We don't like to waste our precious time in Paris standing in line. That's why we like skip-the-line tours, and why we book them whenever we can. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, with some of the longest lineups — over 9 million people a year go up the tower. Instead of spending hours in a queue, we recommend you sign up for a skip-the-line tour. But, be sure to book your tour before you leave home.
It can be frustrating to arrive at Champ de Mars and see the crowds of people waiting in line, for two hours or longer. But, there's nothing like the feeling of breezing past that line as your guide entertains you with anecdotes, history, and details about the tower. We particularly like the sunset, illuminations tour (when it's available) for an unparalleled view of the City of Light. All of the tours we recommend include tickets to the very top, the third level. They're the best way to make the most of your time at Gustave Eiffel's iron-knit wonder that dominates the Paris city skyline. Here we present the top four skip-the-line tours —
See what we mean by looong lines? Instead of standing in it, imagine meeting your guide at the base of the tower, walking right past the long line, and catching the elevator to Level One on the Eiffel Tower. There you have plenty of time to take great photos of the breathtaking cityscapes from this vantage point. You may also visit the Tower theater to watch a short video about the 120-year history. You'll see the recent renovations of Level One, completed in late 2014.
At the end of the guided part of the tour you'll be on Level Two, where your guide hands you your ticket to the elevator to the top of the tower. You can spend as much time on Level Three as you like.
On top, you take in the view and admire your new favorite city while sipping on a glass of champagne. That's right, there's a champagne bar at the top of the Eiffel Tower! Is it any wonder we love Paris?
If that tour is sold out for your dates, here are two others we like —
We may like this new nighttime illuminations tour even better. Here's how it goes —
This skip-the-line option is called "Paris Super Saver" since it provides you with the same tour of the Eiffel Tower, plus a river cruise — both at a reduced cost.
Meet your guide at the base of the tower, skip the lines, and spend an hour and a half exploring the first two levels. Then use your included ticket to go up to the very tippy-top for as long as you like. Whenever you're ready, descend the tower and stroll over to the nearby banks of the Seine to hop aboard a bateaux for a one-hour cruise on the most romantic city in the world.
Out of all the activities we've done that include the Eiffel Tower, this was our favorite. Imagine yourself at sunset, on a Seine River cruise, sitting in reserved seats at the front of the bateaux, sipping champagne, watching the magical lights of Paris glide by.
Then you disembark near the foot of the Eiffel Tower for a guided, skip-the-line VIP tour of the first two levels. Use your included ticket to finish the evening at the third level, viewing the lights of Paris from the top of the tower for as long as you like. Man, it was worth it!
Outstanding way to finish our time in Paris, on a beautiful evening on the deck of a lovely ship sipping champaign as we floated past all the illuminated sights on the Seine! Enjoyed our amazing guide and the tour of the Eiffel Tower as well."
– Another 5-Star Review
Boat, bus, bike or Metro — there are many ways to get to the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few Metro tips:
Nothing beats the 7th Arrondissement of Paris for human scale, for walkability, for markets, and for great restaurants. It's the quartier 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 restaurant empire along Rue St Dominique, with Les Cocottes, fresh food simply cooked; the bistro-style Café Constant; and Le Violon d'Ingres, Michelin one-star with fabulous food. Pop into one of Chef Christian's restaurants and you may well find us dining there.
After sunset, the Eiffel Tower is bathed in golden light. And every hour on the hour a light show ignites on the tower.
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