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Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to Summit by Elevator

1. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to Summit by Elevator

Save precious time on an accompanied visit to the Eiffel Tower with a direct access entrance ticket. Meet the host to get your entrance tickets and make your way up to the second floor by elevator having heard stories about the tower's history. From this first vantage point, marvel at the sprawling city views in front of you. See if you can point out famous landmarks like the Seine River, the Trocadéro Gardens, and the Invalides. Then, catch the next elevator and ascend to the summit of the Eiffel Tower. From there, admire the panoramic views of the city’s iconic monuments, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacré Coeur Basilica, and the glass roof of the Grand Palais. See the office of Gustave Eiffel, or have a glass of champagne. On your way back down, stop in at the 1st-floor observation deck. Here, wander around the fascinating exhibit and brave walking on the glass floor 57 meters (187 feet) above street level.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

2. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

Save precious time on an accompanied visit to the Eiffel Tower with a direct access entrance ticket to its first and second floors. Learn about Paris and the tower's history from your local host. Meet your host to get your entrance tickets to the Eiffel Tower and make your way up to the 2nd floor by elevator, having heard stories about the tower's history. Then, enjoy some free time to admire the panoramic views of the city's iconic monuments at your own pace. Marvel at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sacré Coeur Basilica, and the glass roof of the Grand Palais from your high vantage point. See the Seine River snaking its way around the middle of Paris and watch as the riverboats glide quietly on its calm waters. Take in the city and its unique atmosphere from your ideal viewing spot. When you have finished exploring the second floor, make your way down to the first floor observation deck. Here, wander around the exhibit and brave walking on the glass floor 57 meters (187 feet) above street level.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs and Summit by Elevator

3. Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs and Summit by Elevator

Meet your guide and enter the tower to climb up 704 steps over 30 flights. Catch your breath at the provided rest stops and see a side of the Eiffel Tower you would miss if you ascended all the way by elevator. Upon arrival at the first level, take a well-earned break. Stand on the new glass floor, and experience an interactive exhibit. En route to the second level, hear little-known fun facts about the tower's original color and its twinkling lights. Experience a unique sense of accomplishment upon arriving at the 2nd level. Your guide will tell you about the monuments you can see below, such as the Sacre-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées. Then, continue your adventure on your own by taking the elevator to the tower's summit. Once there, see Gustave Eiffel’s office, and admire the views over Paris from high up. When you are ready, take the elevator back down to street level to continue with your day.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Guided Tour by Elevator

4. Paris: Eiffel Tower Guided Tour by Elevator

Visit Paris' most iconic attraction with skip-the-line access and a tour guide. Take in the most impressive views of the city and learn about its construction and significance. You can stay on the second floor, or take the optional opportunity to go up to the summit. After meeting with your tour guide, enjoy priority access to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, with views over the so-called City of Light. As you ascend by elevator, your tour guide will delight you with stories and facts about this symbolic structure. Learn about the building itself and about the civil engineer who created it, Gustave Eiffel. Your tour guide will also point out all of the notable Parisien landmarks, including the Louvre Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Montmartre, and the Sacré-Cœur. Take the optional opportunity to ascend by elevator past the second floor to the summit of the tower, to admire views from the highest point in the whole city.

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

5. 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: Montparnasse Tower Roof-Top Terrace Ticket

6. Paris: Montparnasse Tower Roof-Top Terrace Ticket

Enjoy views from the highest rooftop terrace in Paris at the Montparnasse Tower. Capture pictures of the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks from this 360-degree viewpoint. Download a complimentary app that will help to bring the city alive with stories, videos, and facts. Experience the magic of a sunset over the city of Paris or time your visit to take in the morning light as it falls of over the Seine River. With a voucher that is valid for two weeks from the date you select, you don't have to worry about the weather or any changes of plans during your stay. Discover Paris with the included free mobile application "Magnicity." Use augmented reality uncover facinating information about the city. Get a description of monuments, anecdotes, stories, video clips, filters, and 3D reconstructions.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

7. Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Elevator

Experience the magic of Paris from a privileged perspective with direct access to the Eiffel Tower. Meet your guide near the Eiffel Tower to hear stories from the past and present of this famous monument. The guide will then lead you past the ticket line to ascend to the 2nd floor in the elevator. One of mankind’s engineering marvels, the Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Fair. This iron construction now stands as a proud and much-loved icon of France, and is still the tallest structure in Paris. From the 2nd floor, you'll be able to marvel at panoramic views of the city, and find landmarks such as the Sacre-Coeur, Notre-Dame and the River Seine.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

8. Eiffel Tower: Tour to Summit by Elevator

Begin your Eiffel Tower visit by meeting your guide and listening to an introduction about the monument's history. Head up to the 2nd floor by elevator and marvel at the sprawling city views that unfurl in front of you as you make your way up this iconic landmark. After the tour of the 2nd floor, head to the elevators to the summit. At the top, enjoy free time to take in the views of the famous monuments that can be seen the Eiffel Tower summit. See Notre Dame Cathedral, rocadéro Gardens, and the golden dome of the Hôtel des Invalides. On your way back down to ground level, make sure to stop off on the 1st floor observation deck, where you can walk on the new glass floor and visit the small exhibit about the Eiffel Tower. Leave the tour feeling enchanted by stunning Parisian views and a new perspective on this beautiful city.

Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs

9. Eiffel Tower: Tour to 2nd Floor by Stairs

Meet your guide to hear an introduction about the iconic tower and its creator. Then, enter the tower to climb up 704 steps over 30 flights. Catch your breath at the provided rest stops and see a side of the Eiffel Tower you would miss if you took the elevator. Upon arrival at the first level, take a well-earned break. Stand on the new glass floor, and explore the interactive exhibit telling the story of the monument's construction. Once you've reached the 2nd level observation deck, experience a unique sense of accomplishment. Take in the views of all the sights surrounding you and hear about the monuments and districts you can see from your guide, such as Montparnasse, Les Invalides, the Sacre-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées.

Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie Lunch

10. Paris: Eiffel Tower's Madame Brasserie Lunch

Get a taste of the high life in the famous Madame Brasserie restaurant on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Savor a delicious lunch prepared by artisan chef Thierry Marx and enjoy stunning views over the city and inside the iconic tower itself.  Ascend skywards in the lift to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower and step into the contemporary yet cozy atmosphere of the Madame Brasserie restaurant. Indulge in a three-course lunch, consisting of a starter, main course, and dessert, made from locally sourced and seasonal products. Choose whether to accompany the delectable bites with drinks including champagne and wine. For some added fun, scan the QR code at the reception to enjoy a digital mystery game or to access exclusive content about Madame Brasserie and the Eiffel Tower.

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What people are saying about Paris

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4.4 / 5

based on 14,475 reviews

Our guide Yazik was excellent! The tour was great & the overall experience was very professional and pleasant. Highly recommended!

I tested positive before the trip so I was unable to attend. My family (who did attend) said it was amazing.

Really nice view in the night and I think that in summer will be great too and not that cold up:)

It was easy to find and access was very good staff were polite and the view was breathtaking

It was a beautiful experience enjoying Paris and it’s beauty during the night