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Paris Catacombs & Père Lachaise Tour

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


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


  • 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


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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.

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