Paris Catacombs Tour | Semi-Private Underground Experience
LivTours Paris Catacombs Tour is a semi-private tour that takes you beneath the dazzling lights of modern Paris to the underground world of the catacombs. This stunningly macabre 200-mile maze houses the painstakingly arranged remains of 6 million Parisians. On this tour, you will get to see all the ghoulish sites without waiting in line. Enjoy the added bonus of LivTours VIP access to usually restricted chambers.
- Admire millions of intricately arranged bones in the Catacombs on a semi-private tour
- Hear the fascinating tales of the Catacombs’ history, wartime use & resident ghosts
- Savor the luxury of priority access into the Catacombs with an expert local guide
- See the legendary crypts where beheaded revolutionaries were laid to rest
- Explore restricted Catacombs chambers with LivTours’ special access with your guide
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
Easy to book and prepay your tours with our secure payment system
Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions
Your Paris Catacombs Tour begins with a bone-chilling descent down 133-steps. These tunnels were used in the 13th century to quarry limestone for buildings as grand as Notre Dame. As you make your way through the narrow tunnels, you will learn what forced Parisians to bury their dead here.
During your tour, you will have plenty of time to admire the Catacombs’ disturbingly detailed bone decorations. From religious iconography to hearts, workers found many ways to “beautify” the bones housed in this complex. There is, however, one decoration that will really set your spine a-tingling. Inside the popular Crypt of the Passion take a few moments to admire “The Barrel,” constructed out of various skeletal remains.
Paris Catacombs in History
In addition to housing the dead, the Catacombs played an important role in many historic events. Your guide will tell you tales of the German Wehrmacht and the French Resistance who both used part of the Catacombs as wartime bunkers. Pay homage to monuments dedicated to people who died fighting during the French Revolution, and pass by some of the cemeteries, such as the Magdalena Cemetery, where beheaded revolutionaries were laid to rest.
If you are not afraid of ghosts, then ask your guide about the grave of the doorman Philibert Aspairt who passed away in the Catacombs in the 18th century. According to legend, Aspairt’s spirit rises up every November 3rd to spook unsuspecting tourists.
Keep in mind, only 200 people are allowed into the Catacombs at any given moment. With LivTours, however, you will enjoy VIP access to all of the Catacombs’ major highlights without waiting in line. The LivTours Paris Catacombs Tour will also take you to areas that are restricted to the general public. Although we can’t take you through all 200 miles of the Catacombs, our Paris Catacombs Tour will lead you to some of the most exclusive areas in this Parisian underworld.
- Skip-the-line tickets to Paris Catacombs
- Access to secret Rooms of the Catacombs
- Fully guided experience
LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel, and we are proud to be at the forefront of change and innovation in the industry. LivTours is committed to providing travelers with truly sustainable tours with the lowest possible environmental impact, all while supporting the local industries and people of each unique destination. To learn more about how you can actively support sustainable tourism and how LivTours is contributing, click here.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
Paris Catacombs are truly mesmerizing
"This was an unreal experience. Such big limestone tunnels originally made to make Paris as beautiful as it is and then it was filled with millions of skeletons that couldn't be buried at cemeteries. This was my first time experiencing something like this. It is great that LivTours only allows up to 6 people in a group because it makes the tour super personalized. Their high quality tour guides (I have also had their guides in Italy) and their VIP access to sites makes such a large difference. These tours provide a remarkable experience for a very good price. Go LivTours!"
Marina - US
"We toured the catacombs with Kaitlyn and had a wonderful experience. She was very well informed and added light humor to a dark subject matter. The access to some of the less travelled area was very special."
Karen - USA
VIP Catacombs Tour
"We had a great time with Kaitlyn! Very knowledgeable about the history of the catacombs and was humorous as well. Enjoyed our time a lot."
Joe - USA
By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.