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The Eiffel Tower

Completed in 1889 amid much controversy, the Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Parisian style and success.

TravelCurious Tip

The tower does an electric dance for five minutes every hour on the hour until 1 AM, with 20,000 lights making a breathtaking display - if you’re nearby at night, make sure you have a look.

The ultimate civic emblem

You might be surprised to hear that a lot of Parisians — including arbiters of taste Guy de Maupassant and Alexandre Dumas — didn’t like it when it was built.

French engineer Gustave Eiffel, famous for his viaducts and bridges, spent two years designing and building the iconic tower for the World Exhibition in 1889, a huge fair to celebrate industry and trade from around the world. Looking at the structure, it’s quite clear the architect usually did bridges.

Despite its industrial design, there’s no denying the tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks the world over. Gradually it has became part of the city's topography, entering the hearts and souls of residents and visitors alike.


Enduring appeal

Like the London Eye, it has exceeded its initial charter of ten years which expired in 1909. Thankfully, the city realised it could be used as a radio antenna.

In 2012, a transparent floor 57 metres above the esplanade was added alongside an interactive educational area. As part of French efforts to send an ecological message, a mini turbine plant, four vertical turbine windmills, and eco-friendly solar panels minimize the tower's carbon footprint.

The energetic visitor can stride up 1,700 steps as far as the third floor, but going to the top requires the elevator. At 180 metres up, the view is incredibly romantic. Come in the late evening after the crowds have dispersed, and beat the queues by reserving your ticket online.

Nearby Attractions

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Place de la Concorde
One of the major public squares in the city centre, well-known for its fountains and obelisk - and its bloody history.
Trocadero
A historical area that offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from across the River Seine.
‘Bal du Moulin de la Galette’
This Renoir work is one of Impressionism's most celebrated masterpieces, depicting romantic bourgeois Paris in the 1870s.
'Card Players'
This peaceful Cézanne painting is one of the Post-Impressionist’s most enduring works.
'Houses of Parliament'
A superlative example of the Impressionist style developed by Claude Monet, depicting the world in a way that no camera ever could.
Les Berges River Path
A pedestrianised recreation pathway along the river's edge

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During this fabulous four hour walking tour of Paris you will explore the most interesting and diverse central neighbourhoods the French capital has to offer. See the sights at your own pace and adapt your tour with your guide who will be happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences. 

  • Visit the historical heart of Paris,  Île de la Cité.
  • See the Sainte-Chappelle chapel and the former Paris prison, the Conciergerie.
  • Pay a visit to the symbolic Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
  • Explore the wonderful haunts of the Latin Quarter, just a short walk away.
  • Learn about Paris' home of intellectual thought and see where the May '68 revolution unfolded.
  • Visit the Tuileries Gardens,  the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysées.
  • End your walking tour at the stunning Pont Alexander III bridge.

Medieval Paris

One of the two remaining natural islands in the Seine, the Île de la Cité, is considered the historic heart of Paris. The medieval city of Paris was refounded here with magnificent Sainte-Chapelle and the former prison, the Conciergerie. While on Île de la Cité, you will have time to walk around the hauntingly beautiful Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.

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City of Revolution 

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Experience Paris’ key sights and neighbourhoods on this relaxing private car tour. With your own guide and car, you will have the flexibility to focus on the things that you find most interesting. Stop off at your leisure and enjoy your tour in comfort without worrying about the weather or the queues. 

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  • Stop by the Louvre (outside) and get the best views of the Eiffel Tower.
  • End your tour with a wander through bohemian, picturesque Montmartre.
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Tours can be adapted to suit your needs and interests, just get in contact with us!
Create Your Own Half Day Tour of Paris
What better way to explore the historic city of Paris than with your very own personal tour guide?  Plan your day with an expert to visit the places that excite you most and spot the hidden gems you might have otherwise missed along your way.

  • Tailor-made tour to suit your needs and interests.
  • Free consultation service with your expert guide.
  • See the key sights or get off the beaten path and experience a different side of Paris.
  • Explore the city at your own pace.
  • Adapt your itinerary on the day to get the most out of your time in Paris.
Our professional, hand-picked guides are experts at designing tours for you.   The choice is up to you.  Do you want to take in the ultimate highlights of this world-famous city? Just say the word and you’ll be swept off to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame.  Or maybe you’re looking to get a little further off the beaten track?  That’s fine too, you could go exploring in the picturesque neighbourhood of Montmartre, or if you're really adventurous our guides could whisk you away to an undiscovered arrondissement that samples the best of Parisian life.  No matter your preferences, we tailor the tour directly to your interests to make sure you get the most out of your time in the city.

Ultimately, you’ll discover the Paris you want to see, at the pace you want to see it, with the knowledge and expertise of a local friendly guide.
Latin Quarter and Seine Cruise
This tour acts as the perfect introduction to Paris' history, culture and most interesting neighbourhoods.

  • Begin by learning the history of iconic Notre Dame.
  • See Paris in all its wonderful different forms: from medieval  Île de la Cité to the vibrant, artsy hub of the Latin Quarter.
  • Travel down the Seine by river cruise and experience the picturesque area around the Eiffel Tower.
  • Return by river cruise to Paris' well connected historical centre.
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Paris by Night: Seine Cruise and Walking Tour
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  • Experience the wonders of Paris at night with your own private local guide.
  • Visit the city's most beautiful and romantic neighbourhoods.
  • See Paris in all its wonderful different guises: from medieval  Île de la Cité to the vibrant, artsy hub of the Latin Quarter.
  • Travel down the Seine by river cruise at night and experience the picturesque area around the Eiffel Tower.
  • End your tour in the buzzing cultural hub of the Latin Quarter - bars and jazz clubs galore.
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Next, take a cruise back up river and explore the vibrant Latin Quarter. Pay visits to a late-night bookshop, once frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Orwell, and explore a buzzing area that is renowned for being the starting point of the May 68' Revolution as well as the home of French intellectual thought. Plenty of quirky bars, jazz clubs and cool backstreets to explore in the moonlight!

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