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Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas provided by City Wonders

Skip-the-Line: Paris Catacombs Tour with VIP Access to Restricted Areas

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Overview
Explore the subterranean tunnels of the Catacombs (Les Catacombes), one of Paris’ most popular and atmospheric attractions, on a small-group tour limited to just 19 participants. This skip-the-line tour can save you hours of time waiting in line, and you’ll get an enhanced experience of the macabre labyrinth as your guide shares the stories that make the attraction so fascinating.
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Catacombs of Paris
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, FranceMeet at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. He/She will be holding a sign. To arrive at the Catacombs by Metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.
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    The Paris Catacombs
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Why wait in a long line to see less of the Catacombs? Your guide, an English-speaking local expert, will lead your group straight past the lines and down into the 200-mile labyrinth of bone-lined galleries and former quarry tunnels. An inscription at the entrance reads “Arrête! C’est ici l’empire de la mort”, or “Stop! Here lies the empire of death”. In this eerie empire, you’ll encounter the remains of such dignitaries as Rabelais and Robespierre, among more than 6 million other former Parisians. While individual ticket holders must remain on the public routes, your guide will lead you off the well-traveled path. As well as other significant remains, like the hidden Gilbert’s Tomb, here you’ll find monuments to those who made their living in the empire of death. In the Port Mahon Gallery, you’ll see sculptures that an 18th-century quarry worker spent five years chiseling secretly from the tunnel walls, before being crushed in a cave-in. You’ll see the Quarryman’s Footbath and the Sepulchral Lamp, whose constant flame reassured the living that there was enough air in the tunnels. As you wind your way around the Catacombs, you’ll hear all about the history of this parallel city – and the many legends surrounding it. Once you’ve seen what lies just 65 feet below the city, your view of Paris will be forever changed.
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Catacombs of Paris
1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, FranceMeet at the entrance to the Catacombes de Paris. He/She will be holding a sign. To arrive at the Catacombs by Metro please take Line 4 or Line 6 to the Denfert-Rochereau metro stop and exit using “Sortie 1”; the entrance to the Catacombs can be found directly across the street from this exit.
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Highlights
  • Learn more about the popular Catacombs in Paris on a guided tour 
  • Bypass lines often in excess of two hours with a skip-the-line pass
  • Explore the bone-lined tunnels in a small group limited to 19 people
  • A guide brings the history of the subterranean labyrinth to life
What to Expect
The tour begins near the Catacombs at a time of your choice. After greeting your guide, you’ll sail past long lines with your skip-the-line pass and descend to macabre tunnels lined with human skeletons. As you explore the dimly lit labyrinth, your guide reveals historical information crucial to understanding the Catacombs. Discover the reason residents were buried beneath the city and relish the morbid atmosphere of this unusual Paris attraction. The tour concludes outside of the Catacombs.
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Departure Point
Catacombs of Paris, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Skip-the-line access and visit to the Parisian catacombs
  • Small group tour (maximum 19 people)
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - The Paris Catacombs
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • We regret that we are unable to accommodate pushchairs or strollers on our tours.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Bulat wrote a review Mar 2020
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Great tour, full of intresting info. Loved it. Thanks to our tour guide Victoire for extremel intresting info and comfortable tour pace.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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David Q wrote a review Mar 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Lauren was amazing and very informative Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Great history lesson Thank you!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Justin L wrote a review Mar 2020
Kaysville, Utah11 contributions4 helpful votes
Addy was a great guide! My wife and I loved the tour! Very informative, punctual, and interesting stories.
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K A wrote a review Mar 2020
Honokaa, Hawaii3 contributions
“Vic” was our tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable. We waited in front of the entrance and she found us at exactly the time specified. She started immediately with incredible history and showed a great respect for the bones and catacombs. We left in complete awe of all she
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Megane U wrote a review Mar 2020
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Michelle M was a fantastic guide. This tour includes the restricted areas, which are a must-do. Great experience, recommending to my friends.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 3 days in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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