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

Paris, France
Skip the Line Catacombs of Paris Small Group Walking Tour
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up to 2 days in advance

  • 2 hours
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Catacombs of Paris
    1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France

    Meet at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. He/She will be holding a sign. To arrive at the Catacombs by Metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.’

The Paris Catacombs

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our tours.
  • Please note that Special Access areas may be closed on some days.
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 2 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 2 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Fantastic experience
Catherine_K, Apr 2024
Fantastic experience with a great guide! Wonderfully small group made it easy to hear and more enjoyable. Lot’s of historic information given! Afterward, Our guide stuck around and was helpful about things to do when not on tour. I would definitely recommend this tour for older teens and adults. Well worth the money!
Unique and interesting for all!
Sarah_S, Mar 2024
Excellent tour of the catacombs. Our whole family loved it. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable and brought the history to life. Having access to the more restricted areas made for a much more complete experience. Note that there are quite a lot of stairs.
A must visit with Sam
Padmaja_P, Mar 2024
The guide Sam was incredible. Very knowledgeable and nice. Would highly recommend a tour with her. Her English was great and she answered all question. Thanks for the great experience .
Saeed was a great tour...
Evelyn_O, Feb 2024
Saeed was a great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and entertaining! Thank you for the wonderful experience
Overall good but too long
nataliesrosen, Feb 2024
The guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable and we had a group of 16. I'm sorry to say we felt the tour was way too long. We are keen to learn history but this was drawn out and double the time it should be. The areas this tour gives you access to are very interesting and worth the value, however- just would prefer the guide to cut some of the talking to a minimum (french language lessons? Not necessary). Tricky to stand still for ages whilst blocking the way for other visitors whilst listening to the guide. Overall we enjoyed the tour but in hindsight would recommend the audio tour at your own pace.
Definitely Go!
jose_m, Jan 2024
Our guide, Addi, was awesome. She was thorough in explaining all that we saw in the Catacombs. She covered all of the history, and interpreted signs for us. The access to exclusive areas really enhanced the experience. Highly recommend!
Intriguing Catacombs
Jean_C, Dec 2023
Melvin was an awesome guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I learned so much from the tour of the Catacombs because of him.
Not Worth the Money
Christina_M, Dec 2023
First off, the guide was late. A lot of us showed up before she did. As a professional guide you should be on time, if not early. Second, I must admit I was disappointed the guide was not French. I find it hard to listen to someone who is not a native of France speak about the French catacombs. Granted, I'm sure the guide studied up on the catacombs, but there was something not genuine about the whole experience. And at the end of the tour she told us to leave a review, but only if it's good. I know she was joking, but that was in poor taste. The line was not long AT all and the "VIP restricted areas" weren't that special. I could've saved myself a lot of cash doing the audio tour on my own.
Memorable Tour
Sara_C, Nov 2023
Our family had an absolutely fantastic time on this tour! Our tour guide was not only incredibly knowledgeable but also had a captivating personality that made the experience even more enjoyable. Exploring the history of the quarries in Paris and the fascinating reasons behind the creation of the catacombs was a highlight for me. Learning about the underground world beneath the city was both educational and eye-opening. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Paris. It's not just an opportunity to discover the hidden depths of the city but also a chance to do so with an exceptional guide who brings history to life. Don't miss out on this enriching experience!
Great family activity
April_E, Nov 2023
Having the tour guide was a great experience, especially to keep the kids engaged. Very interesting facts and stories about the history of the catacombs.
Small group tour that was too large
Mark_B, Nov 2023
Group was too large, for a small group there should be 10 or less people. Guide was awesome when we could hear her.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Hi Mark_B, We appreciate your valuable feedback on the Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour, and we're sorry to hear about the size of the group impacting your experience. Ensuring our guests' comfort is a top priority, and we apologize if the group size exceeded your expectations. We advertise group sizes of 19 or fewer to ensure an intimate and enjoyable experience. We're grateful for your positive comments about the guide and will review our procedures to maintain optimal group sizes. Your insights are crucial in our ongoing efforts to enhance our tours, and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you on another tour in the future. Thank you for your understanding. Best Regards, Edgar J. City Wonders
Catacombs
david_f, Nov 2023
Catacombs was very unique and historical for us. Our tour guide was super and highly knowledgeable. I highly recommend the evening tour.
Amazing tour - Vic is the best!
Damien_Z, Nov 2023
Amazing tour at one of the best and most fun things to do if visiting Paris. Vic was the best guide. She was charming and funny and super knowledgeable. Totally recommend!
Great tour
Kirsten_W, Nov 2023
We had Vic as our guide and she was so great and informative. She taught us a lot. The tour was not rushed and at an easy pace with a lot of walking and steps. I would definitely do it again.
Excellent worth a visit
Julie_S, Oct 2023
Excellent visit,the tour guide Victoire was very informative and knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend this. Very thought provoking place.
Tour with Victoire was fantastic!
Darrin_S, Oct 2023
Loved this tour and learned so, so much!! Victoire was so knowledgeable, answered all our questions. We were able to visit private areas you can only see with a guide. Really cool!
Excellent experience
Jennifer_R, Oct 2023
Excellent tour and stories provided by Victroix! She provided much more historical context than we had anticipated.
Not for those with mobility problems!
Joe_G, Oct 2023
Our guide, Sam is an American living in Paris for many years now and is SO knowledgeable. She is fantastic! Viator needs to emphasize how deep in the ground this tour is. It only says "over 20 meters" but I think it is much deeper and the stairs were very difficult on OLD knees. You better keep that in mind!
Eerie fascinating and remarkable
Maree_B, Oct 2023
The history was quiet unbelievable and was quiet haunting A great experience An amazing achievement, but such an sad sad way for so many people’s lives to end.
Unforgettable
Harley_S, Sep 2023
Victoire was amazing! My husband and I ended up running late but she was so kind and patient with us. You can tell she has a passion, as tour guides should yes but this felt more personable then your everyday transaction.
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