We don't like to waste our precious time in Paris standing in line. That's why we book skip-the-line tours whenever we can. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world, with some of the longest lineups — something over 9 million people a year go up the tower. Instead of spending hours in a queue, it's way better to sign up for a skip-the-line tour. But, be sure to book your tour before you leave home, since they sell out fast.
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 up the Eiffel Tower. There you have plenty of time to take great photos of the breathtaking cityscapes from this vantage point.
At the end of the guided part of the tour you'll be on Level Two. On tours that include summit access your guide will hand you a ticket to the other elevator that takes you to the top of the tower, Level Three, although for many people getting to Level Two is all they want.
Once at the summit you can spend as much time on Level Three as you like. 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?
With the Eiffel Tower being so popular, skip-the-line tours tend to sell out and the availability varies. The best way to make your skip-the-line plans is to peruse the two lists of Eiffel Tower tours (links below) to find one that available for your dates. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Eiffel Tower only makes tickets and passes available three months in advance. So you many have to wait until March 1 (for instance) to book a skip-the-line tour for June 1.
Out of all the activities we've done that include the Eiffel Tower, this is one of our favorites. 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. Your guide leads you directly to the priority access and up the elevator. Finish the evening viewing the lights of Paris for as long as you like. Man, it was worth it! Usually available in the warmer months.
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
You may like this nighttime illuminations tour even better. Here's how it goes —
This tour is only available one or twice a week, so you really need to plan ahead to book it.
This tour was arguably a highlight of our time in Paris. The timing is right at dusk, which provides unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tour and exquisite photo ops. Highly recommend doing the skip the line and going on this tour. Our guide was very engaging, informative, humorous and provided a rich experience for us!"
– 5-Star Review
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