This tour left nothing to be desired! To start off with my ticket included the fast track and I was given some lame reasons why it wasn’t BUT I could still have it for an additional nine euros! ( SCAM) they had already known there was no line!! Than the “tour” was someone walking us from our meeting point to the Eiffel tower, giving us a brief overview of the history, and then they left. There was no guidance on where to get the lunch. There was no guidance on how to catch the river tour. To be very honest you can book everything for less money in Paris I would not waste my money on this tour !!
The views from the top, or anywhere on the Eiffel tower are amazing. Even my sister in law, who has a fear of heights was taken in. Lunch on the other hand was as unspectacular as the views were spectacular. Never in 30 plus years of visiting Paris have I had such an assembly line meal. Most meals in France are relaxed, and you never feel rushed in any sense. Here the main course was brought out before we even had a chance to start the appetizer. and the same with dessert. Food quality itself was passable, but do not go here for your only meal in Paris. You can have better in almost any street side cafe.
We have not been to Paris in eight years and were surprised how crowded attractions have become, largely due to the influx of Asian tourists. Only one elevator was open when we arrived so were glad we were on this excursion which got us in line quickly in the morning, plenty of time to get through two security arrangements (don't have anything in your pockets - you have to empty them out). We had two guides who were charming and knowledgeable as well as great fun. The last time we ate a Restaurant 58 it was okay, it is very much improved. The service has always been excellent and it still is. If you get there about 11:45 you can get a window table with a terrific view (ours was the Trocadero Area across the bridge with the boats sailing by the Tower). With all the new security arrangements the view at the bottom is somewhat blighted by walls and fences, and there is ongoing work on the tower. The longer you wait during the day, the longer the lines will get. The cruise is caught just below the tower and is a very pleasurable ride where you see many of the great sites of Paris. This definitely good for a first day introduction to Paris (it was our last, also a great memory).
This really should not be missed on any first time trip to Paris. We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower first to take in the view of Paris and all its ganduer, the we had lunch in the restaurant. It is tourisity and the food is okay but its the views and the atomsphere. The staff was extremely nice. I would highly recommend it was very nice.
Our tour guide was on the phone more than he was talking to us and every time you’d go to have a conversation with him, he’d get another call that he’d have to take. It honestly became a joke to all of us by the time we got on the 2nd story of the Eiffel Tower before we just went our separate ways since he obviously had other places to be.
Even though we paid for skip the line tour because of a change in French policy it could not be honored. Our guide however made arrangements for our excursion and even got us to a “ sold out Summit!” Lunch was excellent and a great experience for myself and my granddaughter. Definitely do lunch if you can, you will be sitting inside history.