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Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

1. Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

The Arc de Triomphe is a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch style. Fifty meters tall, the view from the platform atop the arch is well worth the hike. See the dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from the arch into the City of Light. Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world and you will find yourself right at its center. Inspired by the great arches of ancient Rome, Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, he never lived to see its completion. At the base of the arch, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Behold the eternal flame that is rekindled at 6.30 PM each evening. In addition, there is a must-see exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument. The view from the top of the arch is worth climbing the 284 stairs. From your privileged position, survey all of Paris. Unlike the obligatory Eiffel Tower trip, getting into the Arc de Triomphe is an effort not all tourists undertake. Plus, with skip-the-line tickets, you'll hardly have to break stride on your way in.

Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

2. Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

Explore the best of Paris on a hop-on hop-off bus tour with an audio guide. From the comfort of an eco-friendly bus, see sights like the Paris Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. Jump on board a hop-on hop-off bus to get an overview of Paris. Learn about the city through the audio guide commentary specially designed for the route. Pick the sights you want to explore in more detail, and hop off at the closest location to visit the attractions, at your own expense. See the top art masterpieces and paintings at the Louvre Museum. Stop at Notre Dame and take a moment to admire its architecture from the left bank of the Seine. Shop along the Champs-Elysées. Climb the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for the best views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the most charming neighborhoods in Paris such as the bohemian Montmartre, the buzzing Latin Quarter, the trendy Marais, or the peaceful Ile de Saint Louis. If you are traveling with children, the child-friendly channel available in French and English will keep them entertained. The kids' audio guide is designed to capture their attention all throughout the journey.  Upon first validation, your ticket is valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours, according to the option booked. You can hop on or hop off an unlimited number of times within the valid period. The route stops are as follows: 1. Haussmann – Grands Magasins – 11, Rue Auber 75009 Paris2. Opera Garnier – 49, Avenue De L’opéra 75002 Paris3. Musee Du Louvre – Place Du Carrousel 75002 Paris4. Notre-Dame – 4, Rue Du Petit Pont 75005 Paris5. Musee D’orsay – 8, Quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris6. Concorde – 12, Place De La Concorde 75008 Paris7. Champs-Elysees – Georve V -116, Avenue Des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris8. Trocadero – 50, Avenue Du Président Wilson 75016 Paris9. Tour Eiffel – 69, Quai Branly 75007 Paris10. Pont Alexandre III – Invalides – 41, Quai D’orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise Bundle Tour

3. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise Bundle Tour

Explore the city and discover the magical atmosphere of the River Seine with a bus pass and a 1-hour cruise combo. The combo is available for 1 or 2 consecutive days. This open-top bus tour offers the largest network of interconnected hop-on hop-off routes in Paris, covering every attraction in the city. Hop on and off at your convenience at any of the stops to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an unforgettable bird's-eye view of the city of Paris and its monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Then, hop onboard the boat and relax with the sound of the water while sailing across the Seine. Bus stops: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 13, rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORGE V -116, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 15, avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Sightseeing Panoramic Night Bus Tour

4. Paris: Sightseeing Panoramic Night Bus Tour

Journey through the heart of Paris after dark and marvel at the floodlit monuments of the "City of Lights" from a front-row seat. Board the open-top vehicle on the Champs-Elysées and set off to marvel at all the iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris and much more. Admire the glass structure of the Louvre Pyramid as you listen to an informative commentary by a live English and French-speaking guide or on the multilingual audio guides. Get a free reward booklet with exclusive offers and recommendations.

Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

5. Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

Get a unique souvenir of your time in Paris and take part in a photo shoot of your trip at locations tailored to your personal requirements.  Work with a professional photographer to create magical moments, and capture your travels in a contemporary and candid style. The photographers are hand-picked, highly experienced local experts who will share their knowledge of their city like an old friend. Receive a link to your own, password-protected, online gallery within 5 working days to download your professionally edited images for free.

Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

6. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the Paris Museum Pass. Choose from 2, 4, or 6-day options with the pickup point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Arc de Triomphe Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

7. From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day tour of Paris, with round trip transfers from London by Eurostar. Upon arrival at St. Pancras international in London, a representative will escort you to your reserved seat on board the 06:55 train to Paris. They will be available as your guide throughout the day. Relax on the train journey. Then, take a panoramic bus tour to see some of the most iconic landmarks of the "City of Lights," such as the Notre Dame cathedral, Napoleon’s triumphal Arc de Triomphe, and the luxury hotels and stores of the Champs-Elysees. Next, you’ll be treated to a special tour of the Eiffel Tower. Skip the lines and go straight to a reserved lunch at the newly opened Madame Brasserie on the first floor.  Reopened in June 2022, the 1st floor fully renovated brasserie is run by a two Michelin stars chef Thierry Marx, offering contemporary brasserie cuisine.  The restaurant opens 360 degrees onto the Iron Lady’s metal structure for you to enjoy its beauty, and offers a breathtaking view of the Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and feast on a delicious 3-course meal of French cuisine. Continue after lunch with a cruise down the River Seine, gliding through the heart of Paris for spectacular views of Place de la Concorde, the Musée D’Orsay, and much more.  Complete your experience by exploring the streets at leisure. A guided tour of the Louvre is available for those who prefer to see the “Mona Lisa” and other magnificent art works. Return to the Gare Du Nord for your 19:13 Eurostar departure back to London, with check-in closing 45 minutes before departure. Arrive in London at approximately 20:30 for the end of tour services.

Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with Seine Cruise

8. Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with Seine Cruise

Enjoy the perfect day out in Paris with a combo package that grants you priority entrance to the Arc de Triomphe and a river cruise on the Seine, each of which can be used at the time of day which suits you best. At the Arc de Triomphe, skip the long lines and head straight up to the top of the monument to admire iconic views of the Champs-Elysées. Climb to a height of 50 meters to reach the viewing platform for views of the surrounding streets that will make the 284-step climb worthwhile. You may also witness the lighting of the eternal flame every night at 6:30 pm or visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of the monument. Afterward, head to the Bateaux Parisiens for a cruise on the River Seine. Relax and take in views of some of Paris' most iconic landmarks, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame de Paris, and some of the city's many bridges. You can also admire Paris institutions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel du Ville from a unique perspective. 

Paris: City and River Seine Tour on an Amphibious Bus

9. Paris: City and River Seine Tour on an Amphibious Bus

Take in the many sights of Paris as you travel aboard an innovative vehicle through land and water. Join this unique panoramic tour of the city, passing by iconic landmarks and navigating through the famous River Seine. Acquire a comprehensive overview of the city with insightful commentary. Hop on your bus to explore the most iconic places in Paris by land. Drive by the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, The Alexander III Bridge, the Champs-Elysées, the Arc of Triumph, and the Trocadero. Learn about each of these symbolic sights from your professional guide. Head into the Hauts-de-Seine area and drive along the royal path the king used to take from the Louvre to Versailles. Come across an island that belonged to Louis XIV's brother and splash into the water. Navigate by the Seine Musicale Theater, the Saint-Cloud gardens, and the La Defense skyline. You may also have the chance to wave at sailboats and kayaks on the river before heading back to your starting location.

Paris: Guided Eiffel Tower Tour, Arc de Triomphe and Cruise

10. Paris: Guided Eiffel Tower Tour, Arc de Triomphe and Cruise

See the best of Paris with this tour combining a guided Eiffel Tower visit with tickets to the Arc de Triomphe as well as a river cruise. Accompany your guide to the Eiffel Tower and visit the second floor, with an option to visit the summit. Then, use your Arc de Triomphe and river cruise tickets on any other day before their expiration.   The Eiffel Tower offers panoramic views of the city—see iconic monuments such as the golden dome of les Invalides and the remains of Notre Dame de Paris. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Egyptian obelisk at Place de la Concorde and the magnificent roof of the Grand Palais. If you select the summit option on booking, ascend even higher to see out past the city entirely, and check this activity off your bucket list.   Then, within 3 months of purchase, board a panoramic river boat for a 1-hour cruise along the Seine River that starts from the base of the Eiffel Tower, with service that runs every 30 to 60 minutes. See some of Paris’s iconic monuments closer up on this relaxing tour through the city.   You’ll also receive open tickets to visit the Arc de Triomphe, a neoclassical monument built in the ancient Roman style. Located at the center of the city, the view from the top is absolutely worth it—see the streets radiate out from this center point in a star-shaped pattern. At the base, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died during the First World War. Observe the eternal flame being lit at 6:30 PM every night and wander the exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument.

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What people are saying about Arc de Triomphe

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4.5 / 5

based on 17,598 reviews

The Arc is AMAZING!! However, the description of the ticket can be confusing—I saw multiple people asking for clarification because they were under the impression that they could just walk up and be let in instead of having to wait in line. In reality, purchasing this ticket allows you to only have to wait in one line instead of two—the security line…to be fair, that line will wrap all the way around the Arc, but it does move pretty quickly.

We didn’t have to make a line to get tickets, and I was happy about it because it was soooo long! But we had to do the line for security. We went at night so there was a lot of people. I would recommend to do this during the day to avoid waiting so long! However, the view was spectacular!

A very good experience especially at night. Beautiful views. You will still have to wait on the security line but you are still saving a significant amount of time.

At least on my first visit to Paris, I think the bus ride makes a lot of sense. We booked for three days right away because the difference is very small.

This was our first tour of the trip. It was very special for all of us. Amazing experience!