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Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris, France
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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 10 more


Paris is fabulous any time of day, but to truly experience the City of Lights, you need to explore after dark. During 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 top sights like 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)

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This relaxing river cruise includes a nighttime city tour by coach or minivan, depending on the option selected.
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.

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Pleasant experience
, Jul 2019
Driver was very courteous, and very knowledgeable about the area. He spoke EXCELLENT English. The boat cruise was great, it used an APP on your phone to play the commentary. However, it would be nice to mention this in the description so someone would know to bring ear buds for their phone.
reasonable tour
, May 2019
Paris illuminations tour was expected to be a drive abound the city to get a nights view of Pais . The bus tour was short through non business and non entertainment areas. somewhat boring. River cruise was not much better either. It was all worth about $10. waste of money
A Good Way to Get Oriented to the City
Douglas A
, Jan 2019
Paris CityVision who hosted the cruise and bus night tour were fantastic in guiding us to tne meeting point. The activity itself was ok: as neither the bus tour or river cruise were fully narrated. We took the tour on our second day in Paris and it was a good way to get oriented to the city. The river cruise was very nice but the bus tour was primarily in the downtown core and with the Paris traffic stop and go.
Absolutely Brilliant. A must see view...
Paul B
, Aug 2018
Absolutely Brilliant. A must see view of Paris. Totally different from any other views.
Beautiful evening
Elizabeth L
, Jul 2018
We did this our first night in Paris, and we really enjoyed the river, the breeze, the sunset, and seeing Parisians and tourists out enjoying the evening all along the river. It was a great way to get an overview of the center city at the start of our stay. We met the tour at the dock instead of at the tour office; it was very hard to find the right place to meet the tour. The instructions were not specific enough about where to meet and what to look for. That was the only problem we experienced.
So pretty! The Eiffel Tower lit up...
Sandra S
, Jun 2018
So pretty! The Eiffel Tower lit up was wonderful and the twilight along the whole cruise was beautiful. I cannot say enough about our guide Jean and I owe him a thank you note for delivering my 83-yr-old mother and I to our hotel at the end.
Made a mistake booking this tour on...
, Apr 2018
Made a mistake booking this tour on the last minute. I was under the impression that there was a hotel pick-up included because they asked for my hotel address after paying online, which I gladly entered. Turns out, our specific tour doesnt have a hotel pick-up and we were waiting for nothing. I called the local supplier, Pars City Vision number supplied on the voucher more than 3 times to confirm the pickup 3 hours before the tour, but only got an all our lines are busy response. Anyway, it was late, and we knew we wont make it so my wife and I ended up just walking to Eiffel Tower to see it light up that night. Cant really recommend this tour, can I?
I was very disappointed with this...
Kim W
, Apr 2018
I was very disappointed with this excursion. Part of the issue had to do with the fact that it rained. With the rain, we were unable to sit on the top of the boat, so viewing from inside the boat was limited. They eventually did allow us to stand along the rail of the bottom of the boat, but except for the Eiffel tower, there really was nothing of interest to view. It was nice though, that they timed the trip with the Eiffel tower lighting up. The commentary that went along with the trip was awful and we gave up on that after 5 minutes. I was also disappointed with the private tour. Since it was raining we only stopped at a few of the attractions and I was unable to see any better from inside the mini van then I would have from a bus and the price was twice as much. I would recommend doing the night time attraction on your own. You can uber for much less and you can take as much time as needed to photograph the attractions. You would need to uber to Notre Dame and to the Louvre. From the Louvre you can photograph the Institute of France, Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Ferris Wheel, Eiffel Tower, and Arch de Triomphe. You may want to uber closer to the Arc de Triomphe if your camera doesn't have a good lens. I would skip the Seine River cruise altogether.
Had a nice evening along the Seine...
Marie B L
, Apr 2018
Had a nice evening along the Seine River seeing Paris illuminated in the night. Would recommend this for an evening out in Paris.
If you are in Paris for the first...
Sudeshna R
, Mar 2018
If you are in Paris for the first time and your in mood for a little romance , I would highly recommend this

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