Best Paris river cruises

There’s no better way to explore the City of Lights than by water
Eté du Canal
© Seine-Saint-Denis Tourisme
By Matt Breen and Danielle Goldstein |

In a city full of magical things to do and see, few activities in Paris are more enchanting than a trip along the Seine. To sail down the river in the City of Light is to dip under narrow bridges, to pass by tree-lined boulevards and to spot landmark after landmark. The variety of tours on offer mean you can see everything at your own pace or take in a show after your cruise. You can even combine your river passes to include bus tours. Have a look at our pick of the river-based tours, trips and activities.

Paris river tours

City tour and Seine river cruise

Want to get a taste of Paris by both land and air? This tour introduces you to a number of the city’s landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, before sending you along the Seine for a one-hour cruise.

Dinner cruises- Eiffel Tower dinner and Seine river cruise

See Paris by night

A nocturnal tour that lets you witness first-hand just how spectacular Paris is by night. The tour starts as a lamp-lit river cruise, before moving on to a coach or minivan tour that stops by landmarks like the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. 

Crepe cruise on the Seine, Paris, 2018
© Vedettes du Pont Neuf

Tuck into crepes while cruising

Spend two hours cruising the Seine and Canal St Martin courtesy of Vedettes du Pont Neuf. Oboard you'll be able to enjoy three crepes each, with homemade spreads and a drink (cider, mulled wine, hot chocolate or lemonade). The boat departs from the Hotel du Nord, then passes landmarks including Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Assemblée Nationale and the Eiffel Tower.

Bassin de la Villette boat ride, Marin d’Eau Douce, 2018
© David Vincent-Sully / Marin d’Eau Douce

Sail yourself around

Take to the open waters on your own on this scaled-down boat trip. Instead of sailing the Seine, you can rent a modest boat from Marin d’Eau Douce and drive around the Bassin de la Villette, Paris's largest artificial lake that links the canals. Boats fit five to 11 people and no sailing experience is required.

Paris river cruises, Get Your Guide tours, 2018
© Get Your Guide

Discover the capital at your own pace

See the sights at your leisure with a hop-on-hop-off ticket. This 'Paris a la Carte' tour gives you a two-/three-day pass to ride the Seine River boats and open-top buses around the city.

Enjoy brunch on the river

A 90-minute tour along the river that provides you with a bit of sustenance along the way, with a brunch meal served on board. Plus, couples can upgrade to include a half-bottle of champagne too!

Marne River cruise, Paris, Canauxrama, 2018
© Canauxrama

Venture out to Marne River

Get off the beaten track and explore the outskirts of Paris via the river Marne. Marvel at Chinagora, a Chinese-inspired hotel complex, stop for a meal at Guinguette and enjoy some live accordion, dance and folk tales onboard.

Explore the rivers and canals of Paris

This tour doesn’t just take you down the Seine, but also incorporates a journey up Paris’s idyllic, tree-lined Canal Saint Martin, with a guide sharing stories and facts along the way.

Moulin Rouge facade nuit

Splash out on Champagne, a cruise and the Moulin Rouge

This is on the pricier end of tours, but if you're after a special evening out, you could do worse than a bit of bubbly and a show. Not to mention the Seine river cruise you'll take to get to the infamous Moulin Rouge, passing Paris's biggest sights by night in all their glittering, illuminated glory.

More Paris tours and activities

Other tours and activities in Paris

Take a look through our complete list of trips, tours, activities and other sources of distraction in the French capital.