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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.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

2. Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Discover the remarkable Gothic style and stunning stained glass work of the Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket. Admire this jewel the French Gothic aesthetic at your own pace with a self-guided tour booklet. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to making Sainte Chapelle so famous. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about these glass depictions using your tour booklet. Discover facts about sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were once held here. Gaze up at the star-painted ceiling.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

3. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Combined Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactive functionalities.

Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

5. Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River

Embark on an adventure and go on a sunset cruise in Paris. Enjoy a ride on the Seine River while listening to French music on a cruise which departs and returns near the Eiffel Tower. Marvel at the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening. Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris as you cruise by them, such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many more.

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 "Le Carrousel 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.

Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

7. Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

Embark on a day at sea on the River Seine in central Paris aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch à-la-carte meal paired with delicious wines. See iconic sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and many more. Meet your host at the Port de la Bourdonnais in Paris to board the cruise. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your lunch. Depending on your book option, you will receive the premier, privilege, or etoile service package. Taste a delicious 3-course lunch that will have your taste buds wanting more. Paired with champagne, wines, and cheese, depending on what package you book.  Feeling full up? No worries, enjoy some tea or coffee, chill and admire the views. See Paris from a different perspective and marvel at the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the panoramic views from the glass boat. Make sure you take photos of the French National Library, the golden dome of Les Invalides, and the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament. 

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

8. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: Sightseeing Bastille Day Cruise

9. Paris: Sightseeing Bastille Day Cruise

Climb aboard a comfortable boat and enjoy exceptional views of Paris and the Bastille Day fireworks. Share a boxed meal and enjoy a picnic as you take in Paris’ many landmarks. Your boat has a glass-enclosed observation deck allowing you to eat and enjoy the scenery at the same time, as well as protecting you from the weather. Use your smartphone to listen to an audio guide which is available in 14 languages. See the dreamy nighttime skyline of the City of Lights. Admire famous sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament building, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, The Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, and the Grand Palais. Just before the festivities begin your boat will return to the Eiffel Tower so that you can enjoy the best view of the fireworks. Celebrate  Bastille Day with the whole city as you take in a jaw-dropping fireworks display. A river cruise is a perfect way to relax after a long day of sightseeing.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

10. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

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What people are saying about Ile de la Cite

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 22,810 reviews

We liked it a lot ! More for the hour we got on at 8pm on a Wednesday April 27 and good weather we had to see the sunset was worth it!

Superb cruise with competent, welcoming staff, a quality service, to do again absolutely. Thank you very much Catherine Garcia

The experience is very pleasant, there is usually a long queue and more for sunset time.

Everything worked out great, well organized and smooth process. Gladly again.

Perfect very well explained for the meeting point. Nice 1 hour cruise