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Behind The Scenes At The Eiffel Tower - Skip the Line!326 Reviews

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  • Where: Paris, France
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  • Duration: 1.5 hours
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Why book this tour
  • Get the inside track on France′s most famous monument
  • Skip the line entrance to the second floor of Eiffel Tower
  • See what most people don′t see at the Eiffel Tower!
  • Knock-your-socks off views from the roof of the Jules Verne restaurant
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  • Activity schedule
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There’s much more to Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower than meets the eye. This fascinating tour goes backstage to reveal the inner workings of one of the world’s greatest monuments.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you will visit the old military bunker under the Champ de Mars. You will also see the original engine room that still controls the lifts. As you look around these hidden places, your guide will tell you fascinating stories and facts about the Tower – the construction challenges, the criticisms and the controversies.

Then skip the lines to whizz up to the second floor for eye-popping 360° Paris panoramas. Make sure you have your camera to capture images from this tour-with-a-difference.

Access to the Eiffel Tower is in high demand and this tour is sold out for many dates in April, May and June. Currently our best availability during this time is for the tour with summit access and Seine cruise. Click here to see the details. >>

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When does it run?

Tour at 10:00am:
01 Apr 14 - 31 Aug 14: Daily
Tour at 3:00pm: (No Tour: 06 Jan - 31 Mar 14)
01 Apr 14 - 31 Aug 14: Friday & Saturday
Tour at 5:00pm:
01 Apr 14 - 31 Aug 14: Daily except Sunday

Duration

1.5 hours

Start time

10:00am, 3:00pm & 5:00pm
Please ensure you are at the meeting point in time for the tour departure as you risk missing the tour otherwise.

Meeting point

Eiffel Tower, 5 Avenue Anatole France, Champ de Mars, 75007 Paris.
Meet the guide under the North Pillar of the Eiffel Tower, in front of the statue of Gustave Eiffel. Your guide will have a placard saying, Guided Tour - Cultival.
The Eiffel Tower's nearest metro/RER station is Champ de Mars / Tour Eiffel on the RER C train line (yellow line on maps).

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Ending point

The tour ends on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower

  • Tour information
  • Activity schedule
  • Itinerary

Get the inside story of Paris’s most famous monument on the Behind The Scenes At The Eiffel Tower tour. To join the group you should meet your guide under the North Pillar of the Eiffel Tower, in front of the statue of Gustave Eiffel.

The elegant iron-lattice Tower, standing 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall, was built for the World Fair of 1889, held to commemorate the centenary of the French Revolution. The visionary genius behind this ground-breaking structure was Gustave Eiffel, who won a competition challenging entrants to submit proposals to raise an iron tower on the Champ de Mars.

Gustave Eiffel’s bold design was chosen from 107 other projects and the work took 2 years, 2 months and 5 days to complete. The concept was a radical one for the 1880s and the Tower attracted much criticism and controversy. Among the revolutionary features for the time were the lifts allowing visitors to access the floors of the monument.

Accompanied by a guide, who will recount numerous anecdotes throughout the visit, go behind the scenes of this staggering monument. You will first visit the former bunker hidden under the Champ de Mars and hear about the history of the Tower and its importance as a communications tower.

After this the tour gives you ‘Skip The Line Access’ to enter the Eiffel Tower. There may however be a short wait for the lift. Before ascending to the second floor you will enjoy a true privilege. Slip backstage to see the original engine room which still controls the elevators!

Arriving at the second floor, you will be greeted by even more magnificent views. As a VIP, you ascend the roof of the prestigious restaurant ‘Le Jules Verne’ to discover a breath-taking 360° panorama of Paris.

The tour ends at the second level of the Eiffel Tower. You can stay here after the excursion ends. If you wish, you can take the elevator to the top floor. (The extra charge for this is approx. €14)

Customer reviews
Jackie M Picon

Our guide was great. She was knowledgeable and very friendly. She answered all our questions and was very helpful when we wanted to go to the very top of the Eiffel tower. Our guide made our experience the best ever.

Rosemary A Atkins

What a great way to see the Eiffel Tower. It was a busy day at the tower so being able to skip the line was great. Of even more importance was the excellent insight we were given to the construction and history of the tower. We loved it. Being in a small tour group was also very much appreciated as we were able to hear our guide clearly. Karine was superb!!!! We will definitely be we commending this tour to our friends, family and travel agent.

Shana R Case

Loved the behind the scenes tour. Xavier, our tour guide, was a gem! He was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly (and easy to understand). My kids (11,15) enjoyed it too. I would definitely recommend to friends. It gets you through the line faster It goes to the 2nd level of the tower, which was perfect for us, but you can always buy a ticket to the top on at the ticket desk on the 2nd level of the tower. I loved seeing the underground water driven elevators & the old bunker where the tv station use to be. I had no idea the importance the tower had to science! Thanks, Xavier!

Mr Glenn R Saul

Found the tour very interesting and learnt about things of the Eiffel Tower and its past uses and the secret underground bunker in the parkland below. The mechanics of how the lifts are operated from the ground to 2nd level was a genius of engineering of its time. Totally enjoyed the tour.

Mrs Janette H Doyle

The Behind the Scenes tour was fascinating and well worth the money. Guide was funny, informative and very interesting. Would recommend highly

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Inclusions
  • Skip the line entrance Ticket upto the second floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • English and French-speaking Guide
  • Exclusive access to the Eiffel Tower's wings, exclusively available only to participants of this tour, and not to general visitors
Exclusions
  • Access to the 3rd floor of the Eiffel Tower. At the end of the tour, a ticket can be purchased at kiosks on the 2nd floor should you wish to carry on further (approx. €14)
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  • Transfers or meals
What happens after I book

  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance

Please note

  • A precautionary measure especially during the peak summer season. Please preview an additional 30 minutes when planning your itinerary for the day, as waiting time for the elevators may increase the tour duration beyond the scheduled 90 minutes. The behind the scenes guided tour allows customers to use the ticket holders elevator but does not give clients priority over others waiting to use this elevator. We cannot be responsible for queuing times caused by a large number of visitors, or any technical problems. A high number of visitors could change the course of the visit, with the client’s permission.
  • For security or technical reasons, the tour itinerary can be modified on the day of the tour itself, if so instructed by the Eiffel Tower, without this giving rise to a refund.
  • For security reasons, the Eiffel Tower reserves the right to verify the contents of clients' bags and if applicable, confiscate any items considered to be dangerous.
  • This tour is not available for children below 5 years of age
  • The tour will depart at the time indicated as tickets are time-bound at the Eiffel Tower. All latecomers risk missing the tour as missed tours are neither reschedulable nor refundable. Please report at the meeting point 10 minutes prior to the scheduled tour departure time.
  • Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

Additional Info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have

Download 2013-14 departure schedule

Do's & Don’ts

High-heeled shoes are not allowed on this tour for security reasons Don’t forget the camera! Appropriate warm clothing is strongly advised during winter due to strong windy conditions

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