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The tour was very informative and our guide was very knowledgeable. However, the meeting spot at the Trocadero was a bit obscure. Hard to figure out just where to meet. There should be a designated stop with signage. Also, our hotel was only around the corner from the tower and we had to walk all the way to the Trocadero to meet the guide. Why isn't the meeting place AT the tower?
Doing what: Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Tour by Night
Such a fantastic experience and most certainly the highlight of our trip to Paris. The table shown in the photo is exactly where we sat -- right next to the window aligned exactly with the Trocadero. The views were incredible, the food was fabulous, and the service was outstanding. It was an unforgettable experience like no other. I highly recommend!
The Eiffel Tower tour only takes you to the 1st and 2nd decks and not to the summit. We have been to the summit before so we didn't bother lining up to do this. There is no skip-the-line for the summit. The meeting point for the tour is across the river at Trocadero which I thought was better than being at the bottom of the tower which was crowded. The guides were on time and very helpful and knowledgable. We saved ourselves at least two hours of lining up which was worth every cent. We learnt a lot about what we saw from the second deck from our guide. You can spend as much time up on the viewing decks as you like. We took the lift back down to the first deck where there is a glass platform looking to the ground. You can buy drinks, food and souvenirs and just enjoy the view. We then walked down to the Seine to board the river cruise boat. We sat on the roof and this was an awesome way to see Paris from the water. It gives a different perspective of the city and was thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Paris....buy a glass of champagne on the cruise and sit back and enjoy!
just ok.. had to lunch somewhere. There food is not so good and service not so good either.
Trocadero view seats..only because they were by the window everyone had trocadero view if in the area.
Very good tour. Davor, our guide, was very knowledgeable. great views from the second level. No real need to go up any higher. Only caveat is to be aware of meeting location. We had a bit of trouble finding it as we got off the hop-on-hop off bus at the Eiffel tour. The meeting spot is actually across the seine on the other street side of the two large curved buildings Architecture museum at Trocadero. A picture map of the area would have helped.
Great tour. The guide, Davor, was very knowledgable and interesting and able to answer questions. The tour starts from the trocadero so you get a great view of thectower as you approach it. Skipping the line alone makes it worth while, although you still need to queue if you want to get right to the top. The tour uses the elevators so if you want to climb up this is not the tour for you!
Doing what: Skip the Line: Eiffel Tower Small-Group Tour
On 30 November we had to detour at notre dame .went to get bus back at 4.10 no bus came and we got taxi back to Trocadero at 5 .last year no conference we waited at stop after champ elyese at 5 no bus came for half an hour so we had to get taxi. Just an obersavation on 2 Dec at around 4we could see 4of your buses at Trocadero. Very disappointed we we got on bus we should have been told what was happening .
Doing what: Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Marsh M USA
Great location. Food and champagne was good although we wish there were a more extensive menu for lunch. We wouldn't have minded paying more for additional items. We were seated right by the window which gave a great view of the Trocadero and the Arc de Triomphe, etc. . The service was fantastic and the overall experience was unforgettable.
The bus city tour just and hour.....
The Seine River Cruise was good and the visit to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower.
All the participants must find their find out via taxi or metro.... If you leave at night be carefull during your walk on your way to Trocadero Metro Station....
It would be great if they did not stop more than 30 minutes on the Trocadero/Eiffel Tower and Louver Stops.
I was pretty upset about the meeting place for this tour. I arrived by bus, on the other side of the tower, about 2:30 for a 3 pm tour. The instructions were to meet at the steps of the Palais de Chaillot, in front of the main entrance to the Architecture Museum at Trocadero. The City Wonders rep will be wearing a blue polo shirt or jacket and holding a City Wonders sign. I asked several people where this was and they didn't know. This is not a well-known landmark - Rick Steves barely mentions it. I finally learned it was across the river, down a long driveway, up many steps and in back of the building facing the tower. I got there a bit before 3 pm and saw no one wearing a blue shirt/jacket, nor holding a City Wonders sign, nor any signs saying where the Palais de Chaillot was. I kept looking, and at 2 minutes past 3, I frantically called City Wonders. They initially told me I had missed the tour, which I refused to accept, and the operator did locate the City Wonders supervior/rep while I stayed on the phone, going back down the stairs, down the long driveway, across the river to the Nord entrance of the tower. The rep was there and wearing a blue jacket, but had no sign. When the guide arrived with the 3 other people in the group, he was wearing a plaid shirt and had no sign. To me, that meeting place made no sense. It is not really near the tower, is not well known, when looking at the building from the tower, one can easily mistake the back of the building for the front, like I did, and I didn't see any signs pointing to the Palais de Chaillot, nor the Architecture Museum. Even more upsetting is the guide not wearing a blue shirt/jacket nor holding a sign, which I was frantically trying to see. When we got up the tower, the guide was okay, but I was having trouble standing for the length of time he was talking, especially after running around trying to find him after a full morning of sightseeing.
The skip-the-line tickets were very valuable, as the crowds at the Tour Eiffel in the ticket lines were unbelievable. The informative guide told us a lot of interesting things enroute from the Trocadero meeting place to and into the Eiffel Tower. We were glad we had chosen this option.
This is a must 'do' in Paris. firtsly it gets you past the massive line up to go up the tower to the first level. I was spectical of the food at 58, but once there it was absolutely superb and filling. The magnificent window view of the Trocadero was only equalled by the fantastic service from the very friendly and generous staff..
The bus trip did not cover all major sights, and commentary was poor. More information instead of music would have been useful. Also bus needed to be open top as it was impossible to see places on opposite side of the bus. Eiffel Tower was good. Boat trip was good. However, with 150 steps from water level to reach the METRO at Trocadero it was not suitable for elderly or disabled people.
This was a phenomenal tour of the city at night. We got to see all the monuments and sights lit up nicely and the driver pulled up at Trocadero right in front of the Eiffel tower at 10:58 PM just two minutes prior to the spectacle of lights of the Eiffel tower. It was just fantastic !!!
Doing what: Paris Evening Tour on an Open-Top Bus
Unfortunately we missed this tour we went to the wrong side of the Trocadero we were over a half an hour early but did not realise we were in the wrong place. We unfortunately lost our money.....not happy about that. We were new to Paris and thought we were in the right place, even asked the Police and they assured us we were in the right area.
We had an excellent photography session with Michel Planson, in Paris.
He was great at getting the best shots with the Eiffel tower from the Champs de Mars treed area, the Seine river banks and the Trocaderro parks. We received some pictures within 24 hours, the rest within 5 days and there are hundreds of superb pictures! Would recommend this photographer!
Doing what: Renew Your Wedding Vows in Paris
Fantastic seems to not be adequate to describe the experience. Our tour guide feel horrible that I can't remember her name was phenomenal. She took us from Trocadero Sq to the Eiffel Tower and up to the second deck, even finding the shortest security line. She gave us a historical perspective on the monuments and their relationship to each other. She also pointed out the prominent buildings that make up the Parisien skyline.
This was my first day in Paris and it was the BEST way to start the trip because I was able to plan my otter days based on the introduction she provided.
Great tour. Started off at trocadero for picture taking before walking over to the tower. The only drawback was it was too windy that day and we weren't allowed to visit the summit.
The American tour guide from Chicago was really enthusiastic. Forgot her name though.
Get ready for a crowded Eiffel Tower especially during December
We really enjoyed this tour. It was easy to find the meeting point at the Trocadero and this was a good place to take in the fantastic views of the Eiffel Tower to start. Our Australian tour guide, Caroline, was exceptionally well versed in French history and gave us so many interesting stories about the Eiffel Tower and various landmarks around Paris as we went along. Our daughters, 9 and 6, were happy to listen in on the information too. We were able to skip the general public queue, but still had to join a short line to get through security and wait for the lift, but this didn't take too long. There's no skip the line pass to get the elevator from the 2nd floor to the top, but we were lucky and only had to wait about 15 minutes. We hopped on the boat after we'd finished at the Eiffel Tower and enjoyed a leisurely cruise down the river past Notre Dame and back again. It was a fairly cool day and the boat was completely open so my advice would be to wear warm clothing if you're going in the cooler months.
This tour was a gift from my boss and it was such fun. The bus tour took in most all the famous sights; lunch at the Eiffel Tower was delicious with a view of the Trocadero Fountains and the boat trip on the Seine was nothing short of marvelous. Viator guides were knowledgeable and courteous. It was a tour I'd recommend again and again.
Guide was particularly "waffling" and by the end of the tour many of the peope on it had already left (inclidung us). Tour starts in Trocadero which also means that there is a fair walk to the Eiffel Tower before the actual climb commences.
A very good tour, with two suggestions to make it perfect: 1. Be more clear on instructions that meeting place is on steps behind the Trocadero. We, along with another family, initially waited on the steps in front (ie facing the Tower). 2. It would be great if the 'skip the line' also applied to the queue from level 2 to the top. That queue was so long that we gave up and didn't bother going to the top. I would have happily paid an additional premium for that convenience.
The tour was good but we almost missed it. The directions said to meet on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot by the Trocadero. We later discovered that it meant the Palais steps around the other side of the Trocadero. My husband and I got there early and waited until 30 minutes after the scheduled meeting time and were ready to leave when I spotted a group following a tour guide with flag coming down the steps from the other side of the building. Another family were also on the same steps with us waiting for the tour. It turns out that apparently the direction were written from the point you would exit the Metro and we had arrived by taxi in front of the Trocadero.
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