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The best thing you can do is purchase your tickets in advance and take advantage of Front of the Line! The best choice we made. We did not have to stand in a long line.
Direct to the point
Free to do the cruise any day
It needs to include the tower summit whatever the cost will be
The Hop On Hop Off bus and River Cruise are a good way to get a big picture view of some of the main sites and attractions. We only bought a one-day pass, using it to do a drive-by for some of the locations were knew we didn't have time to visit thoroughly, and to get the lay of the land, as it were. It was a good way to see a lot. We had already been in Paris for about five days when we did the Hop On Hop Off, so it provided a welcome respite for our feet, while we still took in a lot of sites, at least superficially.
We found the Paris Metro easy to navigate and used it to get back to the places we wanted to visit and spend time. I'm not convinced that the expense of a 2, 3, or 4-day pass would be worth it since the buses sit in traffic, just like all the other vehicles.
The river cruise is just an hour, but provides a very different and beautiful perspective on many of the buildings along the Seine. We were glad we did this.
The Skip the Line Eiffel Tower ticket name is deceptive. You don't have to stand in line to buy tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower, but you do have to plan your day around the time you are schedule to actually go up in the Tower, and you WILL, most definitely, STAND IN A LINE to get into the Tower, STAND IN A LINE to get into the FIRST elevator and then, if you decide to go to the TOP of the Tower, to buy an additional 6 euro ticket for the top of the Tower, you WILL STAND IN ANOTHER LINE for THAT elevator, as well as STAND IN LINES FOR BOTH DESCENDING ELEVATORS.
If you visit the EIFFEL TOWER, you will stand in quite a few lines unless you simply view it from Terra Firma.
All said, we thought it was worth it, but we were not visiting during a peak tourist time, so the crowds were not too bad. The view from the top of the Tower is unbeatable and to me, worth the lines, and the wait.
We enjoyed the river cruise the most though the Eiffel Tower was great as well. There were thousands of people there and we were hustled off into the elevator to the first level. If you don't enjoy crowds this would not be for you. It was never the less a great day of adventure for us.
Made it easy to see everything we needed to see on a last minute notice as we booked visit on a last minutes notice.
We really love doing Hop On Hop Off busses wherever we go, and this was excellent also! If we had to do it again, we'd only do the Hop On Hop Off Bus. We couldn't find the stairs down from the Eiffel Tower and had to pack into another elevator to get down. It would have been enough just to look at it from the outside. Too many people! The river cruise was not needed after doing the Hop On Hop Off bus. They didnt offer drinks or anything and the bathroom was down some steep narrow stairs.
The tower was great at dusk, the buses are useful and the boat was just average. Overall, this combination is overpriced for what you get.
It would be 100x better to book this excursion on your own. We fell for the fear that we might not be able to figure it out on our own since we were only in Paris one day. Do not fall for the same mistake. You can find the Big Bus which is not great and I would choose the other open air tour bus and buying tickets at the Eiffel tower is a breeze. We had to buy tickets anyways because we never received the tickets originally, and after too much leg work the email was sent after we had already left. This is not a user friendly way to book tickets!!!
I purchased our 3 tickets online before we left. I received 3 tickets for the Eiffel Tower tour and Seine River Cruise. My voucher for the bus tour had 2 days but only authorized 2 riders. I ask the bus company to let me at least ride over to the Big Bus company headquarters and they refused. I had to then get a taxi from the Eiffel Tower. When I arrived it closed at 6pm! The next day we had already scheduled another tour through Viator and couldnt get our tickets. The 3rd day we are in France, again taking another taxi to Big Bus headquarters, I was hassled about the voucher. Finally a supervisor agreed they had made the mistake and gave me our ride vouchers! Wasted too much time but had paid over 300 for the tour. They are an International company and would not use again!
Bus ride took forever due to traffic. Much quicker getting around metro, but we got pick-pocketed on the metro. Never got my voucher to Skip The Line at Eiffel Tower. On the bus, they told us to go to the Eiffel Tower and show our Viator voucher. Once at Eiffel Tower, they told us they don't recognize the Viator voucher. If we had to go to the Hop On Hop Off Office, WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO KNOW!!!! WASTE OF MONEY....
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