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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Paris, France

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
  • Combined Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
  • Cruise along the Seine River past Paris' riverside monuments
  • Behind-the-scenes view of Paris from its ancient canals and locks
  • Choice of morning and afternoon tours
  • Illuminating commentary from your expert guide

What's Included

  • Cruise
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
    09.45AM from Port de Solférino/Quai Anatole France. The closest metro is Solférino (line 12) As soon as you exit the metro, join the Orsay museum. When you have the Orsay museum on your back, go downstairs at the level of the Seine, and walk on the left.
  • 211 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
    02.30PM from Parc de la Villette. The closest metro is Porte de Pantin (line 5) As soon as you exit the metro, walk straight on through the park, past Grande Halle de la Villette, until you get to the canal. The departure will be on the left, opposite the My Boat restaurant.

Return Details

  • 211 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
  • Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France

What To Expect

Get a perspective on Paris unseen by many visitors on this river and canal cruise. Make your way to the departure point near either the Musée d'Orsay or the Villette Basin (depending on departure time selected), and settle into a seat in the inside cabin or outside deck of a specially designed sightseeing boat. 

As you cruise down the gentle currents of the River Seine, admire some of the city’s most iconic monuments including the Louvre Museum, Institute of France, the ancient city center of Ile-Saint-Louis and the legendary Notre Dame Cathedral. Onboard, enjoy live commentary provides interesting background on passing attractions. 

Enter the mouth of the narrower Canal Saint Martin to begin a cruise through a historic canal system built under the direction of Napoleon in the early 1800s. Travel through a dimly lit tunnel beneath the French Revolution site Place de la Bastille, emerging onto a romantic watery boulevard. Learn the history behind old, authentic Parisian neighborhoods as you travel through a series of locks and lovely footbridges. 

The 2.5-hour tour concludes at either the Musée d'Orsay or the enchanting gardens of the Villette Basin.

Musee d'Orsay (Pass By)

Orsay Museum : Departure or arrival point of the cruise

Place de la Bastille (Pass By)

Your boat will pass under the Bastille Square

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
Operated by Paris Canal

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine.
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Inaccurate address and pick up location
Omid_A, Dec 2021
I just fell behind and didn’t make it to the cruise . The address was not accurate. I had to walk around for almost 40 minutes and finally I missed it. Not happy at all
Paris Canals Tour
Gloria_L, Oct 2021
The tour was good but I had a different expectation. I wish we had spent less time on the canals and more on the river.
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JosephAnthony_R, Sep 2021
Avoid this your . Vague details to find the boat. Called multiple (4) times and was told someone would be at the ticket booth. When located no one was there. I called again and was told someone would be there in 20 minutes, after an hour I left .
Tour guide had a good...
Julie_S, Sep 2021
Tour guide had a good commentary, but the canal portion of the trip was rather tedious. Nine locks was at least 5 too many. Also one of the swing bridges wasn’t operating properly and we had to wait for technicians to arrive. Even our tour guide helped get the bridge to operate. This meant the last portion of the tour on the Seine was short and disappointing.
Beautiful ride
jbloomfield3, Sep 2021
Seeing renovations on Notre Dame cathedral and the locks. Would have been more attractive without the overcast skies.
Seine River Cruise fun!
Linda_M, Aug 2021
I had a challenging time sometimes understanding the guide. His accent was beautiful but when speaking English, it was often difficult for me to understand his words. Also, it would have been helpful to be told how to travel back to where we departed on the boat. We left the boat and found ourselves walki g around a kiddie park and NO idea how to find transportation back to the D’Orsay.
1 traveler found this review helpful
7 clients left on the quay
Franois_L, Jul 2021
7 persons left on the quay at 2:48 just bécause the creo did not want to wait 3 additional minutes ll
A Must Tour filled with history and sites
Donna_L, Jul 2021
Fabulous guide and crew attentive. History of sites and sites simply magnificent. Will be recommending this tour to all coming to and living in France..
No responce
Inga_A, Aug 2020
We needed to do some changes on our reservation but nobody answers the email and we lost our money back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A different perspective on Paris
Pdg, Feb 2020
The highlights of the cruise for me was the guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. He's a world away from the classic "on your left you can see..." guide. His English is outstanding. Sadly I don't know his name but if you're reading this, you know who you are... The cruise *is* a little bit long, as someone else pointed out. The first lock is exciting, but after a few it does get a little bit boring (if it wasn't for the guide of course). The underground bit is amazing! And the area around the canal st Martin is really nice. All in all, definitely recommended.


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