Arc de Triomphe Walking Tour with Access to the Summit

Arc de Triomphe Walking Tour with Access to the Summit information and booking

90 minutes
Departs from
Place Charles de Gaulle, central Paris
Returns to
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Know the saying ‘all roads reach the Arc de Triomphe’? Well, see it for yourself on this 1.5-hour tour! Visit France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, then stroll up the Arc de Triomphe’s spiral staircase while learning about the attraction’s history from your guide. Pass through its exhibition, and then reach the rooftop where Paris’ magnificent skyscraper unfurls before your eyes. Gaze at the 12 busy roads that meet at the arch and soak up bird’s-eye views of the Champs-Élysées, Jardin des Tuileries and more!

Meet your guide at the Arc de Triomphe to get an up-close look at this world-famous monument. While listening to the history of this much-loved Parisian symbol, admire its sculptures and look up at the ornately carved frieze of soldiers fighting in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

Before heading inside, take a look under the main arch to see France’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – a plaque with a constantly burning flame that commemorates the unidentified French soldiers of World War I. Pay your respects at this sensitively designed memorial, and then enter the Arc de Triomphe to follow your guide up its internal staircase.

With some 280 spiral steps to climb, the way up is no easy feat. However, your guide will walk at a steady pace, and the panorama of Paris that greets you at the top is sure to make the climb worthwhile! Before reaching the rooftop itself, walk through the Arc de Triomphe exhibition to learn about the monument's history and of its symbolism as a war memorial.

Then, walk onto the rooftop to see the view that you’ve been waiting for. From a height of 164 feet (50 meters), look out at the 12 roads spiraling around the arch and see the sights of Paris scattered around them; gaze past the Champs-Élysées to see Place de la Concorde, Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre, and then look south toward the Seine River to see the unmistakable silhouette of the Eiffel Tower.

After strolling around at leisure admiring the views, meet your guide and head down the descending spiral staircase to reach the bottom. Your tour then finishes outside the monument.

What's included

  • Guided tour in english
  • Skip the line entrance ticket to the arc de triomphe

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks