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Small Group Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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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Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

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: From July 21st 2021, all sites in Paris that we visit during our tours are requiring clients and guides alike to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test within the past 48-hours for entry. If you have any questions regarding your tour, please reach out to us prior and we can help answer any questions you may have.
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The tour is in English only
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Walks
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 Small Group 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 Small Group Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

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

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Paris Catacombs Special Access Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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

Reviews

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star-3
Meh- we’ll do it again with an audio guide instead
Bethany_D
, Dec 2021
While the information on the histories of the quarries was interesting and added to our experience, overall I found the information provided- the sites and details to which our guide called attention, as well as the brief histories and “dubious” stories he told- to be extremely lacking. Sure, it was a more enriching experience than walking alone. But certainly not worth the price of this experience. His emphasis was more on, “this makes a good photo, take a moment to take one here,” and less on *why* this is an interesting spot. Furthermore, after nearly two weeks in Paris, it was unpleasant to say the least to be in a large group of obnoxious American tourists, who openly mocked the custom of saying “Bonjour” to the guards, spoke very loudly, gesticulated violently, and were not respectful of those in the back being able to see whatever those in the front would crowd around and stay parked at while the guide spoke. He did not encourage a good flow of movement at these sites, and we felt rushed when we would finally get a peek. He had a good speaking voice, and was animated, and seemed proud of the history of Paris, which are great elements to have in a guide. However, we heard as much incessant beeping and broken sentences from the earpieces he provided as information, and overall it was more of an annoyance because it was a let down. We’ll probably go back ourselves, with a well-reviewed audio guide we can download and listen to via earbuds.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Bethany_ D, Thank you for reviewing our Catacombs tour. We rely on our guests' direct experience to aways improve and are always grateful for their comments, both positive and negative. We are very pleased to read you found our guide to be very passionate, even though he gave you the impression of providing "dubious information". As we work only with licensed professionals, we strongly believe there must have been a misunderstanding and would be more than happy to look into it if you were so kind as to provide us with further details. We are very sorry to hear he was lacking group engagement and management skills which, together with high quality earpieces, we agree are essential to make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. This is the first time we receive such comments, so I personally forwarded them directly to both our Guide Management and to Operations teams, to make sure they are promptly addressed. About the photos, we usually instruct our staff to point out interesting / unique stops, as most group members find them great occasions to create memories to bring back home with them. Of course background should always be provided when possible, as there might be spots that do not bear any paricular historical importance, but just make "perfect pictures". Finally, we are terribly sorry you found the rest of the group to be composed by "abnoxious americans". We love all our guests and believe them to be all unique in their own way, although we cannot guarantee they will all get along. While it is normal to find some people more interesting than others, we do not believe it fair to generalize and extend such a comment to an entire population. Again, we are very disappointed you were not satisfied with our service, and hope that if you ever visit any other location we serve you will give us another try. Sincerely,
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A must do; Fantastic tour guide and interesting place
Robert_J
, Dec 2021
Our tour guide was amazing, brought the catacombs to life; The single best thing we did in Paris; made our whole trip! This is a must do.
star-5
Exploring the Catacombs
Sheryl_F
, Dec 2021
Kaitlyn was extraordinary! The entire experience was outstanding. Our Uber was late due to traffic. Our names were left at the entrance and the staff lead us to Kaitlyn without missing a thing. Kaitlyn was entertaining, knowledgeable and so personable. We enjoyed the history and the experience of being able to see areas not open to the general public. A must for the Itinerary while visiting Paris!
star-5
Well worth the price
Matilde_L
, Dec 2021
Fantastic visit, not cheap but worth every euro. Kaitlin (hope that’s spelled correctly!) was an amazing guide, so funny but knowledgeable. Loved her style. The earphones is a great idea, you could listen to everything she said without straining, and with the size of the party a little bit bigger than I expected, made it easy not to have to be too close to each other in order to listen to the guide. Well recommended.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Matilde_L, Thank you for the fantastic review! We are very happy to read your time on our Catacombs with Kaitilin was amazing and well worth the price. We work very hard to offer only the best possible experiences to our guests and we cannot express how happy it makes us to receive comments like yours. Looking forward to walking together again soon! Sincerely,
star-5
Great tour!
Gary_C
, Nov 2021
Excellent tour. Our guide Kaitlyn was amazing, funny, and engaging. She was very informative and we enjoyed learning about the history of the Catacombs.
star-5
Great tour guide made our experience much better
Nicolai_S
, Oct 2021
We had a wonderful time. Our tour guide did a great job with pacing, educating us, and it was super easy to hear everything she said. Cool to have our experience augmented with curated stories, history and even some extra pictures show via an iPad. Highly recommend this tour!! So much better than going by yourself.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fascinating Catacombs
Roy_B
, Sep 2021
This tour was completely fascinating! Our guide, Michelle, was upbeat, informative, and covered a lot of information that was easy to understand and key to understanding the overall history of the catacombs and how they fit into France’s development. We really enjoyed this tour and recommend it to others.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Roy, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. The catacombs really are amazing and as you point out, so much better with an excellent guide. Thanks for choosing Walks and hope to see you again soon.
star-5
Catacombs guided tour
Sheryl_W
, Sep 2021
Kaitlin was an extremely knowledgeable guide. She had great bone jokes as well as other "death" jokes. She was respectful of the dead. The tour included parts of the Catacombs not normally opened to the public. There are some fabulous carvings that I was unaware of. The tour is totally worth it!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sheryl, Thanks for your 5 star review! Music to our ears - we love when our expert guides and carefully constructed tours make your time more special. Hope to see you again soon.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Underground Storytelling Adventure!
James_G
, Sep 2021
Katelyn was an amazing guide and a wonderful storyteller. She really took us on a great underground journey that was both fun and extremely informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Joseph, Thank you for your wonderful review. The Catacombs really are something special and delighted to hear that Katelyn was able to illuminate this experience for you.
star-5
Paris Catacombs
Blanche_M
, Sep 2021
Informative historical account that explains Paris! Michelle was a great tour guide. Knowledgeable and funny.

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