1. France
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  3. Paris
  4. Seine River

River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

Product ID: 24450
See Paris from the water on a 2.5-hour cruise of the River Seine and Canal Saint-Martin. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and under the Bastille vault. Discover the romantic side of Paris on this cruise from Parc de la Villette to Musée d’Orsay.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting time 2:15 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Cruise on the Canal St-Martin and River Seine and see Paris from the water
  • Enjoy a romantic journey between the Parc de la Villette and the Musée d’Orsay
  • See some of the top attractions in Paris on board a beautiful river boat
Full description
Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a 2.5-hour cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux.

Adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen.

Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. You are now entering the River Seine.

From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour at about 12:15 at the Musée d’Orsay.
  • 2.5-hour cruise with English and French commentary

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at Parc de la Villette in the Paris 19th district. Walk straight on from the subway station, Porte de Pantin (Exit No. 1) and follow the "Gallerie de la Villette" (the walking area with a grey undulating roof) until you see the canal. The Paris Canal white board will be on the left, at Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The 2.5-hour Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin cruises include French and English commentaries, and are held daily from the middle of March to the middle of November each year (outside of these dates, cruises are available on demand for groups of more than 40 persons)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 660 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The weather was challenging (high winds & high water in the Seine) and the captain managed the situation with impressive capability. Our guide also managed to give us very interesting information (in French & English) about what we were seeing, despite the trip being extended by more than an hour by the conditions.

February 17, 2020

Something different, away from the crowds. It was a relaxing journey, very scenic giving an insight to a less known part of Paris. The on board guide was cheerful but spoke far too fast in English and was difficult to follow. The microphone was too loud and intrusive at times.. Other than that, a good trip.

November 4, 2019

A Different bur enjoyable excursion.

Decided to try a different type of Paris cruise and chose one leaving from Parc de Villette down the canal, into the Seine around the Bastille and finishing at Musée D’Orsay. Going through the numerous locks and underground tunnel was very interesting. The scenery in the Seine always a treat. The boat commentator was knowledgeable and shared some fun stories.

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October 14, 2019

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Paris Canal

Product ID: 24450