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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 which 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. From 18 September to 4 October, discover L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped project, a work that Christo wished to be continued after his death. L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will use 25,000 square meters of recyclable polypropylene fabric in silvery blue and 3,000 meters of red rope. The Arc de Triomphe remains open to a limited number of people who will be able to access the rooftop, be at the heart of the work of art, walk on the fabric that will also cover the floor, and enjoy the panoramic view. Come and share this unforgettable moment, with a reserved time slot to enter the monument.

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Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with Seine Cruise

2. 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. 

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Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

3. Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

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.

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The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

4. The Paris Pass®: Access to Over 75 Attractions and Tours

The Paris Pass is an all-inclusive sightseeing package and your key to the city of Paris. The pass offers great value and convenience with admission to more than 75 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket, a Paris Museum Pass giving you access to many of the cities museums and landmarks, and a digital guide to help you plan your stay. You will also get skip-the-ticket-line entrance to many of the sights, saving you time at attractions such as the Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more. Head out to the Palace of Versailles, or take a Bateaux River Cruise to see the city from the River Seine. The Paris Pass offers access to over 75 attractions and tours including: Top Attractions and Activities: • Eiffel Tower Elevator Guided Tour (2nd floor) Guided Tours and Experiences: • Ballon de Paris Generali • Parc Asterix Theme Park Ticket Top Attractions and Activities: • Musée du Louvre• Musee d'Orsay• Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art• Espace Dali • Big Bus – 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise• Wine Tasting - Les Caves du Louvre• Tour Montparnasse • Arc du Triomphe• Picasso Museum• Musee Grevin, Wax museum• Châteaux de Versailles • Flyview Package Paris Liberty Walking Tours: • Paris’ Hidden Gems in Le Marais – Walking tour• Walking tour along the Seine• Walking Tour in the Parisian Covered Passages• Scandals & Love Affairs at Pere Lachaise - Walking Tour• Stade de France tour Galleries:• Musée Rodin • Musée National de l'Orangerie • Musée national des Arts asiatiques  Places of Interest: • Petit Train de Montmartre • Rex Studio• Le Musée Gourmand du Chocolat - Choco- Story • Musée des Égouts de Paris • Musée du Parfum Fragonard Tour• Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - La Villette • BAPBAP Brewery Taproom Experience Beer tasting and gifts Historic Buildings:   • Panthéon• Conciergerie  • Chapelle expiatoire • Château de Rambouillet • Château de Vincennes• Chateaux de Champs-sur-Marne • Château de Pierrefonds • Maison d'Auguste Rodin à Meudon • Musée Condé - Château de Chantilly • Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne • Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois Préau• Basilique cathedrale de Saint-Denis• Abbaye Royale de Chaalis- Musée Jacquemart André • Sainte Chapelle • Château de Maisons-Laffitte• Villa Savoye• Château de Fontainebleau  Museums: • Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon 1er • La Cinémathèque française - Musée du Cinéma • Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine - Musée des Monuments françois • Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaïsme • Musée de la Musique - La Villette • Musee de l'Ordre de la Liberation • Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace • Musée d'Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye • Musée de l'Institut du Monde arabe • Musée des Arts décoratifs • Musée des Arts et Métiers • Musée des Plans-reliefs • Musee du quai Branly • Musée Gustave Moreau • Musée national de Céramique de Sèvres • Musée national de la Renaissance - Château d'Ecouen • Musée national du Moyen Age - Themes de Cluny • Musée national Eugène Delacroix • Musée Nissim de Camondo The Paris Pass is fully digital and is accessible to download to your mobile device straight away, together with the digital guide. The Paris Museum Pass is a physical pass and as such must be collected in a redemption location in Paris. Full instructions are included on the digital guide.

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Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

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

Enjoy priority 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. The Pass is available for 2, 4, or 6 days with the pick-up 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: 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

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

6. 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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Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

7. Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

Enter the world of FlyView, a unique experience in which visitors fly over Paris and its monuments in virtual reality, complete with real flight sensations. Head to the departure lounge for your flight instructions then, in the takeoff hall, don your jetpack, put on your virtual-reality headset, and take flight over the rooftops of Paris. Enjoy an immersive 15-minute experience, filmed with real-life images. Fly past the Eiffel Tower, soar over the Seine, and discover the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and other iconic monuments. Experience the realistic feeling of actually flying through the air with the virtual-reality headsets and dynamic platform. After this amazing flight over Paris, enjoy an extra five minutes by choosing the World Bonus option when booking. With this, you’ll fly over seven dream destinations taking in glorious 360° views of the Great Wall of China, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Angel Falls in Venezuela, Lake Baikal in Russian, and others.

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Paris: Photo Shoot with a Private Travel Photographer

8. 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.

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Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

9. Paris: Eiffel Tower, Versailles & Arc de Triomphe Combo Tour

Optimize your stay in Paris by visiting the most impressive monuments in France with this combo tour. Discover the Eiffel Tower in the morning with a local guide. Go up to the summit and be amazed by the panoramic view of Paris. Next, visit the Arc de Triomphe and explore the monument and its museum at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the amazing views from the terrace. In the afternoon, head over to the Château de Versailles, a symbol of the French monarchy. Marvel at the luxurious royal apartments and French gardens on another self-guided tour. All entrance tickets for the day are included.

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From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

10. 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 2-hour 15-minute 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 long lines and go straight to a reserved lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant on the 1st-floor. 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant will reopen, serving contemporary brasserie cuisine, in October 2020 with two Michelin stars and chef Thierry Marx Enjoy. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and feast on a delicious 2-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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to visit?

    The Arc de Triomphe looks most spectacular at night, and the eternal flame that marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is most visible then. At a height of 50 meters, visitors can climb to the top from 10:00AM to 11:00PM (10:30PM off-season), and gaze down the surrounding illuminated boulevards. Tickets can be purchased at ground level.

  • How to get there?

    The Arc de Triomphe can be easily seen at the end of each of the 12 avenues radiating from it, including the Champs-Elysées. The nearest Metro stations are Argentine and George V (both line 1), Ternes (line 2), and Kléber (line 6). Take the underpass to the arch itself, avoiding the dangerously busy roundabout that encircles it.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 11:00PM peak season, 10:00AM to 10:30PM off-season.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Tickets to climb the arch are 9,50 € for adults.
  • Will I need a guide?
    You won't need a guide for the arch, but might want to check out our best-selling tours in the area.
  • How to get there
    The the Metro line 1 to Argentine and George V, line 2 to Ternes, or line 6 to Kléber.
  • Additional information
    ** Group tickets are available at a discounted rate per person.*

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What people are saying about Arc de Triomphe

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 7,124 reviews

Isabel was wonderful. She knew her history well and was very personable. We were a bit late but she wasn’t at all bothered by that. We walked along Champs Elysee as she gave us all kinds of history and fun facts. She was great with our girls too! There was a little hiccup with the Laudree but she made it work. Would gladly book again if we ever return to Paris.

It was amazing, you will get a unique view in Paris and we were in 5 minutes in arc because we could skip the line because of GetYourGuide. We had no tickets before and there was a huge queue, so we decided not to go on top of arc. Then we saw the ticket office of GetYourGuide. Well we were in a minute on top! It was perfect.

There are a lot of stairs and it was challenging for some who are less than fit. There is a small museum and a film which were informative. The views were awesome from the top.

So glad we read the others great reviews. Used the app to book and skipped the really long ticket line. The views of the city were beautiful!!!

Alain was so friendly, professional, and creative! One of our favorite experiences so far! Thank you so much!