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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

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Paris, France
Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas
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Discover the darker side of the City of Lights with this skip-the-line tour of the famed catacombs of Paris. Explore these fascinating underground passageways lined with the bones of thousands of former Parisians and learn the history of the mesmerizing and macabre labyrinth. Bypass the long lines for this popular attraction and enjoy personalized attention in a small group limited to 19 people.
  • Small group guided walking tour inside the Paris catacombs
  • Personalized small group tour (maximum 19 people)
  • Skip the line to enter the catacombs and avoid two-hour queues
  • Expert English-speaking guide
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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
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Paris catacombs consist of an extensive underground network of tunnels originally dug as limestone quarries during the building of some of the city’s famous monuments. Beginning in the late 18th century, remains from Paris’ overcrowded cemeteries were exhumed and transported here for storage, with thousands of bones neatly arranged into piles along the walls.

Delve into this eerie underworld with an exclusive small-group tour. Lines to enter the catacombs often exceed 2 hours, but you’ll head to the front of the queue with your knowledgeable guide. A group maximum of 19 people provides a more personalized experience.

Wander through the dimly lit labyrinth that winds beneath the city’s famous streets. Marvel at the stacks of human skeletons that greet you at every turn while your guide illuminates the history of this soul-stirring ‘empire of death.’
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The Paris Catacombs
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 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd

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.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas.
What is the maximum group size during Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Wear comfortable shoes as it’s 2 hrs long and the stairs back up can be challenging - just take it slow." See review
  • "It is chilly as you're underground, so consider your needs there, and wear good walking shoes." See review
  • "This tour gets you to skip the line which is important since they really control the number of people in the catacombs and without it you would probably have to wait a long time in line." See review


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Fun times at the Catacombs
, Mar 2020
Julia was a wonderful guide for the Catacombs. We were extremely impressed with her knowledge of not only the Catacombs but French history. She was also really funny. Thanks Julia we had a great time!
Great Catacomb experience
, Mar 2020
Leye was a fantastic guide! Great knowledge and stories. I’m very glad we booked the VIP experience since most of our favorite Moments were seeing areas we would not have been able to see on the regular tour. I would definitely recommend this tour to people wanting to experience the catacombs.
This so the tour you can't miss
, Mar 2020
This tour is more than worth the price. Michelle is amazing and made the experience unforgettable. I was really hesitant to pay this much for a tour but it is definitely worth it. I would do it all again without a second thought.
The poems at the end
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide,Charlie, who we had 03MAR2020 at 16:30 made the whole tour for us! The catacombs are definitely something to see but we just hope you too can have someone that is so Enthusiastic and knowledgeable as he was.
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Catacombes tour with guide
, Mar 2020
We were lucky enough to have a small group with the English speaking guide. I highly recommend getting a guide. The cost was a bit more but worth it. Our guide was Vic, she was wonderful!!!
, Mar 2020
Charlie gave us an excellent tour of the catacombs. We learned a lot about the history of Paris and the catacombs themselves, and even visited a few gated parts of the museum. Very cool!
The catacombs
, Feb 2020
Our experience was very good 👍,our guide vic's (for short) she was quite informative and had a funny side to . It's not just about bones down there !!!! It was one of the things I wanted to do in Paris and it didn't disappoint. Would recommend don't forget see if you can get the guide we had
A MUST see while in Paris
, Feb 2020
Julia our tour guide was great! The extra VIP access highly recommended Skip the line access and tour guide explaining things along the way saved time
Awesome tour, amazing guide!
, Feb 2020
This was the best tour we had in Paris, but also the best tour I’ve had in a while. Our guide Julia was amazing! Super knowledgeable and wonderful story teller. This is such a creepy cool tour but she really made it rock. Super impressed and would recommend to anyone visiting Paris!
Highly Recommend
, Feb 2020
WOW! this was so much more than we expected. Having Vic as our guide take us through the catacombs, we got to see some areas that the public didn’t. The historical information she gave us was very informative and she certainly knew her stuff answering all questions that were asked by our group. We weren’t sure what to expect but it was well worth taking the tour.

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