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Seine river cruise

Why experience a Seine river cruise?

A Discovery cruise through the Seine river is one of the attractions you cannot miss during your visit in the City of Lights. You may be thinking that this attraction perhaps fits better for a young couple expecting to spend an incredible romantic night across Paris… and of course it is! But don´t worry, it isn´t as cheesy as you might think! Many tourists enjoy this type of transportation to visit various parts of the city. It suits all kind of people: friends, groups, couples, families… The experience is the same for everyone: you spend great time on board!

What to experience?

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A Discovery cruise will take 1 hour while a lunch or dinner cruise may take up to 2:30h. According to the company you take, the starting point of the river cruise is different, but you will always disembark at the same point where you started. Most of the cruises will leave from either the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame. Be prepared to see amazing views and to spend incredible time on the Seine river.

Audioguides and speakers are available on board of the discovery cruise, so you will be able to learn about Paris’ history while marveling at their gorgeous facades. You can have a quick snack or a glass of champagne on board of the Seine river cruise. You could prefer to discover the historical center of Paris while enjoying a meal on board. Cruise companies offer lunch meals and dinners starting around noon and 6 pm each day. Depending on the cruise company, the type and quality of the meal will vary, some of them offer excellent Parisian gastronomy.

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A discovery cruise in winter time, during late afternoon/night, will give you the opportunity to contemplate the monuments on the river banks illuminated with gorgeous lights that really gives life to these historical buildings and sets a special atmosphere. Almost 90% of the most important monuments of city are located indeed by the Seine! You can relax and contemplate the city lights after a long day of walking in the Seine river cruise. A perfect ending for a magical day.

Practical information

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The Seine river flows right in the center of the city, from East to West. The starting point of the Seine river cruise is different from one company to the other and there are a few stations along the river, the most famous ones can be found in front of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame.

As we said before, the services offered may differ depending on the company, as well as the service quality and the prices. The cheapest way to enjoy this amazing experience is to go on a discovery cruise, which price is around 14€. Lunch cruises are starting from 40€ per person for the cheapest ones, while dinner river cruises are more expensive, starting from 60€ per person and could get up to 400€ for specific options (Valentine´s day, proposal, private trips…). Check our trip packages including boat trips through Seine river and book here now!
Boat trip Seine ParisOur recommendation for a life time experience: try the dinner cruise on the Seine river: for excellent quality, incredible service, gastronomic food plus beautiful landscapes to discover, you should consider spending around 100-150€ per person. Might it be the first, second or third time, you won´t regret it!

 

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Hop-on Hop-off Tours in Paris

 

When you have walked the streets and alleys in Paris, you might want to continue exploring the city through hop-on, hop-off tours. You can visit more places, rest your feet, and it’s great option for a large family.

 

Most of the businesses that offer this service provide audio commentary in several languages. Paris has 3 major hop-on, hop-off bus tour companies: L’Open, Les Cars Rouges (Big Bus Tours) and Foxity. There is also a hop-on hop-off tours on Seine River through Batobus. These hop-on hop-off tours are the most popular in the city. Visitors can choose which attractions they want to stop and visit whenever they wish, knowing that they can hop back on once they are finished exploring the current attraction. Tickets are valid for between 24 and 72 hours depending on which service you utilize, and there is no limit on how many times you can get back onto the bus.

 

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As one of the popular companies that provide hop-on hop-off bus tours all over the world, Big Bus Tour has been in business since 1991. They are especially notable for their “hop on, hop off” tour bus. In Paris, there are 10 significant stops in their classic route. No matter which attractions you want to visit in the city, changes that Big Bus Tours will bring you there.

Routes:

Red Route (day tours) – Eiffel Tower, Champs du Mars, Opera Garnier, Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee D’Orsay, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Trocadero, Gare Du Nord and much more.

Route Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Blue Route (night tour) – Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Pigalle/Moulin Rouge, the Latin Quarter and much more.

Route Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Important *** : Unlike the day tour hop-on hop-off service, the night tour doesn’t allow you to get off whenever you wish.

Tickets prices:

Classic 1-day tour:   Children (aged 4-12) : €15.30;  Adult: €30.60

Premium 2-day tour:  Children (aged 4-12) : €18 ;  Adult: €35.10

Operation Hours:

Buses run every day from 9:30 AM – 6 PM.  Buses run roughly every 30 minutes at each stop. To experience a complete route back to your start point, you should hop-on prior to 5 PM; tours after 5 PM end at the Trocadero.

 

L’Open ToursBus Tour Paris

L’Open Tour is an affiliate of Grayline Bus Tours in Paris. Their hop-on, hop-off service offers four different routes and has a total of 50 different stops that take visitors to see over 100 notable sits in Paris. With almost four times as many stops as Big Bus Tours, L’Open definitely gives them a good run in their money. If you want to visit as many as sites as possible, this will be the best choice. Just keep in mind that if you want to visit all of the sites on this bus tours, you may want to book a 2-day tour in order to see everything you want.

Routes:

 

Green line – Paris Grand Tour – Palais Royal, Louvre, Notre Dame, Saint Michel, Musee Orsay, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee, Trocadero, Eiffel tower, Concorde Royal and much more.

Routes Duration: 2 hours 10 miutes

Yellow line – Montmartre – Grands Boulevards: Auber, Montmartre, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Madeline and much more.

Routes Duration: 1 hours 20 miutes

Orange line – Montparnasse – Saint-Germain: Petit-pont, Observatoire Port-Royale, Esplanade des Invalides, Rue du Bac, Latin Quarter and much more.

Routes Duration: 45 minutes

Blue line – Bastille – Bercy: Gare du Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz, National Library, Hotel de Ville and much more.

Routes Duration: 45 minutes

Ticket Prices:

1-day bus tour:  Children (aged 4-12): €16 ; Adults: €33

2-day bus tour:  Children (aged 4-12): €16 ;   Adults: €37

Add a Seine River Cruise for an additional €9.

3-day bus tour:  Children (aged 4-12): €16;  Adults: €41

Add a Seine River Cruise for an additional €9.

Operation Hours:

Buses run every day from 9:30 – 7:00pm except Yellow line runs from 9:00 AM –  6:40 PM. In winter, buses will end earlier until 5:30 PM. Buses run roughly every 15 minutes at each stop in summer time and every 25 minutes in winter.

 

 Foxityhop-on hop-off tours

These orange and white bus tour is the least expensive option among all hop-on hop-off bus tours in Paris. It will particularly be a great choice for families because it offers a free ticket for one child with one adult. If you are traveling with kids, you will definitely save more than other bus tours. And this might even be one of the most affordable form of transportation in the city for a large size of family. Although Foxity may be more budget friendly than other competitors, it offers fewer stops. Therefore, please check the routes before purchasing any tickets and make sure it can take you to the places you want to visit. Those who enjoyed their trip reported that the experience was both affordable and effective for seeing most of the significant sights in Paris.

Route:

Eiffel Tower, Opera, Concorde la Duree, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, L’Ecole Militaire and much more.

Routes Duration: 2 hours

Ticket Prices Online:

1-day bus tour:  Adults: €18;   Children: 1 child per adult free;    Children (aged under 12): free

Operational Hours:

Buses run every day from 9:30 AM – 6 PM and come every 20 minutes at each stop.

Where to Purchase Tickets:

It’s recommended to buy the tickets online. You can also get tickets from the ticket office near the Opéra at 3 Chaussée d’Antin, 75009 Paris.

 

Batobus Passhop-on hop-off tours

This is a hop-on hop-off river cruise on the Seine River. Unlike other river cruise tours. It allows you to enjoy unlimited travel during a set length of time. With this pass, you can get on and get off wherever you want and as often as you want. During the tour, there are 9 stops that you can get off and they are all close to Paris’s main monuments and famous districts. Instead of traveling on the road, Batobus offers you a brand new way to explore the city.

Routes:

Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel-de-ville, Louvre, Champs-Élysées and Beaugrenelle.

Ticket prices:

1 day pass: Children: (aged 3-15) : € 8;  Privilege: €11

2 consecutive day pass:Children (aged 3-15) : €10 ; Privilege : €13

Operational hours:

In the winter, Batobus runs from 10am – 5 pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am – 7pm from Friday to Sunday. It comes every 40 minutes at each stops. In the summertime, it runs from 10am – 9:30pm and it comes every 25 minutes.

 

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Seine River Discovery Cruise

Paris off the beaten path, discovery cruise, River SeineEmbark on a boat at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and experience Paris in a 1 hour discovery cruise on the River Seine. Admire the iconic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Orsay museum along with others breathtaking treasures of the capital. Relax on the boat and enjoy the view while eating your lunch (sandwich, drink and dessert included). 

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Seine River Cruise

While visiting Paris do not miss a Seine River Cruise! Relax on board, admire the City of Lights from a new angle with the Discovery Cruise, or taste French gastronomy on a lunch or dinner cruise in Paris!

WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

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You will be able to see Paris from a different point of view. Since most of famous monuments in Paris are located by the Seine River, don’t miss the opportunity to relax on board while contemplating Paris’ beautiful landscapes.

Among other famous places, your Seine river cruise will allow you to see the Eiffel Tower, the magnificent bridge Alexandre III, the Notre-Dame cathedral, and the square of La Concorde.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE IT?

Several companies operate on the Seine and the embarking point will depend on which company you take. However the main embarking points to begin your Seine river cruise are at the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame Cathedral. The cruise will always come back to your starting point.

The Discovery Cruise takes around 1 hour, but a lunch or dinner cruise will be longer. For example, it will take up to 2h30 for dinner on board.

Dinner cruises in Paris, Seine river cruiseDuring the Discovery Cruise, information about the monuments you pass by will be given either through a speakerphone in various languages, or through personal headphones that you will be provided with (you can select your language).

Although it’s more expensive than the lunch, a dinner cruise is a great experience we highly recommend. Depending on the period of the year when you are in Paris, you might be able to admire the Paris sunset and the lighting up of the monuments as you enjoy a your Parisian meal.

Seine river cruises are available in most of our packages.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Hours: Everyday, from approximately 10 am until late at night.
  • Prices: Depends on the company: from 13€ per person for a discovery cruise up to 400€ per person for dinner with VIP experience.

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