It's the most visited monument in the world, with some of the longest lineups. But we've found some skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tours to help you make the most of your time at Gustave Eiffel's iron-knit wonder that dominates the Paris city skyline.
The Eiffel Tower is majestic, romantic and downright inspirational — and more than seven million people a year go up the tower, almost 250,000,000 visitors since it was built.
That's a lot of people, and lot of lineups.
So, we recommend that you book a tour before you leave home, so you don't get frustrated when you get to Champ de Mars and see the crowds waiting in line.
On these small-group tours, you breeze by the line as your guide entertains you with anecdotes, history and details about the making of the tower and the World's Fair of 1889 where it opened.
The tours are small (20 person max) with up to eight daily departures, making it easy to book to suit your Paris schedule. We particularly like the sunset tour when it's available, for an unparalleled view of the City of Light.
You meet your guide at the base of the tour and then catch the elevator to Level One.
There you have plenty of time to take great photos of the breathtaking cityscapes from this vantage point. You also visit the Tower theater to watch a short video about the 120-year history.
At the end of the tour you'll be on Level Two, where you'll grab the elevator to Level Three, the top of the tower. (The elevator ride ticket to the top is included in the tour package.) You'll be able to spend as much time at the top as you like.
Then you can take in the view and admire our favorite city while sipping on a glass of champagne. That's right, there's a champagne bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower! No wonder Paris is our favorite city.
Nothing beats the 7th Arrondissement for human-scale, for walkabilty, for markets and for great restaurants.
It's where the Eiffel Tower calls home — a pleasant family neighborhood with kids in strollers and playing in parks in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. So, before or after your visit to the Gustave's creation, take some time to wander through this delightful quartier.
Rue Cler, found in the 7th, is a food lover's paradise — a pedestrian street filled with delicacies only found in France.
One of France's most famous chefs, Christian Constant, has a virtual empire along Rue St Dominique, with at least four delicious restaurants — Les Cocottes, fresh food simply cooked, Les Fables de La Fontaine, his seafood restaurant, the bistro-style Café Constant, and Le Violon d'Ingres, higher-end with fabulous food.
After sunset, the Eiffel Tower is bathed in golden light. And every hour on the hour a light show ignites on the tower.
Boat, bus, bike or Metro — there are many ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few Metro tips:
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