This is where we caught the boat from to go for our lovely river cruise and help my mom and friend to get orientated about what is where in Paris. We arrived about two hours prior to taking the cruise and it was already quite late in the afternoon. The weather was not very good, but we had a great time. Was a bit chilly to sit upstairs on the open deck.
You can do the classic tourist thing : a dinner cruise on the Seine, they have Christmas specials. The non-christmas dinner cruise on this particular company costs 50 Euros per head. Here are a few pics of the 2-hour dinner on the boat:
We loved the Sightseeing cruise down the River Seine! This was such a great way to see the city - Old Paris. We saw some great monuments and learned a lot of interesting history. There are audioguides included that will give you the tour in your language of choice. This is also a great way to rest your tired feet! The cost is 11 Euros- well worth it!
The Seine river runs across the city of Paris. It flows 480 miles through France, starting from Dijon to Le Havre, cutting Paris into two halves. The Eiffel Tower, Hotel des Invalides and the Musee d’Orsay lie on the south bank, while the Louvre museum, Grand Palais and Place de la Concorde lie on the north bank. Cruise on Seine is a great tourist attraction. Several monuments inluding eiffel tower and the Statue of liberty of Paris can be seen during the cruise.
A nice way to explore Paris along the river Seine is by taking a cruiseboat. Cruises are offered at day as well as at nigh (highly recommended) and start right at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at Bateaux Parisiens - Pier 3, Port de la Bourdonnais and goes all the way past Ile de la Cite and back for about 1 hour. Commentary on the monuments are offered in 13 languages on handsets.
An alternative tourstart is also offered from Ile de la Cite.
Prices were 11 EUR for adults.
River Seine is the most important river in France, and it's the river on which Paris lays. The river is pretty wide as it goes from west to east of the city. Therefore bridges were constructed from the existence of the city, now there are 38 bridges.
The absolutely must do in Paris is to take the cruise ships - called the Bateaux Mouches - and enjoy the wonderful pretty long trip from Ille de la Cite to Eiffel Tower and beyond, then back. Views of the city, bridges, buildings and the Eiffel Tower are fabulous. And if you take the cruise in the evening you will see the Eiffel Tower glittering with lights.
Definitely a must do is a cruise to the Seinne at dawn (after 8pm at least .. depending on the season). Paris looks great from the Bateaux Mouches and even more romantic in the evening, when the sun sets over the Notre Dame Cathedral.
It may seem like the ultimate tourist cliché, but taking a Seine River Cruise is a great way to introduce and orient yourself to Paris. In about 60 minutes you get a great perspective on this large and complex city and begin to sort out what you really want to do.
To be sure, the banks of the Seine are lined with the most heavily visited tourist "hot-spots",perhaps, in the whole world. But, they are not busy because they are boring...they're busy because most of us have dreamed are whole lives of seeing them.
There are several cruise lines which have staked out different departure points along the Seine...any of which will likely be fine. The cruise line we used was Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf which departs from the west end of Ile de la Cite at the base of Pont-Neuf. The fare was 11€, however, we could have saved 4€ by purchasing our tickets online...but, it was Paris and we were "in the moment".
Intro Photo: We boarded at the Pont-Neuf which, while it means "new bridge", is actually the oldest bridge in Paris. It was new, however, in 1607 when Henri IV named the span. It is said that the characterized stone faces which line its perimeter are those of Henri's critics other nay-sayers who claimed that the bridge would never last.
Photo 2: This was our first view of the Eiffel Tower. In the foreground is the Pont Alexandre III which opened in 1900. It is described as the prettiest or most elegant bridge in Paris, however, I suspect that if it had been built anywhere else than in Paris it might have less charitable reviews. It is referred to as an Art Nouveau design, however I think Hector Guimard or Jules Lavirotte might have a different opinion.
Photo 3: I have to admit to a certain guilty enjoyment at studying the voluptuous nymphs which adorn the center of Pont Alexandre.
Photo 4: Here we pass the Musée du Louvre and the lower banks of the Seine promenade.
Photo 5: At this point the Seine splits to go around Ile de la Cite and Ile St-Louis. We are about to pass under the Petit Pont which connects to the left bank. Also, of course, we are approaching Notre Dame Cathedral.
The Seine is crossed by a variety of bridges, some dating to the 16th century and some more recent. There are cast iron bridges, stone bridges, arched bridges, wide/narrow bridges, some with statues, some only for pedestrians, one for pedestrians, motor vehicles and trains. The best way to see them is by taking cruise along the Seine.
I think the Pont Neuf and Pont Alexandre III are the most interesting.
One of the best tours of Paris is taking a cruise down the Seine River and taking in a unique perspective of the city. There are many different tours that leave from all over Paris, the most popular is the one hour cruise that leaves from the dock next to the Effiel Tower. The cruise is moderately priced at about $20, and their are options for dinner cruises as well. Simply put the views from the river are fantastic and it would be a shame to not at least book the one hour cruise and see them for yourself.
I did a similar dinner-cruise some years ago; the CRUISE per se is really a beautiful experience, passing most of the Paris-sights and bridges, lit in romantic illuminations.
As to the DINNER, - it was definitely not worth the rather high price.
As I know, there are also evening cruises without dinner;having the cruise and afterwards a nice dinner would cost certainly less ! Have a look at http://tinyurl.com/33cabg
Have a nice time ! Willy
Whenever you visit Paris, please make it a point to take a boat cruise on River Seine. As you sail along the river, you can see some of the marvellous pieces of great architecture. You will be able to see the great bridges Pont-Neuf, Pont-Alexandre III and many of Paris great monuments such as Notre-Dame,Louvre, Eiffel Tower etc.
The boat cruise takes about an hour and you will enjoy evey moment of it. Do not forget to capture pictures of these beautiful monuments in your camera.
The boat can be boarded from a boat jetty very near to Eiffel Tower. The cruise costs Euro 9.50/- for adults and Euro 4/- for children from 4 to 12 years.
I had so wanted to take a Bateau Mouche when in Paris my 1st & 2nd trips but each time the Seine overflowed. Thus I was unable to take a Bateaux Mouche dinner cruise nor could I walk along the quais. A tad disappointing.
But this February I got to do a Bateaux Mouche tour at night! It was cold but beautiful! I chose the Bateaux Mouche because it goes past the tip of Île St-Louis in one direction and then goes past the Eiffel Tower (they timed it during my trip for when the tower was sparkling - ahhh!), past the Ile des Cygnes around the small Statue of Liberty. If you've seen the Harrison Ford film Frantic then you've seen this manmade isle, the Ile de Cygnes (isle of swans) during the climax scene of the movie.
Vedettes du Pont Neuf (the same company that Celine & Jesse rode in Before Sunset!
Batobus - various departure points
Photos: February 2006 & April 2003
Canal / river cruising in some cities is boring,
but cruising the Seine in Paris at dusk after the lights began to come on and Tour Eiffel changes from chocolate iron to glowing gold was easily worth the time and money.
Bateaux-Mouches is the one I heard most about, but I happened by chance to be near Pont Neuf when I saw Bateaux Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf so I took that one instead.
My favorite boats of theirs are "Europa" and "Sisley" as they are small and unconvered & open in good weather ( it is the smaller boat in back).
They had a "live" tour guide (no recordings, thank god) who narrated the tour in both English and French.
There was a little bar (Captain's Bar) next to the loading dock with drinks you could take with you on the cruise.
Sipping a glass of bloody-red wine as we glided down past Eiffel and returned all the way up river to Tournelle bridge past Notre Dame made the cruise even more memorable.
The web site has all the info, as well as a 2-Euro discount coupon to print out and take with you, so with the coupon it's only 9 Eu instead of 11.
To get the free coupon click below and then click on top-right where it says "Internet Discount"
Bateaux Vedettes Free Cruise Discount CouponUPDATE - buy online and get 4 Euros off:
at this link:
buy online and save 4 euros
instead of printing the coupon, you buy your ticket online in advance;
Print the Internet ticket in which is included your order number;
then take it with you and show it to them whenever you decide to cruise.
4 Euros off of the std 11Eu cost is imo a great deal.
OK, so if you may never get a shot at this, here it is in daytime and nightime:
Seine cruise videos daytime or nightime
I thought it was worth it and I am sure I will do it again.
You can pick up a local boat/taxi that takes you from one end to the other for key points to see in the immediate area of Notre Dame and going 3-4 miles. There are about 6 drop/pick up points to come and go as you please. Ticket price was around Euro 7. It takes you from Eiffel tower area to past NOtre DAme. Many boat cruises also provide lunch, and dinner with a variety of prices, depending on what and how much. It can run from 15-75 Euro. Shop around.