Catacombs of Paris Skip-the-Line Tour with Special Access

Tours & Sightseeing in Paris

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Skip the line and get exclusive access to sections closed to the public. Descend deep beneath Paris to discover a secret universe in this small group walking tour. Walk among 6 million skeletons in bizarre arrangements you won’t find anywhere else. Uncover a vast network of underground tunnels as an expert guide reveals the exciting anecdotes and facts that lurk behind each mysterious detail. Relive the fascinating past of Paris from the glory days of the monarchy and the bloody French Revolution, plus the man who saved Paris from certain destruction.
Meet your local expert guide outside the entrance of the Catacombs to enjoy the official skip-the-line access, avoiding a usual wait time of up to four hours. You'll also get exclusive access to sections closed to the public.Start your adventure by descending several stories below the city into two former World War II bomb shelters, entering a forgotten labyrinth of underground stone quarries. Learn how Paris was on the brink of a catastrophic natural event and how it escaped certain doom due to the determination of one man.Decipher an array of mysterious inscriptions, signs, and curiosities that are strewn throughout the tunnels, including a set of unexpected man-made objects from centuries ago. Then follow your guide — if you dare — into the ominous ossuary where the remains of more than 6 million Parisians are guarded at the entrance by a sign that reads “Halt! Here lies the empire of death.” Marvel at the Gothic-style perfection with which each skull, femur, and tibia are arranged in artistic and morbid configurations.Explore the dark corners of the Catacombs with a knowledgeable and passionate guide who knows where to find the most intriguing details and how to illustrate the fascinating stories behind them. Learn about the cursed fates of kings, queens, assassins, and revolutionaries. Hear tales of the infamous cataphiles — an illegal group of adventurers who still today inhabit the forbidden areas of the underground. Treat yourself to a rare and mystery-filled expedition beneath the most beautiful city on Earth, as Paris’ darkest and best-kept secrets are unveiled before your eyes.

What’s included

  • Official skip-the-line tickets
  • Access to sections closed to the public
  • English-speaking guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks