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Behind The Scenes At The Eiffel Tower - Skip the Line!389 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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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.

Skip-the-line tickets for the Eiffel Tower are in high demand and this tour is sold out for a number of dates from now until September 2015. If this tour is not available, we have skip-the-line Eiffel Tower tickets for you which also includes a Seine Cruise click here to see the details. >>

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When does it run?

Download the 2014-15 schedule for English and French Tour

Download the 2015-16 schedule for English and French Tour

Duration

1.5 hours

Start time

01 Sep 14 - 31 Aug 15:
English Tour: 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm & 5:00pm
French Tour: 10:00am, 12:30pm & 5:00pm
01 Sep 15 - 31 Aug 16:
English Tour: 10:00am, 12:00noon, 12:30pm, 4:30pm & 5:00pm
French Tour: 10:00am, 12:00noon, 12:30pm, 4:30pm & 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
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  • 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
N Harrison

Once I got my tour organised it was great make sure your booking English speaking tour I messed up and only got on English tour as two people didn't show up

Heidi Strobl

Our tour guide, a lovely man, met us on time and took us for the behinds scene tour first which was very informative. We then skipped the long long queues and only had to wait around 10 minutes before we took the lift up to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. We had excellent view over Paris and then had a glass of champagne in the glass fronted cafe. The glass floor is really cool to walk on and my 6 year old grandson loved the whole experience as did I. Highly recommend this tour especially to skip the queues! Excellent price too and worth every penney!

Bonnie C Bailey

Got to see interesting areas that are normally off limits and got to avoid long line-ups. I would highly recommend this tour.

MR ABDUL JABBAR

This was a really nice experience, with entrance to the machine room and the old military bunker. We did not really see a lot of the bunker itself but the information given was interesting and the highlight of course was it to go up the tower and we did not have to wait and queue as hundreds of people did wait to get up the tower. Level 2 was high enough for us although you would have the option to buy tickets to level 3 from there as well. The guide was very nice and also to see the machines for the elevators was very interesting. Would recommend this tour. WELL DONE and THANKS to our Tour Guide

MR ABDUL JABBAR

The tour was interesting as well as entertaining. Our tour guide kept everyone’s attention with his narrative as he took us through the inter workings of the tower, bunkers etc. Skipping the lines alone was worth the cost of the tour. Seeing the tower this way was much better than just going up a few levels on the tower and seeing the view. Weather was lovely. If you are looking for an experience that goes beyond just getting up the tower to take a picture this is the tour for you. WELL DONE and THANKS to our Tour Guide

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Inclusions
  • Skip the line entrance Ticket upto the second floor of the Eiffel Tower
  • English or 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)
  • Tips or any additional costs
  • 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

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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