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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3001CRUISE
Important: Please read itinerary reschedule due to renovation works

Cruise the waters of the River Seine before enjoying a unique view of old Paris from the Canal Saint Martin. See many of the major attractions of Paris from the water including Notre Dame and The Louvre. Pass through tunnels, locks and under bridges as you cruise through some of the Parisian neighborhoods less popular with tourists and explore the city from the water. Choose a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule.


  • Led by a local guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Please note:
Renovation work is planned on the Saint Martin canal between the Monday 28 September 2015 and Thursday 31 March 2016. Please check carefully the itinerary section to see the dates affected.

This two and a half hour cruise on the River Seine and the Canal Saint Martin gives a unique view of Paris. You will experience both the grandeur of the Seine and the quiet intimacy of Paris' network of inner-urban canals, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 1800s. Along the way, your informative guide-interpreter will provide illuminating insights into the history of Paris and its canals.

Your River Seine cruise begins near the Musée d'Orsay and sweeps you past a parade of monuments: the Louvre Museum, the Institute of France, the spires of Notre Dame Cathedral and tiny Ile Saint Louis, before arriving at the entrance of the Canal Saint Martin.

The first section of the canal takes you through an eerily lit tunnel which passes under the Place de la Bastille. Emerging from the tunnel you will discover the most romantic "boulevard" in Paris - the Canal Saint Martin's three miles of pure poetry. Reflected in the canal's waters you'll see old swing bridges, half-moon footbridges and the abundant foliage of horse-chestnut trees.

A trip along the Canal Saint Martin reveals a side of Paris that tourists don't usually get to see. The canal winds its way through a series of 19th-century locks and enchanting old areas of Paris until, 26 meters above the Seine, the canal reaches the Villette Basin. Here you will pass the raised Crimea Bridge before arriving at La Villette Park, where the Science Museum, the Geode and enchanting gardens await you.

Note that the morning tour begins near Musée d'Orsay and ends at Bassin de la Villette. In the afternoon the schedule is reversed, beginning at Bassin de la Villette and ending near Musée d'Orsay.

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2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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10:15am Departure
Code: EN1015

10:15am departure from Parc de la Villette arriving at Musée d'Orsay at 1pm. From Tuesday 29th September departure from Port of the Arsenal (Bastille) and arriving at 12.30pm in the Villette’s Park.

USD $21.60
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2:30pm Departure
Code: EN1430

2:30pm departure from Parc de la Villette arriving at Musée d'Orsay at 5pm. From September 29th, departure from the Villette’s Park and arriving at 4.45pm at Port of the Arsenal (Bastille).

USD $21.60
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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris Canals and Seine River Cruise

  • Cruise
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible

From Tuesday 29th September to March 31st 2016: Cruise on the Seine and the Saint Martin’s canal will take place only the Saint Martin’s canal. On the morning: at 10.15am from the Port of the Arsenal (Bastille) and arriving at 12.30 pm in the Villette’s Park. In the afternoon: at 2.30 pm from the Villette’s Park and arriving at 4.45 pm in tine Port of the Arsenal (Bastille).

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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Yvonne M, October 2015

Great tip on the Canal. Sorry due to Canal work we did not cruise the Seine..: Canal was well worth the trip however well informed tour guide . We saw a side of Paris not seen by most tourists.

Reviewed by: Nick G, October 2015

Really out of the tourists' regular visits, but well worth doing if you have a chance. Really nice. For anyone whose never experienced sailing through a canal and locks. This is a great experience.
Highly recommended. The staff are nice and knowledgeable, ready to answer any questions.
Excellent tour.

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Tour code: 3001CRUISE