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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
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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9:45am Departure
Code: EN0945

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

USD $22.83
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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 $22.83
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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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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible

From Tuesday 29 September, 2015 to Sunday 20 December 2015, cruises of 2 hours 30 on the Saint Martin canal and the Seine river will take place only on the Saint Martin canal. 

Morning reschedule: departure at 10:15 from Port de l'Arsenal in the Bastille et arriving around 12:30pm in the Villette’s Parc

Afternoon reschedule: departure at 2:30pm from Parc de la Villette and arriving around 4:45pm in the Arsenal Port.
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Reviewed by: Samuel D, August 2015

Did not disappoint. The guide was fluent in French and English and very informative. Learnt a lot, and appreciated the background insights into the purpose of the canal. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by: Susan B, August 2015

Excellent, interesting tour. We walked from Seine along the canal, following the boat that we were travelling on for the return journey, to Parc de la Villette. The boat trip back was relaxing, informative and entertaining. A brilliant day out.

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Tour code: 3001CRUISE