Walks of Italy

Walks of Italy
Book Tour
View Tours
Paris Catacombs & Père Lachaise Tour
Watch
Video

Key Details

  • City: Paris
  • Duration: 4hrs 30mins
  • Start Time: Varies

Tour Highlights

  • Skip long entrance lines into the Paris Catacombs and visit areas usually off-limits to the public, such as a secret chapel & strange carvings by an ex-convict.

  • Take a guided Père Lachaise cemetery tour and learn the stories of the many famous people buried within, including, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and more.

  • This is the only tour that currently combines these sites, including private transport to move you between them without any hassle.
Pere Lachaise cemetery: As beautiful as it is interesting Oscar Wilde's grave, covered in lipstick kisses from fans Our special access Catacombs tour visits areas usually closed to visitors The Paris Catacombs almost always have long entrance lines Entering the Catacombs through one of the oldest sections The Catacombs hold the bones of more than 6 million people Walks of Paris Catacombs tours are always lead by expert guides Stop! This is the empire of the dead. A skull leers out from the wall of the Paris Catacombs Bone arrangements like this came from renovations by Louis-Etienne Hericart de Thury The bones were arranged artfully as a way of attracting visitors in the 19th century Many of the bones on display are femurs One of the special areas on our tour: Carved by the quarryman Decure Plaques commemorate when the bones were exhumed Femurs in the Paris Catacombs Hundreds of femurs stacked to the ceiling More bone arrangements by Louis-Etienne Hericart de Thury Remains moved from various Paris cemeteries

EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION

One afternoon, two strange & fascinating sites

Learn the secret history of Paris in this unique experience, combining a Paris Catacombs tour with a Père Lachaise tour. As you visit two of the city’s creepiest (yet strangely beautiful) sites, you’ll hear incredible stories not included on other tours. Tales of graveyards literally overflowing; of the men who built tunnels from human remains; of a Romeo & Juliet-style love affair; and the life stories of the most fascinating characters in Parisian history.

Explore The City Of The Dead

Your adventure starts at the Catacombs where entrance lines stretch for hours, even in low season. Numbers here are strictly controlled, making this is one of the city’s most in-demand attractions. You’ll use the special access line to walk directly inside with your expert guide and a small group.

Inside the Paris Catacombs you’ll find yourself in a maze of tunnels stretching for miles, each one lined with the skulls and bones of some 6 million Parisians. As you explore this city of the dead, your guide will tell you the incredible story of how it was built, while a guard opens gates to allow you into secret areas; like a small chapel where ceremonies were held until very recently, and a passage where an ex-convict carved out the Catacombs’ first tourist attractions.

Skip one of the city’s most complicated metro transfers

When you get back to the sunlight, you’ll meet your private transport for a ride across town (from one far-flung site to another, skipping a tricky metro or bus journey) to Père Lachaise cemetery. This is one of the most-visited cemeteries in the world, and for good reason. It’s packed with the graves of famous people who lived and/or died in Paris.

See One Of The World’s Most-Visited Cemeteries

You’ll enjoy a fully-guided Père Lachaise tour, exploring the graves of some of the cemetery’s most famous residents, including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Chopin, and Delacroix among others.

Led by your guide, you’ll learn about the ill-fated love story of Heloise and Abelard, the young girl and the monk who fell in love, were torn apart and spent a lifetime writing the most beautiful love letters. At the graves of Marcel Proust and Honoré de Balzac you’ll learn about French philosophy, while Chopin brings the music, Molière the humour, and Edith Piaf a very sad story about a little girl who dragged herself up by the bootstraps.

With its strangely romantic setting, Père Lachaise is a perfect microcosm of Parisian history. Full of love, art, music and the quiet mutterings of scholars and philosophers; it’s the perfect place to step away from the crowds of the Louvre and learn about the city’s artists and thinkers. Because it was these marvelous people (and not the flashing lights of the Eiffel Tower) that gave Paris its name as City of Lights.

Sites visited

  • Paris Catacombs (including special access areas)
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery

Included

  • Skip the line tickets to Paris Catacombs
  • Access to special areas of Paris Catacombs
  • Transport between Paris Catacombs & Père Lachaise Cemetery in an air-conditioned mini bus
  • Expert guide to accompany you throughout
  • Small groups, never more than 19 people

Reviews

5-stars from over 18 Customer Reviews

The guided tour was very good. Ferrit's story telling was informative, animated, funny and made the tour so enjoyable. A great memory of our visit to Paris.
Our guide was great. He had many stories related to the tour that kept me entertained and wanting more. The pace was perfect since I have some difficulty walking at a quick stride.
Great tour; extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
I booked online in Melbourne and it was so easy.We skipped a very long line for catacombs and waited 1 minute before being let straight in. Our guide Ferret was fantastic, knowledgeable, humerous and so helpful. I loved the music he played in the catacombs.He is an asset to your company.
Ferit was fantastic! So knowledgable and personable. I have recommended this tour to everyone I have come across.
Ferriot was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable & charming. When I first booked I thought it was a little expensive, but it really was well worth the price.
Our guide Lauren was brilliant - sweet and funny and gave lots of great information. It was an extremely hot day so I struggled somewhat in the sun but overall loved this tour and would definitely recommend it to everyone. It is very physical with lots of steep stairs and walking.
This tour is new and has not yet received guest feedback

Important information

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements

To ensure the safety of visitors, French authorities enforce security measures upon entry to the Catacombs. Only bags smaller than 21.5 in x 13.5 in x 7.5 in (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 note that there are neither toilets nor cloakroom facilities at the Catacombs.

Walks provides tickets with skip the line access. However, the Catacombs enforces a maximum capacity limit. On rare occasions, we will ask your patience as the crowd dissipates so that the group may enter safely.

Tours that depart at 10:30 AM include 30 minutes of free time for lunch before proceeding to Père Lachaise. Lunch is not included.

Unfortunately, the Catacombs are not wheelchair accessible. For a wheelchair-friendly alternative tour, Please contact us at info@walksofitaly.com and we will work with you to find a suitable alternative.

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.

The tunnels of the Paris Catacombs are often wet and cool (14°C/57°F all year long). We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothes.

Although our tickets are pre-booked with skip the line access the Catacombs enforce a maximum capacity limit. On rare occasions, this may mean a slight delay on entering if capacity has already been reached and another group needs to leave.

Please ensure that all members of your party have a valid ID on them on the day of the visit. This is particularly important for guests who have qualified for a senior, student, or child reduction.

Book Another Tour Now & Save 10%!
(Offer valid on these tours only)
When booking this tour you’ll have the option to add any of the below to your cart.
Book both tours together and save 10% on the second tour.
Offer only valid on listed tours purchased at the same time. Non-transferable.
SAVE
10%
See the famous Mona Lisa on our Louvre Tour
Louvre Museum Tour
$84.98
More Info
from
$76.48
SAVE
10%
Views over the city on our Paris walking tour
Welcome to Paris Walking Tour
$39.41
More Info
from
$35.47
SAVE
10%
Notre Dame tour
Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle & La Conciergerie Tour
$83.75
More Info
from
$75.37
(No comment)
The guided tour was very good. Ferrit's story telling was informative, animated, funny and made the tour so enjoyable. A great memory of our visit to Paris.
Charlie, our guide, made this day come to life. His deep knowledge of, and passion for, the subject matter took us not only through the physical steps of the tour, but through history. Both my daughter and I felt this was the pinnacle of our 2 week travels in 4 countries, and that's saying a lot. Charlie is worth his weight in gold, and I can't thank you enough for this experience.
(No comment)
Our guide was great. He had many stories related to the tour that kept me entertained and wanting more. The pace was perfect since I have some difficulty walking at a quick stride.
(No comment)
(No comment)
Great tour; extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
I booked online in Melbourne and it was so easy.We skipped a very long line for catacombs and waited 1 minute before being let straight in. Our guide Ferret was fantastic, knowledgeable, humerous and so helpful. I loved the music he played in the catacombs.He is an asset to your company.
(No comment)
Our guide Ferit was fabulous. He had a great sense of humor was well informed and able to answer all our questions. After the tour we asked him for directions, he actually walked us right to the Metro station, told us where to get on and off and even gave us a dinner recommendation based on where in the city we were staying. Well above and beyond our expectations.
Ferit was fantastic! So knowledgable and personable. I have recommended this tour to everyone I have come across.
Charlie was great.. you can tell he was really into what he studied and the stories were mind blowing... even with my horrendous jet lag... he kept me extremely tuned in with his great story telling. Of course being from Hollywood California, I am going to make a movie reference... and Charlie could be Benedict Cumberbatch's younger brother. Shoot.. if being a tour guide isn't in his future, might as well be Benedicts body/stunt double.
Ferriot was an amazing guide, very knowledgeable & charming. When I first booked I thought it was a little expensive, but it really was well worth the price.
Our guide Lauren was brilliant - sweet and funny and gave lots of great information. It was an extremely hot day so I struggled somewhat in the sun but overall loved this tour and would definitely recommend it to everyone. It is very physical with lots of steep stairs and walking.
Great tour, fantastic guide. It was just a slight bit too long though. Otherwise, excellent.
(No comment)
This tour is new and has not yet received guest feedback