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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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Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

6. 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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Paris: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Plus Bistro Dinner

7. Paris: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Plus Bistro Dinner

Le Bistro Parisien welcomes you for dinner between 18:00 and 22:00. Come and visit this contemporary, see-through bistro offering unique views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. The chef uses seasonal products to prepare tasty and authentic cuisine for your enjoyment. Choose among two options: 2-dishes or an all-inclusive menu with a glass of champagne, 3-dishes and a drink (soft drink, beer or a glass of wine). Selection of dishes (as an example): • Cream of Jerusalem artichoke, Brie de Meaux PDO with dried fruit and walnut toast • Scallop minestrone with langoustine bouillon • Foie gras royale with herbs, poached egg, and Ventrèche bacon, roasted cep mushrooms • Cod à la plancha with cream of haddock and pencil leeks • Lamb shank glazed with mild spices, crushed chickpeas, and carrot top confit • Orecchiette pasta, chicken fricassée with mushrooms • The Bistro Burger, minced beef, avocado condiment, confit shallots, fries • Orecchiette pasta with ham and Emmental cheese - or - • Chicken supreme with fries • Lychee and passion fruit choux puff with praline chips and chocolate sauce • Pineapple carpaccio with lime, amber rum, and tangy chocolate mosaic • Chocolate finger with caramelized hazelnuts and praline cream • Pot of ice cream – or – • Pear tartlet Children's Menu: • Orecchiette pasta with ham and Emmental cheese - or - • Chicken supreme with fries • Pot of ice cream - or - • Pear tartlet Beverage: squash (25 cl) Before or after dinner, the 1-hour sightseeing trip on the Seine in an entirely glass-covered boat takes you through the finest parts of Paris. Enjoy the commentary and music as you discover Paris and learn about its history. On your sightseeing cruise, you’ll have views of the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais and more.

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Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

8. Paris: Seine River Morning Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Discover the secrets and history behind Paris' most emblematic monuments and bridges on a guided morning cruise on the Seine River. Embark at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and set sail along the Seine River on a comfortable cruise boat. Enjoy breathtaking views of iconic Paris landmarks from the water. See sights such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Petit and Grand Palace, the Concorde Square, Alexandre III bridge, and much more.

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Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

9. Paris: Night Musical Cruise on the Seine

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the "City of Lights" and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as French music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail.

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Paris: Sunset Musical Cruise on the Seine River

10. Paris: Sunset Musical 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.

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Planning Your Visit

  • How much does is cost?

    A Seine river cruise can cost anything from €10 per person for a basic boat tour to upwards of €200 for a candle-lit, gourmet dinner cruise by night.

  • Did somebody say dinner?

    There are several Paris dinner cruise options available. Our advice? It's usually worth splashing out but be sure to size up the menu first! Some boat tours also include dinner at a restaurant elsewhere once the trip is over.

Paris boat tours: Everything you need to know

You have probably heard about the Seine river that runs through Paris, but it is so much more than that. A good tidbit of information for you to know: since 1991, its riverbanks are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the Seine, you can appreciate the architectural mastery of Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower, in addition to many other landmarks. 

Paris sightseeing cruises: See the city from the water

Combine one cruise with two ultimate Paris sightseeing experiences on a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower and a visit to Arc de Triomphe. See the city from the top of two of the most popular landmarks and choose your favorite. Can’t make up your mind? Go on a one-hour relaxing cruise on the Seine. You can always look at your phone’s camera roll and decide later.

Pretty confident the view from the top of the Iron Lady is the winner? Then opt for the cruise that includes an Eiffel Tower Visit with Summit and a skip-the-line entrance to the Louvre Museum. And just in case you’re not quite done figuring out what’s on Mona Lisa’s mind, you can jump back on the cruise another day. 

Paris dinner cruises: French cuisine with a view of the “City of Lights”

Indulge in a 3-course dinner while watching the sunset over Paris from your panoramic window. 

As you can imagine, few experiences are more romantic than the Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine. Sit back and relax with the City of Lights as your backdrop for two and a half hours.

The a la carte menu includes authentic culinary creations like duck foie gras and escargots. Vegetarians can opt for pressed quinoa and tofu terrine or buckwheat with silky tofu. For dessert, it’s a tough call between matured cheeses and creamy chocolate crisp. Vegan travelers can opt for the 3-course Dinner Cruise with Panorama on Seine River. This cruise offers a vegan menu upon request. 

Paris Illuminations cruise: Take in the city on a one-hour tour

Hop on board, sit back, and relax as Paris unfolds before your eyes. See the city on a shorter cruise, whether you’ve just reached or are bidding adieu to the City of Love.

The Paris: 1-hour illuminations river cruise takes you through the lit-up facades of the Louvre, the Grand Palais, and Notre Dame. The Iron Lady also puts up quite the light show every night, and you’ll get to see that too from the river. In case you prefer to see the city in the daytime, you can go for the Paris: 1-hour river Seine cruise departing every 30 minutes from 10:00 AM. 

Private river cruises: For those who want Paris all to themselves

Ditch the crowds and surprise your loved one with a private pontoon boat river cruise in Paris. On this 2-hour journey, it's just you, your better-half, and the city. Well, and the captain too because someone has to steer the ship while you enjoy the scenery.

Enjoy the complimentary bottle of wine and French appetizers as you float by the Pont des Arts, Musée d’Orsay, and Ile Saint Louis. Switch to the complimentary soft drinks if you don’t drink alcohol.

In Paris for a once-in-a-lifetime multigenerational family trip? You can choose this cruise too, as it has room for groups of up to 10 people.

Good-to-know tips for boat tours in Paris

  • Prepare for a safe sailing experience by wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. Keep in mind that dinner river cruises might require passengers to follow a semi-formal dress code.
  • Check all the information about the cruise you picked. If you're hoping to go on a cruise straight from the airport, confirm if the boat allows luggage.
  • In addition to the Seine, don’t miss out on exploring Paris’s other body of water: Canal Saint-Martin. The routes on some cruises include both of them or you can rent a boat and explore it on your own. See if you can spot the setting for a famous scene from the well-known French movie "Amélie."
  • Don’t just see Paris from the river, enjoy the Seine from the city too. The promenade by the river, Parc Rives de Seine, is a green family- and kid-friendly space with bike lanes that stretch on for 4 miles.


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What people are saying about Paris

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10,074 reviews

It was an amazing experience, the aura and the setting is so perfect. It is totally worth the money, but there are few minute issues with the service they provide. The total time is mentioned as 1hr 30mins, out of which 15mins of mooring time is included. Suppose the start is at 6:45pm, and they will have you on board by 6:30pm and serve you your starter as soon as you are on board. So basically you would be having your starter when people are still being boarded. Then the cruise starts at 6:45. They say they would provide coffee or tea on the package but everything other than three course meal is chargeable. The food is just barely at par, only the deserts are magnificent.

It was a great experience to ride on this cruise and watch the views outside. We are so satisfied. One thing maybe was missing a glass of champagne or cup of coffee while on this trip.

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.

We loved this off the beaten path tour of a part of Paris that most people don't see.

Spectacular experience…. I highly recommend organized well.