Boat Trips - River Cruises, Paris

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    Absolutely take the boat trip on the River

    by TammyS1964 Written Nov 2, 2014

    We chose a rather cold evening to see the lights of Paris. As we were on the water, it was remarkable to see the building I may have missed during the day. Its wonderful to watch historical architecture pass you buy. Sign up for the dinner cruise, so much better than just the lights tour. We were moving the whole time, so it wasn't get off , take some pictures and back on the boat. Its just to see paris in a completely different way. Its wonderful.

    The bridges are all lit up Delightful illuminated sculptures on the bridges You just travel on the river and see paris
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    Cruising the Seine

    by Maryimelda Updated Jul 26, 2014

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    During my last week in Paris in July 2014 I took a four night river cruise on the Seine with CroisiEurope. The cruise went from Paris to Les Andelys, Honfleur and Rouen in Normandy before returning to Paris. I could rattle on about my little cruise forever, it was just so good. Heck it was way better than good, in fact it couldn't have been improved upon at all.

    The ship was the "Botticelli" and it carried a maximum of 154 passengers in good sized, well appointed cabins which were fully air conditioned, had flat screen TV and a very good sized bathroom. The big attraction for a single traveller like me is that on many of the vessels there are a number of single cabins available with no hefty single supplement to pay. Fares are all inclusive of all meals, all drinks (and not just at meal times but from about 9am to midnight).

    Shore excursions are completely optional and I chose to do two bus tours but not the walking tours that were on offer which I'm told were excellent as well.

    The food is fantastic with a hot and cold buffet breakfast, a three course lunch and a four course dinner included every day. I paid $US1,300.00 (2014) for four nights and three full days.

    I would go back for another cruise in a heartbeat. This was one of the all time highlights of all my European Trips. Can't recommend highly enough.

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    Want to take a cruise in Paris?

    by Beausoleil Updated May 13, 2014

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    There are a lot of different boat trips on the Seine and on the canals in Paris. You will surely find one to suit your budget. I've listed several below. They all have slightly different offerings and wildly different budgets. Check them all to find one to suit your needs.

    When you get to the web site, if it's not in your language, search for the flag of your country and click on it. If you want English, click on the British flag.

    Here are the web sites:
    Bateaux Parisiens
    Vedettes du Pont Neuf
    Bateaux Mouches
    Vedettes de Paris (click on the British flag for English)
    Canauxrama Canal Tours

    We haven't been on any of these although we've seen them cruising the river as we walked by. The one we love is the Batobus. It is a bus on the river. There is no commentary and it's not a cruise. It is a boat trip on the Seine and they do announce the stops so you know what you are seeing. We get a pass and use it for transportation for the day (or two days) just for fun. If you want a budget cruise, Batobus is lots of fun and a substitute for the Metro for a lot of Paris sightseeing. Here is the web site: Batobus Web Site

    I have a separate Tip on the Batobus at: There Is a Boat Bus in Paris by Beausoleil

    Paris from the Seine Bateaux Parisienes Tour boat on the Seine Vedettes du Pont Neuf
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    There's a new electric boat in Paris

    by Beausoleil Written Jul 11, 2013

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    This just started in 2013 and is being billed as the cheapest cruise on the Seine. It starts at 10 euros and is 5 euros for children under the age of 12. This is an electric boat so quiet except for the background music and lapping of the Seine.

    You take a 45-minute cruise around the Ile de la Cité and the Ile St. Louis with no commentary. There is background music and the trip is billed as travel through time between Paris now and Paris in the Middle Ages. There is a bar, terrace and lounge area on the boat if you want something a bit more romantic. At night it would be wonderful.

    You board in the 4th arrondissement at the foot of the Pont Marie (middle of Ile St. Louis) across from the Pont Marie Metro station (line 7).

    Check their web site and sign up for their free newsletter if you're planning a trip any time soon.

    Notre Dame from the Seine Paris from the Seine Musee d'Orsay from the Seine Paris in the Middle Ages
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    Bateaux mouches

    by solopes Updated Jan 10, 2013

    Many attractions are close to the river, and for those with displacing problems, short time, or the need of a different angle, there are several boat trips along the river, easy to deal and book locally.

    You just have to choose your program.

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    Bateaux Les Vedettes - boat tours

    by kris-t Written Dec 31, 2010

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    Discover some of the most beautiful monuments of Paris, such as the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre or the Notre-Dame Cathedral on a Seine river cruise with commentary.

    You'll find them in the center of Paris, next to the famous Pont-Neuf bridge.

    By ordering your boat trip ticket on their website, you benefit from the following prices:

    Adults: 8 Euros (instead of 12)
    Children (4 to 12 yo) : 4 Euros (instead of 6)

    The tickets can neither be exchanged nor refunded.
    Cruise duration: 1 hour

    Yoy also can get a Coupon for a 2 Euros reduction on the price of a one-hour boat trip with commentary on the website.

    Bateaux Les Vedettes, Paris
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    The Bateaux-mouches

    by kris-t Updated Dec 18, 2010

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    Most of the bateaux-mouches (literal translation is "fly-boats") are equipped with a text display and an audio announcement system.

    The narration is available in 12 languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, American, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Polish, and Dutch.

    DEPARTURES:

    High Season (April through September)
    Every 30 minutes from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

    FARES:

    One-Hour Traditional Cruises:
    Adults: EU 11.00/person ; Children (ages 3-11): EU 5.00/person ; Children (ages 0-2): free.
    Groups (more than 20 people) EU 6.00

    Advance tickets are available.
    Proper attire for 1-hr. cruise: casual; shoes are required.

    Lunch Cruises:
    Departures on Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays at 1.00 p.m. (Duration of the cruise: 1h 45)

    Adults: EU 50 per person
    Children under 12 years of age: EU 25 per child

    Dinner Cruises:
    Departures every evening at 8.30 p.m. (Duration of the cruise: 2h15)

    Menu Excellence EU 135 per person
    Menu Prestige EU 95 per person

    Prices include cruise, meal, drinks, entertainment, taxes and gratuity.

    Reservations are mandatory for lunch and dinner cruises.
    Proper attire required: smart casual or dressy.
    BE PREPEARED : no jeans, trainers, or sports shoes allowed on meal cruises.

    It is advised to not bring children on the dinner cruise.

    The Bateaux-mouches, Paris The Bateaux-mouches, Paris
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    Boat/Ship

    by black_mimi99 Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Around Seine River in Paris, we can take boat or ship, some is restaurant and some transport for Seine river.... and when i was here, one couple rent a ship for their wedding ceremony... really Romantic!

    Boat on Seine

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    Sightseeing Cruise on the Seine

    by tremendopunto Written Jul 9, 2008

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    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.

    http://www.bateauxparisiens.com/EN/boats-cruises-paris-seine-uk.html

    http://www.bateauxparisiens.com/EN/offers-cruises-seine-paris/cruise-sightseeing-leisures-paris/sightseeing-cruise-seine-paris-eiffel-tower.html

    http://www.bateauxparisiens.com/EN/offers-cruises-seine-paris/cruise-sightseeing-leisures-paris/sightseeing-night-cruise-paris-seine.html

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    boat down the Seine

    by uglyscot Written Apr 28, 2008

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    A trip along the Seine gives a great view of the city. There are several companies offering tours with or without a meal. The larger boats are the Bateaux Mouches, but there are smaller boats like Bateaux Parisiens and Vedettes de Paris which board at the foot of the Eiffel tower and takes you just beyond the Ile de la Cite for one hour and cost 13 euro.
    Batobus is a river boat shuttle service which allows you to to board at any of 8 stops as and when you please. these are The Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, St Germain des Pres, Notre Dame, Jardin des plantes. Hotel de Ville, Louvre and Champs Elysees.

    bateaux mouches Vedettes the Seine tour boat
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    River cruises

    by tvor Updated Apr 15, 2007

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    There are lots of river cruises for all price ranges. From the Bateaux Mouches, covered boats to open top boats, dinner cruises, lunch cruises and the "batobus" which is more like public transportation that you can get on and off at 6 or 7 stops. The Batobus is not narrated by guide/taped description and you need a day pass to use it, the website doesn't seem to indicate any one-way one-trip tickets. All the companies seem to charge between 8 and 12 euros for a cruise/pass. Most regular sightseeing cruises last about an hour, most run into the evening as well so you can see the buildings and monuments lit up. Earlier ending hours in winter.

    Bateaux-Mouches
    Bateaux Parisiennes
    Batobus 12 euro for a one day Adult pass
    Vedettes Pont-Neuf (discount for buying ticket online)
    Vedettes de Paris

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    Let the boat take the strain

    by iaint Written Dec 29, 2006

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    I'd been to Paris countless times (literally) before I eventually succumbed to the lure of the bateaux mouches! BUT, it was fun. Good way to see things at an easy pace, without walking and from a different angle.

    To be recommended!

    see what I mean about perspectives?
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    Nice romantic seine cruise

    by xristinaki Written Oct 15, 2006

    The siene boat cruise was a great experience. There are telephone like speakers that explain every bridge and every site that you pass. Very romantic...but if you have only a limited amount of time, site seeing is best done on the tour bus or on foot,...the views are obstructed from down here...

    About 15 euros...

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    Cruising the Seine

    by tini58de Written Mar 12, 2006

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    Doing Paris sightseeing on a boat is a nice alternative to walking around. There are several companies that offer boat tours - both by day and by night.

    What is not so well known is that there are quite a few canals in Paris, so you might want to go a little off the beaten path and book a tour through the canals.

    Enjoy!

    Cruising the Seine

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    Viking Rivercruise

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 2, 2011

    The Viking Rivercruise companies has several cruise trips from Paris in her program.

    The cruise ships moor at the Seine left bank South of the Eiffel Tower.

    Viking rivercruise ship - Paris
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