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Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)

Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France (Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon)
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Ranked #218 of 525 Activities in Paris
Type: Tours, Walking tours
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: For an alternative view of Paris, take the hour-long tour that is offered of the 1,300 miles that make up the Parisian sewer system.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
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London, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

I was a little disappointed by the lack of information -- which was mostly in French and even then, rather sparsely placed. No audio guides etc... and quite hard to book a guided tour. The smell didn't bother me but it's actually rather cool how they put you in a working sewer. Could probably work to reduce dripping pipes as... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This was one of the cheapest attractions you can do in Paris and was actually pretty interesting. It is a working sewer so it does not smell like roses, but was pretty ok. Worth doing if you have been to Paris so many times you want to see something different!

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Adelaide, Australia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My daughter was keen to do this expedition. I was amused at the idea, but not excited. Four of us made the trek from the Latin Quarter to quai d'Orsay to arrive as the tour opened. It's not exactly a tour - it's really an underground museum. The displays are fascinating and there's really no other place to house such... More

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Lexington, MA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This was my second time touring the sewers. The first time was with my son..this time my wife and I toured the sewers. It really is an off beat but rather fascinating tour to see the development of the sewer system. But not for the faint of smell. The gift shop is a hoot. You too can own your own... More

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243 reviews 243 reviews
91 attraction reviews
371 helpful votes 371 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

In 1985 I went to Paris and didn't have a chance to see the Sewers. It's been on my bucket list ever since. I finally got to go this last summer (29 years later), and I wasn't disappointed. My wife was hesitant because she was concerned that it would be really gross. Turns out, it wasn't gross at all. It's... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I bought the 2-day museum pass so I had to visit a certain number of museums each day. My husband and I walked passed by this little place while walking along the seine river. The entrance of the museum is really weird. A ticket booth with stairs leading visitors down the stairs into the underground. The museum shows you how... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Yea there is a little odor down in the sewer but it is very faint. It is interesting to see how they clean the sewer an how it has all developed

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Toronto, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We did NOT find the sewers very smelly. Instead, they were fascinating! - with only FAKE rats in display cases! The self-guided tour gives you a new appreciation of what is under our feet and of those who work under our cities. The experiences highlights the on-going struggle to supply clean water to people everywhere, not only now, but throughout... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We went in July, hot day, did not smell terrible. Yep, damp, musty, the idea of it flowing just below your feet, but not "Oh my Gawd!" like I've seen in other reviews. Short or no line. Near enough to the Eiffel tower, along the river. So, basically a bunch of placards that describe the history of organized Parisian sewers... More

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

While this is not the most interesting sounding tour, it was a fascinating view of the history of the city of Paris. The actual tour is on your own and can be dull if you choose not to read all the signs, but the reading is the best part of the tour! We followed the self guided tour pamphlet and... More

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