Skip the Line: Paris Catacombs Underground Tour

Our incredible VIP Paris Catacomb Tours take you on a fantastic journey into the chilling secrets buried beneath France's capital city. Gain privileged access to restricted areas that are closed to the general public to see the enigmatic treasures others don't!


2 Hours

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Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

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Meeting Point

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Entrance of Catacombs
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Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • 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

What makes this tour special?

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.

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

Chilled to the Bone

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

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.

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.

Last 5 Reviews out of 214 Reviews

ONTPLATES 24 November 2016
Kate was very good.

ANNA 17 November 2016
Liliya was knowledgeable and personable and made the tour very interesting. I loved that she got us to some limited access areas so it was much appreciated.

CHRISTINE 12 November 2016
Charlie was the best! Would gladly go on any tour he was guiding.

PERI 06 November 2016
Randa was funny, sweet, and knowledgeable. We were very happy with our tour and learned a lot that we would have never known without a guide. We went on all saints day, so the line was around the block. It was worth it just to 'skip the line' that day. Thanks for a great time. We look forward to using you guys again.

WENDY 06 November 2016
Very knowledgeable pleasant guide.

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