A Quick Visit To the Arc de Triomphe. Athens & Paris For Dollars A Day

Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation.  We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris (and a half day in Amsterdam before heading home).    Happy to answer questions as I finish up the series.  We traveled in mid-July, so right in the middle of the Athens financial crisis.  Here’s most of what I expect to cover, including links to posts I’ve already completed:

We missed the Arc de Triomphe the first time we came to Paris so we were determined to have it on the list this time.  While the Arc isn’t as popular as the Eiffel Tower but I’d still advise folks to get tickets ahead of time.  While the line for tickets wasn’t that long when we arrived, we still probably saved 20 minutes by purchasing tickets ahead of time.  There are a number of resources to grab tickets ahead of time, but here’s where we bought ahead of time.  Tickets are 12 Euro if you buy ahead of time.

You can also purchase a Paris Pass.  It includes entry into a number of different Paris attractions, including the Arc de Triomphe, Louvre, Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame and a Seine river cruise (though not Eiffel Tower).  It can be a deal at 29 Euro.  We didn’t go this route but I could see it being a decent value for folks wanting to hit the top tourist attractions over the course of a few days.

Arc de Triomphe

When you approach the Arc, it may seem like you can just walk across the circle to gain access.  Smartly, Parisian planning includes stairwells to a tunnel on either side of the Arc so you don’t have to dodge the 3 or 4 lanes of speedy traffic.  If you purchased tickets ahead of time, you can proceed right by the line you’ll see underground and head right to the stairs that take you up to ground level at the base of the Arc.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

While there’s an elevator the climb up to the top really isn’t that bad.  3/4 of the way up is a stopping point where there’s a small museum of Paris (and Arc) history and a gift shop.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

A short climb will take you to the roof and some great views of Paris.  The height doesn’t yield nearly as commanding a view of Paris as the Eiffel Tower, but it’s worth a quick stop to see this piece of history.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

It’s easily accessible via the Paris Metro, with the Charles de Gaulle Etoile Metro station right underneath.

Arc de Triomphe

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for continuing with your summer trip review. A great balance between hotels, air, and sightseeing. I am looking forward to comparing notes on macarons and Disneyland Paris.

  2. We will be in Paris for 4 days this September so I have reading all your articles. I’m eagerly awaiting the French macaron post as I want to take a cooking lesson while there to learn to make them. Thnaks for all your tips

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