Water activity

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal
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From US$ 21.56 per person

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Enjoy a lovely cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River in Paris. Pass by the Notre-Dame Cathedral and under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of Paris as you cruise from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Cruise along the Seine River and the Canal St-Martin
  • Discover a secret side of the Paris waterways
  • Soak up a romantic atmosphere as you cruise by chestnut trees and lovely pedestrian bridges
  • Go past the sites of the old gibbet and Dead Lock
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
Full description
Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you pass the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Institute of France, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the magnificent hotels of the Ile Saint Louis. Your adventure continues at the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Then enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  
  • Access to Seine River
  • Access to Canal Saint-Martin
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Sightseeing cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Quai Anatole France, the boat is moored at the Port of Solférino, just below the Orsay Museum. To reach the Solférino Port, you can use the wooden main staircase. Important: be at the boat 15 minutes before departure.

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    Important information

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    • Cruises run on a daily basis from the middle of March through to the middle of November each year, and upon availability outside those dates for groups of more than 40 people.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 713 reviews

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    The canal ride is definitely an experience everyone should do once. You get to see how the canal doors open and function, which is very cool. We sat outside most of the time as the weather was so pleasant. However, if you chose to sit outside, you don’t hear any of the guides commentary, which is unfortunate. But for the price, I was very happy with the canal ride experience.

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    September 28, 2022

    The guide was charming and funny, though those who don’t speak French might not get all of the jokes. Was quite knowledgeable about the landmarks seen. To be clear, most of the cruise is spent inside the locks on the canal, waiting for water levels to rise to move forward. It can get chilly, so bring a jacket.

    September 22, 2022

    We got for morning cruise. Being on time there is useful for get a good seat…is a nice and long trip so bring at least some water with you. Carl the French man from the crew translated very well in English. Bravo! A good idea also if you want to carry with you your children.

    August 28, 2022

    Product ID: 5671