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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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Trocadero
A historical area that offers spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower from across the River Seine.
Pont Alexandre III
A deck arch bridge built in 1900. Widely regarded as the most extravagant bridge in the city
Champ de Mars
Beautiful greenspace next to Eiffel Tower, was the site of the Champs de Mars massacre during French Revolution.
Seine River Cruise
Get delighted with the magnificent views of the city along the Seine River, on board the Bateaux Mouches.
Second Floor of the Eiffel Tower
Visit the second floor of the Eiffel tower, where you will enjoy fantastic views of the city.
Summit of the Eiffel Tower
Access the summit of the Eiffel tower, to enjoy amazing views of the city.

Related Tours

Paris Je T'aime: A Half Day Highlights Tour
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.
  • Walk by the Sainte-Chapelle chapel and the former Paris prison, the Conciergerie.
  • 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-Élysées.
  • Walk around the surroundings of the symbolic Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral.
  • 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 the 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.

The Latin Quarter along the Left Bank was so named because, until the French Revolution, university students in the area spoke only Latin to their professors. You will visit this famed neighbourhood to immerse yourself in the Parisian atmosphere of yesteryear, whilst exploring the medieval streets and meandering through fantastic shops like Shakespeare and Company bookshop, Place Saint-Michel, and its gorgeous fountain.

City of Revolution 

As the tour continues, you will learn little-known facts about the French Revolution. You will be exploring the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde, the site at which Louis XVI was beheaded during the French Revolution. Whilst here, do not forget to look out for the magnificent Champs-Élysées, the most famous shopping avenue in the world. 

Lastly, you will stop off at the Pont Alexander III, the most beautiful bridge in Paris, where you can enjoy a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower and beyond to the majestic Seine. J’aime Paris.
Private Half Day Driving Tour of Paris in a Vintage Car
Experience the highlights of Paris, the City of Lights and romance on this fabulous half-day private driving tour in a vintage 2CV with your expert guide. On your private tour you will: 

  • Enjoy the personalised attention of your private guide. 
  • Drive around the monuments and neighbourhoods of Paris in a vintage car. Surely the only way to see the City of Lights! 
  • Cruise along the famous Champs Elysées Avenue towards the Arc de Triomphe. 
  • Drive around Place de la Concorde, Les Invalides, Place Vendôme, Opera Garnier, the Musée d’Orsay, and the magnificent, still standing, Cathedral de Notre Dame.
  • Stop off for panoramic views of the city at various points with views across the domes and monuments of Paris. 
  • Take photos of the mighty Eiffel Tower at the best viewing platforms, and learn all about the most famous monument of Paris. 
  • Stop outside the Louvre for some fabulous snaps of the Pyramid and stunning French Renaissance palace, former home to the kings and queens of France.
  • Head up the hill to Montmartre, for wonderful panoramic views across the city. 
  • End in Montmartre. See the beautiful Sacre Coeur basilica, and wander through the bohemian, picturesque cobbled streets and artists squares made famous by the Impressionists. 
  • NB. The car picks up and drops off at the place of your choice.
Paris – the city of lights! What better way to tour this most romantic of cities than on a driving tour in a vintage 2CV! 

On this half tour of Parisian highlights, you’ll be picked up and dropped off at locations of your choice, then begin with a drive up the Champs Elysees. Paris’s famous shopping avenue, named for the Elysian Fields, and culminating with the iconic Arc de Triomphe, a monument to those who fought and died during the Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and World Wars. 

Drive to Opera Garnier (site of ‘Phantom of the Opera’ for more snaps, and then the stunning Place Vendôme, home of the Paris Ritz, and featuring a monument to commemorate the victory at Austerlitz in 1805. You’ll drive around Place de la Concorde (the largest square in the city), with its obelisk marking the location of the guillotine, under which King Louis XVI was executed. 

Drive along the river Seine and see the beautiful Musée d’Orsay, a former train station turned art gallery, and of course, stop by the Louvre. The former royal palace of the French royals, with its modern glass pyramid and largest, is the grandest museum in Paris. 

Explore the wonders of the Latin Quarter, where Hemingway lived, and famed for its university and the Paris Pantheon. Stand in awe at the gothic masterpiece that is Notre Dame Cathedral – still standing despite the raging fire of 2019. See also the Conciergerie – a former palace, turned jail of the Revolution and today it is still the Paris judiciary. Take in the outside beauty of Sainte Chappelle (featuring the most impressive stain glass windows in the world). Then, visit the quintessentially French Trocadero where you will have the opportunity to snap some beautiful photos and catch some great views of the world-famous Eiffel Tower.

To conclude this epic tour of the great city of Paris you will head up the hill to Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica that looks over the city. Here, you’ll be able to stroll along the cobbled streets of this most colourful and bohemian of neighbourhoods, where you will learn more about the fascinating life and works of Renoir, Picasso, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, all of whom lived and worked here. The perfect way to experience the city if you have limited time, and also a great way to find out what to focus on for the rest of your trip. 

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.
All Inclusive Full Day Paris Walking tour including The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and River Cruise
Uncover the history and art of the quintessentially Parisian neighbourhoods on this tour, your all-inclusive tour including tickets to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and a river cruise. On your full-day private tour, you will: 

•        Meet your private guide outside the Louvre and enjoy the skip-the-line entrance to the museum. Please note: we offer free entrance for all children under the age of 12. 
•        See the unmissable attractions of the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo.
•        Wander through Le Marais – the quintessentially Pre-Revolutionary Parisian neighbourhood – where you will enjoy lunch at your leisure (paid for locally by guests)
•        See the highlights of the city centre, including Île de la Cité, the Palais de Justice, and of course, Notre Dame Cathedral. 
•        Hop aboard a relaxing river cruise to enjoy the city from the ease of the Seine
•        Learn about the Eiffel Tower with your guide, then take the lift to the 2nd floor and visit the tower at your own pace (tickets included)
 
Originally one of France’s most lavish royal palaces, and home to some of the most ostentatious Kings of France, the Louvre has fast become the world's most impressive and influential museum of art in the world and is an absolute must for anyone with an interest in art. Your private licensed guide will take you through one of the most expansive and beautiful art collections in the world, where you will see some of the museum’s greatest works that span from 450 BCE to the 19th century, along with several of its lesser-known treasures. 

From the museum, your guide will take you to a neighbourhood which truly evokes the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of Parisian nostalgia, where you will see the magnificent Hotel De Ville – the city’s seat of government for over 600 years. Enjoy lunch at your own pace in Le Marais, with recommendations from your guide on the best place to indulge in the local cuisine of your choosing. 
Step onto a riverboat to enjoy the magic of the city from the Seine – the geography around which the entire city has been built for thousands of years. 

Learn more about the city’s modernization efforts in the 19th century, which brought gas lanterns, parks, sewage systems, schools, and hospitals to the city. Your tour concludes at the city’s most iconic site: the Eiffel Tower, where you will enjoy lift tickets to the second story. Your guide will be sure to give you dinner recommendations before leaving you to marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of the city before.
Visit the Eiffel Tower Second Floor with a Private Guide and Skip-the-Line-Tickets
Enjoy the best of the Parisian skyline with views over the entire city from one of the world’s most iconic buildings. On your experience, you will enjoy:

  • A private tour guide just for you and your family to set the scene.
  • An in-depth talk about the Iron Lady’s history, from its building through today.
  • Skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd floor, accompanied by your guide. 
  • Free time to explore the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. 
The Eiffel tower was built in 1889 as part of the World’s Fair in Paris. Though it’s a spectacular feat of engineering, the project was completed in just two and a half years, amidst a sea of controversy from those who believed it was an insult and an eye-sore (one signatory was famed author Alexander Dumas!). 

The tower was named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty, worked on several railroad projects, and was a master builder of bridges. 

Learn about all of this and more on your private tour of the Eiffel tower, where your guide will give you the history of the tower, before taking you past the line to visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. After your guide points out the highlights of the skyline and orients you around the tower, you will have free time to explore the views on your own.  
Private Paris: Île de la Cité, Latin Quarter and Seine River Cruise
Enjoy the perfect introductory private tour of Paris' history, culture and two of its most famous neighbourhoods. On this private tour, you will:

  • Learn the history of the iconic Notre Dame cathedral.
  • See Paris in all its wonderful different forms: from medieval  Île de la Cité to the vibrant, artsy hub of the Latin Quarter.
  • Enjoy a one hour panoramic River Cruise on the Seine, with great views of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower
Begin the walking portion of your tour at the famous Île de la Cité, once known as Lutetia, which is the oldest settlement in Paris, and boasts more than its fair share of Paris sights such as the Pont Neuf, the Palais de Justice and Notre Dame cathedral of course. 

After exploring the island, walk over the famous ‘love locks bridge’ into the Latin Quarter. Pay visits to historical bookshops, once frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Orwell, and explore an area that is renowned for being the starting point of the May 68' Revolution as well as the home of French intellectual thought.

Next, take in the amazing sights on a cruise down the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. Along the cruise, you will see the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and the Eiffel Tower to name just a few sights! Your one hour cruise ends back in centrally located Paris, on Île de la Cité.

Important: This tour includes a 2-hour private guided walking tour followed by a 1-hour river cruise with onboard commentary on your own. Your tour guide will walk you to the cruise docking point where they will part ways with you. You can choose to take the cruise at the end of the tour or later during your stay.
Paris by Night: Seine Cruise and Private Walking Tour
Experience the majesty of the City of Lights with an evening walk through Paris' most romantic and scenic areas –medieval Île de la Cité and the Latin Quarter. Take a relaxing cruise ride along the Seine with fine photo opportunities to crop up on the way!

  • 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 and see the Eiffel Tower from the river at night.
  • Your River cruise tickets can be used after this tour or any other evening during your stay!

You will begin your walking tour on Île de la Cité where you find the famous Notre Dame, the perfect gothic attraction for a visit late in the day. 

Then pass over the famous ‘love locks bridge’ 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!

End your tour on the Pont Neuf and board a cruise that will whisk you along the Seine, with all of its scenic points of interest on display, including the Eiffel Tower light up in the night!

Important: This tour includes a 2-hour private guided walking tour followed by a 1-hour river cruise with onboard commentary on your own. Your tour guide will walk you to the cruise docking point where they will part ways with you. You can choose to take the cruise at the end of the tour or later during your stay.
By The Eiffel Tower Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, you will learn first-hand what locals love about Paris from someone who knows the place inside-out.  On your tour, you will:

  • Visit Trocadero, an iconic residential neighbourhood with French noble associations, the seventh arrondissement comprises some of the most amazing gardens, eateries and markets in Paris. 
  • Enjoy a wonderful view of the capital’s most famous monument from the Champs de Mars park, a very popular location where people go for picnics, to play music, meet up, and after dark, it becomes the ideal spot to watch the tower sparkle with lights.
If heading across the Seine to Paris’ Left Bank, many visitors will automatically make a beeline for the Eiffel Tower, unaware that the surrounding area is home to a wealth of other exciting troves. An iconic residential neighbourhood with French noble associations, the seventh arrondissement comprises some of the most amazing museums, gardens, eateries and markets in Paris. That said, there's no better time to take in a stunning view of one of the world's most iconic scenes. The elevated "Troca" provides a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris, as it's located on the opposite bank of the Seine and it's the perfect scenario to hear about its history and the importance of its location.

Visit the Eiffel Tower Second Floor with a Small Group Tour and Skip-the-Line-Tickets
Enjoy the best of the Parisian skyline with views over the entire city from one of the world’s most iconic buildings. On your experience, you will enjoy:

  • A tour guide for you and a small group
  • An in-depth talk about the Iron Lady’s history, from its building through today.
  • Skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd floor, accompanied by your guide. 
  • Free time to explore the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. 

The Eiffel tower was built in 1889 as part of the World’s Fair in Paris. Though it’s a spectacular feat of engineering, the project was completed in just two and a half years, amidst a sea of controversy from those who believed it was an insult and an eye-sore (one signatory was famed author Alexander Dumas!). 

 The tower was named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty, worked on several railroad projects, and was a master builder of bridges. 

Learn about all of this and more on your small group tour of the Eiffel tower, where your guide will give you the history of the tower, before taking you past the line to visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. After your guide points out the highlights of the skyline and orients you around the tower, you will have free time to explore the views on your own.  
Visit the Eiffel Tower Summit with a Private Guide
Enjoy the best of the Parisian skyline with views over the entire city from one of the world’s most iconic buildings. On your experience, you will enjoy:

  • A private tour guide just for you and your family to set the scene.
  • An in-depth talk about the Iron Lady’s history, from its building through today.
  • Skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd floor, accompanied by your guide. 
  • A visit to the summit level of the Eiffel Tower
  • Free time to explore the summit of the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. 
The Eiffel tower was built in 1889 as part of the World’s Fair in Paris. Though it’s a spectacular feat of engineering, the project was completed in just two and a half years, amidst a sea of controversy from those who believed it was an insult and an eye-sore (one signatory was famed author Alexander Dumas!). 

The tower was named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty, worked on several railroad projects, and was a master builder of bridges. 

Learn about all of this and more on your small group tour of the Eiffel tower, where your guide will give you the history of the tower, before taking you past the line to visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. After your guide points out the highlights of the skyline and orients you around the tower, they will navigate you to the queue for the summit of the Eiffel Tower, where you will  visit the summit of the Eiffel Tower for the truly iconic Parisian experience.   
Visit the Eiffel Tower Summit with a Small Group Tour and Skip-the-Line-Tickets
Enjoy the best of the Parisian skyline with views over the entire city from one of the world’s most iconic buildings. On your experience, you will enjoy:

  • A tour guide for you and a small group
  • An in-depth talk about the Iron Lady’s history, from its building through today.
  • Skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower's 2nd floor, accompanied by your guide. 
  • A visit to the summit level of the Eiffel Tower
  • Free time to explore the summit of the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. 
The Eiffel tower was built in 1889 as part of the World’s Fair in Paris. Though it’s a spectacular feat of engineering, the project was completed in just two and a half years, amidst a sea of controversy from those who believed it was an insult and an eye-sore (one signatory was famed author Alexander Dumas!). 

The tower was named after the engineer, Gustave Eiffel, who also designed the Statue of Liberty, worked on several railroad projects, and was a master builder of bridges. 

Learn about all of this and more on your small group tour of the Eiffel tower, where your guide will give you the history of the tower, before taking you past the line to visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. After your guide points out the highlights of the skyline and orients you around the tower, they will navigate you to the queue for the summit of the Eiffel Tower, where you will  visit the summit of the Eiffel Tower for the truly iconic Parisian experience.   
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