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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: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Plus Bistro Dinner

5. Paris: 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise Plus Bistro Dinner

Le Bistro Parisien welcomes you for dinner between 18:00 and 21:30. Come and visit this contemporary, see-through bistro offering unique views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. The chef uses seasonal products to prepare tasty and authentic cuisine for your enjoyment. Adult Menu: Starter + Main course + dessert + drinks (glass of wine or soft drink) A vegetarian option is available Children's menu (under 12 years old): Main course + dessert + drink (Squash 25cl) Pennette pasta with ham and Emmental cheese or Chicken supreme with crispy potatoes Pot of ice cream or Chocolate cream Before or after dinner, the 1-hour sightseeing trip on the Seine in an entirely glass-covered boat takes you through the finest parts of Paris. Enjoy the commentary and music as you discover Paris and learn about its history. On your sightseeing cruise, you’ll have views of the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais and more.

Paris: Sunset Aperitif Cruise on the Seine River with Music

6. 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: Charming Nooks and Crannies Bike Tour

7. 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: Notre Dame Outdoor Walking Tour with Crypt Entry

8. 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.

Discover Paris by Night in a Vintage Car with a Local

9. 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 in 1 Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise, and Louvre

10. Paris in 1 Day: Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise, and Louvre

See all the world-renowned highlights of Paris in just one day. Meet your local guide near the Eiffel Tower - be the first in line, avoid the crowds, and appreciate the amazing views of Paris from the 2nd or top floor (depending on the option you choose). Your guide will tell you everything you need to know about the construction of the tower and the life of Gustave Eiffel. In late morning, your tour continues with a boat ride on the Seine River to discover Paris and its waterfront landmarks such as the Orsay museum, the Louvre Museum, the Conciergerie, and the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral. Take pictures of the gorgeous Alexandre III Bridge and after the boat tour, find yourself at the Notre Dame Cathedral by train. Not only will you experience the atmosphere of Paris like a local does, but also hear the most interesting facts about the train system and curiosities about the Parisian train stations. Explore the oldest part of Paris, a beautiful stroll by the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Shakespeare bookshop. (Please note, due to the fire at Notre Dame on April 15, 2019 we cannot enter the cathedral). Discover about its history and walk along the Seine River with your guide until reaching the biggest and most famous museum in the whole world, The Louvre Museum. Listen to your guide give important information about its history and decide how to best enjoy your time inside. Most notably, see the Mona Lisa in person and explore the Italian and French painting departments or the antique Egyptian and Greek departments. To visit the Louvre you must choose the option with Louvre included Due to the fire at Notre Dame on April 15, 2019 this tour cannot enter the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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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