Join your expert guide and journey underground below the city streets of Paris to learn the secrets of the world’s largest catacombs. You will be immersed in the history of legendary struggles and triumphs as you walk among the millions of souls whose bones populate the darkest part of the City of Light.
Your entry ticket to the Catacombs is included in the price of the tour and allows access to exclusive areas available only during guided tours.
There are no lockers available.
There is approximately 1 mile of walking. Also, there are approximately 130 steps down and 85 steps back up to street level. This tour is not recommended for people who have mobility issues or anxiety in closed spaces. Please note that the temperatures in the Catacombs are 14 degrees centigrade.
Taking pictures is permitted but some areas prohibit the use of flash photography.
Please arrive 15 minutes early as the tour starts on time. You will not be able to catch up to the tour if late.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
Meeting instructions: Metro station Denfert Rochereau (line 4 or 6 - use exit 1) When you get to street level you will see Catacombs entrance across the street. From this spot you will see the small green building that was the old main entrance. To the right of this you will see new glass doors with signs for Catacombs Entrance.
Tour Ends: 21 Bis Avenue René Coty, 75014 Paris (The exit for Catacombs is several blocks from the starting point. Please ask your guide for directions back if needed)
You will meet your expert guide at the entrance to the Catacombs, conveniently located at street level. You will have skip the line entry privileges and descend 20 meters below the city to the underground world of the dead. Learn how the 200 miles of tunnels which were mined to build Paris became the answer to the problems created by overcrowded cemeteries above. You will marvel at the ingenuity and the struggles and the ultimate glory of this macabre and sacred place.
I visited the Catacombs before but this tour got me in fast and took me to areas I didn't know existed. Highly recommended!
The tone is set as you pass under the sign which reads "Arrete, C'est Ici L'Empire De La Mort" (Stop. Here is the Empire of Death). Soon you are surrounded on all sides by bones and skulls ever so carefully arranged with reverence and decorative flourish. Your guide will lead you into special access areas that are closed to the general public as you literally follow in the footsteps of 18th and 19th century French royals. No visit to the City of Light is complete without a visit to this temple of darkness, The Paris Catacombs.