Guided tour

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

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

Activity provider: Memories France
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

Skip the long lines and unlock gates to hidden rooms in the Catacombs on this small group VIP tour. Explore the world’s largest ossuary and discover the buried secrets of underground Paris.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 7 participants

Experience

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
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 under the city 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 fragile and remarkable site at any one time, and your small group visit will ensure that you get the most out of this extraordinary place, allowing you to 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 specially 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.
Includes
  • Official fast track entry
  • Entrance tickets
  • Guided visit of the Catacombs
  • Special access to closed areas
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • VIP small groups of 6 people or fewer
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Date

Meeting point

Outside the main entrance gate to the Catacombs on Place Denfert Rochereau. 1 avenue du Colonel Henri Roi-Tanguy, 75014 Paris. Do not wait in the line, go straight to the entrance door where your guide will be waiting for you. Nearest metro station: Denfert Rochereau (lines 4 and 6). Exit at Sortie 1 and you will see the Catacombs entrance directly across the street.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

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.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 155 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Great Tour - I was running a couple minutes late and got a call from a rep and the tour guide waited to start. Quick and Easy to get in, no lines. Took about 90 minutes. We had access to areas that were not available to general ticket holders. A great history lesson, learned alot. Saw people listening to the audio devices and that just did not seem fun. Our guide Matthew was great, had a sense of humor, and was knowledgeable. Would highly recommend to all! 112 steps to return to the surface.

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March 5, 2022

This was a great tour, our guide Caroline Lagarde was really nice, warm and enthusiastic about giving us as many information as possible. It was super easy to find her, she was waiting for us in front of the group entry as promised. She made a tour very special for us. We highly recommend it.

December 22, 2021

Matthew was a wonderful guide who gave historical information in a lively manner and shared behind the tour information to further enhance our experience. Seeing the number of bones in the catacombs is an overwhelming experience, but the behind the scenes part of the tour added so much more. The history shared as to why the catacombs were created was fascinating. I was disappointed when other tour participants did not seem to understand the need to tip your guide. I guess some don’t realize after the admission fees and the tour company takes its cut, there’s not much left over for the guide. REMEMBER TO TIP YOUR GUIDE IF YOU ENJOYED YOUR TOUR! 10% of the tour cost is reasonable

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September 24, 2021

Product ID: 160007