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Get faster entry to the tower by avoiding the long elevator lines. Climb the stairs up the Eiffel Tower with a guide by your side every step of the way. Brag to your friends and join your fellow adventurers as you ascend 704 steps on foot with your expert guide who has carefully planned a pace designed for your comfort. Along the way you will hear stories, and fun facts about the Tower and surrounding landmarks! The scenery changes and expands around you on a journey that is as spectacular as the destination! The history, the legends, the views!! It’s all waiting for you at the world’s most visited landmark, The Eiffel Tower.
No, this tour is not accessible wheelchairs or foldable strollers. Participants also will need to be able to climb 700 steps in approximately 1 hour or about 1 floor (12 steps) every 2 minutes.
Yes. There is food and drink available for purchase on the first and second levels.
There is a restroom break about halfway through the tour at the first level.
It is important to arrive at the tower 15 minutes prior to the tour start time to allow yourself time to get through the mandatory security check. We do start the tour promptly and it would be unfair for the others if we need to wait for those that are late. We cannot guarantee you’ll be able to find your tour group if you are late.
Tips are always appreciated by our guides, but never expected. They should be given if you believe your guide did an outstanding job, and further, if you as an individual want to demonstrate your appreciation to the guide for that job well done.
Directions: Your guide will be in this area wearing a yellow beret and holding a yellow sign that says "Guided Eiffel Tour" Metro: Line 6 to Bir-Hakeim or Trocadéro or line 9 to Trocadéro RER: Line C to Champs de Mars Bus: Lines 42, 69, 82 or 87 to Champ de Mars or lines 22, 30, 32, 63 or 72 to Trocadéro
Tour Ends: At the Eiffel Tower
Top reasons why the stairs are better than the elevators:
1) Save time and money
2) Fully guided visit of the first level not offered during elevator tours
3) Enjoy the journey, not just the destination
4) Brag to your friends
5) Edison and Churchill climbed the stairs too
6) You can always take the elevator down when you are ready
Check in with your host outside at the South security entrance. Your host will be wearing a yellow beret.
There can be a line to climb the stairs. However this line is much shorter than the elevator line. Your guide will secure tickets for the group and enter the tower to climb up 704 steps over 30 flights. During the first leg of your climb you will learn about Gustave Eiffel: The Young Engineer, The Entrepreneur, The Great Builder, and Life After The Tower.
An excellent experience with no queues and plenty of time all the way up, perfect for kids also - my 8 year old daughter absolutely loved it!
Before you know it you have reached the first level where you will take a walk around the tower and hear little-known fun facts about the tower's original color, twinkling lights and individuals who made history with their daredevil stunts. Stand on the new glass floor, and experience the world of the tower via a multimedia interactive exhibit and short film, if time permits. Grab your free "Follow Gus" activity booklet for family fun, or enjoy a snack or rest before you continue on your way.
Upon arrival at the second level, experience a unique sense of accomplishment, and take in the magnificent views of all the sights surrounding you. Get a birds’ eye tour of Paris with your feet far from the ground as your guide tells you about monuments and districts such as Montparnasse, Les Invalides, the Sacre-Coeur, Notre Dame, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées.
If you have purchased the Summit Access option, you will take a lift from the 2nd level up to the summit. Once there, see Gustave Eiffel’s office, restored to its original condition along with panoramic maps. Go to the Champagne Bar and treat yourself to some bubbles in the sky. When you are ready, simply take the elevator back down to street level and continue with your day! This is the Eiffel Tower experience your friends will envy--the sensation of being inside and outside at the same time, the changing view as you ascend, and memories all the more special for having done it.