Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

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Tour Highlights

  • Access restricted areas now closed to individual ticket holders: Port Mahon Gallery, Quarryman's Footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb
  • Explore the dark underworld of the Paris Catacombs, one of the world's most unique museums, in a group limited to 19 people
  • Skip the Line access takes you past long lines, directly inside
  • Uncover the history and legends of the catacombs with our expert English-speaking guide

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Paris Catacombs Well

Chilled to the Bone

Decipher the mysterious, labyrinthine Paris Catacombs, filled with the skulls and bones of more than six million Parisians!

Catacombs of Paris

The Complete Tour

Experience the catacombs in all their grandeur. The general public does not have access to the restricted areas this tour unlocks for your group alone.

Paris Catacombs Bones

Discover Uncanny Tales

Your expert City Wonders guide will unveil the secrets of the 2,000 year history of the catacombs in a captivating tale that will leave you amazed.

Tour Description

Everyone knows Paris is famous for its monumental architecture, world-class museums, and illustrious people. However, few realize that just 65 feet below its streets a parallel city exists with a population of some 6 million skeletons arranged in 200 miles of former quarry tunnels that equally merits a visit.

One of Paris' Most Popular Must-See Attractions

The Paris Catacombs are a testament to the fact that the 'City of Light' has a darker side lurking below its romantic surface of tree-lined boulevards, public gardens, and cafés, and its mysteries have rightly become one of its most popular must-see attractions.

On our Paris Catacomb tours, you walk right past the long line outside to explore the most alluring portions of this massive labyrinthine network.

Top-Rated City Wonders Guide

A top-rated City Wonders guide will accompany you deep beneath the city, its Metro lines, and sewers, to visit the tunnels and macabre galleries of skulls and bone, captivating you with the haunting history and legends that have earned them so much acclaim.

Tour Benefits

Our tours benefit from the privilege of special access to parts of the Paris catacombs that are closed to the general public. Gates to two halls are opened especially for you to see the incredible sculptures chiseled out of the rock in the Port Mahon Gallery, where a quarry worker spent five years in secret toil from 1777 until a cave-in crushed him.

Other sights include the Quarryman's footbath, the Sacellum Crypt, or altar where bones were blessed before being "archived," the Sepulchral Lamp, which constantly burned to show there was enough air in the tunnels, and the elusive Gilbert's Tomb.

“Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort”, or "Stop! Here lies the empire of death". is a fitting inscription for the epitaph upon entering this fascinating underworld, where some of your strongest notions about Paris are sure to get turned upside-down.

Get ready to "rub bones" with the likes of Rabelais and Robespierre on this intimate voyage into a Paris that few have experienced.

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What's Included

  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 19 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs

Sites Visited

  • Paris Catacombs

Important Notes

Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.

Our City Wonders guides will be holding a sign at the meeting point for easy recognition.

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With City Wonders it's not just facts, our passionate guides tell you the stories that bring the sights to life.

  • All of our guides are experts in their field
  • We only hire fluent English-speakers so nothing is ever lost in translation
  • We focus on the little details and anecdotes that make City Wonders so special

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