You’ve finally afforded the trip of your dreams – Paris, France. You have everything booked except a Paris travel tour; you’ve decided to take that on when you arrive. One of your goals is, of course, the Eiffel Tower. You did your research, you know where to go, how much it costs, and the schedule for the elevator up. You have but one question: Are there specific tours involving the Eiffel Tower available when you get to Paris?
The answer is: Yes, indeed! What you need to start with is a map of the area so you can familiarize yourself with the streets. Paris is a very large city by any standard, but there are many friendly, helpful people there to give directions or steer you the right way. Your first stop would have to be the Pyramides Welcome Center. This is located across the River Seine from the Tower, to the northeast, on 25 Pyramides Street. It’s the main visitor’s bureau of Paris, so you won’t have trouble finding it. You can take a taxi to the center from your hotel, or walk if you are booked nearby. The center can help you book excursions to anywhere in Paris, and the Eiffel Tower is one of their most popular tours. This article will list the top three:
Bateaux Parisiens – This Seine riverboat tour is something that should be done by anyone visiting Paris. For under $15 you can tour some of the most prominent structures from a large-windowed, air-conditioned boat, while listening to commentary. There are even lunch and dinner cruises available, including musical entertainment. The standard tour usually takes about one hour, with the evening and meal tours much longer and costing more.
Les Cars Rouge – This double-decker bus tour costs about $31 lasts a little over two hours. You can get off the bus at any time it stops and look around, take pictures, or just stay on board on the upper level for fantastic views of the area around the Eiffel Tower.
Walking Tours – The best way to visit Paris is on foot. You can do this alone with a map, or select one of the many guides that are available. One of the most popular guides in Paris is A2 Paris Il de France, an expert guide service that has group or tailor-made tours around the Eiffel Tower. Still, it is an adventure to do some research first, mark places on a map of Paris, and then set out to discover the City of Lights on your own.
The Eiffel Tower has plenty to do around it also, but the most important is the bistros and fine restaurants serving some of the best food ever created. There are outdoor cafes and corner coffee diners, sweet shops and sandwich luncheonettes. Shopping for that special gift to bring back home or just for you is not a problem, either. One thing Parisians know how to do beside cook is set up shop. From clothing stores to curios establishments, there are many choices for the tasteful shopper to the most frugal.
The Eiffel Tower and its surroundings is not just a grand citadel of metal and park grounds, it is an adventure just waiting for you to explore.