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Semi-Private VIP Catacombs of Paris Restricted Access Tour

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    Stop At: The Paris Catacombs, 1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris France

    Explore the hidden world beneath the streets of Paris, on this VIP small group tour of the Catacombs. Follow your guide more than 20 meters below street level, into the shadowy and fascinating world known as ‘The Empire of Death’ - invisible to the locals and visitors strolling the famous boulevards above.

    Fans of the film As Above so Below will recognize these never-ending, gloomy galleries. The Catacombs extend for more than 200 miles beneath the city, and are home to the bones of over 6 million former Parisians. Their remains were moved here more than 200 years ago, as city center cemeteries overflowed, the open graves and unearthed corpses spreading disease (and some horror stories!) throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. With your small group of no more than 7 people, wander through endless tunnels stacked with neat rows of millions of bones, accompanied by your expert guide, who will also unlock gates closed to the general public and lead you into obscure rooms full of surprises. Legend has it that the Man in the Iron Mask is buried here, along with those guillotined during the French Revolution, and even some of their executioners.

    This small group tour will allow you to get the most out of this exceptional visit, allowing you to bypass the crowds and spend more time enjoying this unique and fragile site. Learn the intriguing tales of those who worked, visited and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including some who ventured in and never came out again. Hear stories of secret societies that still visit today. Past and present Paris and its inhabitants come to life as you explore the city’s gloomy entrails concealed below the surface.

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Departure Point
    1 Avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy, 75014 Paris, France
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Guided visit of the Catacombs
    • Special access to parts of the Catacombs closed to the public
    • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
    • VIP small groups of 7 people or fewer
    • Entry/Admission - The Paris Catacombs
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    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • There are 130 steps to enter the Paris Catacombs and 112 steps to exit.
    • This tour is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
    • The Catacombs are 20 meters/65 feet (and more) underground and the tunnels are narrow in places. This tour is not suitable for those with cardiac or respiratory problems, or suffering from claustrophobia.
    • The tunnels can be slippery and remain at a temperature of around 14°C/57°F, even in summer. Guests are advised to wear sturdy shoes and bring warm clothing.
    • Only 200 visitors are allowed in the tunnels at any one time. If numbers reach a maximum the Catacombs staff reserve the right to hold the entry lines until there is sufficient space. Any delay should not be higher than 5 minutes for our small group
    • Tickets for the Catacombs are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. They must be used with the group at the booked time and their availability is limited. Entry times are also prebooked and are strictly adhered too, we must enter on time. For this reason we are unable to issue refunds to latecomers or no shows for missed tours.
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    This was the one thing on my bucket list to see in Paris but was not sure when/how I could fit it in - the semi-private tour was really my only option because booking as late I did t was the only one left that...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank corkedinKelownaBC
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Many thanks for leaving us a review of your tour of the Catacombs, we are very happy to read that you enjoyed it. I would like to comment on the fact ofour tour being a bit more expensive than some others. This is due of...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    My husband & I took the tour with Ferret. He had tons of interesting information to share and was really funny. We both had an absolute blast and would definitely recommend this tour to just about anyone with even the slightest interest in the catacombs....More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank MFerguson2014
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are very glad you enjoyed your tour with Ferit and we appreciate your recommendation very much! It makes us very happy to read that taking our tour made your visit to...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This was a great tour! We were only in Paris a couple days, so to me, it was well worth getting to skip the line (truly skip the line - other groups had a reserved time but still had to wait in line) and worth...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Janina M
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

    Thank you very much for your review, which we were very pleased to read! We put together this small group tour as we agree it really is the best way to visit this special site, and the very small group size allows for an intimate...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    I really enjoyed the tour. The guide was friendly and knowledgable. He gave us pertinent facts and interesting anecdotes that didn't overwhelm one. He also seemed to enjoy the process. The group was a good size. The catacombs seem well taken care-of and the tour...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank katbercar
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you very much for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour, and yes our guides also enjoy leading the tours! The catacombs are a fascinating place, and we are lucky to be able to show you parts of them that are...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    This tour is a must do for anyone in Paris. We were running late and the people at the catacombs helped us get right in and catch up with our tour. I’ve never had anyone take such good care of us before. The tour was...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Gozar71
    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Thank you so much for your detailed review and recommendation, which we very much appreciate. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed the catacombs and we are very happy to read that you enjoyed having the guided tour and accessing the off-limits areas. There...More

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    Melissa R
    30 July 2019|
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    Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
    Hello, the tours are always in the afternoon, Tuesday - Friday, start time varies between 4:15pm and 6:15pm depending on the entrance slots available on that day. You can see the availability live on our website as we buy... More
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    Carrie G
    6 January 2019|
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    Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
    Hello, yes you can take photos. There are lights in the Catacombs, so it's no problem for pictures.
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    John C
    27 August 2018|
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    Response from Siobhan P | Property representative |
    Hello, the tour lasts for 2 hours approximately.
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