Skip the Line - Catacombs of Paris

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Explore a part of Paris that few visitors ever see on this tour. Be prepared to unearth the heart of the Catacombs where human bones set the scene for one of the darkest periods in the history of this so-called "City of Love".

Highlights
  • Explore one of the darkest periods in Parisian history
  • Skip the Line Access to the Parisian Catacombs at any time
  • Know the history behind the Catacomb's quarries and ossuaries

Description

Known for its monumental architecture such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre, Paris "The City of Light" has a darker reality that lurks far below the tree-lined avenues and manicured gardens.

Ancient quarries dating back to the 1st century BC would become a mass burial site for six million Parisians. This exclusive Skip the Line tour explores around 2km of this extensive labyrinth that winds for nearly 300 km under the city surface.

Descend deep into the tunnels of Paris, beneath its metro and far below its sewers and explore over two kilometers of tunnel and their macabre galleries of skulls and bones. Discover the extraordinary history that is responsible for the present condition of the Catacombs and listen to the haunting stories and legends that embody these halls of skeletons.

These tunnels gave birth to Paris, and during her times of need, these tunnels helped save her. They bore the stones that would become her bridges, her homes, and her palaces. When her cemeteries were bursting at the seams, spreading stench, disease, and heartache, they provided the solution. All cemeteries were ordered emptied and each night a convoy of death would depart from the burial grounds and pour the decaying human remains into the waiting tunnels, allowing the residents to reclaim the life of the city. The bones were then stacked neatly in its rooms with a sign that still warns those who would dare visit: "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.")

The eerie underground burial chambers are fascinating and will expose a very different side of the City of Light. Access to the Catacombs is extremely limited and the long lines can last up to two hours. With privileged Skip the Line access you can avoid the long wait and enjoy an intimate visit with our limited group of no more than 19 guests.

Includes

  • Skip the Lines tickets to the Catacombs of Paris

  • English-speaking guide
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Skip the Line - Catacombs of Paris

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Skip the Lines tickets to the Catacombs of Paris / English-speaking guide

We have been to Paris several times and never considered this tour. It was our teenage son's idea. We were pleasantly surprised by the historical relevance. Our tour guide Avi was great knowledgeable with a sense of humour.

Lydia

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Schedule

Starting time: 10:00 - 14:00 (Show more)
  • 09:40

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 10:00

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 10:30

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 11:00

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 12:00

    End of Tour

  • 10:10

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 10:30

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 11:00

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 11:30

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 12:30

    End of Tour

  • 10:40

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 11:00

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 11:30

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 12:00

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 13:00

    End of Tour

  • 11:10

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 11:30

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 12:00

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 12:30

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 13:30

    End of Tour

  • 11:40

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 12:00

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 12:30

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 13:00

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 14:00

    End of Tour

  • 12:10

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 12:30

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 13:00

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 13:30

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 14:30

    End of Tour

  • 13:10

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 13:30

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 14:00

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 14:30

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 15:30

    End of Tour

  • 13:40

    Check-in at the Entrance of Catacombs of Paris

  • 14:00

    Skip the Line Access

    Walk past the long line at the entrance and proceed straight inside to the Paris catacombs. An inscription "Arrete! C'est ici l'empire de la mort." ("Stop! Here lies the empire of death.") will be found upon entry to the catacombs.

  • 14:30

    Explore the Catacombs on a Guided Tour

    Go deep beneath Paris with your expert guide who will show you the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bones while telling you the stories and legends behind them. You will also get access to the parts of the catacombs closed to the public!

  • 15:00

    Learn About the History of the Catacombs

    Learn about the history of the Catacombs, the former Mines of Paris, where you will find incredible sculptures chiselled out of the rock, such as a model of France's Port Mahon fortress. You will also see the Quarryman's footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb.

  • 16:00

    End of Tour

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 09:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 09:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 10:10:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 10:10:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 10:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 10:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 11:10:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 11:10:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 11:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 14:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 11:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 14:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:10:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 14:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 12:10:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 14:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:10:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 15:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:10:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 15:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:40:00

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 16:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 13:40:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Catacombes de Paris (Catacombs of Paris, Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, Paris, France) Time: 16:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Guests should not have serious fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia).

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Given the nature of the Catacombs, they are often wet, dirty, and a little slippery. They are also a cool 14 degrees Celsius year-round. Customers should be aware of these factors and dress appropriately with a sweater during summer months.

Additional Note(s)
  • Please note that you will need to walk down 130 steps to access the Catacombs and climb 80 fairly steep steps to exit at the end of the tour.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 19 guests.

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Reviews

We have been to Paris several times and never considered this tour. It was our teenage son's idea. We were pleasantly surpr...ised by the historical relevance. Our tour guide Avi was great knowledgeable with a sense of humour. more

Lydia

Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, we enjoyed this tour very much.

Melisa

Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 19:30:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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