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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.

Highlights

  • 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 July 2015

Rob, our tour guide, was terrific. He was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Easy walk to the Eiffel Tower from the office too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Skip the Line Eiffel Tower tour was excellent. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the tower and French history. She was warm and friendly. We went early in the morning and the wait in line was minimal--which is amazing for mid-July. For the price, it was well worth the experience. I would definitely recommend this tour any time! I think our young guide's name was Hanna--she was from London. She was fabulous!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was by far the easiest access I have ever had to the Eiffel. In addition our guide Babette was a great host and shared a great deal of interesting facts that I would have otherwise not have known!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guide MADE this excellent. He was amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour Guide was great -- we learned a lot from him and he was also very entertaining. It was worth it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very congested

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Rebecca was a great guide. The receivers could be of a higher quality e.g. louder but it is a little technical problem. I was very satisfied with the tour and so were all people in my group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Was nice to be on a small guided tour and not wait in lines. Little pricey but worth it. Very informative on the history and pointing out buildings from above.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our Tour Guide was outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Tour guides name was Viktor, the guy was really nice and easily approachable. His knowledge and command on Paris is really appreciable. Viator will make the price that you pay for Viewing Eiffel Tower really count by 100.

100 recommendable.

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