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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour provided by Paris Canal

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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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This Paris cruise takes you on the Seine River, as well as the lesser visited Canal Saint-Martin. Cover more of the city in less time and take the stress out of your sightseeing when you see Paris by boat. See top attractions, including Île Saint-Louis and the Louvre, at a time that suits you. Cruise along Napoleon’s 19th-century canals—going under bridges and through locks—with live on-board commentary for historical context.
  • Admire top Paris attractions including the Louvre from the Seine River
  • Experience the bridges, tunnels, and locks of Canal Saint-Martin
  • Live on-board commentary from your guide
  • Convenient meeting point at Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin
What to Expect
Hop aboard your sightseeing boat near the Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin (depending on departure time selected). Then, take a seat on the outdoor viewing deck or inside the cabin as you begin your cruise. With informative, live on-board commentary, admire top Paris attractions including Île Saint-Louis, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. From your vantage point on the water, enjoy clearer views than from the city streets. Next, cruise onward along the Saint Martin Canal and explore narrow waterways constructed by Napoleon in the early 19th century. Pass through a dimly lit tunnel beneath the Place de la Bastille to horse chestnut tree-lined stretches of water, and see sides of the French capital many visitors miss. When your canal cruise comes to an end, alight back at the Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin to conclude your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
2h 30m
Return Details
La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
  • Cruise
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Saint-Martin
  • Entry/Admission - Seine River
  • Entry/Admission - Bassin de la Villette
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Traveller rating
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Popular mentions
Doe hunt wrote a review Apr. 2020
Cacak, Serbia1 contribution
It was hard to enjoy while hearing the very monstrous voice of a unpleasant man speaking a different language.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Arthur Y wrote a review Dec. 2019
11 contributions9 helpful votes
Experienced the operation of the lochs on the canals, see Paris street culture and travel under the Bastille. The guide was very informative and gave a French and English commentary. A very relaxing afternoon and lots to see around the canal basin.
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
heatherleas wrote a review Dec. 2019
Shoreview, Minnesota16 contributions16 helpful votes
The tour was everything we expected. We did not know about the canal before. Since it is a one way trip we used the tour as an alternative to riding the Metro. We happened to be in Paris during the transportation strike so we planned accordingly. Our guide took great pains to
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Date of experience: December 2019
1 Helpful vote
AndStew wrote a review Dec. 2019
Worksop, United Kingdom13 contributions
This 150 minute cruise is one to avoid if you do not speak French. Being part of a group of 6 we joined for a view of the Seine and Canal with interesting commentary however the trip consisted of 90% of the commentary in French and 9 locks which took more time to manoeuvre than
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Date of experience: November 2019
Hilary P wrote a review Nov. 2019
Pinecrest, Florida15 contributions5 helpful votes
We arrived early for cruise, but it turned out it leaves from two different locations. By the time we realized what we had done, the cruise was supposed to leave in 5 minutes and we were 1/2 hour away by car. Very disappointed. We tried calling to find out correct location,
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By: Paris Canal
Amazing boat tour
circuit was from Musee de l´Orangerie, and finishes in la Villete. Departure was on time, good explanation of every
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Staff of the ship was competent (good explanations in French and English) and friendly! We will recommend this sigh
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A lot of canal, not much river
This was a 2.5 hour cruise, entitled River Seine Cruise. We were expecting to see a lot of the city from the river
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winter season Pari view
I could enjoy one of beautiful Pari view in high winter season.It was slow and good time on cruise!!
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Mal etwas anderes
we had a very nice trip on a cold day! It was very interesting to listen the famous guide on the boat.
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Super experience
Paris in another view, beautiful, funny. Guide was perfect, possibility to drink wine while you look around.
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Livia T
Too long not enough commentary
It’s a long trip in cold damp weather and we needed more and better commentary and history. The poor quality of the
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It was very nice
The cruise was very interested but we would have appreciated if there was coffee service while on cruise. Thanks
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Another way to view the Seine
I was happy to discover that we could explore another way to enjoy a Paris boat ride. Leaving from Parc du Viliett
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Quite boring
We don’t recommend this trip. It seemed like a long 2 1/2 hours. There were two overall problems. First, the guide’
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Paris Canal
The tour was outstanding! Unlike any other river tour that simply runs up and down the Seine River in town. This to
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Very exiting boattrip in Paris
A very exiting boattrip which exeeded all expectations. The reason it only get four "stars" is that it was very dif
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Absolutely the best!
What a wonderful way to spend 2&1/2 hours in Paris. Our outstanding guide was Bruno who explained the locks and the
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Really interesting and different
Although I've done this before it's a great way to discover Paris off the beaten track- going through neighbourhood
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Nice attraction...
... by good weather and sitting on the deck 😉 but just 20 minutes on the seine. Seats are not comfortable.
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Key Details
  • Musee d'Orsay, Place de la Bastille, and 11 more
  • Duration: 2h 30m
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, French
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