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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.  

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Enjoy a cruise on the very Parisian Canal Saint-Martin

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 bell towers of Notre Dame Cathedral. Live onboard 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. 

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Customer Reviews

Richard G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Trip was cancelled due to lock problems but was rescheduled two days later. Beautiful way to see Paris and the surroundings.

Denise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed this. A real man's tour as they are fascinated with the locks and the boats. Gives a different perspective on Paris.

Henk O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We really enjoyed this tour as it allows you to see the Paris behind the scenes touring the historic canal and its 9 locks was the highlight of the day through the locks you drop a total of 27 meters 90 feet in elevation until you reach the Seine river. The canal banks are hang-outs for the locals and they provided some additional entertainment for the tourists on the boat. The tour guide speaks both French and English.

Janet P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

An excellent few hours on the canal and river. Informative, friendly and interesting. Highly reccommended.

Yvonne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tip on the Canal. Sorry due to Canal work we did not cruise the Seine..: Canal was well worth the trip however well informed tour guide . We saw a side of Paris not seen by most tourists.

Nick G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really out of the tourists' regular visits, but well worth doing if you have a chance. Really nice. For anyone whose never experienced sailing through a canal and locks. This is a great experience.
Highly recommended. The staff are nice and knowledgeable, ready to answer any questions.
Excellent tour.

Kerry K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Really nice serene boat trip. Weather cooperated so was a great afternoon.

Terrence P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great way to learn a lot about Paris

A wonderful morning with engaging staff

Thank you

Samuel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Did not disappoint. The guide was fluent in French and English and very informative. Learnt a lot, and appreciated the background insights into the purpose of the canal. Highly recommended.

Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent, interesting tour. We walked from Seine along the canal, following the boat that we were travelling on for the return journey, to Parc de la Villette. The boat trip back was relaxing, informative and entertaining. A brilliant day out.

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