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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: Seine Cruise & Crepe Tasting near the Eiffel Tower

2. 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: Panoramic Seine River Cruise

3. Paris: Panoramic Seine River Cruise

Take a day or evening cruise on the River Seine and enjoy spectacular views of Paris illuminated against the night sky or while the sun is out. Enjoy informative audio commentary on your smartphone as you cruise on this boat trip past the city's most famous buildings. Embark on this round trip boat excursion to see Paris by night or day. Listen to the on board audio-guide commentary on your smartphone (available in 14 languages) to learn more about the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Glide gently through the Paris of today and yesterday as you enjoy panoramic views from the classic trimaran boat, with terrace and exterior passageways. Marvel at iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Musée d’Orsay. See the spooky gargoyles of Notre Dame and pass the imposing façade of the Louvre Museum, Grand Palais, and many more sites.

Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

4. Paris: Night Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

Bask in the night glow of Paris on a Seine River sightseeing cruise. Tour the City of Lights and soak in the relaxing atmosphere on board as music plays. Take in a panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Orsay Museum, the Alexandre III Bridge, the Concorde Square, the Petit, and Grand Palace, the Marie Bridge, and many more as you sail. To learn more about the monuments you see, download the tour app to use during the cruise (download instructions found on confirmation voucher).

Paris: The Louvre Museum and Seine River Cruise

5. 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: Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Skip-the-Line Tickets

6. Paris: Sainte-Chapelle & Conciergerie Skip-the-Line Tickets

Make the most of your visit to the Palais de la Cité by visiting 2 remarkable monuments: Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. During your visit to the Conciergerie, explore the ancient court of the French Revolution. At this picturesque site, see the cells of criminals and the tombs of the heroes of the French Revolution. Alongside the Conciergerie, enjoy Sainte-Chapelle, one of the most stunning examples of Gothic architecture in the world. Admire the ancient stained glass windows, with an impressive depth of color and beautiful design. With this ticket, spend as much time as you want at each of those iconic Parisian monuments. Choose to discover the Conciergerie's medieval and revolution-era rooms as well as the spaces that have disappeared with the HistoPad. This digital mediation tool allows you to go back in time thanks to its augmented reality, 3D reconstructions, and interactive functionalities.

Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

7. Paris: Evening Cruise with Dinner on River Seine

Climb aboard a panoramic sightseeing boat for a dinner cruise along the River Seine in central Paris. Enjoy an à-la-carte 3-course meal as you take in views of the "City of Lights" at night. Dine in a glassed-in boat and admire the historic quays and iconic monuments that pass by. See the golden dome of Les Invalides, the French Parliament, the former Beaux-Arts railway station of the Musée d’Orsay, and the gothic façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Compliment your cruise with a 3-course meal complete with optional extras, including Champagne, more aperitifs, and priority seating. Dock back at your starting point with your eyes full of wonder and your belly full of delicious food and drinks. Premier service Privileged seating at the front of the boat Glass of champagne as an aperitif and dessert Patience + starter + main course + cheese + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine for 4 people Privileged service Privileged seating by the windows Glass of champagne as an aperitif + starter + main course + cheese + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine and a bottle of white wine for 4 people Decouvert service Panoramic view Glass of champagne as an aperitif + starter + main course + dessert of your choice + a bottle of red wine or white wine for 4 people Etoile service Seating in the center of the boat Kir white wine as an aperitif + starter + main course + dessert of your choice + 1 bottle of red wine or white wine for 4 people Vegetarian option available

Paris: Skip-the-Line Ticket to Sainte Chapelle

8. 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 River Sightseeing Cruise with 3-Course Dinner

9. Paris: Seine River Sightseeing Cruise with 3-Course Dinner

Discover the beauty of the Seine river with this Paris dinner cruise. Savor authentic Parisian cuisine as you sail past sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre museum. Board your cruise by the Musée d'Orsay museum and sit down to a sophisticated gourmet meal as you soak up the beauty of the Paris evening from the water. Cruise past famous museums, striking monuments, quaint quarters, and magnificent bridges. Sail past iconic highlights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the National Assembly, and Pont Neuf. Enjoy a rich starter, choose your main course, and end with a typical dessert. After your sightseeing cruise, disembark at the departure point. Starters For 6:45 PM sailing: Seared salmon and leek compote with a grain crisp For 9:15 PM sailing: Choice of:• Seared sea scallops with leek compote and shellfish jus • Lightly cooked foie gras, grape compote, and orange marmalade with pecan financier• vegetarian cream of red kuri squash, chestnuts, and roasted squash seeds Main course For both departures, choice of: • Suprême of young guinea hen with mashed potatoes, fricassee of local mushrooms, and vin jaune sauce • Fillet of sea bream with parsnip mousseline and honey-roasted carrots with thyme• Steak with shiitake mushrooms and a small cauliflower soufflé (+€9)• Vegetarian polenta with truffles and a seasonal vegetable medley Desserts L’instant by Paris seine (mini cheesecake/chocolate finger cake) or pear and chocolate crumble Drinks Coffee or tea at the end of your meal Cheese and "a la carte" drinks are available to purchase onboard among a wide selection of cocktails, wines, beers, and soft drinks. Children's menu Starter: Salmon mille-feuille with leek compote Main Course: Suprême of poultry, mashed potatoes Dessert: Chocolate finger cake

Paris: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

10. 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 45-minute 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.

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4.4 / 5

based on 41,155 reviews

Amazing tour! We did it in the evening and it was just outstanding to see all the monuments and the city with the lights on. The view of the Eiffel Tower was really marvelous! The Bateau was very comfortable and warm and it allowed us to know more about the historic monuments. To end the cruise and the night we ate a delicious crepe at LE CARROUSEL DE LA TOUR EIFFEL whose staff was very kind! Thanks for this memorable experience!

This was really worth doing, the guide Laura was really helpful and full of helpful information. Loved all three places to visit, definitely do the cruise in the day time as you can’t see much in the evening. I had breakfast in the restaurant on the first floor of the tower which was nice. The Louvre was huge and quite busy. Need lots of time.

Skipped the large queues outside the museum, lots of different exhibits to see and well signposted. Boat trip was equally as good, good views of the city and comfortable too.

It was January, so not much line to skip, but the two attractions were quite informative and a pleasure to visit

Great deal! Loved skipping the lines. Saved a ton!