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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris, France

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
  • Combined Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
  • Cruise along the Seine River past Paris' riverside monuments
  • Behind-the-scenes view of Paris from its ancient canals and locks
  • Choice of morning and afternoon tours
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert guide
Live onboard commentary
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

1: Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
2: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

Return Details

1: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
2: Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Get a perspective on Paris unseen by many visitors on this river and canal cruise. Make your way to the departure point near either the Musée d'Orsay or the Villette Basin (depending on departure time selected), and settle into a seat in the inside cabin or outside deck of a specially designed sightseeing boat. 

As you cruise down the gentle currents of the River Seine, admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments including the Louvre Museum, Institute of France, the ancient city center of Ile-Saint-Louis and the legendary Notre Dame Cathedral. Onboard, enjoy live commentary provides interesting background on passing attractions. 

Enter the mouth of the narrower Canal Saint Martin to begin a cruise through a historic canal system built under the direction of Napoleon in the early 1800s. Travel through a dimly lit tunnel beneath the French Revolution site Place de la Bastille, emerging onto a romantic watery boulevard. Learn the history behind old, authentic Parisian neighborhoods as you travel through a series of locks and lovely footbridges. 

The 2.5-hour tour concludes at either the Musée d'Orsay or the enchanting gardens of the Villette Basin.
Stop At:  
Musee d'Orsay
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Place de la Bastille
Admission Ticket Free
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Canal Saint-Martin
Admission Ticket Included
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Admission Ticket Free
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Louvre Museum
Admission Ticket Free
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Parc de la Villette
Admission Ticket Free
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Seine River
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie
Admission Ticket Free
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Ile Saint-Louis
Admission Ticket Free
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Institut de France
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La Geode
Admission Ticket Free
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Paris Canal
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bassin de la Villette
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris Canal

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine." See review
  • "If you have done the Seine tours, this is a great addition." See review


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No responce
, Aug 2020
We needed to do some changes on our reservation but nobody answers the email and we lost our money back.
A different perspective on Paris
, Feb 2020
The highlights of the cruise for me was the guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. He's a world away from the classic "on your left you can see..." guide. His English is outstanding. Sadly I don't know his name but if you're reading this, you know who you are... The cruise *is* a little bit long, as someone else pointed out. The first lock is exciting, but after a few it does get a little bit boring (if it wasn't for the guide of course). The underground bit is amazing! And the area around the canal st Martin is really nice. All in all, definitely recommended.
, Nov 2019
The Seine River Boat cruise was great. The guide did his best to explain in both French and English. I found the trip through the canals fascinating. I wish the weather had been a bit better, but the boat was covered so we were sheltered from the rain. I highly recommend it.
excellent ride
, Sep 2019
very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine. We would do this again.Really enjoyed the commentary.
Great cruise
, Sep 2019
Loved this cruise as it went off the beaten track. The canals and locks was the best part and the small group of people certainly helped as well.
So disappointing
, Aug 2019
We had a great time in Paris with one exception....the Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour. The tour was relatively easy to find with the directions provided, but the boarding process was slow and took over 30 minutes (for a relatively small boat). We were expecting a relatively nice boat with comfortable chairs and glass roofs for viewing given it was a 2.5 hours tour, and it was anything but that....the boat basically is a converted barge with a plywood roof and wooden restaurant chairs lined up on the floor and a tiny outside area at the from of the boat That being said we were excited to see the canals and a different side of Paris, with the English tour guide...who in the ended up speaking in French for 90% of the time, with a small interruption to point something out in English. The Canal part is interesting through the first set of double locks, but then you realize that you have 3 more double locks and a single lock to go through so a good portion of the tour is going through the locks which you could do anywhere that they have locks. The tour would have been much better if if started at after the third double lock, as the neighborhood was more interesting and in all honestly seeing the side of steel walls is not that exciting. You do go through the 2km tunnel which oddly was the highlight of the tour, and is when the tour guide breaks out packages of Coca-cola, water and orange juice to sell (so if you go bring water/snacks). Once you exit the tunnel, you have one more lock to go through before you end up on the Seine river, and unless you are right nest to the window it is hard to see any of the sights (and this part of the cruise only accounts for about 15% of the time you are on the boat). In the end the cruise ended up taking 3 hours, which in most cases I would be excited about spending extra time, but all that we wanted to do was get off the barge.
Very nice cruise but dreadful animation
, Jul 2019
The cruise is extremely charming even if a bit slow due to the numerous sluices (9) on the canal. Of special interest: the 2 kilometer tunnel! The cruise was marred by an indigent animation: dreadful English (at least one major grammatical mistake per phrase) and more important, a bunch of untruths!!!
Lots of Locks
Marjorie H
, Jul 2019
The ride was nice, the guide did well, there were just too many locks to go through. One or two is interesting but nine is ridiculous.
Waste of time
Matthew C
, May 2019
In my opinion the tour was boring, waste of time and money, uninspiring. You spend 2 hours in the canals in Paris. It's interesting for the first 15 minutes then it just become exhausting. Not enough chairs on the deck for half the group. If you were sitting inside on the folding chairs you would get all the exhaust fumes. The tour guide's English was very hard to understand and he mostly spoke in French. May be a interesting tour if you're a local but if you wanna see the beautiful buildings on the Seine do not waste your time. You don't even get near the Eiffel. Only spend 30 minutes of the tour on the Seine river.
Victoria Z
, Apr 2019
The river part of the cruise was fine but the canal portion was wayyy too long and unnecessary. Tour was provided in both english and French. The tour guide had a thick accent and it was difficult to understand his English. Would recommend a shorter tour of the sein only.

Product code: 3001CRUISE

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