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Paris Catacombs with Famous Père Lachaise Graves Combo Saver Tour

Skip the Line
4.80
Out of 321 Reviews
  • Duration
    6 h.
  • Start time
    10:00
  • Meeting Point
    Entrance of Catacombs (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Tue, Thu
  • Language
    English
Journey into the secrets hidden beneath the City of Light. At the Paris Catacombs you’ll access to restricted areas that the general public doesn’t see, then visit Père Lachaise cemetery with the tombs of cultural icons like Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, and Edith Piaf, hearing the secret stories of their lives and deaths, all with a local expert guide.

Tour Highlights

  • Unlock the most improbable true stories of Paris’s ancient and modern history on this carefully crafted combo designed to deliver the secret history of the City of Light
  • Skip the Line at the Paris Catacombs and access restricted areas now closed to individual ticket holders: Port Mahon Gallery, Quarryman's Footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb
  • Stroll through the enigmatic setting of Père Lachaise cemetery to hear the colorful tales of artists, musicians and poets from Oscar Wilde to Jim Morrison at their actual resting places
  • Enjoy captivating commentary from a local expert guide with a passion for Paris’s secrets
  • Small groups of 19 or less at the Catacombs and 25 or less at Père Lachaise
skulls and bones in catacombs

Discover the Hidden Secrets of the City of Light

Get ready to “rub bones” with the likes of Rabelais and Robespierre at the Paris Catacombs before going on to visit the tombs of some of the most famous writers, musicians and poets the world has ever known at Père Lachaise cemetery for the unlikely true stories behind the French capital’s long history.

Paris Catacombs with Guide

The Only Way to See the Paris Catacombs

Skip the long lines and get privileged access to the Port Mahon Gallery, Quarryman's Footbath, Sacellum Crypt, Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb. Off-limits to individual ticket holders, these hidden corners of the Paris Catacombs are where its labyrinthine past comes back to life.

Feel the Poetry at Père Lachaise Cemetery

There’s a reason this Parisian landmark is the world’s most visited cemetery as it embodies the true spirit of the art, romance and poetry of Paris itself. More than a graveyard, it is more like a historic park where the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and more weave an amazingly personal narrative.

Description

The mysteries of Paris have rightly become one of this European capital’s most popular must-see attractions, and how better to experience them than together on this carefully crafted combo that will save you some cash. If you have been longing to see the Paris Catacombs and Père Lachaise cemetery with its incredibly famous graves, then this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for to do it right.

Everyone loves Paris for its elegant architecture, world-class museums, and illustrious people. However, few realize that just 65 feet beneath its streets there lies a parallel city where some 6 million skeletons dwell in the 200 miles of former quarry tunnels that built the city, testament to the darker side of the City of Light if you scrape below its romantic surface of tree-lined boulevards, public gardens and cafés.

This Paris Catacombs tour takes you right past the often endless lines 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.

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

Our groups also benefit from special access to parts of the Paris catacombs that are closed to the general public. Gates will be opened especially for our groups to see the off-limits and rock-chiseled sculptures in the Port Mahon Gallery, where a quarry worker spent 5 years of secret toil until his eerie demise. Other sights include the Quarryman's Footbath, the Sacellum Crypt, the Sepulchral Lamp and Gilbert's Tomb, all closed to standard ticket holders.

Next, it’s on to some the most coveted grave real estate in the world at the Père Lachaise cemetery. Most know this cemetery for Jim Morrison, but with names like Chopin, Oscar Wilde, and Edith Piaf carved into stone across this magnificent hilltop setting, there’s clearly much more to the place than tombstones. Visits have become an authentic Parisian experience offering some of the most unique stories the City of Light can conjure.

Meander through this beautiful labyrinth of elaborate stone crypts and overhanging trees as your expert, English-speaking guide points out the famous graves. Oscar Wilde’s stands out among the crowd, a beautifully carved Art-Deco sculpture covered entirely with bright red lipstick kiss marks from visiting admirers, and as you pass Chopin’s tomb you can almost hear his most well-known piece, the Funeral Dirge.

The most visited grave is ironically that of American rock star, Jim Morrison. His grave (and those surrounding it), are covered with graffiti from the hordes of fans from around the world that come to visit his final resting place. Among others, Balzac, Proust, Delacroix and more await you in the hidden corners of this intriguing Parisian locale.

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What's included

  • Special access to restricted areas closed to general public at the Catacombs
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for the Paris Catacombs
  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 19 people or fewer at the Catacombs and 25 at Pere Lachaise

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Food/Beverages

Meeting Point

Important notes

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

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Alberto was knowledgeable and witty...

Alberto was knowledgeable and witty. He was an amazing guide.

Oh my goodness this was...

Oh my goodness this was amazing and ironically hilarious. I had a blast exploring the catacombs and learning the history and Avi made it inventive and upbeat. He was always willing to answer questions and did an amazing job not loosing anyone both in story or on the tour.

Avi was very knowledgeable...

Avi was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and dynamic. He was able to place the person under discussion within a context of time, place and culture, which made the information come alive.

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