4.5 star rating: Recommended 229 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower and discover the places that few visitors get to see! On this intriguing 1.5-hour Eiffel Tower tour, explore the Champ de Mars’ underground bunker, and visit the engine room that controls the tower’s important hydraulic lifts. Head up to the 2nd level and enjoy privileged views from the rooftop terrace at the esteemed 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

Meet your expert guide in front of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, located on the bustling Champ de Mars in Paris. As you gaze up at this incredible monument, your guide will get you up to speed about its history: hear how it was built for a world fair (the International Exposition of 1889), and learn how the locals’ opinions of it changed from ‘eyesore’ to ‘much-loved architectural icon.’

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!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour. Memorable visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very interesting tour. Our guide was really good at giving us a lot of information. We felt that seeing the Eiffel Tower this way was much better than going alone. It was very crowded, but our tour was small.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour, seeing the bunker and engine room were extras you don't normally see. Great to have skip the line entry and also a private viewing out balcony of floor 2 restaurant. Guide was very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

See more than the usual tours or self directed viewing. Handy to skip lines too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fascinating. Tour guide was excellent in providing many interesting facts/details. we had 2 children with us and he took the time to talk to them directly. took us above 2nd level to top of kitchen. involved all in the group in the tour. best part was we skipped the line. highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enjoyed this tour. Was interesting to see the inside of the tower and the underground bunker. It was priced right. And we did skip the line and went directly up to the seconds floor. Definitely stop on the first floor on the way down.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

One of my favorite tours. A must-see if you're into behind-the-scenes tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Doing this tour allowed us to enter parts of the Eiffel Tower not generally open to the public. This just added a little extra touch to our visit up the tower. The price of tower entry and the price of the tour was not hugely different so well worth paying the little extra to have greater access. Our tour guide was lovely and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic tour! Learned sooo much about the Eiffel Tower - from facts about the design and construction to it's continued uses after it was meant to be torn down. The guide was very intelligent, well-informed, and spoke English fluently. Skipped the line for entry to boot!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Knowing more about the history of the Eiffel Tower, put it into a relevant context. Christina was a great tour guide!

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