I have been on submarines, nuclear and not, battle ships, aircraft carriers, ferries, harbor cruises and even sail boats, but none of these was as exciting nor offered the beautiful scenery as my trip down La Seine on a Bateaux Mouches!
When visiting Paris you absolutely must take a cruise down the "Grande Rue" of Paris, La Seine! This is a relxing way of experiencing the city. Many sites, famous and not so famous come into view, creating a desire to see more and more of Paris.
One sight I did not expect was a miniature Statue of Liberty looming up out of the waters of la Seine!
Fondest Memory of Paris:
The Islands in the middle are connected to the main land on either side by beautiful old bridges. Later I went back to the Seine, I crossed many of those bridges and though I got lost several times I never felt anything but awed at the things I saw.
There were bookstores, outdoor cafes, guards standing at attention, refreshing fountains and parks to rest in, old and beautiful buildings, people strolling along the quay and a great little restaurant that I stop to have lunch at.
Later I found out the names of some of the places I had been to such as the "Left Bank" in the Latin Quarter and other places, such as the restaurant, I never did get the name of. I wish for you such unforgettable experiences!
This company offers more "intimate" tours as their boats seem to be smaller than those of other companies, and this means also fewer tourists on board.
They offer quite reasonable prices if the tickets are bought online in advance -they are probably the cheapest boat cruises at the moment.
A truly enjoyable experience.
A cruise on the Seine is a highlight of any trip to Paris, there are many companies that offer trips on the Seine and it can be as simple as using the boats for transportation like the hop on hop off Batobus, you can do one hour narrated cruises or you can do dinner cruises.
I liked doing it in the late afternoon so you can see the sights in both daylight and dusk when all the lights are coming on, on my most recent visit in July 2011 we did a 11:15am cruise using Bateau Vedettes du Pont Neuf which leave from beneath the Pont Neuf bridge. If you book online you can save 5E per ticket so I did that and paid 8E. You don't reserve for a particular boat, you just show up and exchange your voucher for a ticket. If you're not sure if you are going to do a cruise, you can also print a voucher from their website to save 2E.
It looked like they had a couple of different boat types, the one we went on was a double decker with the bottom deck covered and the top deck uncovered. The tour lasts an hour and goes as far west as the Eiffel Tower, going back to the east it circled around the two islands in the Seine, the Ile de St. Louis and the Ile de Cite.
A few other options are Canauxrama, Bateuax-mouches and Vedettes de Paris.
A good way to relax after a hard day in the museums is to take one of the many cruises up and down the river Seine. Especially good if you're on a short trip, as it shows you many of the sights of Paris including the Seine itself.
I hadn't tried it before, but my fifth time in Paris I went for a night-time cruise on the Seine and I didn't regret that. I had tried a cruise on the Seine before, but during the day, and it can't be compaired to the beauty of Paris lit up in the dark at night-time!
I took the latest trip with the company 'Bateaux Parisiens' which started at 23:00 (11pm). The cruise takes you by some of the famous sights including the Eiffel Tower and around the two Islands Ile de la Cité and Ile St.Louis. It costs 10 euros and you'll be able to sit outside on the roof of the boat. The tour will be commented by in both french and english.
Look at the website for more info...
No visit to Paris would be complete without taking a boat cruise down the Seine. It is a very good time, and not too expensive. If you go at sunset the view of the city is particularly beautiful! You will enjoy hearing the history of many of the points of interest visible from the river.
We took a river cruise on La Seine one evening. Before leaving for Paris, we had already done some research on the internet and found this operator - Bateaux Vedettes du Pont-Neuf, which had pretty good reviews from its customers. It also offered a promotion online (if you confirm and book your tickets online, you receive a discount of 3-4 Euros each. We were not sure of the date, so we used the other coupon instead: print the coupon and show it to the cashier when you buy tickets, and you save 2 Euros each). The cost (before discount) for each Adult ticket is 12 Euros.
The cruise took about an hour (2 ways, to and from Pont-Neuf). During the cruise, there will be a guide to explain and introduce the sights. The cruise allowed us to see the decorations on the bridges up close. It also offered another view of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. We took lots of pictures on the boat.
There are half a dozen river cruise options: short-long; day-night; food-no food, etc.
We chose to book Vedettes de Pont Nuef, which starts oddly enough, at Pont Nuef :).
They allow a discount if you pre-pay on their website. The nice thing about it is that the voucher you get is good at any time, you don't have to commit to a certain day or time ahead of time.
Besides being a nice way to rest and see the sights at the same time, you get a different perspective of the city and there is a running commentary on the things you are seeing.
You do not need any reservations for rides on the bateau mouches, as there are plenty. However, if you are visiting during a particularly busy season and wish to have lunch or dinner, maybe it would be wise to book ahead. You can do it on their website, which also provides information of fares, departure times, and so on.
We were also not sure about taking the cruise like other VTers..but we did in the end.
The good thing there werent any roudy teenagers like some reviews suggested!
But whilst we did enjoyed it, I thought it was a bit over priced at 12 euros. The guide did point out the important landmarks but with like just 1 interesting fact each..
Plus she wasnt as humurous and upbeat as I have seen other guides.
I wonder if there is another way to get the info on the important sites and bridges thats more value for money?
I would recommend that route to other VTers :)
View the city from the heart and soul of Paris, the Seine River. Take one of the river cruises from Bateaux Mouches which takes you along areas of the oldest and most majestic historic monuments. Boarding and disembarkation point is in Port de la Conférence – Pont de l’Alma, on the Rive Droite in the 8th arrondissement in Paris. There is a car park reserved for passengers and is free throughout the duration of the cruise. There is a disabled access on all of the boats, accessible for people in wheelchairs.
Underground line 9 – Alma-Marceau
Underground line 1 – Franklin Roosevelt
Bus 28, 42, 49, 63, 72, 80, 83, 92
RER C (regional express network line C): Pont de l’Alma station
We did the Vedettes Pont-Neuf River Cruise. It was 12 euros per person, and there are coupons for 2 euros off online, and also 5 euros off if you book ahead. It was a lovely time and they run quite often. There was no dinner service, we brought our own baguettes aboard and enjoyed those! The ride took about an hour and a half. There's a video on their web-site, so you will know exactly what to expect, day or night. There was a guide who gave commentary in English, French, Spanish, and Italian. There are open-air seats on the top deck and also inside seats on the first floor. The website gives directions, but it's basically near the Louvre Metro stop and we had no trouble finding it.
It was a nice way to see the city and sit down for a bit.
It is worth it to just walk the right and left bank of the River Seine and see some of the bridges. Tragically, Hitler’s army mined some of the bridges in Old Paris, but thankfully there is plenty of beautiful of them left. I learned a lot about the history of the bridges from the Seine cruise.
I highly recommend La Seine Dinner Cruise (Compagnie Des Bateaux Mouches) at night. I recently shared the experience with my parents as they celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. It was an amazing experience.
You haven't really experienced Paris until you've taken a ride on one of the riverboats that ply the Seine. There are sightseeing, dinner, and entertainment cruises. It's also a good way to get around.