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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris is fabulous any time of day, but to truly experience the City of Lights, you need to explore after dark. On this evening Paris and river tour, you’ll see illuminated attractions by both land and water, including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise along the Seine to admire Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower, and tour the city by either coach or minivan to see Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, Rue de Rivoli and the Champs-Elysées twinkling in the night. The minivan tour option is limited to eight people to provide a small-group experience.


  • Evening Paris illuminations tour and Seine cruise
  • Admire Paris’ stunning floodlit attractions from two perspectives over 2.5 hours
  • Take a 1-hour narrated Seine cruise past the Eiffel Tower and Ile de la Cité
  • Ride past the Champs-Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Grand Palais and more on your city tour
  • Learn about the sights and history of Paris along the way
  • Choose a standard tour (coach) or small-group tour (minivan)

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What You Can Expect

Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Passerelle des Arts and Notre Dame, Paris

This nighttime Paris tour with a Seine River cruise gives you two options to suit your budget: when booking, choose to tour the city either by 50-passenger coach or 8-passenger minivan. The itinerary order varies depending on the season; in the spring, summer and early fall, the tour starts with the cruise and ends with the city tour, but in the winter, when it gets dark earlier, the order is reversed.

Standard coach tour and Seine cruise:
Your tour starts with pickup at a central location in Paris for transport to the Bateaux Parisiens pier on the Seine. Board your relaxing 1-hour river cruise, which includes narration about the famous attractions you’ll see such as the Eiffel Tower and Il de la Cité, the island that’s home to Notre-Dame and the Conciergerie.

When you return to the dock, board the coach for your 1.5-hour nighttime tour of Paris. Pass by lit-up sights like the Opera House, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and Pont Neuf, and drive through St Germain des Près and along the Champs-Elysées. Other illuminated landmarks include Rue de Rivoli, Les Invalides, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and the Arc de Triomphe. Your tour ends with drop-off at the tour starting point or in the Opera area, where you can continue your night on your own at one of many restaurants or bars.

Small-group minivan tour and Seine cruise:
This tour starts with the same 1-hour river cruise described above but also includes hotel pickup instead of the central meeting point. After the cruise, board your 8-passenger minivan, which provides a more personalized experience as your explore Paris’ lit-up historical monuments, elegant avenues and other sights.

Beginning at Place Vendome, you’ll pass by the Opera House, Notre-Dame, Place de la Concorde, the Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, Hotel de Ville, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais. Ride across Pont Neuf to the other side of the Seine and the famed neighborhood of St Germain de Près; travel down the legendary Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe; and pass by Trocadero and the illuminated Eiffel Tower. Other sights include Les Invalides, Place Pigalle and Madeleine Church. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was lovely. I would recommend highly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The only thing that would have made this experience better would be having my own ear buds. There was a jack for personal buds, but I didn't think about taking them with me. The old-fashion phone-type experience was awkward. Still, the experience was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous!!!! I loved the opportunity to be able to experience both a river cruise and a mini-van tour of city sites not visible from the Seine. As a single female traveler, I especially liked the convenience of being picked up and dropped off at my hotel. I was able to be out late in the evening in the company of a small intimate group and a very pleasant and knowledgeable tour guide!!! Plenty of opportunities for photos!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very beautiful even in the rain!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Our guide, Jose, was exceptional. He was prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, and personable. The evening was totally delightful, and we gladly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Illuminations tour wasn't really good. We couldn't see a lot. Seine River Cruise is breathtaking. You really sense the magic of Paris on this cruise! :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Absolutely loved it, especially the guide we had. He was the best guide we have had on our many trips. Very informative, helpful, and especially knowledgeable about Paris. We came away with a very good picture of Paris and France. We found everyone very friendly and willing to assist us. Loved seeing Paris illuminated at night. Gorgeous. We had spent 6 wks, in Europe and came away with very good feelings.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour that takes you to the best sights around Paris. The bonus is seeing everything at night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

We did this trip on our first evening in Paris, it was really useful as it meant we had our bearings for the rest of our time in Paris. The trip along the Seine was stunning and was a beautiful memory for my 12 year old daughter.

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