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

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Behind-the-Scenes Theatrical Tour

Get both skip-the-line and behind-the-scenes access to Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower and learn about its history in an engaging and original way on this fascinating theatrical tour. A charismatic actor will portray a compelling love story as you explore the wartime bunker under the Champ de Mars and the engine room that keeps the landmark’s elevators running – locations most visitors never see! Then, bypass the lines and whiz up to the tower’s second floor for astounding panoramic views.

This small-group tour is limited to 20 people, ensuring you won’t miss a moment of your guide’s dramatic and informative performance.


  • Skip-the-line admission and behind-the-scenes tour of the Eiffel Tower with an actor guide
  • Learn the history of Paris' most famous landmark through a love story portrayed by your guide
  • See the wartime bunker under the Champ de Mars and the machinery that powers the tower’s massive elevators
  • Bypass the lines for priority access to the tower's second floor to admire breathtaking views
  • Choice of a morning or afternoon tour
  • Small-group tour limited to 20 people ensures a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is definitely not your usual Eiffel Tower tour! It brings the story of the tower to life with a tale of romance and adventure played out in front of you as you go behind the scenes of Paris' most famous monument.

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Behind-the-Scenes Theatrical Tour

Enjoy a view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower's 2nd floor on your theatrical tour

Meet your guide and small group in front of the Eiffel Tower to begin your absorbing 1.5-hour morning or afternoon walking tour of one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, originally built for the 1889 World’s Fair. Your actor guide will draw you into the romantic story of a young American woman named Lemony and a French aviator named Antonin who fall in love at the Eiffel Tower.

Learn about the history of Paris and the Eiffel Tower through the adventures of the characters your guide portrays as you view intriguing areas of the tower many visitors don’t even know about. Descend into the military bunker located beneath the Champ de Mars, the large open field adjacent to the tower. As you’ll learn, the tower once housed military communications equipment, and the bunker and its complex network of secret tunnels was created during World War I to serve as a vital evacuation route.

Continue your tour above ground at the Eiffel Tower’s engine room, viewing the impressive equipment that powers the tower’s hydraulic lifts. Next, skip the lines at those elevators and ascend to the 380-foot (116-meter) second floor of the tower with your guide. Head up to the rooftop of Michelin-starred Le Jules Verne restaurant and revel in the spectacular views of Paris as your guide concludes his story with heroine Lemony’s 100th birthday.

Your theatrical, behind-the-scenes tour of the Eiffel Tower ends on the second-floor observation deck, where you can linger as long as you wish or buy a ticket to the third level of the Eiffel Tower for even more dramatic panoramic views from 906 feet (276 meters) up.

Please note: Engineering work will be taking place on the roof of Le Jules Verne from January 15-29, 2015. Access will not be possible during that time.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was amzing and really funny.
We had an astonishing afternoon...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Philippe was by far the most energetic, entertaining and informative. He was on time and kept us on time without being pushy or loosing any of the theatrical flair. We saw parts of the Eiffel Tower that we had never imagined or heard of before. I have a bit of difficulty with stairs, but he worked around my problems and I didn't miss anything. Filled with much laughter, information and grant sites. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. and I hope you get Philippe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Do not be put off by the title Theatrical Tour. This was absolutely fabulous, with an engaging guide. Initially booked as could not secure tickets to go up the Eiffel Tower and did not want to queue on the day with my 2 children. A treat not to be missed. Very inclusive, including letting my 7 year old wear a pilot hat. A little concerned at first as English guide did not show, but this guide switched from English to French with ease, weaving a love story and information about the tower. A treat not to be missed and one I would definitely book again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a wonderful tour. Informative yet entertaining. Would recommend to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour which we thoroughly enjoyed with costume changes and singing....a bonus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was informative, funny and he gave us a great historic and technical introduction to the grey lady. It was a wonderful way to end our excursion to Paris. We can only recommend this with full gusto. 5 stars because there's no option to give 6. :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was sensational. Ticket collection process was a worry but was fine.
Our family of 5 really enjoyed the artistic flair of our guide, 'back stage' access, history of the tower, and skip the line (v-good) although very cold/windy on L2 (hot choc fixed that), we paid 6€ for L3.
Good value.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

this was fantastic .... would recommend this to everyone especially kids. My daughter learnt heaps from this fabulous guy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The four of us agree that this tour was the highlight of our trip to France and Germany! Maybe next time we will actually meet the lovely Lemony....

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Terrific tour! Our group was multigenerational older children, their parents, young couples and fit seniors and everyone enjoyed the story and Phillipe's ability to engage us all. I booked the tour to avoid the lines, but this was the most pleasant of surprises. Phillipe was wonderful. Lots of steps involved.

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