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Sewers of Paris (Les Egouts de Paris)

Pont de l'Alma, Paris, France (Eiffel Tower / Invalides / Palais-Bourbon)
33-1-53-68-27-81
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Ranked #197 of 470 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.
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Netherlands
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

An interesting tour of how the sewers developed in the city. I did not think it smelled that much, just a little. Mouth breathe if you think it smells. No poo that I saw but hey it is a "sewer tour". Impressive display boards in English on the history of the sewers. Enjoyable 45 minutes of something a little different.... More

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Tiffin, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really enjoyed the sewer tour. We expected to go underground, walk through a sewer, and come out the other side. Instead, there was plenty to see, including posters and exhibits explaining the history and operation of the Paris Sewer System. I found especially interesting to see the street signs that correspond with the street-level with which we were familiar.... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Having been to Paris a couple of times, I have already visited the main attractions. So last week I decided to go to Les Egouts, because I had heard it was a different and interesting experience, and indeed it is. It is amazing how there is a city under a city, the sewers for the most part follow the same... More

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Seattle
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband works for a large city's sewer department, so of course, being the good wife, we went to the Les Egouts de Paris (Sewer Tour). Having been around a sewage treatment plant on occasion, I knew that there will be quite the smell. So be aware, there will be a sewage smell. Nonetheless, this was a great tour about... More

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Bloomingdale, NJ
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101 reviews 101 reviews
24 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

While the men in our group found it to be a fascinating tour, the women ran for their lives at the terrible odor and couldn't complete the tour. It all depends on how sensitive you are to the odors.

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Stratham, New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Located at Pont de L'Alma at the head of Avenue Bosquet is a small sign and the entry to the Sewers of Paris. There are rarely any lines, even in the summer, so it is a fun place to go and not have to wait to get in. You climb down a couple dozen steps to the basement area of... More

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tennessee
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239 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have to admit my reaction to the idea of touring the sewers of was initially one of shock. However, this is one of the most unusual tours you could take and not one most people visiting Paris can talk about. The entrance is a little hard to find. It is on the banks of the Seine. A small building... More

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San Francisco, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
19 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

While the sewers are not a "must-see" sight in Paris, if you have been to the city before and/or are looking for something a little different to visit, stop in for 45 minutes or so. The entrance to this museum is at the Pont de l'Alma on the Left Bank, Quai Orsay. Not far from the Eiffel Tower or Hotel... More

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Oakland, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Seriously. It is awful, expensive, stinky, and not interesting. What is the point of seeing Parisian sewers? I think people mistake this tour for the catacombs. But who wants to see rats (which we saw) and toilet paper floating in poo-filled rivers of sewage. Steer clear. It was terrible. And certainly don't take your kids. The guy told us the... More

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Cambridge, MA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you want to do something different in Paris, go underground. Visit the fascinating sewer system and learn about its history. There won't be hordes of tourists, it's cool and at your own pace, and you can take great pictures of yourself with the underground street signs. Entrance is by the Pont d'Alma and it's not expensive. You may forget... More

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