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Paris Catacombs: Special Access Small Group Tour

Paris Catacombs: Special Access Small Group Tour

From US$ 94.94 per person

Skip the long lines to the Paris Catacombs where millions of Parisians were buried in the underground ossuaries. Learn about the past in a small group and benefit of special access to restricted areas.

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  • Skip the long lines to the Paris Catacombs
  • Get exclusive access to areas of the catacombs usually closed to the public
  • Learn about how 6 million people came to be buried in this city of the dead
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Get fast track entry to the underground cemetery of the Paris Catacombs, composed of miles of underground tunnels lined with the skulls and bones of some 6 million Parisians. Join a local guide and explore the catacombs in a small group of no more than 19 people. Each room reveals ever more ornate and macabre bone decorations. Hear the unbelievable story of how the catacombs were built, and the massive project that was undertaken to move bones from around the city to this point. Your special access status means the guards will also open gates just for your group, letting you into areas such as a secret chapel decorated with skulls and femurs. The Paris Catacombs contain bones representing some 2,000 years of history, and their construction was a unique civil engineering project that helped give rise to the modern-day city.
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Paris Catacombs
  • Access to special areas of the Paris Catacombs
  • Small group tour of no more than 19 people
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Café du Rendez-vous, 2 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris. Directions by metro: Take Line 4 or 6 to Denfert-Rochereau Metro Station. Upon leaving the train, follow the "sortie" (exit) sign.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please be advised that there are 130 steps to the Paris Catacombs. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access
  • Please note, from July 21st 2021, all sites in Paris require guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test result within the past 48-hours in order to enter. You can read more about it on the French Government's website ( If you have any questions regarding how this may affect your tour, please reach out to the local partner
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based on 399 reviews

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Kaitlyn was an amazing tour guide! We got so so stuck in awful traffic and she managed to stall 15 minutes for us and we met her in the catacombs! I’m sure this is not usually possible but as this has been a dream of mine for years I’m so so happy she was able to today! She was so informative I took lots of notes so I hope she didn’t think I was being rude being on my phone so much! The whole tour was so entertaining and she took the effort to get to know all our names which was a special plus. Thanks so much for all you did Kaitlyn! Whatever you’re earning you deserve a raise! Lots of love Shan and Greg 10/09 tour x

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September 10, 2021

At first I was very angry that our tour was pushed back an hour without notice due to the strike. My 67 year old mother were left standing outside wondering what to do. I was about to call and complain demanding my money back but Caitlin from the 1:30 tour showed up and saved the day. She was awesome, friendly, funny, and intelligent. Pay her more, she's your saving grace in this scenario.

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January 4, 2020

Our guide was absolutely fantastic! He told us so much about the history of paris as we travelled through the catacombs which helped me to better understand the city as a whole. He was very funny, nice, and honest about the catacombs and Paris overall, and had so many interesting facts. This was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Paris and Europe overall. Highly recommend.

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November 21, 2019

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