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Old 19.05.2013, 22:49
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Paris trip

Hello,

We are planning to visit paris by next month for three days.Today I have gone through eiffel tower online booking site and it's full.As Iam going to travel with 18 month old baby , I need some advice on booking eiffel tower tickets through
third parties(have seen severel third parties ,so confused that are they reliable?).If anyone done booking through 3 rd parties suggestons please, and also would like to know the best travel mode opton for exploring paris attraction.

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Re: Paris trip

the tower is a tourist trap hell hole.... even with tickets expect a HUGE wait... i went about 15 years ago and still had to wait an hour, I was in Paris last month, we walked past the tower and people were waiting at a sign that said 3 hours.. and that was the ticket line! the line for those that already had tickets was 2hrs 30 mins.

Paris has an excellent metro network - get a visit paris pass.
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Re: Paris trip

I would not waste so much money to get a decent view, why dont´t you try this view from another building:

http://www.grandearche.com/article81.html

I it cheaper and gets the city from a different perspective and at least , it not
so overcrowded, but I don´t know if it is still open
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Old 20.05.2013, 10:41
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Re: Paris trip

We went to the top of the Tour Montparnasse instead. Amazing views which are similar to the Eiffel Tower, no lines in the morning and best of all, decent prices. Highly recommended for those who are looking to avoid the Eiffel Tower.

The Trocadero is the best place to watch the Eiffel Tower light up at dusk.
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Re: Paris trip

It seems to me that the tower is one of those iconic things that you should make the effort to do if you have the time available.

I was there a couple of weeks ago, and the walk up line was indeed about 2 hours long, but it's bearable.
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Old 20.05.2013, 11:34
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Re: Paris trip

First of all, I'm shocked that you have to book in advance to get an eyeful of Paris, instead of just waiting in line ....... although things have probably changed since I last went up (first stage only), in '75

I also remember getting a good view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, with minimal waiting - unless that's all changed, too.

Oops ..... just noticed above post. :-)
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Re: Paris trip

Your post reminded me of one of the many school trips I took to Paris (from UK). One year, we had a kid who was a little bit 'strange' - other teachers tried to prevent him from doing the trip, but I insisted he should come, and he was a delight.

At the Eiffel Tower 'Miss, that were dead brilliant, Miss. And I know why it's called Eiffel Tower now' me 'Great, so glad you enjoyed it Trevor- So why is it called Eiffel Tower (I had of course explained all about the Great Exhibition and Gustav Eiffel)?' 'Cause of the pigeons Miss, caus' everytime you look up you get an eyeful, innit?'... ah the joys of teaching.

We will be going to Paris for a few days soon, making the best of TGV special offers to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary - but won't bother with the Tour Eiffel - there are so many much better things to visit there.
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Re: Paris trip

Even if you book tickets online, that only gives you quicker access until the first level. There you have to queue to get to the lifts with everyone else. Personally I would only buy tickets up to the first stage to save: 1. Money 2. Time. It can also be quite windy and cold even at the lower level. So waiting with a baby can be quite uncomfortable.
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First of all, I'm shocked that you have to book in advance to get an eyeful of Paris, instead of just waiting in line ....... although things have probably changed since I last went up (first stage only), in '75

I also remember getting a good view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, with minimal waiting - unless that's all changed, too.

Oops ..... just noticed above post. :-)
I would recommend the Arc for most people, but personally I wouldn't want to hoof it up that billion step spiral staircase while packing an 18 month old kid.
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Re: Paris trip

If it's sunny, hang out at Jardin du Luxembourg. You can pay a couple Euros and your kid can run wild in the playground while you enjoy a coffee in the sun. Well maybe less so with an 18 month old but still nice.

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Re: Paris trip

I really wouldn't recommend visiting the top of the Eiffel tower - it takes such a long time to get there, can be cold and windy (definitely not pleasant with young children) and is expensive!

Much better is the Tour Montparnasse, which costs less and has (in my opinion) a view which equals that from the Eiffel tower. Considering that from the Tour Montparnasse you have a view including the iconic Eiffel tower, some would say it is even a superior vantage point.

My top tip would be to miss out the tourist-trap viewing platforms altogether and just visit the Tour Montparnasse restaurant for breakfast (no booking necessary). It is on the top floor with panorama windows. Plus it is completely free, so for the same price as a ticket to the viewing platform, you can enjoy exactly the same view in comfort with a wonderful breakfast.
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I really wouldn't recommend visiting the top of the Eiffel tower - it takes such a long time to get there, can be cold and windy (definitely not pleasant with young children) and is expensive!

Much better is the Tour Montparnasse, which costs less and has (in my opinion) a view which equals that from the Eiffel tower. Considering that from the Tour Montparnasse you have a view including the iconic Eiffel tower, some would say it is even a superior vantage point.

My top tip would be to miss out the tourist-trap viewing platforms altogether and just visit the Tour Montparnasse restaurant for breakfast (no booking necessary). It is on the top floor with panorama windows. Plus it is completely free, so for the same price as a ticket to the viewing platform, you can enjoy exactly the same view in comfort with a wonderful breakfast.
My boys loved the Eiffel. Best view in Paris.
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Re: Paris trip

go up the arc de triumph, had some great views from there. Didn't have to wait too long either
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Old 20.05.2013, 16:45
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Re: Paris trip

Also a good view from the top of the Centre Pompidou.
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Re: Paris trip

There's some truly inspirational advice going on here, er not.

You've got to "do" the Eiffel Tower when in Paris.

Just go on-line and get advance tickets, then you'll jump all the ground level queues until you're almost at the top. Then you can either be happy with your lot, or wait about 30 minutes for the final elevator assault.

Personally, I'd prefer to take the stairs all the way and get a work out, but that's not an option unless you're James Bond.

I was once in the Jules Verne restaurant (first level) at a lavish reception during the Paris airshow dung an almighty electrical storm. The tower was continuously struck by lightning and there was this eery green glow all over the structure for a few seconds before the charge dissipated.
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Old 20.05.2013, 16:58
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Re: Paris trip

I went up the Eiffel tower last year, thought I could be brave for my daughter. All the way to the top. Not the best for someone who is S**t scared of heights. So I spent the entire time glued to the side. Excellent view though once i could lift my head to look.
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Old 20.05.2013, 22:34
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Re: Paris trip

Hello,

Thank you everyone for the responses...could any one can tell me which travelling mode( metro,boat,hap ...)is best and cheap to see the attractions.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Paris trip

I enjoy riding the bus since you see a lot more than with the Metro. Also it's not stroller friendly at all. The busses were fine with a stroller. You just need to ask the driver to open the other door since you normally enter at the front (assuming no one is exiting the other door). My kids loved seeing the sights out the windows as well.

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Re: Paris trip

My son was about the same age when we went and it was miserable, even w/tickets. Let me ask you this, would you and your hubby be opposed to going up it alone and getting there as soon as it opened? I really didn't get a chance to see it all because my DS was being a terror after a long night.

With all that said, we still loved going. We actually went the night before and my son played in the field/park area and we ate snacks and had a great time just watching the tower and people and stuff. Our son was even great during dinner, he played the ipad the whole time.. but the next morning he was exhausted.

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Re: Paris trip

I recently went to Paris and had exactly the same issue as you do - not being able to get the online reservation. However, there is a decent solution - you can climb the tower by foot - it is not as hard as you would imagine. It took us about 15-20 min to get to the 2nd floor. There are 700 steps to do that and you do a difference of about 170m altitude. I think for a guy enjoying the Switzerland this effort should not be a problem. The big advantage is that there is practically no queue to make it by foot. Also, you do not need to go on the top (summit) - the views you will get on the 2nd floor is more then enough.
P.S. - the views from Eiffel tower compare to nothing else (Arc, Sacre Cueur) simply because from Eiffel is surrounded by all the famous buildings. So, just do it. Do not waste your time in the line and make a short workout to the 2nd floor. It totally worth it.
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