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Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

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Cruise the waters of the River Seine before enjoying a unique view of old Paris from the Canal Saint Martin. See many of the major attractions of Paris from the water including Notre Dame and The Louvre. Pass through tunnels, locks and under bridges as you cruise through some of the Parisian neighborhoods less popular with tourists and explore the city from the water. Choose a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule.
  • Admire top Paris attractions including the Louvre from the Seine River
  • Experience the bridges, tunnels, and locks of Canal Saint-Martin
  • Live on-board commentary from your guide
  • Convenient meeting point at Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin
What to Expect
Hop aboard your sightseeing boat near the Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin (depending on departure time selected). Then, take a seat on the outdoor viewing deck or inside the cabin as you begin your cruise. With informative, live on-board commentary, admire top Paris attractions including Île Saint-Louis, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. From your vantage point on the water, enjoy clearer views than from the city streets. Next, cruise onward along the Saint Martin Canal and explore narrow waterways constructed by Napoleon in the early 19th century. Pass through a dimly lit tunnel beneath the Place de la Bastille to horse chestnut tree-lined stretches of water, and see sides of the French capital many visitors miss. When your canal cruise comes to an end, alight back at the Musée d'Orsay or Villette Basin to conclude your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
2: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Cruise
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Saint-Martin
  • Entry/Admission - Seine River
  • Entry/Admission - Bassin de la Villette
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I really enjoyed the afternoon we spent on the boat. Travelling downhill (27m drop over 4.5 kms of waterways), through many locks until we reached the Seine - it was a day spent in Paris unlike any other. Our guide made the tour all the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Susie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super easy booking online or on site. Multiple times available along with lots of seats. We did the night sail which showed the city at night with the buildings and landmarks in a different view. It was amazing!! There were so many seats on the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank J Helen Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very Good I didn't know that there was such canal underground in Paris. Interestingly, passage of a canal by the same lock gate system water level control as the Panama Canal also recognized the French historical engineering works power once more.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 正元 小
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice scenic cruise on the canals and locks of Paris, finishing with the Seine River. It was about 3 hours long. The seats were uncomfortable. The guide was not very good. It was supposed to be in English but he was hard to understand and...More

Thank DJ B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I have long wanted to explore the Canal St. Martin. We chose this trip for affordability. The guide, who gave a very lively narrative in both French and English was charming and knowledgeable and fun! The history was amazing. It was a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Elna S
13 November 2018|
Response from docferry | Reviewed this property |
No we just went under the bridges
25 July 2018|
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Response from bagdad-by-the-bay | Reviewed this property |
About 3 hours. I would be weather-wise, bring a map of the area you end up in and roll with it!
26 April 2018|
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Response from bagdad-by-the-bay | Reviewed this property |
You can come to the pier directly but it’s probably booked. Vous pouvez venir directement au quai mais les voyages sont souvent complets.
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