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River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

River Seine Cruise from Parc de la Villette

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See Paris from the water on a 2.5-hour cruise of the River Seine and Canal Saint-Martin. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral, and under the Bastille vault. Discover the romantic side of Paris on this cruise from Parc de la Villette to Musée d’Orsay.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise on the Canal St-Martin and River Seine and see Paris from the water
  • Enjoy a romantic journey between the Parc de la Villette and the Musée d’Orsay
  • See some of the top attractions in Paris on board a beautiful river boat
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Access to Seine River
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: River boat, sightseeing cruise
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • 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

    Meet at Parc de la Villette in the Paris 19th district. Walk straight on from the subway station, Porte de Pantin (Exit No. 1) and follow the "Gallerie de la Villette" (the walking area with a grey undulating roof) until you see the canal. The Paris Canal white board will be on the left, at Parc de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.

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    Know before you go

    • The 2.5-hour Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin cruises include French and English commentaries, and are held daily from the middle of March to the middle of November each year (outside of these dates, cruises are available on demand for groups of more than 40 persons)
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 858 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.2/5
    • Transportation
      4/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Safety
      4.5/5

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    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!

    October 12, 2021

    It's a nice boat cruise on an offbeat path. I liked how I had not seen this part of Paris before. It's like a hidden gem. The seine cruises are a dime a dozen and this cruise differentiates itself. I read some of the other reviews and I didn't find the speaker annoying, nor did I find the seats uncomfortable. I agree that you could bring a snack and a drink. The weather I had was perfect +23 and sunny. Bring sunglasses and bring a jacket just in case. You go through 1.5km of underground cavern type area. Very cool. You see lots of different bridges too. As far as improvement on how to make this even better, I do agree with someone else's comment that the last 20minutes on the Seine seems too short. It would have been nicer if this cruise went up the river farther to the statue of liberty and turned around and came back to Orsay. (just because the Canal and Seine are two different worlds). They really complement each other. Do this if you've been to paris B4.

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    September 3, 2021

    Unfortunately the regular boat was out of service and the substitute did not allow everyone to be outside. The guide was good but his English was extremely hard to understand to the point I only understood an occasional word. The trip however really gave a hint at what it was like way back when and today how much the Parisians appreciate the waterway as a place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

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    August 23, 2021

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