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Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

  • Duration
    2 h.
  • Start time
    Several departures daily. Please, select a date to see availability.
  • Meeting Point
    Outside the Catacombs at Denfert Rochereau (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Language

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

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.


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.

The Paris Catacombs are 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.

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.

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 5 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 burned constantly 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

Meeting Point

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.


  • How much activity is involved?

    The activity level of this tour is ‘moderate’ - this means that any guest in relatively good health should be able for it. There are 130 steps down to the Catacombs and 83 steps back up. While underground, we cover 2km of passages at an easy pace.

  • Is this tour OK for customers with claustrophobia?

    We do not recommend this tour to visitors who are uncomfortable with small spaces as it takes place entirely underground on a one-way-track, 30 meters down. There are some tight spaces but there are also open halls.

  • Can I take photos?

    Yes, you are allowed to take photos without flash.

Paris Catacombs Underground Tour Reviews

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John was awesome...


John was awesome. He did a great job providing historical context to the quarries and catacombs. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

Very informative and open...


Very informative and open to questions. Also didn't feel rushed at any point.

Randa was so funny and a...


Randa was so funny and a great story teller! She made it fun and interesting to learn about the history of Paris and the catacombs. This was one of the best activities we attended while in Paris, and it had a lot to do with how interesting Randa was to listen to along the tour!

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A City Wonders tour is the product of meticulous research, detailed planning, and a passion for providing customers with travel experiences they will cherish forever.

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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