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Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

1. Paris: Skip-the-Line Arc de Triomphe Rooftop Tickets

The Arc de Triomphe is a Neoclassical take on the ancient Roman triumphal arch style. Fifty meters tall, the view from the platform atop the arch is well worth the hike. See the dozen Parisian avenues radiating out from the arch into the City of Light. Paris is one of the most fascinating places in the world and you will find yourself right at its center. Inspired by the great arches of ancient Rome, Napoleon commissioned the Arc de Triomphe shortly after his victory at Austerlitz. Unfortunately, he never lived to see its completion. At the base of the arch, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died in World War I. Behold the eternal flame that is rekindled at 6.30 PM each evening. In addition, there is a must-see exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument. The view from the top of the arch is worth climbing the 284 stairs. From your privileged position, survey all of Paris. Unlike the obligatory Eiffel Tower trip, getting into the Arc de Triomphe is an effort not all tourists undertake. Plus, with skip-the-line tickets, you'll hardly have to break stride on your way in.

Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

2. Paris: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

Explore the best of Paris on a discovery bus tour with an audio guide. From the comfort of an eco-friendly bus, see sights like the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. Jump on board a hop-on hop-off bus to get an overview of Paris. Learn about the city through the audio guide commentary specially designed for the route. Pick the sights you want to explore in more detail, and hop off at the closest location to visit the attractions (at your own expense). See the top art masterpieces and paintings at the Louvre Museum, stop at Notre Dame and take a moment to admire its architecture from the left bank of the Seine, shop in the Champs-Elysées, or climb the top of the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower for the best views of the city. Don't miss the opportunity to walk around the most charming neighborhoods in Paris such as the bohemian Montmartre, the buzzing Latin Quarter, the trendy Marais, or the peaceful Ile de Saint Louis. If you are traveling with children, the child-friendly channel available in French and English will keep them entertained. The kids' audio guide is designed to capture their attention all throughout the journey.  Upon first validation, your ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours, according to the option booked. You can hop on or hop off an unlimited number of times within the validity period. The route stops are as follows: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 11, Rue Auber 75009 Paris 2. OPERA GARNIER – 49, Avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris 3. MUSEE DU LOUVRE – Place du Carrousel 75002 Paris 4. NOTRE-DAME – 4, Rue du Petit Pont 75005 Paris 5. MUSEE D’ORSAY – 8, Quai Anatole-France 75007 Paris 6. CONCORDE – 12, Place de la Concorde 75008 Paris 7. CHAMPS-ELYSEES – GEORVE V -116, Avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 50, Avenue du Président Wilson 75016 Paris 9. TOUR EIFFEL – 69, Quai Branly 75007 Paris 10. PONT ALEXANDRE III – INVALIDES – 41, Quai d’Orsay 75007 Paris

Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with Seine Cruise

3. Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with Seine Cruise

Enjoy the perfect day out in Paris with a combo package that grants you priority entrance to the Arc de Triomphe and a river cruise on the Seine, each of which can be used at the time of day which suits you best. At the Arc de Triomphe, skip the long lines and head straight up to the top of the monument to admire iconic views of the Champs-Elysées. Climb to a height of 50 meters to reach the viewing platform for views of the surrounding streets that will make the 284-step climb worthwhile. You may also witness the lighting of the eternal flame every night at 6:30 pm or visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the foot of the monument. Afterward, head to the Bateaux Parisiens for a cruise on the River Seine. Relax and take in views of some of Paris' most iconic landmarks, including the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre Dame de Paris, and some of the city's many bridges. You can also admire Paris institutions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Hotel du Ville from a unique perspective. 

Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

4. Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

Journey through the heart of Paris after dark and marvel at the floodlit monuments of the "City of Lights" from a front-row seat. Board the open-top vehicle on the Champs-Elysées and set off to marvel at all the iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris and much more. Admire the glass structure of the Louvre Pyramid as you listen to an informative commentary by a live English and French-speaking guide or on the multilingual audio guides. Get a free reward booklet with exclusive offers and recommendations.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

5. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour & Cruise

This hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris helps you to explore the city's top attractions at your own pace. Enjoy this Paris sightseeing tour by day to discover the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. This city tour takes you to more than 50 points of interest around Paris. Experience the beautiful avenues, the stunning architecture, and picturesque views at the top of an open-air bus. Hop-on or hop-off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city.  The tour will include an informative and entertaining commentary that will guide you through the city. To see the city from a different perspective, your hop-on hop-off city tour will be combined with a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River. The cruise will take you past many stunning monuments and museums, while sailing under several beautiful bridges, showcasing the best landmarks in Paris.  The individual audio commentary will teach you all about the historical and cultural significance of the attractions, helping you decide which to visit once you’re back on land.

Paris: Guided Eiffel Tower Tour, Arc de Triomphe and Cruise

6. Paris: Guided Eiffel Tower Tour, Arc de Triomphe and Cruise

See the best of Paris with this tour combining a guided Eiffel Tower visit with tickets to the Arc de Triomphe as well as a river cruise. Accompany your guide to the Eiffel Tower and visit the second floor, with an option to visit the summit. Then, use your Arc de Triomphe and river cruise tickets on any other day before their expiration.   The Eiffel Tower offers panoramic views of the city—see iconic monuments such as the golden dome of les Invalides and the remains of Notre Dame de Paris. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Egyptian obelisk at Place de la Concorde and the magnificent roof of the Grand Palais. If you select the summit option on booking, ascend even higher to see out past the city entirely, and check this activity off your bucket list.   Then, within 3 months of purchase, board a panoramic river boat for a 1-hour cruise along the Seine River that starts from the base of the Eiffel Tower, with service that runs every 30 to 60 minutes. See some of Paris’s iconic monuments closer up on this relaxing tour through the city.   You’ll also receive open tickets to visit the Arc de Triomphe, a neoclassical monument built in the ancient Roman style. Located at the center of the city, the view from the top is absolutely worth it—see the streets radiate out from this center point in a star-shaped pattern. At the base, visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which pays tribute to the 1.3 million French soldiers who died during the First World War. Observe the eternal flame being lit at 6:30 PM every night and wander the exhibition that explains the symbolic importance of this monument.

From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

7. From London: Luxury Paris Full-Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day tour of Paris, with round trip transfers from London by Eurostar. Upon arrival at St. Pancras international in London, a representative will escort you to your reserved seat on board the 06:55 train to Paris. They will be available as your guide throughout the day. Relax on the train journey. Then, take a panoramic bus tour to see some of the most iconic landmarks of the "City of Lights," such as the Notre Dame cathedral, Napoleon’s triumphal Arc de Triomphe, and the luxury hotels and stores of the Champs-Elysees. Next, you’ll be treated to a special tour of the Eiffel Tower. Skip the lines and go straight to a reserved lunch at the newly opened Madame Brasserie on the first floor.  Reopened in June 2022, the 1st floor fully renovated brasserie is run by a two Michelin stars chef Thierry Marx, offering contemporary brasserie cuisine.  The restaurant opens 360 degrees onto the Iron Lady’s metal structure for you to enjoy its beauty, and offers a breathtaking view of the Trocadero and the Palais de Chaillot. Enjoy panoramic views of the city and feast on a delicious 3-course meal of French cuisine. Continue after lunch with a cruise down the River Seine, gliding through the heart of Paris for spectacular views of Place de la Concorde, the Musée D’Orsay, and much more.  Complete your experience by exploring the streets at leisure. A guided tour of the Louvre is available for those who prefer to see the “Mona Lisa” and other magnificent art works. Return to the Gare Du Nord for your 19:13 Eurostar departure back to London, with check-in closing 45 minutes before departure. Arrive in London at approximately 20:30 for the end of tour services.

Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

8. Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

Embark on the first immersive flight experience of Paris, in which visitors fly over Paris and its monuments in virtual reality, complete with real flight sensations. Head to the departure lounge for your flight instructions then, in the takeoff room, don your jetpack, put on your virtual-reality headset, and take flight over the rooftops of Paris. Enjoy a 35-minute experience (including 20 minutes in virtual reality), filmed with real-life images. Fly past the Eiffel Tower, soar over the Seine, and discover the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and other iconic monuments. Experience the realistic feeling of actually flying through the air with the virtual-reality headsets and your jetpack (flight simulator). After this amazing flight over Paris, fly over seven dream destinations, taking in 360-degree views of the Great Wall of China, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Angel Falls in Venezuela, Lake Baikal in Russian, and others.

Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

9. Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

Looking for a child-friendly experience parents and little ones can enjoy together? Hop on this Paris kids' tour and let the city take you by surprise! Experience Paris as never before, on board a 100% electric bus. Ride past the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. During the tour, the guides will surprise the children with a mix of cultural and fun entertainment including amazing stories about museums, monuments, historical sites, popular tales, and animated films all powered by riddles and games. The cherry on top is the sweets the kids get at the end of the performance.

Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with River Cruise and Breakfast

10. Paris: Arc de Triomphe Entry with River Cruise and Breakfast

Your day begins at the popular l’Alsace restaurant located on the iconic Champs-Élysées. Experience life as a true Parisian as you enjoy an express breakfast that includes a croissant, tea or double espresso, and a fresh orange juice. Soak up the authentic charm of the Champs-Élysées as you watch the locals and tourists go about their day. After breakfast, stroll along the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, just a 10-minute walk from l’Alsace. Skip-the-line with your ticket then head to the top of the monument, which began construction in 1806. From the top of the landmark admire panoramic and breathtaking views of Paris, including the nearby Eiffel Tower. Once you’ve seen the sights from atop the Arc de Triomphe, head to the Port de la Bourdonnais next to the Eiffel Tower. Find your boat at the Bateuax Parisiens then settle in for a romantic cruise along the world-famous River Seine. Glide along the tranquil waters and contemplate the history of Paris as you pass by a number of the city’s most beloved landmarks including the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and more. To enhance the cruise, you can listen to guided commentary through an app on your smartphone or an audio-guide, which is available in 14 different languages.

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What people are saying about Arc de Triomphe

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 80 reviews

We were able to get in line immediately at security to enter - it was great! Hardly any waiting on Wednesday at 12:00. View from the rooftop is great and well-worth it, but be ready to climbing several flights of stairs on a spiral staircase!

For me it was the first time in Paris. By TootBus we was able to see all the main points and even more. We where able to go down the bus, enjoy walking and then came back to the next TootBus. It was amazing.

It involves climbing quite a few steps. If you are in reasonable shape, it will be fine. But, could prove difficult for elderly travelers.

Using the skip the line pass got us ushered into an elevator to the top within minutes. Loved it!

It’s another great way to look at different part of Paris!