21 Dec 2012

Eiffel Tower Dinner and Moulin Rouge Show

I missed publishing this post ... oppsie ....

Another tour Ian and I did while we were in Paris was the Eiffel Tower dinner, River Seine cruise and Moulin Rouge show. This tour was highly recommended by friends who attended the same tour a few months earlier. They advised to book early to avoid disappointment especially if you want to have dinner on the Eiffel Tower itself.

We booked this tour viator and paid roughly $246 per person for the experience. The cost varies between the exchange rate and season. 

The tour begins from their offices however at the end of the tour buses drop you back to your hotel or accommodation. Their office is located very close to the Louvre literally across the road from it.

The tour was well organised. Their staff which spoke very well english reiterated information to group regularly to ensure we stick to their schedule. They were also very approachable and knowledge of Paris.

Our first stop was dinner on the Eiffel Tower. A few weeks prior I received an email stating that dinner would not be on the tower as not all lifts were working due to current renovations and we were able to choose from two alternative restaurants or alternatively cancel the booking and get a refund. When we arrived and check in our attendance we were pleased to learn dinner was now available on the tower that night. Upon arrival at the base of the tower the tour group was able to jump the lift queue and was taken straight to the second deck.

Once in the restaurant we were told where to seat, unable to choose where you want to sit. There were not tables for two so everyone did get seated with other people too. The dinner was a 3 course meal, well cooked but nothing extraordinary.

After dinner we had about 30mins free time to check out the tower, take photos. I didn't think this was enough time however we did climb the tower previously. I don't recommend this tour as the only time you climb the tower as you will be disappointed in the limited time you have to enjoy it.

After dinner we walked over to the river and caught a boat to cruise the Seine. The boat was packed with tourist, nothing like the cruise we did earlier when we did the bike tour. There was an audio guide on board which played a recording of facts and information about the sites the boat was passing through. 


After the cruise we were taken via coach bus to Moulin Rouge. We were scheduled to watch the 9:30pm show, every night they do two shows a night. The show itself was in my opinion ... alright. I don't know maybe I had high expectations, like dancers to dance on point? But it's definitely a must see in Paris, hello its the famous burlesques show.

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