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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
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
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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9:45am Departure
Code: EN0945

9:45am departure from Musée d'Orsay, arriving at Parc de la Villette at 12:15pm

USD $21.35
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10:15am Departure
Code: EN1015

10:15am departure from Parc de la Villette arriving at Musée d'Orsay at 1pm

USD $21.35
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2:25pm Departure
Code: EN1425

2:25pm departure from Musée d'Orsay, arriving at Parc de la Villette at 5pm

USD $21.35
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2:30pm Departure
Code: EN1430

2:30pm departure from Parc de la Villette arriving at Musée d'Orsay at 5pm

USD $21.35
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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
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  • Not wheelchair accessible
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Rog, April 2015

This is a really great trip for those who want something different from the usual river cruises in Paris. We went on a quiet rainy day in March. The crew were friendly and fun. Having read other reviews we were prepared not to understand a word the commentator said but in fact, we had a fantastic time. There were only two non french speakers on board and he made an extra effort to translate clearly into English just for them. The cruise goes through many interesting features on the canal including a lifting bridge, two swing bridges, many locks and a tunnel. So maybe this cruise is more for those interested in the engineering side of waterways rather than sightseeing. Having read other reviews we knew not to expect tea or coffee on board so made sure we had eaten and drunk before boarding! We really enjoyed it!

Reviewed by: Dianne M, April 2015

A different view of Paris with some pretty scenes on the canals. Difficult to hear and understand the spoken English commentary.

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Tour code: 3001CRUISE