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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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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.
  • 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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  • Quai Anatole France , 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.

  • La Villette , 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.

  • This activity ends in a different location. See details below:
  • La Villette , 211 Av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
  • Quai Anatole France , Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
  • 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.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Musee d'Orsay
    Orsay Museum : Departure or arrival point of the cruise
    Pass By:  
    Place de la Bastille
    Your boat will pass under the Bastille Square
    Pass By:  
    Canal Saint-Martin
    Sail on this amazing canal and discover Paris in a different way ! Discover : locks, footbridges liftbridge and the most beautiful monuments by the Seine... and of course history of the city along the water
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    Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
    The best point of view : on board our boat sailing on the Seine river
    Pass By:  
    Louvre Museum
    View of the Louvre Museum from the Seine river
    Pass By:  
    Parc de la Villette
    Boarding or arrival of the cruise
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    Seine River
    A boat trip on the Seine from Orsay Museum to Arsenal Marina
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    Cite des sciences et de l'industrie
    Our departure point is just in front of the Cité des Sciences
    Pass By:  
    Ile Saint-Louis
    Discover l'ile Saint Louis from the Seine
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    La Geode
    Our cruise departure or arrival point is just in front of La Geode
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    Paris Canal
    Our office is located near the Bassin de la Villette
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    Bassin de la Villette
    You will discover the Bassin de la Villette and have a view on la Rotonde de la Villette, Crimée liftbridge and Paris Plages
    • 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
    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." See review

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    star-3
    Disappointment
    Juni_P
    , Jun 2022
    The river was great, the tunnel and the locks interesting. The guide was miserable. Mostly you did not hear him and when you did his voice was blurry and monotonous. A great drawback for the trip.
    star-5
    Off the beaten track
    Nancy_T
    , Jun 2022
    The knowledge and humor of the tour guide. The depth of the locks. This was a wonderful, relaxing way to learn so much about the city away from the usual tourist sites.
    star-2
    A long afternoon...
    RAY_B
    , Jun 2022
    It was hard to find the departure place and we found the Canals Tour to be quite boring since it took forever to go through the locks. In addition, our view was largely graffiti and some homeless people sleeping on the shore. The staff tried their best to make it interesting.
    star-5
    River Perspective
    Wanda_H
    , May 2022
    We loved seeing Notre Dame and other sights from the river and then experiencing the canal. We learned and saw so much more. Highly recommend. We sat up front in the bow through the tunnel and all the locks and dams, what a great perspective.
    star-4
    Seine River cruise & locks
    Shannon_E
    , May 2022
    Seeing the sites of Paris from a boat was fun even though the guide was hard to hear over the noise of the boat & the other guests talking. Basically knew what he was referring to and it was such a beautiful day. If you like going through locks, this is definitely the tour for you!
    star-5
    Highly recommended
    Janet_A
    , May 2022
    Great guide, very knowledgeable. Gave a very interesting commentary. Saw a different part of Paris and learned some interesting things.
    star-1
    No Viator Again
    James_P
    , May 2022
    Missed our train due to a dead body on the tracks.So missed the boat and Viator would not give a refund. Have used Viator many times. But never again. Jim Pa tten,MD Westwood,Ma USA
    star-4
    The back Canals of France
    Peggy
    , May 2022
    Going thru the locks. The neighborhoods were beautiful. Very informative guide.I loved the metal canal bridges.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great experience, tour...
    JUSTYNA_P
    , May 2022
    Great experience, tour guide speaks French and English lots of funny stories and excellent knowledge, beautiful scenery great day
    star-5
    Great afternoon in the...
    Valerie_M
    , Apr 2022
    Great afternoon in the sunshine. Lovely views. Wonderful moments going through the tunnel and emerging into the Seine
    star-4
    A peek at French life from the waterways.
    Tonya_S
    , Apr 2022
    An interesting trip down to the Seine with many locks. A nice way to see areas of Paris one might not typically encounter.
    star-4
    A worthwhile trip to see Paris from another perspective
    GWEN_B
    , Apr 2022
    We found the locks experience interesting.Amazed at how long it took to reach the short distance to the Seine,but marvelled at the wonderful engineers of the past who made it possible. The underground tunnel connecting the canal to the river was amazing .No wonder Hollywood has featured it in so many films. Just wish we'd taken warmer clothes as it was chilly on deck in April. Staff on board were excellent Friendly and very knowledgeable too.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fun family ride
    Simon_B
    , Apr 2022
    The guide delivered an amusing commentary for the entire two and a half hours. The locks are entertaining and the water is surprisingly clear.
    star-1
    Waist of money
    hennie_w
    , Mar 2022
    We received the wrong meetingpoint and when we realized that this was the startingpoint for the morningtour we were too late to go on the tour I called with Paris Canal to see if it was possible to go with them on Sunday or Monday, which wasn’t. So we paid for An excursion that didn’t took place
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-1
    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
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    star-3
    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.
    star-1
    Use other companies
    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 .
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-3
    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.
    star-4
    Beautiful ride
    jbloomfield3
    , Sep 2021
    Seeing renovations on Notre Dame cathedral and the locks. Would have been more attractive without the overcast skies.
    star-4
    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

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