrounding areas. Nowadays, wall after wall of stacked bones, and some more slightly macabre compositions, await you as you follow an expert local guide into "The Empire of Death". Fans of the film "As Above So Below" will recognize these never-ending gloomy tunnels.  Along with millions of ordinary Parisians, it is said that the Man in the Iron mask lies here, as do both executioners and their victims, guillotined during the French Revolution.

Your guide will lead you through the underground passages and into some very special rooms.  Only 200 people are allowed in this fragile and remarkable site at any one time, and your small group visit will ensure that you get the most out of this extraordinary place, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the rooms and interacting with your guide. This special tour also allows you access to parts of the Catacombs that are closed to the general public. Have underground gates unlocked specially for you and your group, and learn the intriguing stories of those who worked, visited and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including the secret societies who still visit today.  Past and present Paris and its inhabitants come to life as you explore the city’s gloomy entrails concealed below the surface.
Includes
  • Official fast track entry
  • Entrance tickets
  • Guided visit of the Catacombs
  • Special access to closed areas
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • VIP small groups of 7 people or fewer
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Outside the main entrance gate to the Catacombs on Place Denfert Rochereau. 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, 75014 Paris. Do not wait in the line, go straight to the entrance door where your guide will be waiting for you. Nearest metro station: Denfert Rochereau (lines 4 and 6). Exit at Sortie 1 and you will see the Catacombs entrance directly across the street.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• There are 130 steps to enter the Paris Catacombs and 112 steps to exit. This tour is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
• The Catacombs are 20 meters/65 feet (and more) underground and the tunnels are narrow in places. This tour is not suitable for those with cardiac or respiratory problems, or suffering from claustrophobia.
• The tunnels can be slippery and remain at a temperature of around 14°C/57°F, even in summer. Guests are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring warm clothing.
• Only 200 visitors are allowed in the tunnels at any one time. If numbers reach a maximum the Catacombs staff reserve the right to hold the entry lines until there is sufficient space. Any delay should not be higher than 5 minutes for our small group.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a wealth of information about the Catacombs which you wouldn't otherwise get. Additionally I really enjoyed seeing the limited access areas of the tour which were available by tour guide only. Would highly recommend this Tour to anyone interested in seeing the Catacombs.

March 2, 2020

All staff was friendly and helpful, at least moderately fluent in English. All materials provided were easy to use and understand. In addition, when the tour time was changed due to early closure because of labor strikes all efforts were made to contact me. Our small group guide, Caroline, was very pleasant and knowledgable. Our group was provided a lot of information, and she noted any knowledge we had to add to future guided tours. As we were the last guided group of the day, the staff was patient as we finished our tour.

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January 15, 2020

Fantastic tour. Our guide Carolyne was friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining

January 15, 2020

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Product ID: 160007