- Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower on a 1.5-hour tour
- See little-known sites that most Eiffel Tower visitors don’t get to see!
- Visit the WWI underground military bunker located beneath the Champ de Mars
- Walk around the Eiffel Tower’s engine room and see machinery that powers the hydraulic lifts
- Enjoy views from the rooftop terrace of Alain Ducasse’s restaurant – Le Jules Verne – on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower
- Spend time at leisure on the 2nd level after your tour ends
After your introduction, leave the tourist crowds behind and head underground to a little-known bunker, directly beneath the Champ de Mars. Explore the bunker with your guide, hearing wartime tales of this secret place that so few have seen. In its early days, the Eiffel Tower was used to house army communications equipment, and at the onset of World War I, the need for an easy evacuation route became apparent. The answer was the creation of the bunker, complete with secret tunnels, in a complex underground network beneath the tower.
Head back into the daylight and on to your next behind-the-scenes site – the Eiffel Tower engine room. Housing the machinery that powers the monument’s hugely important hydraulic elevators, the engine room represents the functional part of the tower’s day-to-day operations, as well as containing some beautiful infrastructure.
Take a ride in the hydraulic elevators to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower, home to Alain Ducasse’s prestigious Le Jules Verne restaurant. Michelin-starred, the restaurant is one of the few places in the world where top views and top food go hand in hand. Normally reserved for Eiffel Tower employees only, the restaurant’s private rooftop terrace boasts incredible panoramic views over Paris – and you’ll be one of the privileged few to see them!
Your tour finishes back on the 2nd-level balcony, where you can spend as much time as you want walking around independently, taking in breathtaking views of the city. Before leaving, your expert guide will point out where you can purchase tickets for the 3rd level, should you wish to experience the Eiffel Tower from the very top!
Reviewed by Michaela S, May 2013
Good way to see Eiffel tower if you have already been there. Guide was great and the behind the scenes look fascinating. Guide also pointed out the landmarks from the Eiffel Tower which was great.
Reviewed by GM I, April 2013
Good to see what's really going on behind the scene