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Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Activity provider: Paris Canal
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See Paris from the water on a 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.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Experience the French capital on a relaxing River Seine cruise
  • Enjoy a sightseeing journey from the Parc de la Villette to the Musée d’Orsay
  • Follow the Canal St-Martin under bridges and through charming streets
  • Pass through the mile-long underground vault perforated by light holes
  • Admire iconic landmarks, including Notre Dame and Place de la Bastille
Full description

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault.

Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a 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. Your 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.

This is when you enter 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 just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

  • Access to Seine River
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: River boat, sightseeing cruise
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    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 Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin cruises include French and English commentary
    • The cruise is 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 1008 reviews

    Review summary

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    Otherwise a relaxed ride with 8 lock passages (6 times double lock) there was simple seating (normal chairs without upholstery) available, the commentary was in French and English, but so extensive and azs rambling that it was boring even for the French. A change from the pure Seine tour. For the price it was ok. Oh yes, but unfortunately there were no more drinks for half of the journey. Not good in the sunny temperatures.

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    August 7, 2022

    We are really satisfied with this walk on the water. It's exceptional, what beautiful and good memories. We should have done it before, but why not "do it again" with friends visiting us in the Paris region. Small important thing: The price is also very nice, do not change anything.

    July 25, 2022

    We had reserved 5 tickets for 2.30 pm. Unfortunately we did not reach the boat as the Meet point was at a different address than we thought. But we were allowed to sail later at 18.20 ..and we had a unique experience, a fantastic sailing trip on Canal St Martin etc.. the trip lasts approx. 2.5 hours

    July 24, 2022

    Product ID: 24450