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Where: Paris
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.

This tour is extremely popular and advance booking is highly recommended. Should the tour not be available on your chosen date, we have an alternative which also includes a Free Seine River Cruise, click here for more details>>

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When does it run?

Download the 2015-16 schedule for English and French Tour

Download the 2016 schedule for English and French Tour


1.5 hours

Start time

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
01 Sep 16 - 31 Dec 16:
English Tour: 12:00noon, 12:30pm & 5:00pm
French Tour: 12:00noon, 12:30pm & 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

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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
Faye Konen

Excellent tour! Great guide!

Keith Watson

No one wants to spend holiday time in queues ,this is the reason we booked a tour,for the Eiffel tower you have to face three queues. The guide ,(din't get her name but she was an Italian lady) was very good and friendly. The day we went was very very hot and we were glad we did't have to stand in queues. It was a behind the scenes tour which ended on the second floor,it was very interesting . When I go back to Paris and visit the tower I will once again book a tour.

Sara M. Hacken

The weather was terrible-rain, snow, lightening. But the tour went on and we had a great time.

Thomas O'Neill

We were met on time at the arranged point. Tour guide was friendly, humorous and knowledgeable.

Bob e wolf

What a great tour, well done and informative. Only complaint they leave you at the top, I understand some people want to stay up there, but if you want to go down, you should have a way without standing in line for 20 min

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  • 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
  • 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.
  • As part of security arrangements for Euro Cup 2016, between 7 June 2016 and 15 July 2016, the meeting point of the tour will be at the Eiffel Tower kiosk located at Avenue Gustave Eiffel (Champs de Mars side). Access to the bunker will be forbidden during this period.
  • 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 rescheduled 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.

No cancellation fees on most bookings

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