Guided tour

Paris: Small-Group Catacombs Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

4.9 / 5

19 reviews

Paris: Small-Group Catacombs Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

From US$ 106.62 per person

Descend into the macabre and mysterious underbelly of Paris. Skip the line and tour the catacombs with a small-group. Have an intimate perspective of the complex and its history as you follow your guide through the myriad of bones.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take a small-group tour of the Paris Catacombs
  • Enjoy skip-the-line access to the popular attraction
  • Have exclusive access to restricted areas
  • Learn about the catacombs from your expert guide
Full description
Beneath the dazzling lights of modern Paris lie the devilishly dark catacombs. On this small-group tour have skip-the-line entry and exclusive access to restricted areas. Explore the 200-mile maze of remains from roughly 6 million Parisians with an expert guide.  Your Paris Catacombs tour begins with a bone-chilling descent down the complex’s 133-step staircase. Your guide will explain how these tunnels were used in the 13th-century to quarry limestone for buildings as grand as Notre Dame. As you make your way through the narrow tunnels, learn why bad weather in the 1780s forced Parisians to bury their dead here. During the tour, have plenty of time to admire the Catacombs’ disturbingly detailed bone decorations. From religious iconography to hearts, workers found many ways to “beautify” the bones housed in this complex. There is, however, one decoration that will really make your spine tingle. Inside the popular Crypt of the Passion take a few moments to gaze at “The Barrel,” which is constructed out of various skeletal remains. In addition to housing the dead, the Catacombs played an important role during many significant historic events. Your guide will tell you tales of the German Wehrmacht and the French Resistance who both used part of the Catacombs as wartime bunkers during World War II. Also, learn about its relationship to the French Revolution.  If you are not afraid of ghosts, then ask your guide about the grave of the doorman Philibert Aspairt who passed away in the Catacombs in the 18th century. Learn about the cataphiles who have caused a stir in recent years for hosting huge raves, swimming parties, and an extensive network in this underground city of the dead. Keep your eyes peeled for graffiti left by cataphiles on your Catacombs Tour.
Includes
  • Skip-the-line entry to the Paris Catacombs
  • Professional, local, expert guide
  • Small-group tour of only 6 people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
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

In front of the Catacomb's main entrance on 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France. Your guide will be holding a LivTours sign.

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Important information

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  • On rare occasions, an exception may be made to the 6 people per a group policy in order to accommodate participants traveling together as to not split groups
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Well worth the money and time. Nice small group with lots of extra fun information. We are not really into guided tours, but we were really positively surprised by this. The livtours is really worth it with a good guide who speaks good English, tells it nicely and involves everyone.

December 11, 2021

Been wanting to visit the Catacombs for years and finally did it. Booked a small group tour (highly recommended!). So much better than going it alone -- guides have access to a couple locked off areas and you learn more. Also learn some things from the local guide that you wouldn't otherwise. Great, unique history in the Catacombs.

December 5, 2021

Our guide Leo was great, she told interesting facts as well as little stories about the spirit or the condition of the restoration of the catacombs. You can tell that she is also personally interested in the catacombs and her passion is contagious. My partner went to the catacombs a few years ago without a guide and he thinks the guided tour is definitely worth it. The group size is very pleasant (we were 6 people). Tip: Put on something warm, it gets quite cold down there after a while.

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September 15, 2021

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