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

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

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 October 2015

Our guide was really awesome! It was so cool to be able to see everything from the tower and hear all of the history. This was our favorite part of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a well organised and informative tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us all very interested in the background, construction and operation of the Effel Tower.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Christina was a great guide with a lot of humor and good information. The only problem is that it did not skip the line coming down, and it took us almost 2 hours to get down from the top. They closed the stairs and we had to wait in an interminable line for the elevator. When we got to the front, and employee made us go into a different line where we were again at the back. If we had someone with us who could have spoken French to the employee, it would not have happened. About 100 of us were moved from our place in line by this employee. Wish that Christina had followed us to the top.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Highly recommend this. The guide was great, no waiting in queues and the group size was just right!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We had a very enthusiastic guide who was full of information. This tour also included a ticket to the summit and that's where the tour concluded so you could explore the tour however you liked! We were very happy we chose this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is the second time I've been on this tour and it was just as amazing as the first one. Our guide was excellent and really knew his stuff when it came to French history. Highly Highly recommend if you are in Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was amazing! My guide knew a immense amount the history regarding the Eiffel Tower and why and how it was built! Fascinating history and the views were phenomenal!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

At the start you have the best of the morning light on the tower and then you very quickly run out of WOWs. Fantastic tour and Fabulous guides. Recommend to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Had a wonderful tour guide- very informative and kept the pace just right. Not too slow and not too fast. would tell anyone going to Eiffel Tower to use the Viator tour. Thanks!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour -- the tour guide made it great -- but visiting with some history and storied background on the tower made our visit much more enjoyable.

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