It's a good idea and worthwhile to have a tour guide and to go to the top level of the Eiffel Tower. I recommend this
The tour began with a hiccup. We arrived at the designated meeting place very slightly before 10:00 for a 10:15 tour. About 5 or 6 minutes later, we were wondering when our guide would show and a few people came out of the business at that location. We went in to see if anyone knew about our tour. As you guessed it, we were supposed to meet in the location (it had looked closed) and didn't know. Also, although five of us were hanging out waiting, that was our tour that had left 10 minutes early without saying anything to us.
That said, we caught up. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgable. He gave a great tour leading up to and on the second floor. After that, we were on our own. We went to the third floor, which I absolutely recommend. What a view. And, we went to the first floor, and the glass floors were neat.
As an aside, Trip Advisor/Viator needs one more category for sort of visit: we are a family, but young adults not kids/teens. Also, the Viator site is a pain in the a..neck to leave a review on. this is my third time typing. I keep getting prompted for a password, that I enter, and that doesn't work, so I reset it, and then it doesn't work again. In 2019, Viator (Trip Advisor) should have better function on their ratings, because this is very annoying and a barrier to leaving a review. In fact, if it fails again, I won't come back and post on this or any of the other trips we took.
Sebastian was outstanding as our guide for this tour of The Eiffel Tower. We got bypassed the line and went through security and up to the terrace level of this tour. Sebastian was so knowledgeable about the history and his sense of humor made everyone feel at home and laughter was immense. Thanks for a great tour of this marvel in Paris!
An incredible structure and cool history. Totally worth the trip all the way to the top! Hint: Don't get off midway on the way down, you'll wait to get back on.....unless you're up for walking. Found that all Paris sites, even in December are crowded!! I lost my tour group on the elevator ride, and never connected again.
Was really disappointed with the company set up on the day. We arrived at 9:10am for 10:15am booking to be told to call back at 10am. We did to an uncontrolled queue of 20-30 people outside the office, all different nationalities.1 person was serving behind the counter to approx 10-15 people. After half an hour standing in freezing cold and now behind by 15min we were told to wait with others in the back section of shop.Tour eventually started 45 min late and paying tourists left the talk when we eventually got in to tower. Company representative was very knowledgeable but not Identifiable unlike similar companies who wore identity badges or uniforms. I would not pay the Fee paid again, rather buy a ticket on the day, and skipping queues by going early in the morning. Amazed by Eiffel Tower but not by Aviator experience. Over priced and over rated.