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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Behind-the-Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars’ Underground Bunker

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See Paris' most iconic attraction in a whole new way with this behind-the-scenes Eiffel Tower tour. Spend 1.5 hours learning about the famous monument, from a look at the engine room for the hydraulic lifts to a trip under the Eiffel Tower to see the Champ de Mars' underground bunker. Then head in the opposite direction, up to the tower's second level, for excellent views over Paris from the private terrace at the famed Alain Ducasse restaurant, Le Jules Verne.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Lots of people visit the Eiffel Tower, but most don't even know about the cool things you see on this tour. Head down to the wartime bunker with its secret tunnels and back up to the second floor to take in the sweeping views from a restaurant's private rooftop terrace. A fun and educational tour!

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What You Can Expect

Behind-the-Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars’ Underground Bunker

Behind the Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars' Underground Bunker

Begin your behind-the-scenes tour of one of the world's most recognizable monuments by meeting your guide at the base of the Eiffel Tower on the Champ de Mars in central Paris. Listen as your guide explains the monument's history, from its inauspicious beginnings as a reviled structure leftover from the 1889 International Exposition to a beloved national icon.

Your first stop is underneath the city streets for a look at the Champ de Mars underground bunker. This little-known attraction was built at the start of World War I as part of a network of tunnels to help the French access the military communications equipment that was located at the Eiffel Tower. It's a fascinating peek at Parisian history.

Back at ground level, your next stop is to see some of the inner workings of the modern Eiffel Tower – the engine room. This is where the machinery powering the tower's hydraulic elevators is kept.

Next, you'll ride one of those very elevators to reach the Eiffel Tower's second level and the Alain Ducasse restaurant, Le Jules Verne. The views are extraordinary, to be sure, but so is the food – the restaurant is Michelin-starred. At the restaurant, you'll follow your guide to the private rooftop terrace, which is typically only accessible to Eiffel Tower employees. From this lofty vantage point, enjoy fantastic views overlooking Paris.

Head back to the regular balcony on the second level where your guide will bid you adieu. Before parting, your guide will also indicate where you can buy tickets to take the elevator up to the third level, if you'd like to do that. Either way, you're then free to spend as much time as you like wandering around the second level and enjoying the views.

Customer Reviews

Caroline W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was excellent...what a fascinating viewpoint and history of the Eiffel Tower

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting tour.

Flaming

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. Very informative with great insight into the operations many would not think about. Be prepared to join in with the masses of tourists all around the site.

Judith S P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Skipping the line was well worth the extra cost. Tour of the bunker and below the tower to see the workings at the tower was very good. Made this an experience other than simply going up in the tower. Always like a little history and information for what I am seeing. People watching at this site is good. Lots of security at this site

Barbara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My husband and I had been to Paris before and had been to the Eiffel Tower so we thought that this behind the scenes tour would be a good change of pace. We were right! We thoroughly enjoyed the tour which took us from the bunker to below the Eiffel Tower to see the machinery at work and lastly to the second floor observation level for a special viewing. Would highly recommend this tour.

Irene F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Brilliant Tour, just at sunset views were spectacular. Gulde was great

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We all really enjoyed this tour it took the worry out of going up the tower. Which I did do. The tour guide emmanual was great with lots of greatfacts and information. The bunker was a bit disappointing but still interesting xx

Anne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic insight into this world icon. It was terrific going behind the scenes and seeing things that many tourists don't. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot about the Eiffel Tower. Our children also enjoyed the tour.

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I thought it was a great tour getting to see areas that you had no idea existed.
The highlight was seeing how the old lifts worked.

CHRISTINE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is definately a must do tour. I could not be more impressed. Very interesting just seeing Eiffel Tower is not enough

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