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Cité des sciences et de l'industrie - Permanent Exhibitions

1. Cité des sciences et de l'industrie - Permanent Exhibitions

Open your mind to the wonders of science on a trip to Paris’ Cité des sciences et de l'industrie. Spend the day exploring one of Europe’s biggest science museums, which boasts an array of innovative and fun experiences for all ages. Nestled in the heart of a luscious 55-hectare park, the museum offers impressive exhibitions and immersive games which reveal the mysteries of life. Learn about the origins of the universe, see how science and technology has shaped history, and understand light and vision with a selection of 3D animations and optical illusions. At the end of an epic visit, you’ll leave the museum with a new appreciation for everything you ignored in science class at school.

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Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

2. Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

On this 90-minute tour in 2 different arrondissements, your guide will show you highlights of Paris's street art scene, which has been rapidly expanding in recent years. Discover pieces including ephemeral art, and learn about the different techniques employed by the artists, including stencils, graffiti and posters. During this guided walk you’ll explore parts of the 19th and 20th arrondissements and visit the main street art sites in the French capital. Passing through Belleville, you’ll cross the rue Denoyez and admire its impressive space with graffiti-covered walls. See another side of Paris on this fascinating glimpse into the city’s thriving urban art scene.

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River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

3. River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a 2.5-hour cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. You are now entering the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour at about 12:15 at the Musée d’Orsay.

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Seine River & Canal Saint Martin Cruise from Musee d'Orsay

4. Seine River & Canal Saint Martin Cruise from Musee d'Orsay

Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you pass the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Institute of France, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the magnificent hotels of the Ile Saint Louis. Your adventure continues at the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Then enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  

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Paris: Belleville & Le Marais Private Tour

5. Paris: Belleville & Le Marais Private Tour

Discover the best of Paris on foot with your own personal local guide during this private walking trip to the city’s must-see sights and neighborhoods. Visit Opera Garnier, the Louvre Museum, Belleville, Canal Saint-Martin, and more. On this guided walk through the city, you’ll get to explore characteristic Parisian neighborhoods away from the tourist tide, accompanied by your own local guide. Visit the hipster quarter of Belleville and walk through its graffiti-filled streets. Then, explore the so-called old Paris, aka Marais District, with its charming cobblestone streets, imposing gates, sumptuous hôtels particuliers (grand townhouse), and secret gardens. Get to know one of the trendiest quarters of the capital, the cradle of the Parisian avant-garde and also a refuge for contemporary art. Make your way along the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin, the perfect walking place for pedestrians, which has become an unmissable meeting point for Parisians, away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Relax and enjoy a coffee in a classic Parisian café. Later, enjoy one of the most memorable panoramic views of Paris from the rooftop of the famous Galeries Lafayette. Lose yourself in the Galerie Vivienne, one of the most emblematic-covered arcades in Paris. Travel through history with your guide as you get the chance to visit some of the historic squares of Paris, the glamorous Opéra Garnier, and the Louvre Museum, one of the most prestigious in the world. 

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What people are saying about Canal Saint-Martin

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,203 reviews

what a great afternoon river cruise on the seine & along canal saint-martin! our guide was very nice, easy-going and shared his knowledge of various well-known sights, along with random stuff that only locals know...truly could not have asked for better weather either, a perfect autumn day! absolutely recommend this cruise!

Superb walk to discover graffiti all as beautiful as each other. Have your eyes everywhere to admire all these works.

Very cool experience of an Arrondissement we would have probably not gone to otherwise. Highly recommended!

We loved this off the beaten path tour of a part of Paris that most people don't see.

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