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Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower and discover the places that few visitors get to see! On this intriguing 1.5-hour Eiffel Tower tour, explore the Champ de Mars’ underground bunker, and visit the engine room that controls the tower’s important hydraulic lifts. Head up to the 2nd level and enjoy privileged views from the rooftop terrace at the esteemed Alain Ducasse restaurant, Le Jules Verne.

Highlights

  • Go behind the scenes at the Eiffel Tower on a 1.5-hour tour
  • See little-known sites that most Eiffel Tower visitors don’t get to see!
  • Visit the WWI underground military bunker located beneath the Champ de Mars
  • Walk around the Eiffel Tower’s engine room and see machinery that powers the hydraulic lifts
  • Enjoy views from the rooftop terrace of Alain Ducasse’s restaurant – Le Jules Verne – on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower
  • Spend time at leisure on the 2nd level after your tour ends

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Lots of people visit the Eiffel Tower, but most don't even know about the cool things you see on this tour. Head down to the wartime bunker with its secret tunnels and back up to the second floor to take in the sweeping views from a restaurant's private rooftop terrace. A fun and educational tour!

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What You Can Expect

Behind-the-Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars’ Underground Bunker

Behind the Scenes Eiffel Tower Tour Including Champ de Mars' Underground Bunker

Meet your expert guide in front of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, located on the bustling Champ de Mars in Paris. As you gaze up at this incredible monument, your guide will get you up to speed about its history: hear how it was built for a world fair (the International Exposition of 1889), and learn how the locals’ opinions of it changed from ‘eyesore’ to ‘much-loved architectural icon.’

After your introduction, leave the tourist crowds behind and head underground to a little-known bunker, directly beneath the Champ de Mars. Explore the bunker with your guide, hearing wartime tales of this secret place that so few have seen. In its early days, the Eiffel Tower was used to house army communications equipment, and at the onset of World War I, the need for an easy evacuation route became apparent. The answer was the creation of the bunker, complete with secret tunnels, in a complex underground network beneath the tower.

Head back into the daylight and on to your next behind-the-scenes site – the Eiffel Tower engine room. Housing the machinery that powers the monument’s hugely important hydraulic elevators, the engine room represents the functional part of the tower’s day-to-day operations, as well as containing some beautiful infrastructure.

Take a ride in the hydraulic elevators to the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower, home to Alain Ducasse’s prestigious Le Jules Verne restaurant. Michelin-starred, the restaurant is one of the few places in the world where top views and top food go hand in hand. Normally reserved for Eiffel Tower employees only, the restaurant’s private rooftop terrace boasts incredible panoramic views over Paris – and you’ll be one of the privileged few to see them!

Your tour finishes back on the 2nd-level balcony, where you can spend as much time as you want walking around independently, taking in breathtaking views of the city. Before leaving, your expert guide will point out where you can purchase tickets for the 3rd level, should you wish to experience the Eiffel Tower from the very top!

Customer Reviews

Rosemary A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour. My husband is very interested in the mechanics of the tower and we both found the tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. It was a small group and therefore the experience was more personal and stress-free. We got front of the line access, so we spent no time waiting to get in, both in the bunker and in the elevators to the tower. HIghly recommend that you book without hesitation.

Nette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Brilliant! Thomas was a fantastic guide with a willingness to share knowledge and make sure everyone had the best experience. A must do in paris

jrshirley901

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful guide. Well structured...good value.

Jennifer F. H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We really enjoyed this tour, despite our jet lag. Tomas was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed getting to go behind the scenes as well as the views from the tower. I would recommend building in some extra time after the official tour ends for time to visit the first level.

Cath

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Annabelle was a very knowledgeable guide with very interesting information. Unfortunately we chose a pretty miserable, rainy day to climb, however the tour itself was interesting, particularly the lift mechanics etc. We ended up purchasing additional tickets to go to the top, which was worth it - and fortunately likely due to the poor weather, the queue wasn't too long. We thought it was a worthwhile experience as a 'must do' in Paris, but we wouldn't likely do it again.

Michelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I loved the Florence walking tour! The small group made it much more enjoyable. Our guide was fantastic and really made the difference to me when seeing the sights I was looking forward to especially seeing the statue of David, her knowledge of Michelangelo and his art gave me such great insight.

Regina J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was really great and a lot of fun for our kids ages 10 and 13. We enjoyed the engine room and all the history that went with it. I'm really glad we did the tour, as it was better than going on our own. Unfortunately, we couldn't see the bunker due to EuroCup security, but we knew this before getting to Paris.

Kim E E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent, no long lines and excellent access to the 'behind the scenes' of the history of the tower and how it works.

dobais1961

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It is very amazing however please insure to attend on time or you will miss the group then you will lost

judiwendt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

we loved the Tower tour. Our guide was excellent and fun. It was a bit confusing trying to find the correct meeting spot the location on the map sent from Viator was incorrect. We found several other people on the same tour who were struggling with finding the correct location and fortunately some extremely helpful policemen were able to get us all to where we needed to be.
The cancellation of the bunker tour was very disappointing.

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