Crimes and Legends of Old Paris Walking Tour - in Paris - LikeALocal Guide

Crimes and Legends of Old Paris Walking Tour

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19 EUR

Discover the dark side of the City of Light - its curses, crimes and macabre customs, on this wild walking tour. You'll hear the ghost stories and gory secrets of Old Paris!

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • French,
  • English
Tour by Eléonore
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I'm a 36 Parisian girl born and raised in a village nearby Versailles.
I used to create and sell "love locks" on the famous lover's bridge "Pont des Arts" with my darling, Sed (we've been a faithful couple for 14 years).
This job revealed me a keen interest in working with foreign visitors.
When the government replaced the bridge's fences by windows I started to search for another job. I've been lucky enough to find a company's ad searching for a guide specialized in Catacombs. This is how I discovered this job.
Being impassioned by catacombs and underground heritage for 9 years, I am currently employed by several companies to lead guided tours of the Catacombs Museum. I also do day-tours of the Normandy D-Day beaches, the town of Chartres and its cathedral, walking tours of the cemetery of Père-Lachaise, themed-tours about the historical crimes and legends of Paris...

This is the dream job to me: I love meeting people from all around the world to share my passion with them.

I also love history, music, gigs, exhibitions, pubs, urban exploration...

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Highlights

  • Hear historical stories unknown to most
  • Enjoy the knowledge of a local English-speaking guide
  • Discover the dark side of Paris

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Description

Explore the historic city of Paris from a different perspective as you walk the streets with your storytelling guide.

You'll learn about the horrific events that happened on the streets where Parisians and tourists now stroll.

Hear about the ghost who haunted the Tuileries for three centuries, seen by Catherine de Médicis, Marie-Antoinette, and Napoléon.

Find out how the most powerful Queen of France disposed of her enemies.

Get to know the person behind the creation of the much-feared guillotine and the pros and cons of this death machine.

Step on the ground where the vastest cemetery of medieval Paris used to be - and learn how the bodies were emptied into quarries that became the Catacombs.

Discover strange customs, beliefs or behaviours such as the morgue that was on public display, where thousands of passers-by came to check out the dead.

This is a tour like no other!

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What’s included & not included

  • Fluent English-speaking guide
  • Astonishing historical stories
  • Tips for the rest of your stay
  • Sweet dreams after the tour are not guaranteed!

Meeting point

The meeting point is situated at the exit of the metro station Pont Neuf (line 7). Your guide will hold a sign and wear a name tag. (Metro station Pont Neuf, 75001 Paris)

Reviews from travellers (2)

5.0/5

Great tour
Very good
We enjoyed Leo's tour, which was informative, just the right balance between dates and amusing and of course gory tales and legends of Paris. Her tour also appealed to my daughter and her boyfriend, so age span from 60 to 18. It was a charming way to begin our stay in Paris.

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4.8/5

Amazing Experience
We had the best time with Léo! She is a fantastic guide with an obvious love for the catacombs and the history. The tour was above and beyond what we expected in terms of information provided and the amount of time. Léo took us into areas that are not accessible to the general public and we did not have to wait in the very long line. If you want a personal tour from a top notch guide this is the tour for you! Léo stayed in constant contact with us and provided updates with our fail. She also went above and beyond with advice on other sights to see and help with directions on the Metro system.
Great experience exploring Paris catacombs with a local guide
My son and I really enjoyed the tour with our guide Leo (Eleonore). Time went by so quickly, it felt we were down there for few minutes rather the 1.5 hrs. Leo was casual and easy to talk to. She is clearly passionate about the topic and waved in number of stories from the past and current about the 'cataphiles', people who explore co called "negative Paris".
We are glad we choose this group tour. We went inside exactly at the scheduled time vs waiting in the line and Leo's personalized commentary made it very engaging. We also had an access to parts open to groups only.
In conclusion- a bit pricey but we are glad we did it. Great memories.
Amazing experience
When we arrived at the catacombs, the wait was over 2 hours to get in but with Léo, we got right in! Léo was a wonderful & incredibly knowledgeable guide. You can really tell that this is a passion of hers. I’ve already recommended her to family & friends who are planning trips to Paris. The catacombs were incredible, but having Léo as our guide made it 100 times better. We are so glad we found this booking because Léo truly gave us the best experience.
Great tour
Our guide met us at the main entrance to the catacombs. She was very knowledgeable and informative. It was very nice to skip the line,as it stretch around the block when we were able to enter. I would highly recommend this tour and this tour guide. Leo was very nice and willing to assist us with questions regarding the tour or anything in Paris. It was a great experience.
Excellent Tour
We had an excellent tour with Leo. She has a thorough understanding of the history of the catacombs and entertained us with great stories during our tour. Overall an amazing experience!
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