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 Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour

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Overview

Venture beneath the City of Light to explore the dark underworld of the Paris Catacombs. Skip the entrance lines and head inside this fantastically macabre tunnel system filled with the skeletal remains of more than 6 million Parisians. Hear about the remarkable construction of the catacombs from an expert guide as you walk past ornate chambers piled with decorative arrangements of bones, and gain special access to chapels and chambers closed to the general public. Group size is limited to 19.
  • Discover the Catacombs, Paris underground cemetery with your local expert guide
  • Explore the Catacombs with a small group tour of 19 people or fewer
  • Skip the long lines and walk directly into the Catacombs
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Skip the line access to Paris Catacombs
Access to special areas of Paris Catacombs
Expert English/ French speaking guide
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2 Av. du Général Leclerc , 2 Av. du Général Leclerc, 75014 Paris, France

In front of the Café du Rendez-vous, located on the 2, avenue du Général Leclerc - 75014 Paris.

Catacombs of Paris , 1 Av. du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately Catacombs are not accesible for Wheelchairs or strollers
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Walks complies with all local government regulations. You may need to wear a mask or provide proof of vaccination to enter certain venues. Please refer to France government guidelines for the most up to date information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • The tour is in English only
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks - Paris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Skip-the-Line Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour.

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  • "If you chill in 57 degree weather, bring a jacket." See review
  • "Do NOT go without a tour guide as people looked bored wandering through the passages." See review
  • "This tour requires a fair amount of walking (over 1 mile) and is not for those persons with claustrophobia (fear of enclosed small spaces)." See review

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star-5
Best Tour Ever!
AlexandraGrace_K
, Jun 2022
Kaitlyn was probably one of the best guides I have ever had! We had a small group, of about 20-30 people and she remembered everyone's names. She made sure we could all hear her during our stops along the way. It was truly an amazing tour and I would do it again! We were able to get into restricted areas and learn even more about the catacombs; which was incredible. I learned so much and will be scheduling with my family when I am back.
star-5
This place needs a guide, and our guide was GREAT!
Jennifer_C
, Jun 2022
The catacombs of Paris are a must-see - and one of those places in which a good tour guide makes the difference between fascinating and forgettable. Julia told great stories about how the catacombs came to be built, to be used as bone depositories, and later as macabre party locations... this is one of those places so weird you could never make it up. Go with a great storyteller!
star-5
Katlyn was AWESOME!
Brian_M
, Jun 2022
Katlyn was one of the best tour guides on the whole trip. She was very knowledgeable and super funny. The catacombs were really cool and we highly recommend the tour.
star-5
Made the Catacombs come alive
Charity_J
, Jun 2022
We booked this very special “no-line” tour of the Catacombs and it was a great way to see this unbelievable Paris landmark. Our guide, Julia, took us through a historical journey of the toured section of the 200+ miles of Paris Catacombs . Julia is imbued with French history and it was clear from her delivery that her passion for France and its amazing past is a passion for her. On this tour you will learn the background of the city and the country that led to creation of the limestone quarries and the eventual resting place for the bones of deceased Parisiens. Julia will take you on sections of the Catacombs reserved for guided tours only, and she will share with you what you need to know so you can fully appreciate this awesome site. In addition, Julia will also take you through the Paris local’s current relationship to the Catacombs including some pretty amazing amazing and scary stories. Julia is exuberant about every detail and does a great job weaving a story that leaves you wanting to know more about French history. What we learned from Julia enriched our other site seeing stops and made those more informed and rich. I highly recommend this tour of the Catacombs.
star-5
Catacombs
Emily_T
, Jun 2022
Kaitlin was a great guide! Very interesting and would rate it a 10 out of 10! Such an interesting part of Paris history!
star-5
Amazing tour
Candy_C
, Jun 2022
Amazing tour!! It was so informative and our guide Kaitlyn was awesome - I would highly recommend for something out of the norm
star-5
A must-do: Unique, fascinating, and a bit macabre
Karli_D
, Jun 2022
An absolutely fascinating tour. Kaitlyn was a wonderful guide and storyteller. The tour was excellent …in a confronting-your-own-morality kind of way. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Must-See in Paris
Betsybagsby
, Jun 2022
This is an amazing experience and unlike anything my family has ever done. Highly recommended! Michelle, our tour guide, was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and she made a great tour even better.
star-5
Must Do - Paris Catacombs Skip the Line SAT
Dallas_B
, Jun 2022
Julia was a Fantastic Guide for this informative and educational Tour of Paris’s macabre past. She made it interesting.
star-5
Best tour guide we have ever had
greg_g
, Jun 2022
Michelle was passionate and an expert in the subject. She is very personable and encouraged questions. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great tour
Mark_L
, Jun 2022
Great guide, very knowledgeable. It was great to get the history of how the bones came to be. It was maybe a tod bit long. 2.5 hours. But overall a very cool experience
star-5
Must see for family vacations to Paris - experiential history!
Matt_H
, Jun 2022
Leo, our guide, was very knowledgeable on the history of the catacombs, had many great stories and waited after to answer any questions.
star-5
Paris Catacombs
Karen_N
, May 2022
My 19 and 21 yr old kids wanted to do this tour. Our guide Caitlyn did a fabulous job educating and entertaining us along the way. It was mind boggling to see and hear the about it’s origin.
star-5
Do it!
Lizz_B
, May 2022
Leo was an incredible tour guide. Well informed, adventurous and knew all the good stories. This tour was incredible by itself but Leo made it spectacular. Be sure to wear good walking shoes!
star-5
Awesome tour!
Janelle_G
, May 2022
Eleanor was a wonderful guide who told us so much that I didn’t know about the catacombs. The tour took just the right amount of time and was a great way to end our vacation. Highly recommend!
star-5
Catacombs of Paris
Kara_H
, May 2022
The stories… the guide was so knowledgeable! I wasn’t aware of how many people were buried in the catacombs and the story of how it started and continued. It was a truly eye opening and deeply moving experience.
star-5
Highly recommend this tour!
Samantha_D
, May 2022
We had a great tour of the catacombs with Michelle on one of our first days in Paris. She was incredibly knowledgeable and kind! The catacombs are unbelievable and a must see while in Paris. Highly recommend this tour and our guide Michelle. She even gave us some tips for navigating the metro which saved us countless times in France!
star-5
Great tour and excellent guide!
Drew_T
, May 2022
Great tour and experience! Tour guide (Kaitlyn)was both knowledgeable and funny! This is an excellent tour, but be prepared for many steps.
star-5
Fantastic!!!
Morgan_C
, May 2022
It was a fantastic experience and we really enjoyed ourselves. Our tour guide also was amazing and very funny. Would definitely do it again.
star-5
Spooky History with Michele, Our Great Guide!
Emmitt_K
, May 2022
Michele was an AMAZING guide! She offered a fun, educational explanation of the catacombs' history, and the VIP access was incredible — we got to see so much that the general public doesn't. Any fan of morbid history MUST take this tour. A couple of notes: it is always around 58° F in the Catacombs and slightly damp, so a light jacket is good to bring. Wear sturdy walking shoes, as there is a significant amount of walking, sometimes on uneven or unstable surfaces. Lastly, there is a very long spiral staircase used to access and exit the tour, so being somewhat fit is a plus.

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