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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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Paris, France
Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
  • Combined Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
  • Cruise along the Seine River past Paris' riverside monuments
  • Behind-the-scenes view of Paris from its ancient canals and locks
  • Choice of morning and afternoon tours
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert guide
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Live onboard commentary
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

Departure Point

211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

Return Details

211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

Return Details

Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Get a perspective on Paris unseen by many visitors on this river and canal cruise. Make your way to the departure point near either the Musée d'Orsay or the Villette Basin (depending on departure time selected), and settle into a seat in the inside cabin or outside deck of a specially designed sightseeing boat. 

As you cruise down the gentle currents of the River Seine, admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments including the Louvre Museum, Institute of France, the ancient city center of Ile-Saint-Louis and the legendary Notre Dame Cathedral. Onboard, enjoy live commentary provides interesting background on passing attractions. 

Enter the mouth of the narrower Canal Saint Martin to begin a cruise through a historic canal system built under the direction of Napoleon in the early 1800s. Travel through a dimly lit tunnel beneath the French Revolution site Place de la Bastille, emerging onto a romantic watery boulevard. Learn the history behind old, authentic Parisian neighborhoods as you travel through a series of locks and lovely footbridges. 

The 2.5-hour tour concludes at either the Musée d'Orsay or the enchanting gardens of the Villette Basin.
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Musee d'Orsay
Orsay Museum : Departure or arrival point of the cruise
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Place de la Bastille
Your boat will pass under the Bastille Square
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Canal Saint-Martin
Sail on this amazing canal and discover Paris in a different way ! Discover : locks, footbridges liftbridge and the most beautiful monuments by the Seine... and of course history of the city along the water
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
The best point of view : on board our boat sailing on the Seine river
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Louvre Museum
View of the Louvre Museum from the Seine river
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Parc de la Villette
Boarding or arrival of the cruise
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Seine River
A boat trip on the Seine from Orsay Museum to Arsenal Marina
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Cite des sciences et de l'industrie
Our departure point is just in front of the Cité des Sciences
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Ile Saint-Louis
Discover l'ile Saint Louis from the Seine
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La Geode
Our cruise departure or arrival point is just in front of La Geode
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Paris Canal
Our office is located near the Bassin de la Villette
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Bassin de la Villette
You will discover the Bassin de la Villette and have a view on la Rotonde de la Villette, Crimée liftbridge and Paris Plages
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris Canal

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers.

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  • "very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine." See review


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7 clients left on the quay
, Jul 2021
7 persons left on the quay at 2:48 just bécause the creo did not want to wait 3 additional minutes ll
A Must Tour filled with history and sites
, Jul 2021
Fabulous guide and crew attentive. History of sites and sites simply magnificent. Will be recommending this tour to all coming to and living in France..
No responce
, Aug 2020
We needed to do some changes on our reservation but nobody answers the email and we lost our money back.
A different perspective on Paris
, Feb 2020
The highlights of the cruise for me was the guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. He's a world away from the classic "on your left you can see..." guide. His English is outstanding. Sadly I don't know his name but if you're reading this, you know who you are... The cruise *is* a little bit long, as someone else pointed out. The first lock is exciting, but after a few it does get a little bit boring (if it wasn't for the guide of course). The underground bit is amazing! And the area around the canal st Martin is really nice. All in all, definitely recommended.
, Nov 2019
The Seine River Boat cruise was great. The guide did his best to explain in both French and English. I found the trip through the canals fascinating. I wish the weather had been a bit better, but the boat was covered so we were sheltered from the rain. I highly recommend it.
excellent ride
, Sep 2019
very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine. We would do this again.Really enjoyed the commentary.
Great cruise
, Sep 2019
Loved this cruise as it went off the beaten track. The canals and locks was the best part and the small group of people certainly helped as well.
So disappointing
, Aug 2019
We had a great time in Paris with one exception....the Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour. The tour was relatively easy to find with the directions provided, but the boarding process was slow and took over 30 minutes (for a relatively small boat). We were expecting a relatively nice boat with comfortable chairs and glass roofs for viewing given it was a 2.5 hours tour, and it was anything but that....the boat basically is a converted barge with a plywood roof and wooden restaurant chairs lined up on the floor and a tiny outside area at the from of the boat That being said we were excited to see the canals and a different side of Paris, with the English tour guide...who in the ended up speaking in French for 90% of the time, with a small interruption to point something out in English. The Canal part is interesting through the first set of double locks, but then you realize that you have 3 more double locks and a single lock to go through so a good portion of the tour is going through the locks which you could do anywhere that they have locks. The tour would have been much better if if started at after the third double lock, as the neighborhood was more interesting and in all honestly seeing the side of steel walls is not that exciting. You do go through the 2km tunnel which oddly was the highlight of the tour, and is when the tour guide breaks out packages of Coca-cola, water and orange juice to sell (so if you go bring water/snacks). Once you exit the tunnel, you have one more lock to go through before you end up on the Seine river, and unless you are right nest to the window it is hard to see any of the sights (and this part of the cruise only accounts for about 15% of the time you are on the boat). In the end the cruise ended up taking 3 hours, which in most cases I would be excited about spending extra time, but all that we wanted to do was get off the barge.
Very nice cruise but dreadful animation
, Jul 2019
The cruise is extremely charming even if a bit slow due to the numerous sluices (9) on the canal. Of special interest: the 2 kilometer tunnel! The cruise was marred by an indigent animation: dreadful English (at least one major grammatical mistake per phrase) and more important, a bunch of untruths!!!
Lots of Locks
Marjorie H
, Jul 2019
The ride was nice, the guide did well, there were just too many locks to go through. One or two is interesting but nine is ridiculous.

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