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  • Location: Paris, France
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Discover top Paris attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral at your leisure on your hop-on hop-off open-top bus and Seine River boat tour. Enjoy commentary about Paris landmarks on four interconnecting bus routes with 50 stops throughout Paris, hopping on and off as you wish. Admire the city from a cruise on the Seine, getting on or off at any of eight stops near major sights such as Musée d'Orsay and Hotel de Ville (City Hall). Perfect for the independent traveler, this two-day or three-day tour makes exploring Paris a breeze!

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off tour of Paris landmarks by open-top bus and Seine River cruise
  • Travel four interconnecting bus routes and hear recorded commentary on Paris sights, hopping on and off at any of 50 stops
  • See the city from a cruise on the majestic Seine River, hopping on and off at any of eight stops
  • Explore attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre Dame Cathedral at your own pace
  • Choice of two-day or three-day pass

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you like the flexibility of a hop-on hop-off bus tour, you'll love combining it with a hop-on hop-off boat tour. This pass gives you the freedom to organize your time in Paris exactly as you want and see the city from both the streets and the Seine!

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What You Can Expect

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Combo: Sightseeing Bus and Seine River Cruise

See Paris from the river on a hop on hop off boat tour

A hop-on hop-off tour is the perfect way to visit the Paris attractions you most want to see at your own pace. Your two-day or three-day pass allows you to see the best of Paris from both land and water. Both the double-decker open-top buses and sightseeing boats offer incredible views of this dazzling city.

Choose from four interconnecting bus routes (see Itinerary for full list of stops) that cover major Paris attractions. As you take in the sights, listen to recorded commentary through personal earphones in your choice of 10 languages. Hop off at stops along the way for more in-depth exploration.

Take the 2-hour Grand Tour route to see world-renowned landmarks such as Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Delve deeper on the other, shorter routes, which cover attractions including the expansive Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg), the Palais Garnier opera house, the Montmartre funicular railway, and the lively and historic neighborhoods of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Le Marais.

Your hop-on hop-off pass also includes access to sightseeing boats on the Seine River (see Itinerary for full list of stops). Seeing Paris from the water gives you a very different perspective on this dynamic city, and you can hop on and off at any of eight stops for easy access to attractions such as the Musée d'Orsay with its Impressionist masterpieces, Hotel de Ville (City Hall) and the Eiffel Tower.

Both the buses and boats depart every 10 to 30 minutes from morning to evening daily. Ride them as often as you wish for the duration of your pass, making sure to take advantage of the many amazing photo opportunities along the way.

Itinerary

Open-Top Bus Stops (nearest places of interest are noted in parentheses):

Route 1: Paris Grand Tour

• Auber ("La Boutique", Printemps Haussmann, Grands Magasins)
• Opera (Place Vendome, Café de la Paix)
• Palais Royal (Jardins du Palais Royal)
• Musée du Louvre (Jardin des Tuileries)
• Pont-Neuf (Conciergerie, Square du Vert Galant)
• Notre-Dame (Cathédrale, Saint-Louis, Marché aux fleurs)
• Saint-Michel (Place Saint-Michel, Sainte-Chapelle)
• Musée d'Orsay (Pont des Arts)
• Concorde (Obélisque de la Concorde, Musée de l'Orangerie)
• Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (Grand-Palais, Petit Palais, Marché aux Timbres)
• La Boetie - Champs-Elysées (Avenue Montaigne)
• George V (Arc de Triomphe)
• Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arc de Triomphe)
• Trocadero (Musée d'Art Moderne, Musée de la Marine, Musée Guimet)
• Tour Eiffel (Champ de Mars)
• Vauban-H'tel des Invalides (Tombeau de Napoleon, Ecole Militaire)
• Esplanade des Invalides (Musée Rodin, Musée de l'Armée)
• Concorde-Royale (Boutiques de la rue Saint-Honore et de la rue Royale, Maxim's)
• Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine)

Route 2: Bastille – Bercy
• Notre-Dame (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Marché aux Fleurs, Ile Saint-Louis)
• Petit-Pont (Quartier Latin, Eglise Saint-Severin, Musée de Cluny)
• Maubert-Mutualite (Musée de la Prefecture de Police, Pantheon, Sorbonne)
• Pont de Sully - Ile Saint-Louis (Institut du Monde Arabe, Jardin des Plantes)
• Bastille-Opera (Opera Bastille, Port de Plaisance de l'Arsenal)
• Gare de Lyon (Viaduc des Arts et Coulée Verte)
• Gare d'Austerlitz - Jardin des Plantes (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle)
• Bibliotheque Nationale de France (devant l'entrée Est)
• Parc de Bercy (Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy et Jardins, Cour Saint-Emilion)
• Bastille - Rue Saint-Antoine (Colonne de la Bastille, Port de Plaisance de l'Arsenal)
• Le Marais - Place des Vosges (Musée Carnavalet, Musée Picasso, Hotel de Sully)
• Hotel de Ville (Centre Georges Pompidou (Beaubourg), Les Halles)

Route 3: Montmartre – Grands Boulevards
• Auber ("La Boutique", Printemps Haussmann, Grands Magasins, Galeries Lafayette)
• Trinite (Gare Saint-Lazare)
• Blanche (Pigalle, Moulin Rouge)
• Montmartre-Anvers (Funiculaire, Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, Place du Tertre)
• *Gare du Nord - Eurostar Terminal (Saint-Vincent de Paul, Terminaux Eurostar et Thalys)
(The bus stop is in the street directly outside the station forecourt. Look for the L'Open tour sign on the bus stop sign.)
• Gare de l'Est (Musée du Cristal)
• Republique (boulevard Saint-Martin, Canal Saint-Martin)
• Bonne-Nouvelle (Théâtre du Gymnase, Grand Rex)
• Grands Boulevards (Musée Grevin, Théâtre des Varieties)
• Italiens (Grands Magasins, Opera Garnier)
• Capucines-Scribe (Place Vendome, Café de la Paix, Opera Garnier)
• Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine)

(* For Eurostar passengers - Join the tour at Gare du Nord station which is part of the Montmartre - Grands Boulevards route)

Route 4: Montparnasse – Saint-Germain
• Petit Pont (Quartier Latin, Eglise Saint-Severin)
• Luxembourg (Palais et Jardin du Luxembourg, Pantheon, Sorbonne)
• Observatoire (Val-de-Grace, Jardins de l'Observatoire, Musée Zadkine)
• Place Denfert-Rochereau (Catacombes, rue Daguerre)
• Raspail - Cimetiere du Montparnasse (Fondation Cartier, Ateliers d'Artistes)
• Montparnasse - Place du 18 juin 1940 (Tour Montparnasse, Musée Bourdelle)
• Esplanade des Invalides (Musée Rodin, Musée de L'Armée)
• Rue du Bac (Hotel Matignon, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Musée Maillol)
• SaInt-Germain-des-Pres (Eglise SaInt-Germain-des-Prés, le quartier et ses terasses)
• Cluny-Quartier Latin (Musée national du Moyen-age, Thermes et Hotel de Cluny)
• Tours de Notre-Dame (Squares Viviani et Jean XXIII, Memorial de la Déportation)

Seine River Cruise Stops:


• Eiffel Tower
• Musée d'Orsay
• Saint-Germain-des-Prés
• Notre Dame Cathedral
• Jardin des Plantes
• Hotel de Ville
• Louvre Museum (between Pont Royal and Pont du Carrousel)
• Champs Elysées

Customer Reviews

Tamas D
Hungary

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

very frequent. I had no issues

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great way to see Paris and get a taste of the city. It allowed us to view the city and than go back to visit more in depth. Had four routes to take with each one focusing on different parts of the city. Easy to transfer between the different routes. Short time in Paris a great way to see a lot of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great value and an excellent way to get around city. The multiple routes ensure you can cover a great deal of the city.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I love the Paris hop-on-hop-off combo, it saves a lot of money and walking and see lovely Paris the way I wanted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fabulous! Only wish there was a choice of having it for 4 days.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommend the hop on hop off tickets. This was our daily form of transport around Paris. Many buses available going through the various routes.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I love this tour, it is an essential for Paris.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the best way to see Paris - I ususally do a City Tour first when I go to a new city so that I can check where I want to go back. The only negative is that sometimes the buses are completely full especially on top where it is open air. And that is the best place for pictures. The boat was a bit to be desired - maybe because it was very hot. But was not impressed.

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