The Catacombs of Paris, VIP semi-private guided tour

Unique Experience

Leo K.

Paris
English, French (Native)
2 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

Skip the line to discover the very unique museum of catacombs of Paris, which is sheltering six million skeletons 60 feet beneath the streets with a professional tour guide in a VIP semi-private tour which allows you to access the restricted parts of the museum in group of 6 participants maximum guarantee.

Meeting Point

1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy (place Denfert-Rochereau) 75014 Paris

Denfert Rochereau

Meet your guide in front of the catacombs museum. She will hold a panel and wear a name tag with her name: Leo. Then, just relax and follow her into the mysterious underground galleries of the City of Light... if you dare!


The underground quarry

The first part of the tour is dedicated to this fascinating former underground quarry of limestone, in which the catacombs were established later. You will hear about the tough work made by quarrymen to built the monuments of Paris and find out the amazing amount of galleries running under the French capital.

The restricted area: Decure's sculptures

You will have the chance to enter the restricted area, only opened to tour guides, situated in a lower level where you can admire the superb sculptures carved in the limestone during several years in 1777 by a quarryman known as Decure, probably the oldest cataphile known.

You might also meet him, as he's believed to haunt the museum according to the visitors who managed to catch him on their camera (of course, your guide will share the photo!)...

The ossuary

The rest of the tour is taking place in the ossuary, in the middle of the remains of millions of Parisians. You will find out why the cemeteries of Paris were emptied of their content under the streets of the City of Light, and how they were transferred 60 feet deep. Your guide will point out at diseases, injuries, surgery marks still visible on the bones which shows the harshness of our ancestors' lives.


Exit the empire of death

Exit the museum with your guide to visit the souvenir shop or stay a bit longer inside to take more photos.


Ending Point

21 bis, avenue René-Coty 75014 Paris

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Professional cataphile tour guide

Skip the line tickets

Access to the restricted areas of the museum

What‘s not included

Tips

Important Information

I'm available on Saturdays on request

Available Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 6pm

There are 131 steps to climb down and 111 to climb up in a spiral staircase, which can be uncomfortable for claustrophobic. The ground is uneven and there are water pools sometimes. The temperature is 57F (14C) with a 98% of humidity which cause the place to be chilly after a while. A light jacket and walking shoes are advised.

The site is not suitable for wheelchairs nor strollers.It is forbidden to enter the Catacombs with a suitcase or a large bag. Only bags of 40 x 30 cm format are authorized. You can take photos but flash and tripods are not allowed.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the closest metro station?

Station: Denfert Rochereau

Metro line 4,6, RER B

How many steps to climb to exit the museum?

111 but you can have go at your own pace and have breaks.

Do we skip the line?

Yes, this tour is an official guided tour, so we skip the line to enter at a specific timing.

What is a VIP semi-private tour?

We guarantee that there will be a maximum of 6 participants in the tour, so you can always hear your guide, and she can show you more than with a big group. As you are escorted by an official guide, your group will access the restricted part of the museum as a VIP.

$85/ per person

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