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Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access W/ Optional Summit Access

1. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access W/ Optional Summit Access

Enjoy direct access to the Eiffel Tower and admire the breathtaking views from the top of the iconic structure. Spend as much time as you like at the tower and explore the different levels at your own leisure.  See Paris from above and from a completely new perspective. Marvel at the ancient façade of the Louvre and the financial district of La Defense. Admire the colorful Pompidou Museum and the vast white expanse of Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Stop at the Champagne Bar on the top floor for a glass of bubbly. On your way down, take in the many interesting activities on the first floor. Test your courage by walking on the glass floor!

Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

2. Paris: Louvre Museum Timed-Entrance Ticket

Explore the Louvre at your own pace with a timed-entrance ticket, ensuring you get in within 30 minutes. See unmissable and iconic artwork such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. Discover Renaissance masterpieces and ancient Egyptian relics, along with paintings from the 13th to 20th centuries. The museum first opened on August 10, 1793, exhibiting just 537 paintings. Despite closing in 1796 due to structural problems, it reopened in 1801 as the Musée Napoléon with a larger collection.  The collection has since gained 20,000 works. Now, there are 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; and Prints and Drawings.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Guided Tour by Elevator

3. Paris: Eiffel Tower Direct Access Guided Tour by Elevator

Skip the ticket line to the Eiffel Tower and take a tour of this famous landmark and admire the city from above. Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the tower to hear all about the origins and the secrets behind the construction of this architectural masterpiece. Catch the elevator and ascend to the viewing platform on the second floor, and, if you choose the summit ticket, head all the way to the summit. From there, take in the amazing panoramic views of the French capital, including Sacre Coeur, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe. Opt in to include a 1-hour cruise on the Seine, available any time after your visit to the Eiffel Tower. Admire the UNESCO-listed buildings lining the riverbanks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Conciergerie. Pass by floating houseboats and restaurants along the way.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit Floor Ticket & Seine River Cruise

4. Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit Floor Ticket & Seine River Cruise

See Paris's most famous sights with this combined Eiffel Tower ticket and Seine river cruise experience. Benefit from assisted fast-track entrance, then explore Paris’ Iron Lady on your own up to the summit floor. Your ticket includes a 1-hour cruise on the Seine river, available at any time during your stay. Admire the UNESCO-listed buildings lining the riverbanks, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Notre-Dame de Paris, and the Conciergerie. Pass by floating houseboats and restaurants along the way.

Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

5. Paris: Versailles Palace and Gardens Full Access Ticket

Visit the Palace and Gardens of Versailles with a pre-booked 1-day full access pass. Explore the ornate State Apartments and breathtaking Hall of Mirrors inside the official residence of the French monarchy from 1682 to 1789. Learn more about Louis XIV and other French royals. Get a sense of life in the French court as you take a walk through the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Stroll through the legendary gardens at your own pace, and admire fountains, sculptures, and beautifully manicured lawns. Enjoy access to the Grand and Petit Trianon in their own grounds. See where the “Sun King” would entertain in private, and where he would go to escape the rigors of court life. Then, go to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, and discover where she would seek refuge in private. Choose the fountain option to enjoy a spectacular fountain show or the iconic musical gardens to finish off your visit.

Paris: Opera Garnier Entry Ticket

6. Paris: Opera Garnier Entry Ticket

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Benefit from quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris. Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes. You will receive your digital ticket directly after your booking, just show it at the Opera visit entrance to enjoy your visit.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

7. Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

Enjoy bird’s eye views of Paris from the second-floor observation deck of the Eiffel Tower. Meet your guide next to the Eiffel Tower for a brief introduction to the history of the tower. Then, enjoy direct access to the second floor, and hear interesting tales and anecdotes about the tower’s unique history from your guide. Learn more about the “City of Light,” and enjoy privileged views of the Notre Dame, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and Les Invalides. Your guide will then leave you to enjoy the Eiffel Tower at your own pace. Ascend to the summit (if option booked), without a guide, at your leisure for even more breathtaking views and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the Champagne Bar (if option booked). On the way down, make sure you stop on the 1st floor to walk on a new glass floor, 200 feet above the ground.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Stair Climb to Level 2 w/ Summit Option

8. Paris: Eiffel Tower Stair Climb to Level 2 w/ Summit Option

Explore the Eiffel Tower like never before as you climb this monumental tower by foot. Your guide will give you an introduction to the iconic structure before leading you to the ticket entrance. Your guide will keep you entertained with even more interesting facts and anecdotes. Begin your ascent, hearing stories behind the tower's creation and near demise as you take in the unique views from the staircase, accompanied by your expert guide all the way up to the 2nd floor. Take a break on the 1st floor and hear little-known facts about the tower and her architect. Experience the walk on a 57-meter high glass floor to take a few keepsake photos. Continue to the observation deck on the 2nd floor for bird's eye views of the Arc de Triomphe and other icons of Paris while enjoying your guide's insightful and entertaining commentary. Once you are finished admiring the spectacular views, you can choose to take the stairs or the elevator back to the ground floor.  Choose to upgrade your ticket to the Summit, only possible at the time of booking, to see Gustave Eiffel's original office and enjoy the highest platform for panoramic views of Paris. Please note that occasionally, due to situations beyond control such as inclement weather or crowds, the summit may be temporarily closed upon your arrival to the Eiffel Tower. In these rare cases, the group will not be able to access the summit, even if it reopens while presently inside the tower. Should this occur, you will receive a refund for the price of summit access within 5-10 days. The refund will be done automatically, so there is no need to contact us.

From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Guided Day Trip

9. From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Guided Day Trip

Visit Mont Saint-Michel on a guided day trip from Paris. Discover the highlights with your guide before taking an audio-guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Enjoy some free time after to explore on your own. From Paris, board a private coach to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the coach for a return journey to Paris.

Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

10. Paris: Eiffel Tower Summit or Second Floor Direct Access

Bypass the ticket booth lines at the Eiffel Tower with a direct access ticket to the second level and, if option selected, the summit. Learn about the tower from your guide and explore the interior at your own pace. Meet the guide and enjoy a historic presentation on the Eiffel Tower before being guided through security and inside the elevator as far as the second floor. Explore the second floor and, if you have selected the option to, ascend to the summit. Take in the spectacular views of the French capital and spot key monuments from above.

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4.5 / 5

based on 19,401 reviews

Brilliant service, met us outside the hotel 10 minutes early and explained everything what was happening on the day. Staff were friendly, professional and totally reliable. Travel to Paris was quick and straight forward. Dropped off at the Eiffel Tower and escorted to the waiting boat for the trip on the river. Explained how our day was planned and offered help and advice for the day in Paris. Would highly recommend to anyone to use this service we had a great hassle free day. Would definitely use again in the future.

The Arc is AMAZING!! However, the description of the ticket can be confusing—I saw multiple people asking for clarification because they were under the impression that they could just walk up and be let in instead of having to wait in line. In reality, purchasing this ticket allows you to only have to wait in one line instead of two—the security line…to be fair, that line will wrap all the way around the Arc, but it does move pretty quickly.

Versailles was impressive but be ready for a lot of info from the guide and lots of people.

Easy, short line, great information. Our guide, Laura, was fantastic.

Yahzid was amazing. Very interesting and knowledgeable