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Canal Saint-Martin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Paris: Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Entry Ticket

1. Paris: Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie Entry Ticket

Explore the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie with your family, friends, or on your own. Get access to all the exhibitions and shows with this "Exhibitions" entry ticket, see the Argonaute, and enjoy an immersive show at the Planetarium. Step into this fascinating science museum and visit the many permanent and temporary exhibitions. Learn about the human brain in the BR4IN exhibit and uncover the secrets of the universe in the Great Story of the Universe. Take an audio-guided tour through the Argonaute, a submarine from the 1950s, before looking up to the stars in a show at the Planetarium. Finish your visit with the Solar Impulse aircraft, the first airplane to fly without fuel. Watch the plane land in the museum on the big screens and try landing it yourself in the flight simulators.

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

2. Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

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.  

Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

3. Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault. Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a 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. Your 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. This is when you enter 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 just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

Paris: Romantic Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River Cruise

4. Paris: Romantic Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River Cruise

Embark on a romantic cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin 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. Start your cruise at the Orsay Museum and sail through 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. Once you emerge from the tunnel, discover the magical Canal Saint-Martin, an 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. Pass by Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of Rue de Crimée before finally reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.

Paris 90-Minute Street Art Tour

5. 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.

Paris: Belleville and Le Marais Private Walking Tour

6. Paris: Belleville and Le Marais Private Walking Tour

Experience 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, the Marais, 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, the 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. Before the end of your tour, stop to admire the 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

4.2 / 5

based on 1,716 reviews

Really enjoyed the slow pace after a frenetic few days visiting museums and attractions. There was plenty of space on board, with indoor and rooftop seating. The guide was excellent, with an amusing patter. We booked in particular to travel the tunnel and it didn't disappoint. The locks (all 9 of them) were quite fun - lots of waving to passers-by. We were delayed by 10 minutes whilst waiting for another boat to exit a lock, but it wasn't a big deal. There were hot & cold drinks (even wine and champagne) available on board, but no food - so be sure to take snacks.

A lovely Parisian experience with insight into the different neighborhoods that straddle the canal. Lovely to see Parisians, that's beyond the tourist paths, enjoying picnic by the canal, gathering of families, people exercising, playing table tennis, outdoor dance, working locks, people crossing different styles of bridges-swing bridges, draw bridges, houseboats....don't want to give it all away. We highly recommend it!

The boat trip is very relaxing and shows a different side of Paris. We did not pass e.g. the Eifel tower, which did disappoint my wife a bit. But, this is probably part of another tour.

It was a very special experience! To go under Paris! To go from Seine River to Saint Martin canal

We had a wonderful time. This cruise is a really nice way to see Paris.