As every traveler approaches Paris, there's a moment of anticipation and excitement when they catch their first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower on the horizon. This iconic monument is more than just a landmark; it's a symbol of the City of Light itself. For many, seeing the tower for the first time is an awe-inspiring experience that tells them they've finally made it to the greatest city in the world. The tower's elegant lines and sparkling lights beckon visitors to explore the city's countless treasures, from world-class museums and art galleries to charming cafes and romantic bridges over the Seine. And as they journey deeper into the heart of Paris, they'll find that the Eiffel Tower is just the beginning of the city's magic and beauty.
And yet, it wasn't supposed to be this way. The Eiffel Tower was originally built as a temporary structure for the 1889 World's Fair, and its creators had no intention of letting it stand for more than a few years. But the tower's incredible height and intricate lattice design quickly captured the imagination of the world, becoming an instant icon of the industrial age. Its sheer size and audacity astonished all who saw it. The tower became the symbol of the fair, and soon enough, Paris itself.
As the fair came to a close, Paris faced a dilemma. What was to become of this massive structure that had captured the hearts of so many? Some called for its destruction, arguing that it was an eyesore that marred the city's elegant skyline. But others saw the tower's potential, recognizing that it could be used for everything from scientific experiments to radio transmissions. Ultimately, the tower was allowed to stand, and today it is one of the most beloved landmarks in the world.
On our shore excursion from Le Havre to Paris, our passionate tour guides will share with you the incredible history of this iconic landmark, from its origins as a temporary attraction to its current status as one of the most visited monuments in the world. Our expert guides will regale you with stories of the tower's storied past, from its use as a radio transmission tower to the daring feats of early 20th-century aviators who flew around its dizzying heights.
If you wish to go up the tower, we recommend booking our "Shop & Dine" shore excursion, which leaves you with a few hours of free time in Paris to visit the tower. Keep in mind that, in high season, it takes 1.5-2 hours for the complete Eiffel Tower experience, including security checks.
At the top of the tower, you'll enjoy unparalleled views of the city that stretches out before you. From here, you can spot famous landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, and the Seine River winding its way through the heart of Paris.
Our shore excursion from Le Havre to Paris is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, the tower never fails to take your breath away, and our expert guides will ensure that you get the most out of this incredible monument. So come join us on a journey through history and imagination, as we explore one of the world's great cities.