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

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About This Activity

  • FREE cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
  • Reserve now & pay later: Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
  • Duration 2 hours: Check availability to see starting times.
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Live tour guide: English
  • Small group: Limited to 7 participants
  • Provided by: GetYourGuide

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
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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 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 ... Read more

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 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 remarkable site at any one time, ensuring that you get the most out of this extraordinary place and 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 especially 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.

Included

  • Official fast track entry
  • Entrance tickets
  • Guided visit of the Catacombs
  • Special access to closed areas
  • Live guide
  • VIP small groups of 6 people or fewer

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Catacombs in Paris? The Catacombs of Paris are underground ossuaries located in the south of the city. They hold the remains of more than six million people and are one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions.

Why were the Catacombs created? The Catacombs were created in the late 18th century to solve the problem of overflowing cemeteries in Paris. Bones were exhumed from various cemeteries and moved to the underground tunnels to create more space in the city.

How big are the Catacombs? The Catacombs extend for about 200 miles (approximately 320 kilometers) underneath the streets of Paris. However, only a small portion of these tunnels is open to the public.

Are the Catacombs safe to visit? The section of the Catacombs open to the public is safe for visitors, but there are strict rules to follow. Venturing into unauthorized sections of the Catacombs is illegal and extremely dangerous due to the risk of getting lost, encountering collapses, or falling into unseen holes.

What can visitors expect to see in the Catacombs? Visitors to the Catacombs will see walls lined with neatly stacked bones and skulls, arranged in decorative patterns. There are also plaques and inscriptions throughout the tunnels, adding to the eerie atmosphere and providing historical context.

How long does it take to visit the Catacombs? The average visit to the Catacombs takes about 45 minutes to an hour, including waiting time in line. However, this can vary depending on crowds and individual pacing.

Are there any age restrictions for visiting the Catacombs? There are no specific age restrictions for visiting the Catacombs, but due to the dark, narrow tunnels and eerie atmosphere, it may not be suitable for very young children or those who are sensitive to enclosed spaces or the macabre.

Can visitors take photographs inside the Catacombs? Photography is allowed inside the Catacombs for personal use, but the use of flash photography is prohibited. Additionally, tripods and other professional equipment are not permitted.

Are guided tours available? Yes, guided tours of the Catacombs are available for those who want a more in-depth experience and historical context. These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who can provide insights into the history and significance of the site.

Is there anything else to do near the Catacombs? Yes, the Catacombs are located in the Montparnasse neighborhood, which has plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other attractions to explore. Nearby landmarks include the Montparnasse Tower and the Luxembourg Gardens.

FEATURED REVIEW(S)

4.9/5 stars – based on 311 reviews


This was one of our favorite activities in Paris and it was 100% because of our guide Roman. We did the VIP tour on March 1. Really appreciated the access to restricted areas and the small tour but again it was Roman that made it magical. He was so knowledgeable and engaging. The two hours flew by. The rest of our trip, we kept saying how we would love to have taken other tours with him and if and when we are back in Paris, we certainly will. Don’t hesitate to book, it is totally worth it, and I hope if you do, you get lucky to have Roman as your guide!
Lisette Torano – United States


Die Tour selbst war fantastisch. Wir haben gemerkt, dass Maria wirklich für das Thema und die Geschichten brennt und sie gibt viele Zuastz/-Hintergrundinformationen und erzählt Geschichten abseits der üblichen Informationen. Die Katakomben sind absolut sehenswert und geben noch einmal einen anderen Blick auf diese faszinierende Stadt. Einziger Wehrmutstropfen war, dass der Katakomben-Mitarbeiter uns erst abgewiesen hat und darauf beharrte, dass wir andere Tickets benötigen würden und nicht auf den Gedanken kam nach unserer geführten Tour zu fragen.
Ferdinand – Germany


Roman was a very knowledgeable tour guide and explained the history of the catacombs very well. He also taught us about some aspects of French history that I had never known and was eager to share his knowledge. 12/10 experience, worth the money, and absolutely incredible sight to see
Kaia – Switserland

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