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Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

1. Paris: 1-hour River Seine Cruise

Embark on a roundtrip cruise on the River Seine that begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Glide under the bridges of Paris and marvel at a succession of beautiful monuments along the waterway as you listen to commentary about Paris and the sights you pass by. During your cruise, you pass by the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Hotel de Ville, The Louvre, and more. Choose to take your cruise at night for another perspective of the "City of Light" altogether as the city becomes illuminated when evening approaches.  Individual audio guides are available in 14 languages and provide commentary about Paris and its history, monuments, and architecture. Please note the audio guide is available through your smartphone by connecting to the Wi-Fi onboard.

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

2. Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

Visit the masterpieces of the Louvre Museum, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Then, go on a cruise along the magnificent Seine River and admire the famous monuments in the city. Being the world's largest museum, the Louvre packs 35,000 artworks into a 73,000 square meter exhibition space in three wings. Each wing possesses more than 70 rooms and displays extensive paintings and objects of art. See the iconic Mona Lisa, marvel at thousands of amazing paintings, and walk among perfect sculptures. Book the option with an audio guide included and enhance your experience and understanding of the works on display. After the visit of the Louvre Museum, take a 1-hour Seine River cruise tour. See more of Paris' iconic monuments such as the Institut de France, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Conciergerie, Musee de Orsay, Hotel de Ville and more. Onboard you have access to an audio guide of your chosen language for free on the spot which will help you learn more about the vast history attached to each monument.

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

3. Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

Discover the remarkable Gothic style and stunning stained glass work of the Sainte Chapelle Cathedral in Paris with this skip-the-line ticket. Admire this jewel the French Gothic aesthetic at your own pace with a self-guided tour booklet. Spend an hour admiring the spectacular stained-glass windows that contribute to making Sainte Chapelle so famous. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15-meters high, the stained glass panes depict 1,113 scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Learn more about these glass depictions using your tour booklet. Discover facts about sacred relics and items such as the Crown of Thorns or the Image of Edessa that were once held here. Gaze up at the star-painted ceiling.

Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

4. Paris: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

See the sights of Paris from the water on a cruise along the Seine, and learn about them with an audioguide. Savor a traditional French crepe before or after your cruise. For the cruise, meet at “Bateaux Parisiens” / Port de la Bourdonnais just next to the Eiffel Tower to board the boat. As you cruise along the Seine River, unwind while contemplating the history of Paris and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture.  Enjoy audioguide commentary onboard available in 14 languages, which you can also listen to from an application on your smartphone.  Then, after getting off the cruise at the same place it started, show your voucher to the staff at the buffet "Le Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Taste a French crepe with Nutella, sugar, lemon, jam, or whipped cream. If you prefer, enjoy your crepe before the cruise. Admire the picturesque views of the Eiffel Tower and the riverside of Paris while you savor this delicious French delicacy. Take advantage of reduced prices to buy a drink at the pancake house.

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

5. Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

See what remains of the famous Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire, and marvel at one of Paris' most iconic and historical buildings. Tour the archaeological crypt of Paris and see the old city's foundations on this daytime outdoor walking tour. See Notre Dame, an unmissable stop when visiting Paris, and see what remains of the history, tragedy and bright future of this beloved cathedral after the devastating fire in with this Notre Dame walking tour. Learn how construction began in 1163 and took over a century to finish and relive the night when people all over the world watched in horror as the cathedral filled the sky with ash, hearing what was lost but also what was saved. Share in the story of survival thanks to the valiant rescue and recovery efforts of first responders. Walk with a guide around the scene of the fire, as they share first-person perspectives about this historic event. Admire the iconic features of the well-known facade, including the towers and legendary gargoyles, reliving the moments when their survival was uncertain. Get as close as possible to Point Zero, the geographic center of Paris that’s sometimes considered a place of good luck, just steps from the famous cathedral. Finish the walking tour at the entrance to the archaeological crypt below Notre Dame. Learn about this unique site before going underground for a self-guided visit to the very foundations of Île de la Cité, the original Paris.

Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

6. Paris: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

Start your 3-hour bike in front of the City Hall. On this small-group guided tour, enjoy a leisurely bike ride through Paris historical neighborhoods. Your local guide will show you nooks and crannies of the old Paris as well as explaining you the anecdotes behind the great history. Starting on the city island, head toward St Louis Island, mostly unchanged since the 17th century. Crossing the Seine River, enter the medieval Marais, famous for its Jewish and gay neighborhoods. From middle-aged houses through trendy corners, reach the first-ever Kings Square and its magnificent buildings. Continuing through the Bastille square, demystify its legendary prison and the famous Bastille Day. Escape from city traffic and stroll along the bike-friendly path that lines the Seine River and get ready for a nice drink stop along the water. Next, discover the left bank. From the world's oldest company, which is 1154 years old, head towards the literary Saint Germain des Prés and meet Parisians’ preferred cafés and art galleries. See how the kings, queens, revolutionaries, and Napoléon mixed in a ballet that ended in blood in Odéon and Luxembourg. After resting in the left bankers preferred garden, reach the Sorbonne University and the Latin Quarter with its antic roman empire ruins mixed with the most dangerous middle-aged back streets. Joining this tour at the beginning of your vacation allows you to see a lot of the city and determine where you want to go back to.

Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

7. Paris: 2-Hour River Seine Lunch Cruise

Embark on a day at sea on the River Seine in central Paris aboard this cruise. Enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch à-la-carte meal paired with delicious wines. See iconic sites such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, and many more. Meet your host at the Port de la Bourdonnais in Paris to board the cruise. Take a seat, sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and listen to the commentary from the crew members as you drift along the river in style. Smell the sweet aroma from the kitchen as the chefs prepare your lunch. Depending on your book option, you will receive the premier, privilege, or etoile service package. Taste a delicious 3-course lunch that will have your taste buds wanting more. Paired with champagne, wines, and cheese, depending on what package you book.  Feeling full up? No worries, enjoy some tea or coffee, chill and admire the views. See Paris from a different perspective and marvel at the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay. Enjoy the panoramic views from the glass boat. Make sure you take photos of the French National Library, the golden dome of Les Invalides, and the bombastic buildings of the French Parliament. 

Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

8. Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

Experience the most beautiful buildings and astonishing sights of Paris at night, on a 1-hour tour by classic Citroen 2CV. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and sets hearts a-flutter with its instantly recognizable design. Discover why Paris is known as the City of Lights, and hear how it became the first city in Europe to begin lighting its streets with gas lamps in 1828. Your personal driver will collect you from your hotel, or any other central Paris location, and drive down the Champs Elysees, to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe. Gaze at the marvelous Eiffel Tower, even more impressive at night when it is completely lit-up in a rainbow of illuminations. Pass the Louvre, continue to Notre Dame Cathedral, Opera Garnier, Ile de la Cité, Petit et Grand Palais, and more.

Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

9. Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

Embark on an adventure and go on a sunset cruise in Paris. Enjoy a ride on the Seine River while listening to music on a cruise that departs and returns near the Eiffel Tower. Set sail to admire the monuments and docks that serve as scenery for this fantastic evening. To learn more about the monuments you see, download the tour app to use during the cruise (download instructions found on confirmation voucher). Admire the most emblematic monuments of Paris as you cruise by them, such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, the Eiffel Tower, and many more.

Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

10. Paris: Seine River Cruise with Commentary

Explore the French capital on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine and continue along Canal Saint-Martin. See Parisian landmarks, including Notre Dame and the Hotel du Nord before sailing into the underground vault. Start your day in Paris with one of its most enchanting attractions, and take a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and River Seine. Embark in the center of the Parc de la Villette, and cruise gently along the canal to Rue de Crimée’s elevated bridge, as it goes through the Bassin de la Villette, before entering the magnificent Rotonde by Ledoux. Your adventure begins with the first lock at the Récollets Center, where you will catch sight of the Hotel du Nord. Discover the real Canal Saint-Martin, filled with the poetry of its romantic paths and pedestrian bridges, bordered by chestnut trees and populated by fishermen. Then, the boat will be plunged into darkness as you enter a tunnel of more than 1-mile, taking you through a mysterious underground vault that is perforated by light holes. Filled with magic and beauty, when you emerge into the light at Arsenal Port, you will see the July Column of Place de la Bastille ahead of you. This is when you enter the River Seine. From here, take a short cruise along the River Seine, past the Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, to end your tour just after midday at the Musée d’Orsay.

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What people are saying about Ile de la Cite

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 25,503 reviews

It was a great experience overall and worth the value. I would recommend going near sunset , we went at around 9:30/10pm actually and you get to see the Eiffel Tower lights turn on and then the twinkling lights begin to sparkle. It was a beautiful and calm experience on our ride and much better feeling than during the day when it’s hot. They have an audio guide free in so many different languages , you may want to bring earphones so you can better listen! The only thing is you can’t take photos at the same time as listening to the audio guide or the audio guide will stop so my husband and I shared AirPods while one of us used our other phone that was free to take photos . Just a little tip. Def a great idea at the end of a long day and you have felt like you walked enough and just want to sit and relax, let someone else take you on a relaxing cruise. The only con I can think of was getting on the boat and disembarking was a bit hectic with the crowd but it wasn’t a long wait at all

We had a great experience and an amazing view of the most historical part of Paris

She was wonderful! Such fun stories and very informative of local lore

Excellent show! I high recommend getting the champagne as well.

The cruise was very interesting and ticket online were perfect