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Seine river cruises Paris

February 20th, 2009 by paris

The Seine river cruises Paris hosts an unforgettable experience, what better way to appreciate the beauty of waterside Paris than by cruising past Notre Dame and the Louvre with the Eiffel Tower as both the starting and ending point.

The four main companies that operate Seine river cruises in Paris:

1. Bateaux-Mouches

1 hour tour

Recorded commentary

Every 30 minutes

Dinner / Lunch cruises

2. Bateaux Parisiens

Three glass-topped

Recorded commentary

Every 30 minutes during summer

Dinner / Lunch cruises

3. Vedettes du Pont-Neuf

1 hour tour

Internet discount coupons for a €2, or €5 reduction

4. Batobus water bus

Hop on, hop off service

Eight stops along the Seine (within easy reach of most prominent attractions)

Every 15 to 30 minutes

1 – 5 day passes (Valid on Consecutive days)

Discounts for holders of (student cards, Imagine R, Orange / Navigo, Intégrale, Améthyste and Emeraude cards )

Bateaux Mouches compared with Bateaux Parisiens

The Bateaux Mouches boats are larger and therefore less expensive than the Bateaux Parisiens, and the tour lasts ten minutes longer. Both offer recorded commentary in several languages.

Bateaux Mouches compared with Batobus

Bateaux Mouches boats have commentary and the Batobus does not. But the Batobus ticket is valid for the whole day, so you can hop off whenever you wish and it also operates in the evening. Batobus costs approximately 13 euros, compared with approximately ten euros for a one hour trip on the the Bateaux Mouches.

Bateaux Mouches compared with Vedettes du Pont Neuf

The other seine river cruises Paris depart from piers near the Eiffel Tower and the Trocedero, but Vedettes du Pont Neuf departs from a pier on the Ile de la Cite. The ticket cost is higher than for Bateaux Mouches and Bateaux Parisian because it has fewer seats. The Vedettes du Pont Neuf sometimes has live guides.

Seine river cruises Paris with dinner compared with non-dining

For many people the three hour cruise with food and entertainment is the highlight of their holiday, but the cost of dining on a Seine river cruises Paris is high, on average 125 euros. These dinner cruises get very mixed reviews, some rave and many rant. Our advice would be to save your money for a great restaurant dinner, and have a Seine river cruise Paris by Batobus.

Yachts de Paris

Premiere elegant upscale yacht service with a matching price tag.

Ideal for smaller groups

High water levels on the Seine can affect boat tours !

  1. Due to floods in Spring
  2. Ask before boarding whether the standard route will be followed !
  3. On Yacht tours you will not be allowed to go the top deck – can affect plans for photos

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