- Learn secrets that are thousands of years old
- Beat the queues at one of the most popular sites in Paris
- See preserved bones of over 6 million people
- Explore “the world’s largest grave”
The catacombs just outside Paris are reinforced ossuaries, or underground tunnels, which were used in the 18th century to rehouse the skeletal remains of millions of Parisians, as graveyards began to overflow. The bones of over 6 million people are thought to reside here, meaning tours can be a pretty spooky affair. It’s only possible to visit as part of a guided tour, but despite the competition for tickets this is one of the most popular attractions in the city. This Paris gift experience lets you skip the lines for a fast-track entry, saving you time and effort.
Descend into the gloomy labyrinth via a narrow spiral staircase and prepare yourself for the clammy atmosphere down here. Skulls and bones are intricately placed into the corridors wherever you look, meaning that this tour is definitely best suited to those with a strong constitution. Your guide will explain how the catacombs were created, why they were named, and the sanitary conditions that made them necessary. You’ll also hear stories of some notable residents. Slightly bizarre, and totally fascinating, the catacombs of Paris make for a unique daytrip!