Paris Catacombs Tour with Secret Rooms & Privileged Access

Skip the Line and Gain Access to Secret Rooms the General Public Can't

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 57 Reviews · 1.50h 19 max · Paris, France

Looking for a unique experience that is off-the-beaten-track? Discover the darkness beneath the city of light. Skip the massive lines and leave the crowds behind. Let your guide create a more memorable experience by enlightening you with the mystical folklore surrounding the medieval tombs. You will also gain access to two rooms that are off-limits to the general public. Admissions Included.

Tour Details
  • Secrets Unveiled
  • Meeting Point
  • Skip the Line at the Paris Catacombs
  • Deaths Entrance
  • Underground Streets of Paris
  • Mass Grave
  • Lower Catacombs
  • Barrel of Passion
  • Secret Rooms
  • Cataphile Secrets

What makes our Paris Catacombs Tour the best in Paris? A combination of passionate storytelling, expert local guides, skip the line tickets and a maximum group size of 19 people. Our tour is filled with the facts and folklore that bring the Catacombs of Paris, a place for the dead, back to life! This 1.5 hour tour includes:

  • A More Memorable Experience

  • Skip the line Paris Catacombs tickets

  • A Professional and Fun English-speaking guide

  • A maximum group size of 19

  • Entry to two restricted access areas of the Paris Catacombs

Skip the Line Paris Catacombs Tickets

Wait times to see the Paris Catacombs sometimes last up to 3 hours. Don't waste precious time in long lines during your vacation in Paris. We'll have your Paris Catacombs ticket in advance, so you won't have to bother purchasing one there. Our tour lets you skip the long lines completely and jump right into your tour of the darkness that lies beneath "The City of Light". 

Catacombs of Paris - The Gateway to Hell

Our tour starts at the entrance of the Catacombs which is just south of the "Barrière d'Enfer" (which means The Gates of Hell!). After entering, you'll immediately descend a staircase deep below the streets of Paris to "The World's Largest Grave". Your guide will explain the creation of the Catacombs and the serious issues that the city used to have with finding places to bury the dead. 

On your Catacombs visit, your guide will take you to not just one, but two incredibly eerie areas of the Paris Catacombs that are restricted from public access. These areas are so exclusive that a Paris Catacombs guard will actually open the gates to the areas with a key. How's that for a VIP experience?

Paris Catacombs History

By the 17th century, the cemeteries in Paris were overflowing. And so, the solution became to place the corpses' remains in the tunnels that existed beneath the streets of Paris since the 13th century. Originally, the French Catacombs were mines or ossuaries for extracting the limestone that built Paris. 

As the city expanded, it eventually covered areas with mines underneath. Sound like bad planning? That's because it was not planned at all. Many of these mines were abandoned and undocumented. The solution to bury the dead underground fixed more than simply the lack of cemetery space. The estimated six million people buried there actually reinforced the mines. 

Catacombs Artwork, Architecture and Bones

The Paris Catacombs are one of the last secrets of Paris and our tour will uncover the mysteries held within their walls. You'll move through a labyrinth of corridors and gates that connect the different underground areas. You'll see artwork and architecture like you have never seen before. And yes, you will see thousands upon thousands of bones, arranged by artists and architects to make the space more "livable". 

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Loreen Burkett

Anatole was a knowledgeable, charming and funny tour guide. He was able to make a macabre subject interesting and light hearted enough so that we enjoyed the tour while still respecting the subject matter. We felt fortunate to be able to go where most are not permitted and see some of the more unusual sights in the catacombs. We learned a great deal.

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Loreen Burkett

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

In front of Café Oz, at the exit of the Denfert-Rochereau Metro. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

What to bring?

We always recommend comfortable walking shoes on all of our tours. The temperature inside the Catacombs is always around 14°C/57°F, no matter what time of year, so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater. Also, the only bathroom break is at the end so please show up prepared and ready to tour!

I've heard about the Paris Catacombs calling strikes at the last minute. Does this really happen?

On occasion, landmarks in Paris, such as the Paris Catacombs, decide to strike. Often, the intention to strike is not communicated to tour operators until the day of the strike. In the event that the Paris Catacombs go on strike when your tour scheduled, we will do our best to accommodate you on another Catacombs tour the following day. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a full refund.

What to bring?

We always recommend comfortable walking shoes on all of our tours. The temperature inside the Catacombs is always around 14°C/57°F, no matter what time of year, so it's a good idea to bring a light sweater. Also, the only bathroom break is at the end so please show up prepared and ready to tour!

Where to meet?

In front of Café Oz, at the exit of the Denfert-Rochereau Metro. A representative will be there holding a sign with our company name on it.

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