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Seine River Sightseeing Cruise & Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris, France

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 12 more


Paris is fabulous any time of day, but to truly experience the City of Lights, you need to explore after dark. During this evening Paris and river tour, see illuminated attractions by both land and water, including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise along the Seine to admire top sights like the Eiffel Tower, and tour the city by either coach or minivan to see the city twinkling in the night.
  • Evening Paris illuminations tour and Seine cruise
  • Admire Paris’ stunning floodlit attractions from two perspectives
  • Take a narrated Seine cruise past the Eiffel Tower and Ile de la Cité
  • Ride past the Champs-Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais and more on your city tour
  • Learn about the sights and history of Paris along the way
  • Choose a standard tour (coach) or small-group tour (minivan)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This relaxing river cruise includes a nighttime city tour by coach or minivan, depending on the option selected.
Local guide
1-hour Seine river cruise
1.5-hour city illuminations tour
Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan (depending on option selected)
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

36 Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Central Paris or centrally located Paris hotels (zip codes 75001-75020), depending on option selected
Address: ParisCityVision office located at 36 avenue de la Bourdonnais Paris
Directions: The closest metro stations are Ecole Militaires ( line 8) or Bir Hakheim (Line 6)
Hotel pickup is available from centrally located Paris hotels ONLY. If you have selected this option, be sure to advise your hotel details at time of reconfirmation to check a hotel pick up is available. Paris hotels located in the central districts (arrondissements) are easily identified by their postal code (zip code). They must begin with 75 (i.e. 75001 through to 75020) to qualify for hotel pickup

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
This nighttime Paris tour with a Seine River cruise gives you two options to suit your budget: when booking, choose to tour the city either by 50-passenger coach or 8-passenger minivan. The itinerary order varies depending on the season; in the spring, summer and early fall, the tour starts with the cruise and ends with the city tour, but in the winter, when it gets dark earlier, the order is reversed.

Standard coach tour and Seine cruise:

Your tour starts with pickup at a central location in Paris for transport to the Bateaux Parisiens pier on the Seine. Board your relaxing river cruise, which includes narration about the famous attractions you see such as the Eiffel Tower and Il de la Cité, the island that’s home to Notre-Dame and the Conciergerie.

When you return to the dock, board the coach for your nighttime tour of Paris. Pass by lit-up sights like the Opera House, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Pont Neuf, and drive through St Germain des Près and along the Champs-Elysées. Other illuminated landmarks include Rue de Rivoli, Les Invalides, the Grand Palais, and Petit Palais, and the Arc de Triomphe. Your tour ends with drop-off at the tour starting point or in the Opera area, where you can continue your night on your own at one of many restaurants or bars.

Small-group minivan tour and Seine cruise:

This tour starts with the same river cruise described above but also includes hotel pickup instead of the central meeting point. After the cruise, board your 8-passenger minivan, which provides a more personalized experience as you explore Paris’ lit-up historical monuments, elegant avenues, and other sights.

Beginning at Place Vendome, pass by the Opera House, Notre-Dame, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Hotel de Ville, the Grand Palais, and the Petit Palais. Ride across Pont Neuf to the other side of the Seine and the famed neighborhood of St Germain de Près; travel down the legendary Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe; and pass by Trocadero and the illuminated Eiffel Tower. Other sights include Les Invalides, Place Pigalle, and Madeleine Church. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
Stop At:  
Eiffel Tower
Meet us at our central located agency in Paris 5 minutes walking distance from the Eiffel Tower
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seine River
During the summer months (April – Oct), when it doesn’t get dark until later, you’ll start with a Seine cruise and
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Pont d'Iena
you’ll be taken to the Bateaux Parisiens boarding point for your 1-hour narrated cruise
Pass By:  
Ile de la Cite
Sit back and admire the waterfront sights including the Eiffel Tower and Il de la Cité,
Pass By:  
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Where the impressive Notre Dame stands.
Pass By:  
Also the Conciergerie along the River Seine
Stop At:  
Louvre Museum
Back at the dock, you’ll be escorted to a coach for your 1.5-hour illuminations tour. Learn about the history of Paris’ most famous monuments as you ride through the glittering city past the sights you saw on the Seine plus the Opéra, Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre,
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arc de Triomphe
You will admire some must see attractions such as Les Invalides,
Pass By:  
Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, Pont Neuf, St-Germain-des-Près, the Champs-Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe and more.
Pass By:  
Palais Garnier
You can then choose to be dropped off at the central meeting point or the Opéra area, filled with great restaurants and bars to continue your night out in Paris.
Pass By:  
Hotel de Ville
Seine Cruise and Small-Group Tour by Minivan You’ll be picked up from your central Paris hotel and taken to the Bateaux Parisiens boarding point, where you and your group will join others on a sightseeing boat to enjoy a 1-hour narrated cruise. Follow with a city illuminations tour by 8-passenger minivan, ensuring a more personalized and intimate experience. Starting at Place Vendome, admire Paris’ beautifully illuminated historical monuments, museums, boulevards and neighborhoods as you ride to the Opéra, Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre, Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais. Cross Pont Neuf to St-Germain-des-Près and then venture down the Champs-Elysées to l’Arc de Triomphe, looping back to Trocadéro and the glittering Eiffel Tower, then to Les Invalides, Madeleine Church and Place Pigalle. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Seine river boat has a large capacity; please note the cruise will not be exclusive to your tour group
  • In summer, tours will partially take place during sunlight as it does not get darker until much later in the evening
  • Due to lots of stairs, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris CityVision

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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Seine River Sightseeing Cruise & Paris Illuminations Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 70 travelers.

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Not good for us
, Feb 2020
Didn't get to go on the cruise as we missed our flight and tour operator would not let us change our booking to the following day. The members of our party that did make it said they couldn't see anything during the tour.
Loved it!
, Nov 2019
We loved the illumination bus tour and the Seine river cruise! Even though it rained, the views (and pictures we got) were amazing. The tour is very well organized, the duration is perfect too. The place were we had to redeem our vouchers for tickets was easy to find.
A must do in Paris
, Nov 2019
The Seine River Cruise and bus tour was a great way to see Paris at night all lit up and beautiful. The bus tour provided some great information about some of the major tourist attractions. Definitely worth doing. The staff were very attentive and the nibbles were lovely and plentiful.
Seine Cruise
Gary F
, Sep 2019
This tour is an absolute must do!!! The tour began just before sunset and finished at the Eiffel Tower with the tower floodlit and on the hour the 20,000 lights also blinked for 5 minutes making the tower appear to sparkle. A great way to see Paris illuminated and to relax whilst getting your bearings in the city.
Great views on this cruise
, Sep 2019
Great way to see Paris from the Seine. Returning to the dock as the Eiffel Tower lit up was magical.
Rhonda G
, Sep 2019
It gets you around. The fact the bus had dirty windows. So pictures out the front were horrible. Cheesy story on head set. Time to update with the times. No one wants to hear there love story which was corny. The boat ride was okay.
Pleasant experience
, Jul 2019
Driver was very courteous, and very knowledgeable about the area. He spoke EXCELLENT English. The boat cruise was great, it used an APP on your phone to play the commentary. However, it would be nice to mention this in the description so someone would know to bring ear buds for their phone.
reasonable tour
, May 2019
Paris illuminations tour was expected to be a drive abound the city to get a nights view of Pais . The bus tour was short through non business and non entertainment areas. somewhat boring. River cruise was not much better either. It was all worth about $10. waste of money
A Good Way to Get Oriented to the City
Douglas A
, Jan 2019
Paris CityVision who hosted the cruise and bus night tour were fantastic in guiding us to tne meeting point. The activity itself was ok: as neither the bus tour or river cruise were fully narrated. We took the tour on our second day in Paris and it was a good way to get oriented to the city. The river cruise was very nice but the bus tour was primarily in the downtown core and with the Paris traffic stop and go.
Absolutely Brilliant. A must see view...
Paul B
, Aug 2018
Absolutely Brilliant. A must see view of Paris. Totally different from any other views.

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