Boat trips in Paris

Text Jasmin Berger
Photos ParisInfo
Romantic, unusual, fascinating ... a boat trip through Paris is always an unforgettable experience.


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If there’s one excursion not to be missed in Paris, it starts on the banks of the Seine … aboard one of the boats that cruise it.

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The most beautiful monuments of the city pass before the enchanted eyes of the passengers: from Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower, via the Grand Palais or the Conciergerie. A prestigious ambience without equal that promises an exceptional excursion. You can choose to be carried on the waves aboard one of the famous Bateaux-Mouches or the elegant Bateau Ivre Maxim’s, for example, to admire the city’s most emblematic sights. Vedettes de Paris and Vedettes du Pont Neuf also offer different types of tours, such as “Paris by Night”, which offers a different view of the city: With its bridges and illuminated buildings, the capital resembles a giant movie set. A tingling stroll for lovers! Please note that the Vedettes de Paris also offer cruises for children: Here, the youngest sailors dream of fresh water. And from Vedettes du Pont Neuf, in particular, the boat tour Champagne La Parisienne is offered. Departing from Saint-Michel, the Bateaux de Paris offer cruises with a stop at the Eiffel Tower.

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Cruises on the Saint-Martin Canal

Even though it is the emblematic river of the City of Light, the Seine does not have a monopoly on Parisian navigation! The Saint-Martin canal is also a place of choice for original and charming river cruises. With its lock crossings and swing bridges, it is a point of attraction for lovers in a Paris that is authentic and seductive. For example, the Musée d’Orsay, the Philharmonie or the Géode are on the itinerary of the tour offered by Paris Canal. Canauxrama’s boats offer several boat trips on the water: from a boat trip in “Vieux Paris” (Old Paris), a romantic and unusual walk in the heart of the “Paris des Parisiens” (Paris of its inhabitants), to exploring the banks of the Marne as part of a day trip.

And for those who want to be captain of their own boat, Marind’Eaudouce offers the possibility of hiring an electric boat without a licence, allowing you to cross the canal at your own pace! A unique opportunity to discover Paris by water!

Tip from the GO Sixt editorial team: Dinner boat trip

Dinner Bootsfahrt auf der Seine

Spend an unforgettable night on the Seine in Paris. Enjoy a typical French dinner on the boat as you glide along monuments and bridges. End your cruise with a view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower. For more tips on restaurants in Paris, click here.

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