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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
It’s no wonder they call it the City of Lights — Paris is especially enchanting in the evening. On this illuminations tour, admire top Paris attractions from two perspectives, starting with a lamp-lit cruise along the Seine past the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Then take a nighttime city tour to see the Champs-Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, Rue de Rivoli and much more (itinerary is reversed in the winter). Choose a standard coach tour or small-group minivan tour for a more personalized 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

During the summer months (April – Oct), when it doesn’t get dark until later, you’ll start with a Seine cruise and end with an illuminations tour. You’ll follow the reverse itinerary in the winter months (Nov – March). Below are sample summer itineraries. Choose a standard or small-group tour.

Seine Cruise and Standard Tour by Coach
After pickup from the central Paris meeting point, you’ll be taken to the Bateaux Parisiens boarding point for your 1-hour narrated cruise along the Seine. Sit back and admire the waterfront sights including the Eiffel Tower and Il de la Cité, where you’ll see Notre Dame and the Conciergerie.

Back at the dock, you’ll be escorted to a coach for your 1.5-hour illuminations tour. Learn about the history of Paris’ most famous monuments as you ride through the glittering city past the sights you saw on the Seine plus the Opéra, Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, Pont Neuf, St-Germain-des-Près, the Champs-Elysées, l’Arc de Triomphe and more.

You can then choose to be dropped off at the central meeting point or the Opéra area, filled with great restaurants and bars to continue your night out in Paris.

Seine Cruise and Small-Group Tour by Minivan
You’ll be picked up from your central Paris hotel and taken to the Bateaux Parisiens boarding point, where you and your group will join others on a sightseeing boat to enjoy a 1-hour narrated cruise.

Follow with a city illuminations tour by 8-passenger minivan, ensuring a more personalized and intimate experience. Starting at Place Vendome, admire Paris’ beautifully illuminated historical monuments, museums, boulevards and neighborhoods as you ride to the Opéra, Rue de Rivoli, the Louvre, Hôtel de Ville, Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde and the Grand Palais and Petit Palais.

Cross Pont Neuf to St-Germain-des-Près and then venture down the Champs-Elysées to l’Arc de Triomphe, looping back to Trocadéro and the glittering Eiffel Tower, then to Les Invalides, Madeleine Church and Place Pigalle. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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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