Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise Bundle Tour

2. Paris: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour & Seine Cruise Bundle Tour

Explore the city and discover the magical atmosphere of the River Seine with a bus pass and a 1-hour cruise combo. The combo is available for 1 or 2 consecutive days. This open-top bus tour offers the largest network of interconnected hop-on hop-off routes in Paris, covering every attraction in the city. Hop on and off at your convenience at any of the stops to explore the city at your own pace. Enjoy an unforgettable bird's-eye view of the city of Paris and its monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Then, hop onboard the boat and relax with the sound of the water while sailing across the Seine. Bus stops: 1. HAUSSMANN – GRANDS MAGASINS – 13, 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 – GEORGE V -116, avenue des Champs-Elysées 75008 Paris 8. TROCADERO – 15, 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: Tootbus Hop-on Hop-off Discovery Bus Tour

3. 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

4. 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 Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

5. Paris Museum Pass: 2, 4, or 6 Days

Enjoy skip-the-line access to over 60 museums and monuments in and around the city of Paris including the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Centre Pompidou with the Paris Museum Pass. Choose from 2, 4, or 6-day options with the pickup point conveniently located a mere 10-minute walk from the Louvre. Benefits of the pass include free admission to many attractions, sights, and museums. In Paris: Musée de l’Armée Tombeau de Napoléon 1er Centre Pompidou Musée national d’Art modern Musée national des Arts asiatiques Guimet Les Arts décoratifs Musée des Arts et métiers Musée de l’Assistance Publique, Hôpitaux de Paris Musée du quai Branly Musée Picasso Paris Chapelle expiatoire La Cinémathèque française Musée du Cinéma Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie Conciergerie Musée national Eugène Delacroix Musée des Égouts de Paris Musée du Louvre - Musée national de la Marine Musée de la Monnaie Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine Musée national des Monuments français Musée Gustave Moreau Musée national du Moyen Âge, Thermes et hôtel de Cluny Cité de la Musique, Musée de la Musique Crypte archéologique de Notre-Dame Tours de Notre-Dame Musée national de l’Orangerie Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération Musée d’Orsay Panthéon Musée des Plans-reliefs Musée de la Poste Musée Rodin Sainte-Chapelle Outside Paris: Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Musée d’Archéologie nationale de Saint-Germain-en-Laye Musée national de la Céramique de Sèvres Abbaye royale de Chaalis Musée et domaine nationaux du Château de Compiègne Musée Condé, Château de Chantilly Musée départemental Maurice Denis Château de Fontainebleau Château de Maisons-Laffitte Musée national des Châteaux de Malmaison et Bois-Préau Château de Pierrefonds Musée national de Port-Royal des Champs Château de Rambouillet Musée national de la Renaissance Château d’Ecouen Maison d’Auguste Rodin à Meudon Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis Villa Savoye Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon Château de Vincennes

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

6. 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: Private 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

7. Paris: Private 1.5-Hour Sightseeing Segway Tour

Explore the most iconic landmarks in Paris in a fun way aboard a Segway. Whiz around the city for 1.5 hours, learn about the city's history with your Segway guide, and delight in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on a personalized tour. After making your way to the meeting point, begin your Paris discovery at the amazing Dôme des Invalides, a collection of buildings containing military museums and monuments. Next, set off through the center of Paris to see the main places and monuments, such as the Grand Palais. Hear stories about them from your guide, as well as observations about the Paris of nowadays, with its gastronomic culture, modern life, and nice addresses. Cross the city's most extravagant bridge, Pont Alexandre III, built for the Paris Exposition in 1900. Admire its elegance, then make your way to one of the most celebrated avenues in the world, the Champs Elysées. See the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon commissioned in 1806 to commemorate his victories.

Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Seine River Cruise

8. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour & Seine River Cruise

This hop-on hop-off bus tour of Paris takes you on an exploration of the city's top attractions. Discover the city at your own pace with stops near the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, 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 and hop off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city.  The tour includes informative and entertaining commentary that guides 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 takes you past the many stunning monuments and museums, while sailing under several beautiful bridges, showcasing the best landmarks in Paris.  The individual audio commentary shares the hidden stories of Paris, along with the historical and cultural significance of the attractions, helping you decide which to visit once you’re back on land.

Welcome to Paris Day Trip from London via Train

9. Welcome to Paris Day Trip from London via Train

Meet your guide at St Pancras Station, then it's all aboard the high-speed train to Paris. Relax and watch the scenery fly by out your window on your short 2-hour-and-15-minute trip. Arrive in Paris and set off with your guide to explore on a panoramic tour of the city that visits major sites including the Opera House, Champs-Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe. This is followed by a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine that boasts wonderful sights of famous landmarks such as Notre Dame cathedral. Finish the guided part of your tour at the Eiffel Tower, then enjoy free time to visit your favorite sights on your own, or grab a delicious bite to eat at a local café. Your knowledgeable guide is more than happy to give you tips on what to see and do as you venture out solo. In the early evening you re-join with the group, and head back to Gard du Nord for your return journey to London.

Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Arc de Triomphe

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4.5 / 5

based on 17,598 reviews

Its a great experience to see Paris without needing to hop out. We ended up just going a round to a ride since I have a toddler who fell asleep the whole time

It was tough going up the stairs breath & take breathes in-between. We survived the view above was well worth it.

I tested positive before the trip so I was unable to attend. My family (who did attend) said it was amazing.

Quick option to see many night view spots. Probably on your first or second night at Paris.

Buy your tickets before your visit you will save time