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River Seine
River Seine

River Seine

Free admission

The Basics

One of the best ways to see the Seine is to walk along it, particularly on the central stretch from Les Invalides to Ile Saint-Louis. There, zigzag across the river on the Pont Alexandre III, Pont Royal, and Pont des Arts to see some of the most elegant and well-known architecture in France.

Alternatively, a Seine River cruise allows you to rest your legs and admire the same sights; book a brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise to combine your sightseeing with a French meal or opt for an Eiffel Tower combo to enjoy two of Paris’ most popular activities in one tour.

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Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise
star-4.5
$84.81 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The best Birthday lunch.
It was a great tour for my birthday. The food and service were great. I would have done the dinner tour, but next time. It was worth it.
Sean_Y, Dec 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Paris

star-4
Summit Eiffel with rainy Seine Cruise
Happy, Jul 2021
Eiffel Tower Summit Floor Ticket and Seine River Cruise
Enjoyed having Aida as our lead as she had some interesting insights to the Eiffel Tower that we didn’t know. Would have been happier to have started on time, as they were late arriving at rendezvous point. Very happy that she sorted out our River Seine tickets so we could go on the boat. It was a rainy day so couldn’t stay on top while it poured.
star-5
A romantic experience with my husby
Esther_I, Dec 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
The sight seeing was formidable and the food was great and tasty. The slow waves of the river, the waitress was very courteous Every moment left us smiling I must remark that the cleaning lady did an amazing job of keeping the toilets clean and no bad smell 5stars to her. We were in boat 7.
star-5
Great boat trip
Caroline_C, Nov 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Sightseeing Cruise
Great trip, well organised. Very informative. Comfortable. Clean. Perfect for families, friends or anyone.
star-5
Sunset dinner along the Seine
Jason_H, Aug 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
Relaxing and enjoyable experience for a fancy evening out in Paris. We went on Saturday evening and it was a wonderful sunset along the Seine. Very friendly staff along with clean and elegant boat.
star-5
Exceptional experience
Randall_A, Aug 2021
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Lunch & Sightseeing Cruise
The lunch cruise was just great! Our white linen service, the staff and the lovely boat were all we had hoped for. The food and wine were exceptional….salmon was amazing. Boat, restrooms so clean. We were very pleased!
star-5
Don't overthink this - just book it!
Todd_W, Jan 2022
Bateaux Mouches Seine River Paris by Night Dinner Cruise with Live Music
Booked this for myself and my partner, food was incredible, service was incredible, the sights were incredible and they seemed to time the tour so that you go past the Eiffel tower when it 'shimmers' on the hour, so you get some incredible photos. There was no live music as advertised though, which was slightly confusing/disappointing.
star-5
Very happy to end our vacation with this experience
Lisa_L, Jan 2022
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
I wanted to show my daughter this. Why I chose this experience is because not only could we cruise the seine, but we were able to see most of the monuments in Paris form the boat. I loved the narrator because she gave the historical backgrounds of the city.
star-5
Very nice dinner and cruise - except for the rain...
Ronnie, Jan 2022
Paris Seine River Gourmet Dinner Cruise with Champagne Exclusive Viator
This was a nice dinner and cruise for the wife and me. The whole operation was run very efficiently for that many diners, the food was good and drinks expensive. The exact location on the river was a little hard to find - the directions could have been better. There were multiple places on the riverbank to validate the cruise tickets prior to boarding.
star-5
Awesome
Alice_H, Jan 2022
Bateaux Mouches Seine River Paris by Night Dinner Cruise with Live Music
We had a beautiful evening looking at the monuments of Paris along the same lit up… The food was excellent service great what an amazing evening thank you…
star-4
Lovely but could be improved.
Adebayo_S, Jan 2022
Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Cruise in Paris
Hopping off to see the monuments was quite fun. One could even walk along the coast to the next boat stop. The timing of the boat is quite odd and untimely most times. Tourists would benefit from having a way (maybe a mobile app) o to check the time for the next boat. That will help to avoid running to catch the boat and waiting for a long time.
star-4
Great services, modern boat, good atmosphere, okay food
Jari_v, Jan 2022
Bateaux Parisiens Seine River Gourmet Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise
The services was Great. The boat was modern en looked amazing. The atmosphere was good, dinner was okay, not very special. Nice experience for couples.
star-5
Great tour.
Julie_P, Dec 2021
Seine River Cruise on board Vedettes du Pont Neuf
Very good cruise. Informative, spacious, and organized. We appreciated the English translation. We took the 5:30 pm tour and it was perfect as the disk changed to dark to see the city lit up and beautiful.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Running through Paris’ main tourist areas, the river’s hard to miss; you won’t have to go far to find it.

  • More than 30 bridges span the Seine within Paris city limits.

  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking along the banks and bridges.

  • Be prepared for crowds on popular bridges like Pont des Arts.

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How to Get There

Bordering 10 of Paris’ 20 arrondissements—the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 15th, and 16th—the Seine is within walking distance of many of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. By Metro, get off at Alma-Marceau, Invalides, Pont Neuf, or Saint-Michel–Notre-Dame station to reach the most central stretch of the river.

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When to Get There

For a tranquil walk, head to the river in the early morning hours before most of the crowds and commuters arrive; or, go for an after-dinner stroll to take in the reflections of the City of Light on the water.

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Exploring Canal Saint-Martin

In northeast Paris, the Canal Saint-Martin district is home to smaller waterways where footbridges and trendy locals replace the Seine’s traffic and tourists. Enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere and watch boats on the locks with a wander along the tree-shaded paths.

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