By Alisa Marie Coccari, published by LIVESTRONG June 27, 2013.

The grand dame of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, remains the iconic symbol of France. Towering over the City of Light at over 1,000 feet, the structure draws millions of tourists from all corners of the globe to visit and climb this glorious iron landmark and take in the panoramic views of Paris. Seeing the tower is a must-do, and now there are various excursions in which you can experience its beauty based on your interests.


Float along the beautiful Seine River on a Parisian boat tour. Leaving several times during the day, you can hop on at Notre Dame Cathedral and set sail upriver, discovering 2,000 years of history as you make your way towards the Eiffel Tower. The Batobus also offers tours all day and night from various Paris landmarks. These guided tours, in several languages, are a beautiful way to transport yourself to the Eiffel Tower.
At nighttime, romantics indulge in dinner cruises offered to/from the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower. Enjoy sunset under the Eiffel Tower, then stroll along the Seine River at night after enjoying the tower’s nightly light show. Local vendors sell wine, French crepes, gelato and other local treats in the park.Take the private elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and treat yourself to the “Champagne Bar” to toast the town in a most romantic fashion!


For those seeking modern fun on their way to the capital city’s icon, there are two-wheeled electronic Segway guided tours. These futuristic machines move you quickly around Paris while safely guided to the top tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower. The Segway tours are booked in small groups under 10, so you will benefit from a personal and thorough tour from your guide.
Take to the skies! Real adventurers can hop on a helicopter ride and soar over Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and City of Light. Extended trips also include a ride over to Versailles with an entrance fee option and hour break at the Palace. Although this is a somewhat pricey activity, it is certainly a unique experience and lifetime adventure!

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See the top sites in Paris, while making your way to the Eiffel Tower in an air-conditioned bus with historical guided tours of the City of Light’s fascinating past. Hop on and off the bus at your leisure, catering your touring interests along the way on Les Cars Rouges. With commentaries in eight languages and bus departures every 15 minutes, this is an easy way to navigate to the Eiffel Tower by day — or for the nighttime light show.
Ascend to the tower’s first level and enjoy a wonderful lunch or casual dinner in the recently refurbished 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant surrounded by the legendary ironwork architecture of Gustav Eiffel.


Epicureans can pack a delicious picnic from a local patisserie and cafe, and make a picnic alongside the Eiffel Tower at sunset. The Champs de Mars is filled nightly with tourists and local Parisians celebrating with wine and picnics in the grassy park. Local vendors under the tower sell bottles of wine, snacks and Parisian favorites such as handmade crepes.
Travel to the top of the Eiffel Tower via private elevator to the world-renown “Le Jules Verne” restaurant for a culinary feast overlooking all of Paris. The restaurant is open all week for lunch and dinner, and reservations and proper dress are requested. Indulge in a first-class culinary experience serving classical French cuisine with an elegant ambiance.

Photo Credits: Photo Credit Karl Weatherly/Photodisc/Getty Images, and Alisa Marie Bowen

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