Start Your Trip to Paris Via The Seine

One of the best ways to get a good overview of Paris is by boat. The Bateaux-Mouches company has been operating since 1949 and provides first time visitors to Paris a great way to get the lay of the land via a pleasant boat ride rain or shine. Seasoned Paris travelers like myself can also benefit from a cruise along the Seine. I find it relaxing to sit and leave the hustle and bustle of Paris behind while sipping a glass of champagne as I discover new sites I might have overlooked before – an old building, a new café or interesting new building being transformed along the Quays.
The cruise lasts about one hour and ten minutes which enables you to still have a full day of touring on foot either before or after the boat trip. Most of the major sights can be viewed and photographed from the comfort of your cabin. The cost is less than €12 for adults and
€6 for children making it a reasonable excursion for a family or group. Lunch cruises are a bit pricey at €55 and dinner rates start at €99 but if you want to see The City of Light in its glory, the night time cruises are amazing!
I recommend you take the boat with the open air if the weather is nice and definitely the one with the enclosure if there is a hint of rain. The cabins are cosy and updated regularly making it a fab way to spend an afternoon in Paris.
Boarding and landing take place at the Port de la Conférence – Pont de l’Alma, on the (Right Bank) Rive Droite, in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Book ahead to save you time when you arrive and ask your hotel for discounted rates.
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5 Comments
  • ParisExpat
    Posted at 08:07h, 09 August Reply

    May we also recommend Le Calife (Diner Cruise along the Seine) as a fun way to see the City of lights at night. Last time we went, the food was pretty good & the scenery is priceless. Besides, we all have to eat!
    Menus+cruise @ €49/€67 -2 hr. cruise
    http://www.calife.com/Croisiere/Diner_croisiere.html

  • Driving in France (@DrivinginFrance)
    Posted at 05:01h, 09 August Reply

    It’s a good tip. In my younger days I lived and worked in central London for 6 years and after living there for ages I reluctantly went on a Thames boat trip with some friends who were visiting. I learned more about the history of London in that hour than I did in the previous 3 years. The tour guide was excellent.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 05:22h, 09 August Reply

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment in my post. I, too, lived in London for years and took many an open top bus tour as visitors asked me to join them and I always got something new out of it.
      Continue reading and letting me know if you find my posts helpful.
      Cheers!

  • littleblacksweats
    Posted at 12:55h, 08 August Reply

    My mom and I did this on my first trip to Paris. It really is a great way to get your bearings so you can decide what you want to see in more detail next!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 13:39h, 08 August Reply

      Many thanks for reading and taking the time to comment here. Have you been to Paris?

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