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Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

1. Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip cruise on the River Seine that begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Glide under the bridges of Paris and marvel at a succession of beautiful monuments along the waterway as you listen to commentary about Paris and the sights you pass by. During your cruise, you pass by the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, The Louvre, and more. Choose to take your cruise at night for another perspective of the "City of Light" altogether as the city becomes illuminated when evening approaches.  Individual audio guides are available in 14 languages and provide commentary about Paris and its history, monuments, and architecture. Please note the audio guide is available through your smartphone by connecting to the Wi-Fi onboard.

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Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

2. Paris: 1-Hour Illuminations River Cruise

Take a night cruise on the River Seine and enjoy spectacular views of Paris illuminated against the night sky. Enjoy informative audio commentary on your smartphone as you cruise on this boat trip past the city's most famous buildings. Embark on this round trip boat excursion to see Paris by night. Listen to the on board audio-guide commentary on your smartphone (available in 14 languages) to learn more about the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Glide gently through the Paris of today and yesterday as you enjoy panoramic views from the classic trimaran boat, with terrace and exterior passageways. Marvel at the illuminated sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Musée d’Orsay. See the spooky gargoyles of Notre Dame, and pass the imposing façade of the Louvre Museum, Grand Palais, and many more sites.

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Louvre Museum: Tour

3. Louvre Museum: Tour

Get priority entry access to the Louvre Museum and be led by an expert guide on a carefully planned route designed to maximize your time and give you a greater insight into the museum’s top highlights. See the crown jewels of the French Monarchy, gaze back at Da Vinci's enigmatic Mona Lisa, and feel the passion coming from Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People. Listen as your guide brings the art to life on an informative walk through the vast galleries. Explore relics from ancient Egypt and marvel at the impressive collection of Greek and Roman antiquities including the legendary Venus de Milo and the celebrated Winged Victory of Samothrace. Discover timeless sculptures by Michelangelo and Canova, Neoclassical paintings by Jacques-Louis David, and iconic works from the French Romanticism period like The Raft of the Medusa. After the guided tour, spend as much time as you like exploring the museum’s 380,000 objects on display and come out from your visit with a greater appreciation of the Louvre’s treasures.

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Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

4. Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

Climb aboard a panoramic pleasure boat for a dinner cruise along the River Seine in central Paris, and enjoy an à-la-carte 3-course meal as you take in views of the monuments, floodlit for the night. The entirely glassed-in boat is of a contemporary design, with onboard toilets for your comfort. See the historic quays of the Seine, and cruise past the golden dome of Les Invalides. Marvel at the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament and the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Get up close to the Gothic façade of Notre Dame Cathedral, see the imposing former prison of the Conciergerie, and cruise under some of the city’s most historic bridges. The 8:30 PM cruise will last for 2.5 hours and the 6:00 PM cruise for 1.15 hours, both providing enough time to enjoy dinner and the monuments.  Early Dinner Cruise - 6:00 PM (choices separated by '-') STARTER – Creamy haddock and potato soup, peppered whipped cream - Chicken pâté en croûte, confit pear marmalade with star anise - Poached egg, Jerusalem artichoke mousseline, roasted eryngii mushrooms, grilled bacon and red wine reduction jus - Pressed quinoa and tofu terrine, light cream of watercress soup and pickled red onion MAIN COURSE – Pan-fried salmon, Beluga lentils in warm vinaigrette, lobster emulsion - Parsnip cottage pie-style duck in orange sauce, parsnip mousseline - Braised beef cheek in red wine, Chinese artichokes and parsnips, onion cream - Risotto-style buckwheat with silky tofu, plain confit of seasonal vegetables, fresh herb bouillon DESSERT – Our desserts are made by Maison Lenôtre -Coconut, mango and passion fruit dessert and coconut whipped cream -Chestnut and pear Vacherin cake - Chocolate truffle - Hazelnut cream, crumble topping Dinner Cruise – 8:30 PM (choices separated by '-') STARTER – South-West region duck foie gras, pear marmalade with star anise - Scallops, onions with turmeric, white radishes, carrots, a hint of licorice - Bourguignon-style snails, parsley coulis - Pressed quinoa and tofu terrine, light cream of watercress soup, and pickled red onions MAIN COURSE – Roast sea bass, Haute Provence einkorn, and lobster emulsion - Beef tournedos in a truffle sauce, potato mousseline, and truffled coulis - Bigarade duckling in orange sauce, creamy polenta, and braised turnips -Risotto-style buckwheat with silky tofu, plain confit of seasonal vegetables, fresh herb bouillon CHEESE – Cheese matured by the Maître Fromager – ‘Etoile’ service: instead of dessert or for a 5€ supplement DESSERT – Desserts are made by Maison Lenôtre - Exotic mango, coconut, and passion fruit Vacherin cake - Crispy chocolate and caramelized hazelnut dessert - Bostock brioche, roasted pineapple, and vanilla ice cream - Opéra cake

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Paris: 3-Course Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

5. Paris: 3-Course Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

Enjoy a sophisticated gourmet meal as you soak up the beauty of the Paris evening from a different perspective. Cruise past famous museums, striking monuments, quaint quarters, and magnificent bridges, with highlights including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the National Assembly, and Pont Neuf. Enjoy a variety of tasty starters, choose your main course and end with a selection of decadent desserts. Starters Duck Foie Gras, return from the harvest, red fruit chutney, tonka bean tuile or  Smoked salmon, lime powder, tomato tartar, artichokes, sour beetroot or  Green gazpacho, cucumber, zucchini, spinach, a mix of vegetables Main course Yellow poultry supreme, zucchini gratin, coloured carrots, lemon basil sauce or  Fillet of sea bream, creamy spelt with peas, shellfish sauce with tarragon, vegetables from our orchards or  Piece of Beef, zucchini gratin, small spleens, Southern condiment (+ 7€) or  Artichoke tartar, split pea velouté, eggplant chips Desserts Fresh lemon finger, crispy with feuillantine or  Raspberry chou, lychee, rose, chocolate puck, wild berry coulis or  All Chocolate Rock, hazelnut chips Drinks coffee or tea is included at the end of your meal Cheese and "A la carte" drinks are available to purchase onboard among a wide selection of cocktails, wines, beers, and soft drinks Childrens menu Starter: Shredded turkey, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls Main Course: Choice of main course from the menu Dessert: Sparkling chocolate ingot Drink : Orange juice, Coca-Cola or water  Vegetarian menu Starter : Green gazpacho, cucumber, zucchini, spinach, mix of vegetables Main course : Artichoke tartar, split pea velouté, eggplant chips Dessert : All Chocolate Rock, hazelnut chips

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Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

6. Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

See the sights of Paris from the water on a cruise along the Seine, and learn about them with an audioguide. Savor a traditional French crepe before or after your cruise. For the cruise, meet at “Bateaux Parisiens” / Port de la Bourdonnais just next to the Eiffel Tower to board the boat. As you cruise along the Seine River, unwind while contemplating the history of Paris and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture.  Enjoy audioguide commentary onboard available in 14 languages, which you can also listen to from an application on your smartphone.  Then, after getting off the cruise at the same place it started, show your voucher to the staff at the buffet "Régalade de la Tour Eiffel" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Taste a French crepe with Nutella, sugar, lemon, jam, or whipped cream. If you prefer, enjoy your crepe before the cruise. Admire the picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower and the riverside of Paris while you savor this delicious French delicacy. Take advantage of reduced prices to buy a drink at the pancake house.

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Paris Catacombs: Tour

7. Paris Catacombs: Tour

Join your knowledgeable, informative guide on this tour through the underground passages and special rooms of the Catacombs. Get the most out of your visit as you listen to unique insights from your guide and together, navigate this dark but curious space. Learn the intriguing stories of those who worked, visited, and have been laid to rest here over the centuries, including the secret societies who still visit today. Discover the history of the labyrinthian passages, from how they were initially mined for limestone to how they are now home to the bones of more than 6 million former Parisians. The remains that you’ll walk past were carefully moved here in the 18th century, in a discreet operation to transfer them from the unclean and overflowing cemeteries of the city center.

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Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

8. Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

Climb aboard a panoramic pleasure boat for a 2-hour lunch cruise along the River Seine in central Paris, and enjoy a 3-course à-la-carte meal as you take in the views. The entirely glassed-over boat is of a contemporary design, with onboard toilets for your comfort. See the quays of the Seine, from the replica of the Statue of Liberty to the French National Library. Cruise past the golden dome of Les Invalides, the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament, and the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Get up close to the Gothic façade of Notre Dame Cathedral, see the imposing former prison of the Conciergerie, discover the palatial home of the Louvre Museum, and much more. Artistic scene-setting is punctuated by a commentary highlighting key monuments, while views from the glass roof are legendary. Menu Starter Creamy haddock and potato soup with peppered whipped creamChicken pâté en croûte, confit pear marmalade with star anisePoached egg, Jerusalem artichoke mousseline, roasted eryngii mushrooms, grilled bacon, and red wine reduction jusPressed quinoa and tofu terrine, light cream of watercress soup, and pickled red onion Main course Pan-fried salmon, Beluga lentils in warm vinaigrette, lobster emulsionParsnip cottage pie-style duck in orange sauce, parsnip mousselineBraised beef cheek in red wine, Chinese artichokes, and parsnips, onion creamRisotto-style buckwheat with silky tofu, plain confit of seasonal vegetables, fresh herb bouillon Cheese Cheese matured by the Maître Fromager‘Etoile’ service: instead of dessert or for a 5€ supplement Dessert Desserts are made by Maison Lenôtre Coconut, mango and passion fruit dessert, and coconut whipped creamChestnut and pear Vacherin cakeChocolate truffleHazelnut cream, crumble topping.

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From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

9. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

From Paris, board a private bus to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the bus for a return journey to Paris.

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From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

10. From Paris: Fairytale Loire Castles with Wine Tasting

From Paris, head to Château de Chambord. Disney fans will find this castle’s turrets familiar; it was the inspiration for the castle in "Beauty and the Beast." Though originally conceived as a royal hunting lodge, it was built to a scale that must be seen to be believed. Learn all about the castle’s captivating history from your guide, before getting your own chance to explore. Climb a staircase supposedly designed by Da Vinci, enjoy spectacular turret-framed rooftop views, and glimpse wild deer around the grounds. Having worked up an appetite, get back on the bus and continue on to the next stop: the quaint town of Blois. Take some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in one of the restaurants located around the beautiful and vibrant Square Louis XII. Alternatively, grab a bite and visit the royal Blois Castle on your own, notable for its unique mix of medieval Gothic and neoclassical Renaissance architecture. Last but not least is the elegant Château de Chenonceau. The chapel, bedrooms, and magnificent vaulted kitchens are still furnished and decorated from times gone by, showing off the castle’s many sweeping stone carvings. Don’t miss the impressive main hall, which spans the river Cher, or the gardens cultivated by Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici — 2 of the famous owners that earned Chenonceau the nickname "the Ladies’ Château." After a guided tour, continue exploring or indulge in a wine tasting in the castle’s vaulted wine cellar. Your tour leader will entertain you between stops with insights and stories about the countryside and the nobility who once reigned over the region. Three uniquely beautiful French castles and a wine tasting, all amid the stunning scenery of the Loire Valley — this memorable day trip from Paris will delight all the senses.

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What people are saying about Ile-de-France

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 5,308 reviews

Isabel was wonderful. She knew her history well and was very personable. We were a bit late but she wasn’t at all bothered by that. We walked along Champs Elysee as she gave us all kinds of history and fun facts. She was great with our girls too! There was a little hiccup with the Laudree but she made it work. Would gladly book again if we ever return to Paris.

It’s a long bus ride but it is well worth the trip. Saint Michel’s is quite spectacular in person. I am so glad I went just bring some reading material on the bus round trip about 9 hours.

The tour is a great way to see the sights from the Seine. The Commentary on board is very informative to the first timer in Paris.

Alain was so friendly, professional, and creative! One of our favorite experiences so far! Thank you so much!

The tour was great and Nora our tour guide was amazing. I would definitely recommend this tour.