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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Pass right by the lengthy entrance line at the Eiffel Tower and head directly to the 2nd level for marvelous views of the city. Your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will regale you with stories about this iconic Paris treasure. On this fully escorted tour, you’ll learn interesting facts and anecdotes about the tower’s architecture and entertaining events that have taken place here in its illustrious history.

You choose your tour’s departure time to take advantage of evening or sunset viewing, or visit the tower in the morning or afternoon, with several time slots available. This is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to visit Paris’s must-see landmark. With leisure time to walk around the other two levels (1st and 3rd), you’ll have ample opportunities to snap photos from various vantage points. Tours are limited to 20 people, so you’ll have personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.


  • Skip-the-line access to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Choose from a morning, afternoon or evening departure
  • Learn about the Eiffel Tower's architecture and history, dating back to 1889
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Paris from a panoramic viewpoint
  • Small group limited to 20 people for a more personalized experience
  • Ticket includes the 1st and 3rd levels of the Eiffel Tower, so you can visit independently after your guided tour

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get fast-track access to one of the world's most recognizable landmarks and a guided tour detailing its colorful history. All the excitement, none of the wait!

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small-Group Tour

Head straight up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy amazing views

In the summer months, waiting time to enter and ascend the Eiffel Tower can reach up to two hours. But you’ll meet your English-speaking expert guide a few streets away, and then walk to this iconic landmark to bypass the line for priority access to the elevator that will whisk you to the second level.

You’ll hear all about the construction of this iron lattice tower, as well as its acclaimed architect, Gustave Eiffel. Built for the World’s Fair in 1889, the Eiffel Tower had critics in its day, but soon the remarkable engineering feat and striking presence became a beloved Paris treasure.

Eiffel Tower 2nd Level

On the second level, with its two tiers, you will have plenty of time to enjoy fabulous city views from all directions. Your tour guide will share stories of the many stunts that have taken place here, including a plane flying underneath the tower, as well as the tower’s appearances in Hollywood movies. It’s also played roles in everything from the two world wars to countless wedding proposals.

Eiffel Tower 1st Level and the Eiffel Tower Summit (3rd Level)

After your tour guide’s commentary is complete, you can continue to explore the other levels of the Eiffel Tower on your own, as your ticket includes entry to the first and third levels, as well. On the first level, watch a video with vintage images of the tower, whose history spans more than 120 years. There’s also a display of one of the original spiral staircases that Gustave Eiffel climbed daily to reach his lofty office. On the third level, you might buy a glass of Champagne to celebrate your time at the Eiffel Tower, while you continue to admire the incredible bird’s-eye-view of the City of Light. Skip-the-line access includes the first two levels but not the third level however, the line for the elevator to the summit doesn’t usually last longer than a half hour. And reaching the highest accessible point at this landmark is worth the short wait!

This tour provides skip-the-line priority, but is subject to all procedures and security requirements of the Eiffel Tower.

You can purchase tickets up to 90 days in advance of your chosen travel date.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I was a little hesitant to spend the extra money to do the tour, but let me tell you it was worth every penny! It was a great experience starting with passing the 2 hour line and the tour guide was great and very informative. Definitely recommend...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Thank goodness for this tour. Had no idea you couldn't pre-book tickets until 2 weeks prior to our trip. Ben from Ohio was excellent. Worked well with kids on the tour, made it fun. Love the tower's history, you can't make this stuff up! Headsets worked perfectly, first time using them. Easy to find meeting spot with clean bathrooms and English-speaking staff found a great bistro just down the same street for lunch after the tour. Our group was from all over which is always interesting. When the alternative is waiting in line for tickets for 3 hours, or not going up La Tour at all, the cost is so worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing experience led by Christina from Neath! Lots of history colourfully told! A glass of champagne at the top made the trip to the summit!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We were short on time in Paris, so it was worth it to pay to skip the line during the busy season. How can you NOT see the Eiffel Tower on your first visit to Paris? Sam, our tour guide, was knowledgeable and friendly. A must do!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Bianca was great. Very Knowledgeable and fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Neko was great. He made the tour so interesting and funny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Going to Paris? You have to climb the Eiffel Tower. No better way than with Viator.
Our guide was very good and fed us lots of interesting information. Great views from up the tower and when you've done know you've been to Paris!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide, Kristy, was very entertaining and knowledgeable. Great way to skip the queue by being part of this tour. A beautiful clear day enabled us great viewing although the weather turned cold only day of our stay in Paris that was cold.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was great and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us interested.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was well worth it. We had a wonderful visit, and no waiting in lines, got to the Second Level of tower right away. Enjoyed the 360 view of Paris on a clear sunny day. Our group guide is well-experienced, attentive and informative. I highly recommend this for group visit or first-time seeing Eiffel Tower and Paris.

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