The River Seine runs right through the middle of the city and divides it between the left bank and right bank. Taking a boat ride down the Seine is a great way to see the city and all its sights. Tours are available in all major languages.
Our cruise on the Seine was an enjoyable 90 minutes, a very relaxing way of viewing the river activity, the beautiful buildings on the riverbanks and the many bridges. The cruise commenced close to Notre Dame, and continued on past the Ile de la Cite the birthplace of Paris many thousands of years ago.
We saw many famous buildings including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Conciergeire, some magnificent bridges and a variety of barges, ferries, pleasure boats, floating restaurants, house boats and other activities that occur on a working river. An excellent commentary accompanied the cruise.
Our cruise boat was fully enclosed with a glass ceiling which made photography difficult. If doing the cruise again I would take a ferry that offered elevated outside seating on top of the cabin. The higher elevation from the water would give a better view of the buildings and give greater photographic opportunity. Also I would take a cruise from Pont Neuf as there are better ferries operating from this location.
Probably the best way to catch a glimpse of the most landmarks in a single excursion. Many of the most viewed monuments cathedrals etc. are visible from the Seine. Take a bateaux tour to get sort of an overview of what's there to see. The tour also provides one with some great photo opportunities that you won't get when visiting from land. We used Bateaux Parisiens, but there are serveal companies leaving from the same area with a variety of different tour packages.
Sit back, relax and watch the famous left and right banks of Paris go by as you glide down the Seine on a big boat from Bateau Mouches. Tickets are very reasonable and it's a great way to see the sights and take some really pretty photos.
There are other boat tour companies which may be just as good, but I haven't tried them. On these ones you have the choice of sitting upstairs - more popular and probably better views - or downstairs, which is less crowded and puts you closer to the water. Either way, you can move around once it's sailing.
For sure you will see the Seine River when you are in the heart of the city of Paris. In the picture I posted, you will see the river from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The river and its banks is one of the most perfect urban landscape in the world. There are many attractions on the rivers banks like the Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the famous Eiffel Tower.
You will also see beautiful bridges that crossed the Seine River and one of the most famous is the Pont-Neuf. If you want to enjoy more of the Seine River and its bridges, I would recommend you to go for a river cruise especially at night as the river banks are illuminated. It is very colourful and relaxing after a full day tour of the city. The cruise will give you an idea on the many other attractions that Paris can offer.
If you really want to enjoy the sights of Paris, you really need to take one of the Seine cruises, only I strongly recommend you do this at night. The lights are all on, and you get an incredible impression of the city and it's "artistic balance". The bridges, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame are all lit, and the impression is very strong. There are different types with all different prices, some include dinner and are in boats with glass covers, while others are on "double-decker boats with open tops. (take a sweater and/or windbreaker) They all give you a narrative. Plus you can spy on the locals as they enjoy their evenings along the river.
It is a nice trip to take a cruise around Seine the river. The trip usually lasts for one hour, starting from Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and other attractions. The cruise also passes by many historical sightseeings such as the Latin Quater. There is a French guide who speaks mainly French and sometimes English. There is also immediate translation in 7 or 8 languages; Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, English, Russian and others.
The first cruise departs at 10:00 a.m until 9:00 p.m.
Adult ticket: E9.50
If you have the Paris Visite card, you can get discount; buy the first ticket and get the second one 50%off.
The cruise is nice to have a sense of French romance;)
I highly recommend taking a tour on the Seine at night. You get to see all the buildings lit up at night plus you get to see the Eiffel Tower twinkle! I also loved seeing the Parisians hanging out along the shores of the river. Since I was there in July, there were lots of people out. They would wave at us from the bridges and we saw people dancing on the shore. It was just a nice way to spend an evening.
Cruising on the Seine gives you a whole different perspective on Paris and is a nice break from all the walking you are bound to do there. There are several options and the one I liked leaves from Pont Neuf and cruises for about an hour. There are also some that leave from in front of the Eiffel Tower and some more expensive ones that serve dinner aboard. The cruises are enjoyable both in the daytime and at night. Many buildings (including the Louvre) are beautifully lighted at night. Evening cruises are more romantic and the boat's staff loves shining their lights on the lovers smooching along the banks.
A very popular attraction in Paris is the Seine River Cruise. Its most dramatic at night.You pass many Paris landmarks like the Hotel de Ville and the Eiffel Tower.You can go low buget (cruise only) or you can take a dinner cruise, we paid about 10 euro each for the cruise.It was a nice chance to rest our feet from all the walking we had done that day.
It is possible to take a Seine cruise from Paris all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, but most tourists just embark on the one hour Paris landmarks tour and conclude with a hike up to Trocadero for yet another view of the Eiffel Tower.
Bateaux Parisiens is a very good company that does the Seine cruise. They are located just a few meters from the Eiffel Tower at Port de la Bourdonnais.
There always seems to be room for a couple more tourists; just look at how packed this ship is in my photo.
First time to Paris? Its touristy and you might not be able to hear everything they say, but its worth it. Its about the same price as a museum entry 8-10E, which isn't bad for what you learn. Take it early on during your stay, mainly to get the orientation of everything. You'll be able to see where all the biggies are Le Louvre, Musee de Orsay, Notre Dam, Eiffel Tower ect. But you'll also get glimpes of other neighborhoods, smaller sites and areas that you can go search out later on foot.
Whether it be a day cruise on
the Seine River, or a dinner
cruise, it is well worth the trip.
We did both, and had a great
time. We recommend a day tour
on the river, then take a nightime
dinner cruise and see Paris all
lit up ......
I wish we would have done this one hour cruise at the beginning of our trip to give us an idea where everything in Paris was. Going on it after you have seen everything isn't near as exciting. The tour is kind of boring if you have already seen everything except it does give you a different viewpoint, especially of the Eiffel Tower. Check out my photo of the Eiffel Tower while we are going under a bridge. The commentary was okay but difficult to hear.
We went with Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. 8E
This evening boat cruise down the Seine was a fantastic way to see both the river and the city's monuments. We did this on the first night so it gave us a good overview of the city. The guide spoke in French and English so you learn facts such as how one of the bridges is a "wish" bridge that you're supposed to make a wish as you pass under and kiss your significant other, if you have one with you, to help make it come true.
Of course, the best part was seeing the Eiffel Tower for the first time with your own eyes in all it's grandeur. Check out the photos I took of it. Keep in mind, these photos were taken as the boat was moving, a feat that I'm very proud of!