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Great tour. Our guide had a lot of great information and made it even more interesting and enjoyable.
The lines for the Catacombs can be extremely long, even during the low tourist season when we visited Paris - it's worth booking just for the Skip-the-Line access, although Alberto was a really good guide and definitely added to the experience you also get to visit certain areas that aren't accessible on the self-guided walking tour.
I believe the experience was enhanced by our guide, Mark. He was very knowledgeable and gave us great insight and history of Paris and the catacombs.
Great tour! Its a nice Idea to bring your own small flashlight, and make sure that your camera can handle low light conditions without using a flash. Your going to get great photos if prepared for it.
For tall people; dont hit your head!
Amazing tour. Alberto was great, informative, fun and friendly. He made the tour exciting and interesting. He had so much knowledge. It was so cool to see the parts of the Catacombs not open to the public. Totally worth the money and would recommend to anyone!
Interesting tour! 6 Million people lie in these catacombs/ A little eerie but kids would love it!
Our guide was great and it was fantastic to have access to rooms the public don't see.
Our tour guide was great and knew so much about the history - really brought the whole thing to life! The tour is the only way to see the Catacombs - the walk up entry lines were 4 hours, and we walked right in. Also got to see areas not open to the regular public. Fascinating
The Paris Catacombs are part of the former mine tunnels that riddle the underground of Paris. They were originally used to mine the stone that was used to build many of the city's buildings. A lack of burial space in the city cemeteries led to the bones of six million people being placed in the disused tunnels between 1786 and 1788.
Entrance is viaPlace Denfert-Rochereau. If you go in peak season and do not pre-book your ticket, the wait in line can be up to four hours. Alternatively you can book a skip the line ticket and wait in this shorter line. These options allow you to pace yourself around the catacombs, using a set of headphones and recorded commentary.
We took the more expensive option of a guided tour. This allows a definite start time, with a guaranteed no waiting in line. The professional guide also provides excellent information as you go, as well as access to areas the general entry patrons cannot access, as they are behind locked gates.
There is no disabled access to this site, as entry and exit are via spiral stairways. Once in however, the tour is along fairly good pathways, although they are made of dirt / stone and can be wet and slippery in places. The tunnels can be quite low, so tall people may find it a bit discomforting to walk around bent over for part of the tour.
The first part of the tour covers old tunnels, where you can see place holders for the above streets. This is all quite interesting, but the tour really takes off when you see the ossuaries. The sheer quantity of bones and how they have been placed is amazing. At this point the guide left us to walk through by ourselves in silence. You are also asked to be respectful of the dead as you pass through. Photos are allowed, but no flash.
This was the absolute best part of our Paris trip--and that is really saying something, because the trip was incredibly special and thrilling. The Catacombs were very moving and peaceful, and seeing it on our own would have meant that we lost most of the meaning and history of them--but our guide was marvellous, and the knowledge he shared was fascinating. Would recommend to everyone so long as you like walking underground!.
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