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The Catacombs of Paris

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A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs were fitted out in the galleries of former quarries. Twenty metres underground, the ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians, gradually transferred between...more
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We paid Viator tour company for a tour that provided and English speaking guide and a skip to the front of the line- it was worth the extra money. Others reported waiting two hours and then had an audio headset guide them through. The historian...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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If your budget allows, please, please, please prebook the tickets! We went in the "low" season (if Paris even has a "low" season anymore) and the wait was 3 whole hours in the biting cold!!! We did try to book advanced tickets but they were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour I scheduled through Viator several months ago got cancelled just a few days before the reservation, which was a huge problem because we’d organized the trip (to some degree) around this activity. No explanation for the cancellation was offered, nor could another acceptable...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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While traveling in August, this was on the list of to-do's for the teens but we could not get a ticket before-hand (definitely get that ahead of time). We waited in line for 2.5hours and then it was an hour long walk through the cascading...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MNLeisureTraveller
Reviewed 2 days ago

You can walk up and buy a ticket, but we did the reserved ticket and it is definitely the way to go. We had a reserved time. Only 200 people at a time can be in the catacombs, so if you don't have a reservation...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited the catacombs in November and had pre-booked tickets for a Tuesday morning 10:00. (I highly recommend buying your tickets online, saw HUGE lines one afternoon earlier on our trip! It is cheaper to buy on the spot but then you're risking spending valuable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived around 10.30am on 13 Jan and were told the queue was an hour long. Despite many visits to Paris my wife had not ticked this off her bucket list so we lined up. After all it was only an hour (how naive were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our trip. The audio guide provided explains each area / interesting facts on the history of Paris and the graves. But its sheer size and preservation of the catacombs is most fascinating. It takes about 45 mins - 1 hour...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank shirlscoco
Reviewed 5 days ago

That Place is an absolutely hidden gem in Paris. Just do it and you will be immediately enclosed by more than 6 million people's skeleton some of them look right into your eye with empty big holes on their head. If you are a group...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Omid A
Reviewed 6 days ago

First, let me start by saying the catacombs of Paris really are cool! As with everything when touring, it's always better with a tour guide. That way you really learn more. We did not get a tour guide, but we did get the audio. One...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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November 1, 2018|
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Response from TheDarwin101 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think there was much difference in price. I was unable to book a ticket because they only had tickets for the following week available.
October 27, 2018|
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Response from John J | Reviewed this property |
The audio tour is pretty accurate, I wouldn't pay for a private tour.
October 12, 2018|
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The official website, it's easy and no markup.
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McAllen, Texas
Catacombs of St. Callixtus vs San Gennaro (2 Replies)
Which catacomb gives a better experience and why?
March 06, 2016|
Response fromKathyW201|
St Callixtus are in Rome. You'd have to get an answer from someone who's been to both and it would be entirely subjective as these things are.
rate my itinerary please.. (2 Replies)
so myself and my girlfriend are spending 5 full days in rome and i have done up an itinerary so we get a lot of stuff in. can people read it and let me know if its unrealistic or what? Day 1 (saturday): Go to the Colleseum early and do a tour of that and Palatine Hill. In the afternoon, check out the Forums, Circus Maximus and the pantheon. Day 2 (Sunday): In the morning, go to the trevi fountain. After that, head to the borghese gallery for a tour. Then stay in the park and have a...More
July 07, 2009|
Response fromdbabe|
You might want to see the Baths of Caracalla on the same day as the circus maximus as it is just up the street. It will make more sense than making a special trip to see it. After your day at the vatican you can cross the bridge and make your way to the piazza navona and then on to the pantheon. You will have plenty of time each day to add things to your itinerary so you should have a wonderful time. Donna
Atlanta, Georgia
best public transport to Catacombs of Domotilla (2 Replies)
What is the best public transport solution to get to the Catacombs of Domotilla from around Termini station? I read their website and they suggest taking a bus from Termini station and a few other spots around the city. It appears that there are closer metro stops, like Garbatella or Basilica S Paulo. I know I will have to take a bus for the last leg. But it seems like it would be a much shorter and quicker bus ride from the other two metro stations instead of Termini. Thanks
August 21, 2018|
Response fromgiupep71|
Bus #714 from Termini (and a little walk) is probably the quicker choice. It is a main bus line so it is quite efficient (for Rome standards). Buses from metro stops have a poorer schedule, and you have to consider time spent going out the metro stop itself.