Many companies offer guided tours of the famous Paris monument. However, the Visites Spectacles offers a unique twist on the ordinary tour. Led by a comedian, this tour tells the love story of pilot Antonin and his sweetheart Lemony, who, in 1932, met each other at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and have been together ever since. You’ll explore the monument through the eyes of the characters and relive their amazing love story as you are taken on a behind-the-scenes tour of France’s most iconic monument.
Did you know that, underneath the Champ de Mars, there is a large network of galeries known as the “bunker”? It’s here that your visit begins. You will discover the history of the Iron Lady (nickname of the Eiffel Tower), and the different professions that work to keep her a functioning tourist attraction.
The visit continues in the machine room: Antonin or one of his cohorts will explain how the elevators and hydraulic machines work. Explained in layman’s terms, non-engineers will easily understand! It is now time for the most anticipated part of the visit: you will take the elevators to the 2nd floor (with a skip-the-line ticket) where you will continue the tour. If conditions allow, you will be able to briefly access the roof of the restaurant Jules Verne. (Don’t worry if you are unable to do this; it is not at all an essential part of the tour.) The visit will finish at this level, where Antonin will go around the platform with you to help you locate Paris’s other monuments and answer any questions you may have. You are now free to stay as long as you like, or to go to the 3rd floor after buying a supplemental ticket to do so.
When we tried the visit, several families took part in this voyage through time with us. Lisa, a young American visiting for a few days with her parents and daughter (made “co-pilot” by our pilot-guide), loved the experience. “It was a very nice visit. The commentary was very interesting, and it was great for my daughter.” Another family, this time from Britain, confirmed the kid-friendly appeal. “Our 8-year-old twins are really shy, but even they allowed themselves to get caught up in the fun. The humor appeals to both young and old!” And Marianne and her husband, an American couple, agree. “We are only here for a few days. If you only have a few days, it’s a considerable waste of time to have to wait in line each time, at the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Eiffel Tower…When you can get tickets that let you skip the line, it’s definitely worth it! And, if the visit also happens to be interesting like this one and makes you smile, that’s even better. It’s a very memorable experience.”
Note: This is a very popular visit, so you’ll need to reserve it well in advance…as is the case with many Paris attractions!
For whom: Everyone over the age of 5 (anyone younger than 6 is not allowed).
How much: from 25€ per adult.
Note: Plan on reserving in advance, as spots fill up fast!
More photos of this visit are available in our Facebook album.