Water activity

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal
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From US$ 23.02 per person

Enjoy a lovely cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River in Paris. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral and under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of Paris as you cruise from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Cruise along the Seine River and the Canal St-Martin
  • Discover a secret side of the Paris waterways
  • Soak up a romantic atmosphere as you cruise by chestnut trees and lovely pedestrian bridges
  • Go past the sites of the old gibbet and Dead Lock
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
Full description
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.  
  • Access to Seine River
  • Access to Canal Saint-Martin
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Quai Anatole France, the boat is moored at the Port of Solférino, just below the Orsay Museum. To reach the Solférino Port, you can use the wooden main staircase. Important: be at the boat 15 minutes before departure.

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    Important information

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    • Cruises run on a daily basis from the middle of March through to the middle of November each year, and upon availability outside those dates for groups of more than 40 people.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 455 reviews

    Review summary

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    If you're looking for a stroll on the river this is a good one. We had nice weather so it was a relaxing break from pairs. The guide was very knowledgeable and talked throughout the full time. Know you will be dropped off in a different area but we were very pleased with the area and ended up walking around the town a bit. Yes you do go through many locks but they are cool and the guide talks throughout

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    September 12, 2021

    It was a nice tour of the river and the canals. Going thru 9 locks is cool. Everyone should know that this tour ends 7km away from where it begins. It does not start/stop in the same place. You should definitely bring drinks/snacks, as it is 2 - 2.5hrs long. Nice casual way to spend the morning. But again, walking 1.5hrs back (or 38mins by car) is ridiculous after a tour.

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    July 30, 2019

    Good value canal st martin

    Excellent trip and commentary. Would have helped to have drinking water available on a hot day. Also directions to embarkation need improvement - the indication that the boat leaves opposite the musee d’orsay are misleading - you need to walk down the wooden steps and TURN LEFT - opposite the musee is the batobus terminal I

    July 13, 2019

    Product ID: 5671