The Secret History of Paris: Special Access Catacombs Tour

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from 89 $ per person
    • 89 $ (Adults + Youth 12+)
    • 85.50 $ (Children 4-11 years)
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    • 100% recommendation rate
    • More individuality: 19 participants maximum

    Below the streets of Paris lurks an entire secret history of the city’s dead.

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    Catacombs of Paris


    • Languages: Englisch
    • Participants : 1 - 19
    • Duration : 2 hours
    • Offer type : public (with other participants)
    • Tour ID: 28701
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    Your tour starts with walking right past the queue to go directly into the catacombs. This huge underground cemetery consists of miles of underground tunnels lined with the skulls and bones of some 6 million Parisians. Accompanied by a local guide and a small group of 19 or less, you will explore this incredible city of the dead, where each room reveals more and more elaborate and macabre bone decorations.

    On the way there you will learn the incredible story of how the catacombs were built and the huge project that was undertaken to move bones from all over the city to here. Their special access status means that the guards will also open gates for your group only and let you into areas like a secret chapel adorned with skulls and thigh bones.

    Believe it or not, the Paris catacombs are also a symbol of the city of Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. They contain bones representing some 2,000 years of history and their construction was a unique civil engineering project that contributed to the development of the modern city. If you want to see another and completely surprising side of the City of Lights, this is the perfect starting point.

    Additional information

    • Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory.
    • Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
    • Unfortunately, the catacombs are not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
    • To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the Catacombs. Only bags smaller than 55 cm x 35 cm x 20 cm will be accepted. Walks will is not responsible for entry denied due to large luggage. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and delay which may be caused by extra security checks.
    • The Catacombs have changed their admission policy to ensure that only 200 people are allowed inside at any given time. Although our tickets are pre-booked with skip the line access, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached. We expect that the instances of this will be limited but ask for your patience if you travel on a busy day and are affected by this unavoidable circumstance. In all, it should make for a much nicer experience for all (and longer general access lines!).
    • Please be advised that there are 130 steps to the Catacombs. Unfortunately, there is no elevator access. Those with heart problems, claustrophobia, or other medical conditions should take this into consideration before booking this tour.
    • The Paris Catacombs tunnels are often wet and cool (14°C/57°F all year long). We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes.
    • Please note that there are neither toilets nor cloakroom facilities at the Catacombs.
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

    Please note, the people who guard the Paris Catacombs consider women who are visibly pregnant to have a "mobility impairment" and therefore do not allow them to descend into the Catacombs. While we do not necessarily agree with this assessment, we have to respect their policies. If you are visibly pregnant we recommend that you do not take this tour and cannot accept responsibility if you are refused entrance.

    Included in the price

    •Without queuing for the Paris catacombs.
    •access to special areas of the Paris catacombs
    •Small groups of 19 or less people

    The price does not include

    • Gratuities
    • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

    Meeting point

    In front of the Café du Rendez-vous, located on the 2, avenue du Général Leclerc - 75014 Paris. Arriving by taxi: Ask your driver to drop you at 2 Avenue du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris (near the Metro Stop Denfert-Rochereau. French directions for taxi driver: “Je dois aller au 2 Avenue du Général Leclerc, merci.” Arriving by Metro: Take Line 4 or 6 to Metro Station Denfert-Rochereau. When you leave the train, follow the sign "sortie" (means exit). If you arrive with Line 6, follow the exit "sortie #1”. Once you've exited, take a right and walk for 2 minutes. At the next corner, you will reach your guide holding a WALKS sign in front of the café du Rendez-Vous. If you arrive with Line 4, follow the exit "sortie #2”. The café is located on the right of the Metro exit. Your guide is waiting you in front of the café main entrance, holding a WALKS sign.

    Please bring your booking confirmation.

    Cancellation Conditions

    No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.

    This deal can be cancelled for free up to 3 days before the date of the activity.

    The local operator is solely responsible for the contents of this offer. In case of a reasonable suspicion of a copyrigth infringement, please contact us at to get the contact details of the operator.

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