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Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France!

The famous cast iron monument is not just a symbol of Paris but of all of France.  Finished by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to memorialize the French Revolution, the 1,050 ft (320 meter) tower once held the title of the world’s tallest structure!  The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France remains an iconic structure that attracts thousands of visitors a year.

Dining on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more to the Eiffel Tower than what shows the eye!  There are two restaurants open for lunch and dinner and a champagne bar within the floors of this monument.  The 58 TEiffel Tower Paris Franceour Eiffel is located on the first main floor and is open every day for lunch and dinner.   This restaurant is known for serving traditional yet modern, refined French cuisine. Le Jules Verne is the second restaurant located on the second floor of the tower and serves a three course meal daily, for lunch and dinner as well!  Lastly, the Champagne Bar which is located at the very top of the tower allows visitors to sip on bubbly champagne while overlooking the incredible views of the city.  The Champagne Bar is also open daily but with more selective hours.  It can be very hard to get a table at these two restaurants.  For most cases, reservations are booked months in advanced!  Fortunately, the Champagne Bar does not take reservations but in order to make sure you can get in, you may want to plan accordingly and get there early.

What to do on the Eiffel Tower

Besides dining on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, visitors can also travel up the monument to experience its marvelous views.  It is recommended to buy tickets in advance of your visit because in peak season, the long lines can have a wait that exceeds three hours.  You can save precious sightseeing time by booking a skip-the-line ticket with or without a tour guide.  After entry, there wilEiffel Tower Paris Francel also be a wait for the elevators to go up into the tower.  There is also an option to walk up the stairs to the first level for those who want a serious workout!  After you reach the first level, elevators are the only options if you want to go up to the higher levels.  Having to wait in line may be boring, but it is all worth it once you see the jaw-dropping views the Eiffel Tower has to offer.  While in line, there are comparisons all over the walls to show how tall the Eiffel Tower stands next to other famous monuments like the Empire State Building in New York and Big Ben in London.  This is very interesting to see just how high off the ground you really are! Going up the Eiffel Tower’s floors is truly an amazing way to see the city in a unique perspective you have yet to experience.

Enjoying the Eiffel Tower from the ground

If you find yourself frightened by heights, you do not need to worry!  Gazing at the Eiffel Tower from ground level is just as an amazing experience as going up the tower!  The Eiffel Tower stands at the edge of a long, rectangular grass yard.  Hundreds and hundreds of people relax on this yard every day.  It is very popular to grab a traditional French baguette, cheese, and wine and picnic at the base of the tower.  After the sun sets and darkness falls upon the city, on the first five minutes of each hour, the tower begins to sparkle!  It is truly an amazing sight that never gets old.

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The Eiffel Tower in Pairs, France offers many different ways to experience its magnificence.  From dining in its restaurants and sipping champagne at the way top to sitting at the base looking from below, the Eiffel Tower has become a national monument for a reason!  Visiting is definitely a must as pictures do not do it justice.

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The Eiffel Tower

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When you think of Paris you immediately think of the Eiffel Tower, one of France’s most iconic constructions. This monument is the most visited sight in France. Every year, more than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower, making it the most visited monument in the world. Some people see the Eiffel Tower as an unofficial wonder of the world. It is therefore also a monument that everyone wants to have visited in their lives.

 

 

Hours of operation

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The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year:

Opening hours during the summer period (15 June – 1 September) from 9:00 am to 00:45

and the rest of the year opened from 9:30 to 23:45.

During the Easter weekend and spring holidays, opening hours are extended until midnight.

Before you buy a ticket, it is better to check what the best choice is. There are many different options and rates. As an individual, the prices are slightly higher than in a group or with family.

Access by elevator (up to 2nd floor):

Access by elevator to top:

Adults: €14
12-24 years: €12.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €9.50
0-4 years: free

Access via stairs (up to the 2nd floor):

Adults: €5,00
12-24 years: €3.50
4-11 years / disabled persons: €3,00
0-4 years: free

In collaboration with Ticketbar we offer you the tickets for the Eiffel Tower not only can you avoid the queue but you will also get a beautiful city tour by bus through the city of Paris so you can see all the highlights of the city. The Eiffel Tower is often sold out months in advance, but you can still buy tickets at short notice so you don’t have to wait in the queue.

Click here to book an entry time and for more information: www.tour-eiffel.fr

 

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The Eiffel Tower consists of 3 floors :

To the first floor you can use both stairs and elevator. On the first floor you can walk around and enjoy the view over Paris. You can see the gardens around the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian monuments. On the outside of this floor are 72 names these are names of French engineers, scientists and other important people from the 18th and 19th century but there is also plenty to see on the inside of the tower there are photographs and paintings to admire.

There is also information about the construction of the Eiffel Tower and Gustave Eiffel you can even watch a short movie about the Eiffel Tower and there are information panels showing which buildings can be seen from the Eiffel Tower it is also no longer possible to climb to the top with this staircase because too many parts of the stairs are missing these were removed from the tower and auctioned. Paris,eiffel tower,monument,visit,tour eiffel

Then comes the second floor it can be reached by stairs as well as by elevator. On this floor you have the best view of Paris. Then the less tall buildings can also be clearly seen. On the first floors, the large buildings stand in the way of the view of the smaller ones. In the floor of this floor is thick glass this allows you to look down so you can look.

On this floor is also located the restaurant”Le Jules-Verne” this restaurant has 95 seats and has been awarded a Michelin star. To get to this restaurant, you can use their own elevator. The decoration of the restaurant is sober but this is completely well made by the beautiful view that you have when you look out of the window it is necessary to make a reservation for this restaurant (Tel: 0033 (0)1 45 55 61 44)

The third floor of the Eiffel Tower can only be reached by elevator. From the third floor it is possible to take a few more stairs to a platform outside the view from this floor is very impressive.  The disadvantage of this height is that the buildings are less clearly visible than on the second floor. On this floor Gustave Eiffel had his office only this site was actually used for meteorological research by Gustave Ferrié in 1910.

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The Eiffel Tower visit in the evening

 

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Visiting the Eiffel Tower during the daytime is beautiful but it is also worth the effort to go to the Eiffel Tower in the evening. At 22:00 , the lights and searchlights of the Eiffel Tower are switched on every 5 minutes. This gives an extra effect to the tower. The lights illuminate the tower and make it so romantic to visit the tower in the evening. The searchlights illuminate the Paris skyline.

 

 

Access: Metro station Bir-Hakeim (line 6)

RER : Champ de Mars – Tour Eiffel (line C)

 

 

 

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Eiffel Tower Prices

How high are Eiffel Tower Prices?

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most frequently visited monuments worldwide and the epitome of Paris’ landmarks. Don’t miss it! To prevent unpleasant surprises, it is important to be informed about the Eiffel Tower prices to plan your visit and the expenses that go with it.

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Entrance fees for individuals

Enjoy the breathtaking view from the Eiffel Tower over all of the city! You can get the best Eiffel Tower prices if you are willing to do some exercise. You can save money if you walk the 704 stairs up to the 2nd floor of the tower. Eiffel Tower prices are higher if you would like to use one of the three lifts. Please be aware that you need to book your tickets 3 months in advance to avoid the 1 to 2 hours line. We prepared a summary of all the Eiffel Tower prices for you. The following table shows you all the information about prices for individuals:

Adults 12 – 24 years Reduced rate
Lift entrance ticket
(valid to 2nd floor)
€11,00 €8,50 €4,00
Lift entrance ticket (top) €17,00 €14,50 €8,00
Stairs entrance ticket
(valid to 2nd floor)
€7,00 €5,00 €3,00

Reduced rates are offered to children and young people who are between 4 to 11 years old, to disabled people as well as to French job seekers with a corresponding proof. Children under the age of 4 can enter the Eiffel Tower for free. Please be aware of the fact that these prices are valid until October 31st 2017 and could be changed at any time.

Entrance fees for groups

School groups (or similar) of at least 10 people can get a group rate all year long. Prices depend on the visitors’ age. For specific information see the following table:

  Adult 12 – 24 years < 11 years
Lift entrance ticket
(valid to 2nd floor)
€11,00 €7,50 €4,00
Lift entrance ticket (top) €17,00 €13,50 €8,00

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Guided Tours

Make the most of your visit and discover the Eiffel Tower off the beaten track! Take part in guided tours and experience the famous monument from a new perspective. The tours include visiting the original machinery room which still operates the lifts, the former bunker underneath the Champ de Mars and the access to the roof of the restaurant “Le Jules Verne” on the 2nd floor. You might even be guided by an actor. Prices start at €30.

Transportation fees

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The metro certainly is one of the easiest ways to go to the Eiffel Tower. Please click the link at the end of the page to learn all about using metro tickets in Paris.
If you arrive by car, please take note that the car parks require additional fees. For instance, on-site fees at Pullman Tour Eiffel car park start at €16,00 for 4 hours. If you want to save money, check out the online platforms of the car parks. Some of them offer discounts for online reservation so that you can lower the price to €12,00 for example. If you are interested in leaving your car at Pullman Tour Eiffel car park, here’s the address: 18 Avenue de Suffren, 75015 Paris.

Last but not least, don’t forget to bring some extra money to enjoy the wonderful Champagne Bar and the Official Eiffel Tower Shops! There are also classy restaurants inside the tower but make sure you have a reservation.

Would you like to include the Eiffel Tower into your trip to Paris? Seize the opportunity and book your tailor made trip here!

In any case, you will gain an unforgettable experience!

 

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10 Things to Do in Paris

When visiting Paris choosing from the various attractions and beautiful sights is the biggest task of all. From all the Parisian gems and experiences we’ve chosen the 10 things to do in Paris you should not miss.

 

1. Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

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A must-see: Monet’s water lilies in the Musée de l’Orangerie. Situated in the Jardins des Tuileries, it is one of the favorite museums of Parisians and visitors. Built in 1852 as a winter shelter for the orange trees in the Tuileries Garden, it accommodates today the masterpieces of Monet and many other works of impressionists like Cézanne and Gauguin. From the 20th century you’ll find 12 pieces by Pablo Picasso as well as 10 Matisse and many others. A great way to spend your afternoon in Paris!

Musée de l’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries 75001 www.musee-orangerie.fr (site in French)

 

2. Have Falafel in Rue des Rosiers

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For all food lovers Paris holds many attractions but one particular can be found in the middle of the famous area Le Marais. The Rue des Rosiers in the 4th district holds the most famous Parisian Falafel joint: L’As. A tasty experience to try!

L’As – 34, Rue des Rosiers 75004 Tel.: 01 48 87 63 60 

 

3. Stroll through Shakespeare and Company

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The famous American bookshop in Paris is located on the left bank next to the river Seine and opposite of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its great history originates from the gathering of famous expat writers of the 1920’s like Hemingway, Stein, and Fitzgerald. Today it still accommodates one of the largest English book collections in Paris and is itself an interesting place to visit.

Shakespeare and Co. – 37, Rue de la Bûcherie 75005 Tel.: 01 43 25 40 93 www.shakespeareandcompany.com

 

4. Enjoy an evening in Le Crazy Horse

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Besides the well-known Moulin Rouge a second cabaret has become all the rage: Le Crazy Horse. In 1951 the cabaret opened its doors at the prestigious 12 Avenue George V and has continued to dazzle visitor with their creative and glamorous shows up until today. You can enjoy the show with champagne or dinner before hand. In any case a fabulous evening entertainment is guaranteed!

Check out some more information about Le Crazy Horse here.

Le Crazy Horse – 12, Avenue George V 75008 Tel.: 01 47 23 32 32 www.lecrazyhorseparis.com (site in French)

 

5. Check out the Jazz clubs of Paris

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For all Jazz lovers Paris holds some precious gems. In the area of Saint-Germain-des-Prés you can still experience the ambience of the days of Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, and Kenny Clarke. Three of the major Parisian Jazz Clubs include Le Caveau de la Huchette, Le Duc de Lombards, and Le Sunset.

Le Caveau de la Huchette – 5, Rue de la Huchette 75005 Tel.: 01 43 26 65 05. www.caveaudelahuchette.fr (site in French)

Le Duc de Lombards – 42, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 42 33 22 88. www.ducdeslombards.com (site in French)

Le Sunset – 60, Rue des Lombards 75001 Tel.: 01 40 26 46 60. www.sunset-sunside.com (site in French)

 

6. Spend an afternoon in Montmartre

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The vibe of the artist “village” in the north of Paris still lies in the air. When visiting Montmartre you can check out the main touristic attractions like the all-white Basilica and the Place du Tertre with the caricaturists and the crêperies, but Montmartre also holds other beautiful corners like the Allée des Brouillards or the rue Lepic where you will pass by charming bars and cafés with the very special Parisian touch.

 

7. Sunday shopping spree in Le Marais

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A typical Parisian Sunday includes an after-brunch shopping spree in Le Marais. This area comes most alive on Sundays with all shops and cafés open and joyful Parisians and visitors walking the streets of the popular Jewish area. In this old part of the city you can discover romantic places like the Place de Vosges and all the small side streets with little shops and restaurants. Definitely a must on the list of 10 things to do in Paris!

 

8. Have a drink on one of the amazing rooftops of Paris

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To truly feel the Parisian vibes it is a good idea to look at the city from above. We have gathered for you the three of the most special rooftop experiences in the French capital. Georges in the Centre Pompidou offers a high-class restaurant in a modern setting with a beautiful view over the city. For a French “Aperó” we suggest Le Perchoir on top of the BHV mall in Le Marais. A less crowed rooftop with a Brooklyn-like vibe can be found on the 7th floor of the Terrass” Hotel in the 18th district.

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Georges – Palais Beaubourg, Place Georges Pompidou 75000 Paris Tel.: 01 44 78 47 99 www.restaurantgeorgesparis.com

Le Perchoir – 33, Rue de la Verrerie 75004 Tel.: 09 77 40 14 00 www.bhv.fr/actus/perchoir-du-bhv-marais/ (site in French)

Terrass” Hotel – 12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre 75018 Tel.: 01 46 06 72 85 www.terrass-hotel.com (site in French)

 

9. Spend time at the Eiffel Tower

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The main Parisian landmark is always worth a visit but instead of the obvious viewpoint at place du Trocadero you can have more private views on the romantic Tower from places like the Rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th district, Pont de Bir-Hakeim connecting the 15th and the 16th district, or the rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette in the 8th district.

 

10. Have French Pastries

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Last but not least on the list of 10 things to do in Paris: have French pastries. If there is one thing you cannot leave Paris without then it is tasting the delightful pastries in one of the Parisian “Boulangeries”. The Pâtisserie Stroher exists since 1730 in the Rue Montorgeuil and won a price for best éclairs au chocolat. Who would like to taste the delicate macarons should try Ladurée on the Champs-Élysées or in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. A very special pastry shop is La Pâtisserie des Rêves (several in Paris, one in the 16th district). They have specialized in bringing childhood memories alive and making your (pastry) dreams come true.

Pâtisserie Stroher – 51, Rue Montorgeuil 75002 Tel.: 01 42 33 38 20 www.stroher.fr (site in French)

Ladurée – 75, AV. Des Champs-Élysées 75008 Tel.: 01 40 75 08 75 / 21, Rue Bonarparte Tel.: 01 44 07 64 87 www.laduree.com

La Pâtisserie des Rêves – 111, Rue de Longchamp 75016 Tel.: 01 47 04 00 24 www.lapatisseriedesreves.com (site in French)

 

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Eiffel Tower Information

Do you really know the Eiffel Tower? Here are some figures, which history lovers may already know, but it is good to remember the beauty of the Iron lady.

The construction of the Eiffel Tower began in January 28th 1887, for the World’s Fair of 1889 (inaugurated in March 31th 1889). It was constructed to show the world how France can be powerful and ambitious. The Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) is now owning the monument which attracts 7 million visitors per year.

Some Eiffel Tower information you should know…

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Among the Eiffel Tower information, the principal one is that the Eiffel Tower is nicknamed « La Dame de Fer » (The Iron Lady) in french : it’s composed of 18 038 pieces of iron ! Since 1991, the monument has been declared a world heritage site by Unesco. The Eiffel Tower is not only touristy, it houses several radio and television antennas. There are 7 elevators and 1,665 steps. Elevators carry more than 900 people per hour!
It measures 324 meters and there are three floors, and all are accessible to public. From all floors, you can admire Paris, all the emblematic places, the Seine…

 

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Access to the first and second floors can be done by stairs or by elevator. To climb to the third floor, you can only take the elevator. On this floor you will not only be able to admire the view of Paris, but also have a view up to 85km, therefore on the whole Ile-de-France region. You can also see the office of Gustave Eiffel, as well as the plaque commemorating the liberation of Paris and pictures dating from the end of the 19th century.

 

 

If the third floor is a historic place, the second floor houses a restaurant called “le Jules Vernes“, where dishes are served by a team of chefs of the famous Alain Ducasse, with a capacity of 95 covers. There are shops, and even a macaroon bar. But the most interesting is the view, because you have at your disposal telescopes in the galleries to allow you to admire the beautiful City of Light.

 

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The first floor also houses a gourmet restaurant, “le 58 Tour Eiffel“, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the capital. A cinema room is available for visitors, which broadcasts a few images of the context in which the Eiffel Tower was built. There is also a wall of pictures and texts where you can see a screen displaying the digital version of the book « La tour de 300 mètres » (The 300 meters tower) that Mr.Eiffel wrote about the story of the construction of the tower, to its smallest details.

 

 

Practical information

The prices for climbing by stairs (1st and 2nd floors) are 7.00 euros for adults, 5.00 euros for young people, and special prices are 3.00 euros. For the elevator (1st and 2nd floors), 11,00 euros for adults, 8,50 euros for young people, and 4,00 euros for children.

For the 3rd floor, the price of the elevator for adults is 17,00 euros, for young people (12-24) 14,50 euros, and special prices 10,00 euros. It is better to buy them in advance on the official website (only for the elevators, you can’t buy a “stairs” ticket online).

The Eiffel Tower is open daily from 9 am to midnight from mid-June to early September, from 9:30 am to 11 pm the rest of the year. Open until midnight during certain public holidays. You can get there by subway, line 9 to Trocadéro station and line 6 to “Bir Hakeim” station and by RER C to “Champ-de-Mars – Tour Eiffel”.

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More than seven million people visit the Eiffel Tower each year, making this monument one of the most visited places worldwide among tourists. You have so many ways to discover the Iron Lady: from climbing the stairs during the day to taking the elevator at night. The Eiffel tower is a unique landmark in Paris and you will be able to see its 324m from almost everywhere around Paris.

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Elevators are located the North, West and East pillars to the tower’s three platforms. You can change lifts on the 2nd level for the final ascent to the top (3rd floor), from where views extend to more than 50km. There’s a wheelchair access to the 1st and 2nd levels. Alternatively you can go to the South pillar to climb the 1665 stairs to the 2nd level.

You should book your tickets in advance online to avoid long ticket queues (30 minutes in low season, to 3 hours in busy season). There are refreshments and lunch options in the Eiffel Tower: 1st-level 58 Tour Eiffel, or New Bar à Champagne (3rd floor). If you want a luxury restaurant, you can go to the 2nd-level Le Jules Verne, a 3-star Michelin guide restaurant (~400€ / person for a full dinner with wine, only with reservation well in advance).

Within the Eiffel tower

From any of the 2 platforms, you will get an astonishing 360° view over Paris: Montmartre hills in the North, La Défense towers (business district) in the West, very close Trocadero and Champs de Mars, the Seine River, Notre Dame cathedral… Try to recognize most of the monuments you will visit or already have visited. As for the structure itself, the platforms, elevators and stairs offer ideal views for seeing the iron components that constitute the structure.

Who should visit the Eiffel tower?

From kids to grand-parents, everyone can and should climb the tower at least once! If you are a newcomer to Paris and are staying more than 2 days, you should definitely visit the Eiffel Tower. This is a unique experience, and even if it sounds classic you can not go to Paris without climbing the Eiffel Tower at least once in your lifetime. If you come to Paris only once in your life, do not miss this opportunity. Even if you are coming for a very short stay (1 or 2 days), take this opportunity to visit it.

Eiffel tower’s history

No one could imagine Paris today without its signature spire. Gustave Eiffel constructed the tower in 1889 for the World’s Fair. The tower was not expected to be permanent but luckily, the tower’s popularity assured its survival beyond the fair. Its elegant art nouveau webbed-metal design has become the defining fixture of the city’s skyline.

The Eiffel Tower was in fact designed by Maurice Koechlin and Émile Noguier, two senior engineers working for the Compagnie des Établissements Eiffel. They discussed a suitable centre piece for the 1889 World’s Fair to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution. Gustave Eiffel openly acknowledged that inspiration for the tower came from the Latting Observatory built in New York City in 1853.

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How to visit the Eiffel Tower?

There are several options for visiting the Eiffel Tower:

1

Just go and wait in line (17€ / person)

You can purchase your ticket on site. We do not recommend this option as lines can be from 30 minutes (low season) to 3 hours in peak season (June to October).

2

Buy in advance on the Eiffel Tower website (17€ / person)

Purchase your tickets in advance on the official website of the Eiffel Tower (17€ / person). Beware that tickets are distributed on the website 3 months in advance exactly and are often sold out in just a few minutes.

Access the Eiffel tower website here

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Small group guided-tour (29€ / person) – our Pick!

There are two guided tours that offer skip-the-line tickets. These tours are very interesting and you will learn a lot about the history of the construction. You will also get behind the scenes insights of the tower. We recommend these tours as the best alternative way to visit the Eiffel tower. Purchase at least 3-4 weeks in advance to avoid limited availability.

Read our review of behind the scenes visit of the Eiffel Tower and click on the link to book your Eiffel tower behind the scene visit (29€ / person).

Read our review of The Eiffel Tower Romance / A backstage pass to the Eiffel Tower visit (29€ / person) and click on the link to book your Eiffel tower theatrical guided-tour.

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 Last minute websites (+/- 50€ /person)

On last minute touristic websites, you have a good chance of finding offers of guided tour with skip the line tickets, for a last-minute price (+/- 50€ /person). It is more expensive than other alternatives, but if you are too late to purchase your tickets in advance, that may be the only option left for avoiding the line.

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Montmartre

Is Montmartre in Paris worth the visit?

Montmarte is definitely worth the visit, if you have extra time. It is actually rising above Paris’ panorama, and Montmarte is different than anywhere else in Paris… It is a historic distric with history, character, and beautiful, and artsy streets with many hidden treasures. When you visit Montmartre in Paris, you will feel like being in a magical and imperfect village, far away from Paris. But when going to Montmartre in Paris on a visit, what to explore and discover?

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Montmarte is an artistic and bohemian village, which hosts some of the best known festivals in Paris during each year, and while being quite small regarding size, it has enough interesting sights for you to dedicate an entire day of your sightseeing in Paris to exploring the original, and timeless Montmartre.

You do have to explore Montmartre’s artistic heritage, where the great artists lived. The drank their coffee in the cafes, played music and danced the night away. You get the sense when you are there; that Montmartre was and still is the artists’ community. To mention some former artists living in Montmartre, it is: Salvador Dalí, Max Jacob, Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. Seen that movie by Woody Allen “Midnight in Paris”? Well, Montmartre is where Gil Pender meets some of these world-known artists.

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Evening in Montmartre…

When in Montmartre, you do not want to miss the vineyards in rue Saint Vincent. The vineyards in Montmartre presents a Parisian winemaking tradition, and and in the fall Montmartre hosts an autumn wine harvest festival that is truly a treat to attend if you’ll be in Paris in October!

You also have to check out the adorable bakeries in Montmartre – and the cafes and bistros… So factor some time in your Montmartre sightseeing schedule to relax and have a glass of wine or a café – and be sure to try some of the cakes, pies and patisserie goodies of Montmartre.

Of course, last but not least, you have to go to the very famous Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, which is Paris’ highest point, and you can either hike up or take the tram, in order to go to the top and get an breathtaking view… You can also see the Eiffel Tower from here. Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur took about 40 years to build, and was completed in 1914. It is Montmartre’s biggest monument, so make sure not to miss.

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An artist is drawing the portray of a young man on the Place du Tertre in Montmartre in Paris.

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3 Paris day tours you should try

In the hustle and bustle in Paris, it can be hard to pick day tours, you want to try. We all know, that a powerful characteristic of the French people is the regard they have for their history, and the restoration of their national monuments. The result of this preservation of the past has greatly contributed to the beautiful state of Paris today. I will hereby complete a guide, whereas I pick out 3 Paris day tours you definitely should try!

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Paris with a view on the Eiffel Tower

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If you want to enjoy some of Paris’ greatest monuments in your day tour, you should try our “First time in Paris”-package, which you will find on ParisByM. In the day tour the highlights are included for first time visitors, so if you are coming to Paris for the first time, this is a package especially aimed for you…

You will explore the Louvre Museum, which for over two centuries has been one of the biggest museums in the world. Here, you have to see the famous Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. But even though Louvre is best known for this masterpiece, there is so much more to explore. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here!

Next up, you can go to Arc de Triomphe at Place de l’Étoile at the top of the Champs-Élysées. Arc de Triomphe is a symbol of the French nation, which links the old and new Paris, and is located on the highest point of the line running from the Louvre to the Grande Arche de la Défense. You have to go up and experience the amazing view of Paris. Overwhelming and beautiful!

By afternoon, you can go on a cruise on the Seine River. Many of the most famous Paris landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame cathedral lie along the banks of the river – and a Seine Cruise gives you a whole new perspective on these wonderful monuments. A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one.

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Seine Cruise – imagine enjoying a dinner here, while the greatest monuments pass you by? Whoa.

Off the beaten path

Option two, is possibly my personal favorite… The “Off the Beaten Path”-package, which allows you to get a guided tour through the famous and beautiful district Montmarte. You can see the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica here, and you can either take the tram or hike up to enjoy an amazing view from the Roman Catholic church. Afterwards, you can go on a wine tasting tour with high value French vines, and a guided tour to the home of the world-known “Phantom of the Opera”; Opera Garnier. The Palais Garnier is “probably the most famous opera house in the world, and you will be overwhelmed by the amazing architecture, and the romantic atmosphere… Make sure not to miss. Definitely one of the 3 Paris day tours you should try.

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The golden interior of Opera Garnier in Paris. Amazing.

Museum lovers

Last but not least, you should try our “Museum Lovers” package, and the title speaks for itself; If you want to experience the history of the City of Lights while discovering all of its other monuments, this package is dedicated to you! Visit the World-famous Louvre, the Sainte Chapelle, and a tour to the Notré Dame – besides you will get to experience a cruise on the Seine. Discover the world-known Louvre where not a corner are left out, go afterwards and enjoy Saine Chapelle, which is a masterpiece of Flamboyant Gothic architecture built by Saint Louis in the heart of the Palais de la Cité on the Ile de la Cité in Paris. Discover its unique stained glass windows rendering the air iridescent with light and colour, symbols of the Heavenly Jerusalem. This is a royal medieval Gothic chapel, and you will be able to enjoy a concert here! Look at http://www.songkick.com/venues/1168011-la-sainte-chapelle for the upcoming concerts in 2015.

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Saine Chapelle in Paris… Overwhelming experience.

 

Afterwards, go and enjoy Notre Dame and get a guided visit by an experimented guide, which will give you wisdom about the importance of the Cathedral in Parisians’ life!

 

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Notre Dame in Paris!

At dinner time, go to a Seine Cruise. You do not want to miss this… A cruise down the beautiful Seine River shows you the wonderful architecture and café lined boulevards of Paris. Buy tickets at ParisByM, and enjoy a dinner cruise with your loved one. What’s not to love?

Hope you enjoyed my personal pick of 3 Paris day tours you should try!

 

 

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A selection of the best tours in Paris

When you come to Paris, there is always a bunch of activities that you can do, and it really is a jungle when finding out which ones you should pick. We hereby completed a guide, for our selection of the best tours in Paris, that are original, fun, different and out-of-the-ordinary!

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On ParisByM, we have carefully picked out the most beneficial and interesting tours, which comes in packages. These includes romantic tours, photo tours, sightseeing tours including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Musem, Montmarte, Notre-Dame and also wine-tours, because being in the capital of France, Paris is one of the best places in the World, where you can taste and explore the wide range of quality wines.

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Our weekend-trip packages allows you to relax, have fun and discover some secret places when in Paris. That is one of our selections for the best tours in Paris, and you will find it on our website here. You will be accommodated in Paris’ historical center, and discover secret and funny activities during your weekend in Paris.

If you are in Paris with your loved one, whether the purpose is a weekend escape, honeymoon, wedding proposal or something else, we strongly advice you to order our Romantic Trip package. Again, one of our proposal for a selection of the best tours! Find it here. The package includes transportation, visit to the World’s most famous museum, Louvre, and a sightseeing in the wonderful Montmarte. Also, you will go and see the Arc de Triomphe. A last walk on the Champs Elysees and the avenue Montaigne will allow you to see the most luxurious neighborhood of the city! What is optional in this package, is to discover Versailles which you seriously do not want to miss, the Champagne region or Loire valley with all of the breath-taking castles!

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Castle, Loire Valley!

 

Next up, when selecting the best tours in Paris, we have to mention our “Paris All Inclusive” package, which is ideal if you come to Paris for the first time, and want to see all the attractions without rushing. This package allows you to combine city walks to discover and explore the most beautiful hidden gems in Paris, to get some guided tours, see the main museum and go back in history and much more… Furthermore the top quality accommodation is in the centre! Check it out here!

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Wine tasting in Paris!

 

If you still have some time on your hand when in Paris, and want to do something additional to the packages, we strongly advice you to check out this article from Tripadvisor, which gives you an overview of the most fun and interesting activities when in Paris!

Hope you enjoyed going through our selection of the best tours in Paris with us.

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What Not to Miss on a One Day Tour of Paris

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Are you visiting Paris but are only able to stay for one day? Here are the things that you absolutely have to do on your one day tour of Paris.

Take a Bus Tour around Paris

Paris is a huge city with a plethora of unbelievable monuments and attractions, and there is no better way to experience all of them than via guided bus tour.  View amazing sites such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde all within a span of 2 hours.  Get tickets here while they’re hot!

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Visit Eiffel Tower

Once you’ve finished exploring the city via bus, head over to Paris’ most iconic attraction: La tour Eiffel. The best thing to do here is to take the lift up to the very top of the tower, where you will get a magnificent view of the entire city.  If you’re short on time and don’t want to wait in the two hour queue, get a fast track ticket!

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Tour the Louvre

Le Musée du Louvre is the world’s largest and most visited museum, and is therefore an absolute can’t-miss attraction during your one day tour of Paris.  With over 70,000 pieces of modern and historic art, from the Mona Lisa to the statue of Aphrodite, the Louvre is one of Paris’s most incredible gems that everyone should get a chance to experience at least once in their lifetime.  The lines will be long, so make sure to get a fast track ticket! (link here).

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Cruise the Seine

End your one day tour of Paris by taking a relaxing and captivating river cruise along Paris’ incredible river, Le Seine.  The river cruise will give you the opportunity to catch all of the attractions that you missed during your bus tour, and witness the ones you already saw from a completely different angle, glistening in the setting sun or illuminated by the moonlight.  Tickets are available here.

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A nice program for a 3 day trip to Paris

Paris is always full of people from all over the World, who comes to see the City of Light, to explore, discover and making memories…

My first 3 day trip to Paris

When I came to Paris the first time, I only had 3 days in Paris to do so.I was having dinner on the most beautiful avenue Champs-Elysees, where I happened to meet a very interesting Canadian couple, who said that they have visited Paris ten times. Yet, they haven’t seen it all, they said. So I was kind of stressed out. Where should I begin? I only had 3 days in Paris , and I did not have any program whatsoever.

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My 3 day trip to Paris recommendation

I decided to complete this 3 day trip to Paris for you, from my own experience. If you furthermore want tips to your Parisian fairytale, go ahead and read our guide here!

From my opinion, you have to explore the Eiffel Tower (read our guide to the Eiffel Tower tours here!) The Louvre (MONA!), Notre Dame, and the Palace of Versailles.

The very first day, I lived in the neighborhood of Montmartre, which is so cozy and full of life… Anyhow, ou HAVE to see Sacre Coeur Basilica, but in order to do so, you have to take the tram – or hike up. You can see Paris’ iconic Eiffel Tower from there. There is art galleries, cozy and beautiful shops and much more. After you indulge the atmosphere you can go down and take the nearest metro to the Eiffel Tower.

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It’s easy to stop at the Arc de Triomphe on the route between Montmartre and the Eiffel Tower, so you can easily hop off, take some pictures, and continue your journey. When you arrive to the famous Tower, you have some options – you can take the lift to the observation deck, or you can go all the way up. Remember to purchase tickets at ParisByM before going, so you save some time. Afterwards you can go to the lawn, where you can chill out, listen to some music, eat some cheese, bread, more cheese and drink some rosé. I did. C’est ça, la belle vie.

I went to Louvre the second day. ART, baby! It was amazing. Much more than I expected it to be. There isn’t a corner left out. So captivating, and overwhelming. Loads of people are standing in front of Mona Lisa, trying to take a picture or 50 of her, so beware of the crowd. You may get squeezed a couple of times, but to be quite honest, Mona is quite underwhelming to see. Just my opinion…

After that, I visited Notre Dame, and I have to say that it is really something you CANNOT MISS when in Paris. I have a hard time describing the feeling you get, when you enter the cathedral. The line may seem long, but it goes fast. And btw, it is completely free. If you can miss 5 euros per person to enter the rooms with all of the treasures. It was amazing. Whoa.

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Notre Dame cathedral, Bondarisilviuphotography

I strolled down the avenue afterwards to taste macaroons from the famous bakery Paul, which is located a few steps from Arc de Triomphe, and right down the Champs-Elysees avenue.

In the evening, I booked a trip to the Seine River – well, actually a sightseeing-boat, whereas you can capture all of the highlights of Paris. It was very romantic and nice. Dinner was eaten at one of the restaurants nearby Notre Dame. There is so many authentic, cozy restaurants and shops to be found there. Very Parisian.

The very last day, I ate le brekky at Le George V (café) on Champs-Elysees. There you can get a complete brunch which consists of croissants, fresh juice, omelette, coffee and toasts with jam and butter for like 5 euros… And at the same time, you can observe the people walking up and down the avenue – very inspiring!

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I had some magical 3 days in Paris, and this trip actually gave me to lust to be a part of the ParisByM team, and provide fantastic trips to people all over the world, who got the same wanderlust.

I hope you enjoyed looking back at my Paris trip with me, and got some inspiration on the way in order to create your own program.

Oh well, there is really no cure for Paris – at least I know by now.

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Why plan your trip to Paris with a package?

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If you’re planning on visiting Paris, the best way to book your trip is by getting a package. Here are the reasons why.

1.  Skip the Lines

With plenty of wonderful attractions come plenty of eager tourists, and with plenty of eager tourists come long lines.  And trust me, you don’t want to be spending much of your trip to Paris waiting in line to buy a ticket, especially if you’re only here for a weekend.

This is why a trip to Paris with a package is so useful – you can purchase a package that includes tickets in advance for all of the attractions that you want to visit, be it the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, or Musée d’Orsay.

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2.  Find the Hidden Gems

Let’s say you’ve already seen all of Paris’ most famous attractions and are looking for a more authentic experience? We at ParisByM will provide you with trip to Paris with a package that includes access to all of the city’s hidden gems, from Parc des Buttes Chaumont, to the Promenade Plantée.

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3. Get all Special Accommodations Covered

Packages are a great way to travel especially if you require any accommodations for your trip.  Let’s say you’re in Paris with children and are looking to find activities that are great not just for you but also for them?  Or, what if you need certain health accommodations? Save yourself the hassle in searching for accommodations and ask us for a personalized, accommodated package – we’ve got you covered for anything and everything.

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There you have it – here are the reasons why you need to book your trip to Paris with a package. For more info and to book a package, please visit http://www.parisbym.com/.

Have a wonderful trip to Paris!

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What Not to Miss in a 2 Day Trip to Paris

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The Wonderful City of Paris

Are you visiting the most beautiful city in the world but only have 2 days to explore? If so, here are the 5 things that you absolutely cannot afford to miss during your 2 day trip to Paris.

1.  Eiffel Tower

La Tour Eiffel is undoubtably the most iconic symbol of Paris, and one of the most famous attractions in the world.  The best thing to do at the Eiffel Tower is to take the escalator up to the top to get a magnificent view of the entire city! The waiting time for the escalator is usually up to 2 hours so be sure to get a Fast Track Ticket (tickets here).

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Eiffel Tower

2. Louvre

Le Musée du Louvre is the most famous museum in the world. It holds 35,000 masterpieces from all ages, most notably Leonardo De Vinci’s Mona Lisa. One can spend days exploring the Louvre, so make sure to spare a couple of hours in this wonderful museum (Fast Track Ticket here).

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3. River Cruise along La Seine

The best way to enjoy Paris’ most beautiful monuments is to take a river cruise along La Seine.  And for all you lovebirds out there, this is one of the most romantic activities you can do with your partner (more info on romance in Paris here). Here are the tickets to the cruise.

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4. Montmartre

My personal favorite area of Paris is Montmartre, the city’s 18th arrondissement.  Here you will find the grandiose Sacré-Coeur, as well as charming cobblestone streets and beautiful antique buildings that inspired the works of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

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Montmartre

5. Notre Dame de Paris 

La Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris is Paris’ most iconic and alluring cathedral and an absolute can’t-miss attraction during your 2 day trip to Paris. If you have the time, climb up the 387 steps for an incredible view of Paris.

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Have a wonderful 2 day trip to Paris!

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By the stairs: tickets cannot be bought in advance for climbing the Eiffel Tower by stairs. You can climb up to the 2nd floor with the stairs, but you will have to take the elevator of you want to go further to the 3rd and last floor. You can expect a waiting time of around half an hour before getting your tickets for the stairs. Price is 7€ per adult.

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The amazing Eiffel Tower

By elevator: tickets can be bought either at the day and time of your visit (with a line that can be around 2 hours, or longer during high season), or can be bought in advance (exactly 3 months prior to the day when you want to go). But the official tickets on the official website are gone in only a few minutes… Another solution then is to buy them from a retailer, which might charge an additional fee. Official price for an adult: 11€ for the 2nd floor, 17 for the 3rd.

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Guided tour of the Eiffel Tower: the best option is to go for a guided tour, where you will not only go up to the 2nd floor, but also give you an exclusive experience of what is behind the scene…. You can check more information about these tours here. Tickets are sold our pretty fast, so contact us now to get your tickets for this tour!

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Behind the scenes – the Eiffel Tower

Don’t forget that access to the 3rd floor is not automatically included in your ticket. You can buy an additional ticket either at the foot of the Eiffel Tower (doing the line) or at the 2nd floor, for an additional price of 6€, but you still have to do the line to access the unique elevator (consider an approximate 30 minutes).

Note: each ticket purchase for the Eiffel Tower is non-refundable

Opening hours
Mid-June to early September: 9am to midnight
Rest of the year: 9:30am to 11pm.

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Are you lucky enough to be able to spend 5 full days in the City of Lights and Love?  If so, then check out our comprehensive guide on the top places to see in Paris in 5 days.

Day 1

Start off your first day in Paris by riding around the city in a guided bus tour (tickets here), getting a great view of famous Parisian sights such as the Grand Palais.

Get off near the magnificent Opera and check out Paris Story –  a film portraying the evolution of Paris – a great way to get yourself introduced to this fantastic city!

After the film, go visit Paris’ most iconic attraction – La Tour Eiffel. Take the escalator to the top to get a fantastic view of the whole city, but be sure to get a Fast Track ticket to skip the 2-hour line! (link here).  You can also get a great view of the city from the top of another one of Paris’ most emblematic attractions – Arc de Triomphe (tickets here).

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Arc de Triomphe

Day 2

Get your 2nd day in Paris off to a great start by checking out the world’s most famous museum – the Louvre (tickets).

When you’re done exploring all of the amazing artwork that the Louvre has to offer, visit the towering cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris and explore its magnificent interior.  Afterwards, check out the beautiful stained glass windows of  Sainte-Chapelle.

End your day with a relaxing walk around one of Paris’s most historic  neighborhoods: Saint-Germaine-des-Près and Le Marais, featuring beautiful Parisian sights such as Le Jardin du Luxembourg and Le Panthéon.

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Notre Dame

 

Day 3

What better way to begin your 3rd day in Paris than by taking a day trip to the world’s most beautiful castle – Château de Versailles (entry ticket here, train ticket here)!

When you come back to Paris, embark on a romantic river cruise along La Seine (tickets here), to see all of the beautiful sights of Paris from a different angle.

After the cruise, take a stroll along one of Paris’ most famous boulevards – Champs-Élysées, and check out a free classical paintings exhibit at Le Petit Palais along the way!

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Day 4

Start off the 4th day of the trip by visiting Paris’ 2nd most famous museum –Musée d’Orsay. Be sure to get a fast track ticket in order to skip the long lines!(link here).

Then hop on the metro to check out my personal favorite area of Paris – Montmartre, upon which lies the magnificent Sacré-Coeur. Finally, end your day by catching a fantastic cabaret show at the Moulin Rouge!

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Day 5

Get your last day in Paris off to a delicious start by visiting one of the city’s food markets. Choose from a endless selection of fruits, vegetables, and cheese – all in their freshest form.

Then, head over to the Latin Quarter to view remarkable sights such as the Pantheon and Eglise Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas, as well as Sorbonne – Paris’ most renowned university.

Finally, take a nice stroll along the Boulevard Saint Germain – the most famous boulevard on the Left Bank.  Located in the stylish Saint-Germain-des-Près neighborhood of the 6th arrondissement, Boulevard Saint Germain is filled with some of the city’s most iconic sidewalk cafés.

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Panthéon

There you have it – here are the absolute must see places in Paris in 5 days! Have a wonderful time in the greatest city in the world!

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Spending your Vacation in Paris!

Are you interested in spending your vacation in one of the most beautiful and magical cities in the world? If so, come visit Paris! Here are three of our best Paris vacation packages offered at ParisByM.

1. The Romeo & Juliet

There is no question that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. If you’re looking for a charming place to spend your vacation with your loved one, then there is no better place to visit than the City of Love. Our Romeo & Juliet Paris vacation package is filled with fun and charming activities for you and your loved one during your stay in Paris.

From romantic picnics under the Eiffel Tower, to relaxing dinner cruises on the river Seine (tickets here), to incredible private tours of the illustrious gardens of Chateau Versailles, our Romeo & Juliet vacation package has all the necessities for you and your loved one to have the trip of your lives. Click here to check out all of the other romantic activities that this package has to offer!

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2. The All Inclusive 

All inclusive packages are the best way to experience a trip, especially in a city like Paris that is filled with so many sights and adventures. Having to find a hotel, organize transportation, and plan daily activities separately is a very stressful task. Eliminate this stress by purchasing our All Inclusive package – it will not only save you time and energy – but money as well! (Click here for more info regarding the benefits of all-inclusive packages).

Our All Inclusive deal will provide you access to a 3-5 Star hotel, 3-Star Restaurants and comprehensive transportation around the city. It also features a plethora of activities in Paris’ most fascinating attractions – from a guided tour of the Musée du Louvre to tickets to a Moulin Rouge Cabaret (tickets here) – two things that you don’t want to miss! Click here to find out more about this incredible deal.

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3.  The Weekender

Are you coming to Paris for vacation but are only able to stay for a weekend?   Then our Weekender package has you covered with all of the must-see sights and attractions to make your quick stay efficient and amazing.

The package includes Fast Track Tickets to Paris’s most famous museums and attractions – skip the lines and be able to access the top of the Eiffel Tour (tickets), or the entire exhibit of Musée d’Orsay!(tickets)

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Pick any of these Paris vacation packages and have an absolutely amazing time in Paris.  Begin your vacation adventure in Paris by booking now!

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Places to See in Paris in 3 Days

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Must-See Sights & Attractions in Paris in 3 Days:

Although just 3 days is not enough time to see all of the treasures that Paris has to offer, you can still have a great time if you plan your trip wisely.  Follow the comprehensive schedule below to ensure that you have an amazing stay in Paris!

Day 1

The best way to start off your tour of Paris in 3 days is to hop on a Bus Tour. In 2-3 hours you’ll be able to see many of Paris’ most famous sites, from the grandiose Grand Palais to the historic Moulin Rouge (tickets here).

After riding around the city, stop at Paris’ most iconic landmark – La Tour Eiffel.  Take in all of its beauty by having a picnic on the Champ de Mars, and afterwards take the escalator up to the very top for a stunning view of the city.   (Note: wait times for the escalator is around 2 hours; but you can get an equivalent view by climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, another iconic landmark in Paris. Get ticket here).

End your day by walking along the historic Champs-Elysees, one of Paris’ most lively areas known for its plentiful shopping and tasty cuisine!

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Day 2

Start off your second day by taking a day trip to the world’s most renowned castle – the Château de Versailles, a 1.5 hour train ride from Paris (train tickets here). Take an hour long tour of the exotic interior, and then stroll around the magnificent gardens and fountains.

After Versaillescheck out the Louvre – the world’s’ most famous museum.  Skip the lengthy lines by purchasing a Fast Track Ticket (link here) and begin exploring all of the illustrious works that the museum has to offer, from the Mona Lisa to the statue of Aphrodite.

End your day with a relaxing and romantic river cruise along La Seine. See Paris from a completely different angle –  glistening in the sunlight or illuminated by the moonlight

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Versailles

Day 3

Start off your last day by visiting the wonderful neighborhood of Montmartre – the hill upon which lies the magnificent Sacré-Coeur.  Walk around the cobblestone streets of the enchanting 18th arrondissement – the neighborhood that inspired the works of some of the world’s most famous artists, like Pablo Picasso.

Next, go and see some of these outstanding works in Paris’ second most popular museum – Musée d’Orsay – filled with paintings from the world’s most famous impressionists, from Monet to Renoir to Degas.

End your stay in Paris by checking out one of the city’s most marvelous and historic cathedrals – Notre – Dame de Paris. Take a guided tour of the magnificent interior, but come around 9 AM if you’d like to climb up the 387 steps to the top for another wonderful view of the city.

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There you have it – here’s my comprehensive guide on what to see in Paris in 3 days.  Have a wonderful stay in the City of Lights and Love!

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How to Get Tickets and Visit the Eiffel Tower

What Will You Find at the Eiffel Tower?

To the rest of the world, what is the most iconic image of France? The Eiffel Tower, of course! The first time that you come to Paris, the #1 thing you want to do is visit the Iron Lady, as she is affectionately known. When it comes  to how you visit, you have many options. The first is to photograph the Tower from the ground. The Place du Trocadero, directly across the Seine from the monument, offers a gorgeous view at ground level.

Eiffel Tower

Another option is to make the climb. While the tower is comprised of 3 floors, it is not necessary to go all the way to the 3rd floor to get a breathtaking view; each of the 3 floors offers an exceptional panoramic view.

On the 1st floor (187 ft / 57 m), will will find an exhibition space and a short film on the history of the tower, as well as a glass floor (you may get dizzy looking down), a space for temporary activities (in the winter of 2014, an ice skating rink was installed there), a room reserved for business events, and La Brasserie 58 (see below).

Gustave Eiffel Office in the Eiffel TowerOn the 2nd floor (377 ft / 115 m), in addition to the panoramic view, those looking for a nice meal can find the Michelin-star Jules Verne, restaurant of the famous chef Alain Ducasse (more information here).

Finally, on the 3rd floor (1,063 ft / 324 m), you will find a champagne bar, as well as a replica of Gustave Eiffel’s workshop.

How to Visit?

On foot: The more adventurous choice  is to climb to the 2nd floor (the elevator is required for the 3rd floor). Tickets for the stairs aren’t sold in advance, so it is necessary to wait in line the day of the your visit. However, the line for the stairs isn’t as long as the line for the elevators (still, plan for at least a 30 minute wait). Adult price: 7€.

By elevator: To avoid standing in a long line the day of your visit (which can easily be 2 hours, more during peak season), you can buy your tickets in advance. Keep in mind that skip-the-line tickets (for a specific time) go on sale on the official site 3 months before the day of the visit and are gone in just a few minutes. If it’s difficult to obtain a ticket through the official site, you can find one through a distributor site. Official adult price: 15€ for the 2nd floor, 17€ for the top.

By guided tour: Certain companies offer guided tours of the Eiffel Tower that not only give you access to the Tower itself (just to the 2nd floor), but to the behind-the-scenes operations, as well. Adult price: around 29€.

Check out our post for booking the tickets to access the Eiffel Tower

Guided tour Eiffel Tower

To access the 3rd floor: You can either buy your tickets directly below the Tower by waiting in line (for tickets to the top), or buy a supplemental ticket to the 2nd floor (6€) that allows you to use the last elevator. Note: Whether by yourself or part of a guided tour, you cannot skip the line for this ticket, and the wait is generally around 30 minutes to the 2nd floor.

Note: each ticket purchase for the Eiffel Tower is non-refundable

Hours

The Eiffel Tower is open every day of the year, from 9:00am to midnight between mid-June and early September, and from 9:30am to 11:00pm the rest of the year.

Restaurants

For a quick bite: At the ground floor, as well as the 1st and 2nd floors, you can purchase a sandwich or sweet treat at one of the little shops.

The Champagne Bar: You can also try a flute of white or pink champagne at the 3rd floor everyday between noon and 10:00pm. For the romantics, don’t be disappointed; despite the price (between 12 and 21€ a glass), the champagne is served in plastic glasses instead of crystal flutes for security reasons!

Bar à champagne, Eiffel Tower

La Brasserie 58: Situated 190 ft (58 m) from the top, the Eiffel Tower’s brasserie offers 2 lunch services (12:00pm or 1:30pm) and 2 dinner services (6:30pm or 9:00pm). For lunch, you will be served a chic picnic (selection of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts served in small portions and brought to your table in a basket, starting at 42€ / person). The dinner menu is more substantial (between 85€ and 170€ / person, depending on the service, quality of wine served, and your table location). Although you can technically come without reservations, it is strongly advised to reserve a table months in advance, especially for dinner, which is fully booked every night.

Déjeuner Brasserie 58 Tour Eiffel

Le Jules Verne: Located on the 2nd floor, the high-caliber restaurant of the Eiffel Tower (1 Michelin star) offers you an unforgettable experience. Run by the internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse, you can access it by private elevator before tasting very refined traditional French cuisine. There is a formal dress code is in place for your pleasure, as well as that of others (no T-shirts, jeans, or sports clothes). Price: 100 to 200€ / person. Plan on reserving well in advance! http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/en

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Note: For a gift, you can give someone a meal at La Brasserie 58 or the restaurant Jules Verne. This doesn’t guarantee a table whenever you want, so think of reserving ahead of time if you have a specific date in mind.

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The Eiffel Tower Romance: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Iron Lady

The Eiffel Tower Romance: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Iron Lady

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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.

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Did you know that, underneath the Champ de Mars, there is a large network of galleries 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. Tour Eiffel behind the scene skip the line guided tour

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. Tour Eiffel behind the scene skip the line guided tourThe 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.
Duration: 1:30.
Note: Plan on reserving in advance, as spots fill up fast!

More photos of this visit are available in our Facebook album.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS SUSPENDED FOR NOW. FOR THE ALTERNATIVES, PLEASE CONTACT US.

Contact us now to reserve your skip-the-line ticket to the Eiffel Tower!