What To Expect
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.
Parisian Catacombs entrance ticket and reservation fee
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 19 guests.
The Catacombs are quite small and dark in places. This tour may not be appropriate for individuals with claustrophobia.
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. Comfortable walking shoes are also recommended.
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.
Bringing flashlights are recommended.
This tour is not wheelchair / stroller (and other baby carriages) accessible.
Non-flash photography is permitted throughout the tour.
France's tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.