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Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris

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Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris

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Glide by the famous sights of Paris on a relaxing sightseeing cruise down the Seine River. See treasured riverside monuments including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral from aboard a comfortable riverboat. Learn about the history of passing attractions through audio commentary, and upgrade to include your choice of French-inspired aperitifs and snacks.
  • Sightseeing cruise on Paris’ Seine River
  • Pass by famous sights such as the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and Musée d'Orsay
  • Learn about the history of Paris and the sights you pass with audio commentary
  • Opt for an evening or specialty cruise with food and drinks

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Reserve spots on the in-demand sightseeing cruise, and enhance your ride with food and drink upgrade options.
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Seine River cruise
Live guide in English and French
Free application for commentary in (spanish, italian, german, dutch)
Food and drinks (unless option selected)

Departure Point

Port de Suffren, Paris, France

Departure Point: Foot of the Eiffel Tower Address: Port de Suffren, 75007 Paris Meeting point: Gate 2B. Nearest metro station : Trocadero (line 6 or 9) or Bir Hakeim (line 6). Nearest RER station: Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel (RER line C). Dates: Daily (except 14th of July) Return point: Eiffel Tower

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
For a wonderful introduction to the sights of Paris, climb aboard a modern riverboat for sightseeing cruise along the Seine. Soak up the world-famous scenery that lines the river, including iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre pyramid, Notre Dame and Musée d'Orsay. Onboard audio commentary provides historic background and interesting facts about passing attractions.

With many departures throughout the day, you can choose a time that fits into your sightseeing schedule. Simply select the day you want to take your cruise, and then arrive at the dock before any of the daily scheduled departures. Cruise during the daytime to soak up Paris’ energetic bustle, or select an evening cruise to see the illuminated City of Lights.

For a special treat during your cruise, upgrade to include your choice of aperitifs and snacks, such as a glass of Champagne or a light sandwich.
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Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower has been built by French engineer Gustave Eiffel, for the 1889 Universal Exhibition in Paris. This magnificent technical feat was achieved in a mere two years, two months and five days. It stands 324 metres tall, and the metal structure weighs 7,300 tonnes. Parisians were scandalised by its metallic look and height. It was built to last 20 years. A radio antenna was added to the top in 1903, saving the tower from demolition. It has now become the monument symbolic of Paris.
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Cathedrale de la Sainte-Trinite
The new Russian Orthodox church is known as the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The centre houses a bilingual Franco-Russian school, a parish house, and a cultural centre.
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The American Church in Paris
The American Church in Paris with its green clock-tower is the first american church built outside of the US, in 1931. The stained-glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany have been listed as a historic monument.
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The Hotel des Invalides was built to the orders of Louis XIV as a military hospital for injured soldiers and officers. Today, the royal chapel houses the tomb of France’s first Emperor, Napoleon I.
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Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III was built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition and to seal the Franco-Russian Alliance. Its central feature is the Paris coat of arms covered in gold leaf and two nymphs symbolising the river Seine. On the other side of the bridge, you’ll see the arms of Saint Petersburg, and two nymphs symbolising the river Neva.
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Pont de la Concorde
Pont de la Concorde was built using stones from the former Bastille prison after it was famously stormed during the French Revolution in 1789. It leads to the Palais Bourbon on your right, seat of the National Assembly, and to your left to the Place de la Concorde.
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Hotel de Salm
Discover the green dome of the Hotel de Salm which became the Légion d'honneur Palace under Napoleon I. The Légion d’honneur is the highest French honour.
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Musee d'Orsay
The former Orsay railway station has been built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, had a railway line leading to the south-west of France. It was turned into a museum in the 1980s to house 19th-century art, including works by the greatest Impressionists and Post-Impressionists such as Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.
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Institut de France
The Institut de France, former Collège des Quatre Nations, was built using funds bequeathed by cardinal Mazarin in 1661. It houses five academies, the most famous being the Académie Française. Its members’ job is to contribute to the French language, updating and modifying the official French dictionary.
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The Pont Neuf, or New Bridge is actually the oldest bridge in Paris. It was the first Parisian bridge to be built in stone with pavements rather than houses lining it. It features 381 grimacing stone masks, all individually decorated and unique.
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Pont Saint-Michel
Pont Saint-Michel has been built at the request of Napoleon III, hence the two imperial Ns on its pillars. To the right, it leads to the Latin Quarter, so called because students at the University of Paris there spoke Latin until the 19th century.
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Ile de la Cite
Ile de la Cité, the presumed birthplace of Paris, is one of the two natural islands in Paris. The Parisii tribe first settled here 300 years before the Common Era, calling the island Lutetia.
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Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris’s Gothic masterpiece, Notre-Dame Cathedral' construction started in 1163 and was completed nearly two centuries later, in 1345. The cathedral features a host of gargoyles and sculptures. The south rose window, called the Rose du Midi, is dedicated to the New Testament and was a gift from the French king, Saint Louis.
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La Statue de Sainte-Genevieve
The statue of Saint Genevieve, patron saint of Paris, with her back to us was sculpted by Paul Landowski, who later sculpted the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
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Institut du Monde Arabe
The Arab World Institute has been inaugurated in 1987 by president François Mitterrand. The cultural centre focuses on history, art, society, religions and science in the Arab world.
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Ile Saint-Louis
Featuring former town houses dating from the 17th century, like the Hotel Lambert and the Hotel Lauzun, Ile Saint Louis is one of the most prestigious areas of Paris. Many celebrities have lived there, including Charles Baudelaire and Georges Moustaki.
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Hotel de Ville
Since 1357, the Hotel de Ville de Paris, has been the seat of the Paris City Council. The construction draws much inspiration from Neo-Renaissance style. It is open to visitors, you can visit the banquet hall, designed to the template of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles.
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The Conciergerie built under Philip IV, known as “the Fair”, in the 14th century, was later turned into a prison. Queen Marie-Antoinette spent the last two months of her life there, before being guillotined at the Place de la Concorde in 1793.
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Louvre Museum
The Louvre used to be a royal palace. It was turned into a museum in 1793. It is the largest monument in Paris with over four kilometres of façades and nearly 14 kilometres of galleries. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, exhibiting 38,000 works, including the Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Venus de Milo and of course the Mona Lisa.
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Place de la Concorde
The place de la Concorde was where King Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie-Antoinette were executed during the French Revolution. The central feature is an obelisk from Luxor in Egypt. It is 34 centuries old and was brought to France in 1836.
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Grand Palais
Built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris, the Grand Palais on your right is a great feat of architecture. Its glass roof is considered to be the largest in Europe. It has now become a venue for cultural events and exhibitions, a funfair and the largest skating rink in Europe.
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Flamme de la Liberte
The Flame of Liberty was a gift from the United States and the newspaper, the International Herald Tribune, to France, as thanks for restoring the Statue of Liberty. The sculpture is an exact reproduction of the Statue of Liberty’s flame in New York.
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Palais de Chaillot
The Palais de Chaillot is located on the place du Trocadero. Built in 1937 for the Universal Exhibition, it comprises two Neoclassical pavilions, flanking an esplanade that overlooks the Trocadero gardens. It houses the City of Architecture and Heritage, the National Navy Museum, the Museum of Humankind, and the National Theatre of Chaillot.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will book your cruise on a specific date, but there is no need to book a particular time slot; you can choose what time you want to go on the day of your cruise – simply show your voucher at the quay when you arrive
  • No baggage will be accepted on-board
  • Infants until 3 years old are free of charge
  • Champagne option only bookable for adults. If you wish to book the Champagne options and are accompanied by children, please create 2 separate bookings.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Vedettes de Paris
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris.
What is the policy on sanitization during Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Seine River Guided Cruise and Snacks Options by Vedettes de Paris.

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Traveler Tips

  • "A river cruise on the Seine in the evening is a wonderful way to explore this charming and elegant city." See review
  • "A roving crew would also be great, offering drinks or menu to order from the bar." See review
  • "Note - cruises do not leave every 30mins as advertised We missed a 9.30pm and then told the next was not until 10.30pm" See review


509 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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It was wonderful.
, Dec 2021
We loved the view. The narrator was knowledgeable. The champagne was great. I would take the tour again.
Would definitely recommend
, Dec 2021
The guide was very knowledgeble, very proud of French history, good talker. The toir itself shows iconic places, so would recommend to everybody
Perfect little tour of Paris !
, Dec 2021
Really interesting way to tour Paris! Really loved it, learnt a lot of history abs facts about Paris I never new abs the bot is beautiful!
, Sep 2020
Superb , is amazing on the night time. Is worth every penny for this experience the view from the Sena is absolutely incredible..
1 traveler found this review helpful
August 2020
, Aug 2020
The tour was great and affordable. We enjoyed the views of the city. The background music was a nice touch, and as well as our complimentary drinks. The boat was a little overcrowded. We wish there was a limit on occupancy especially during COVID-19, to help promote social distancing. However, we recommend it to anyone looking for a fun time.
No communication that trip was cancelled
, Mar 2020
River cruise was cancelled due to high water levels and we weren’t told until we got to the location and someone told us on the boat. Still waiting for a full refund. Very disappointing :(
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Josh_M, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your precious feed-back. Indeed, due to the flood and the water level, our boats cannot sail for security reasons. Due to legal restrictions, all our departures are cancelled. Those climatic variations are unpredictable and beyond our control. All of our resellers have been informed of that situation and are able to propose either an extension of your ticket’s validity or a refund. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if they don’t get back to you. We apologize for any inconvenience. Sincerely Vedettes de Paris’ Customer Department
, Feb 2020
The river cruise did not meet up to my expectations, with no warning we did not see more than 70 percent of the sites. Wasn't told to us until we were on the boat. This was disappointing and I am expecting a full refund.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear Kelsi_L Firstly, we would like to thank you for your precious feed-back. Your opinion and inputs are very important to us in order to ensure the continuous improvement of the quality of our services and we sincerely appreciate your contribution. We are sorry that you felt like you didn’t receive enough information before boarding. Indeed, the high level of the Seine river forced us to modify our usual pathway, causing the boat to avoid the historical center of Paris. The new pathway was posted in the lines before boarding and our team informed every passenger of those changes before embarking and at the cash desk. We apologies for any inconvenience, Yours sincerely, Customer Relations Department Vedettes de Paris
Careful with the food and drink option.
, Feb 2020
Nice boat and information. However, I had booked the option with pizza and drinks, but didn't know the food and drink would only be served after the cruise at a kiosk near the doc. Plus. The drinks onboard the tour are very expensive.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear luiz, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your precious feed-back. Your opinion and inputs are very important to us in order to ensure the continuous improvement of the quality of our services and we sincerely appreciate your contribution. We were very pleased to welcoming you on board and to learn you enjoyed your cruise with Vedettes de Paris. Indeed, the pizza option is only available at our kiosks, you can either eat it before or after your cruise as you wish. We are sorry that you didn’t find that information before you booked it. We’ll make sure all of our resellers communicate that information beforehand. As for the drinks, we encourage our customers to book in advance, either when booking their tickets or at the cashier before the cruise to beneficiate from reduced prices. We look forward to the great pleasure of welcoming you onboard again in the near future. Yours sincerely, Customer Relations Department Vedettes de Paris
Terrible experience. Do NOT recommend
, Feb 2020
The ATM machine was not working and the only option offered was to get cash. There was an online alternative which we took to purchase the tickets. Upon reaching to the staff to confirm the tickets, the member wanted to take my mobile phone to take a picture of the tickets. I refused this as my mobile is a corporate mobile and that action violates my company policy. The member, despite not speaking english (poor customer service), was not able to explain the process to confirm the tickets. My expectation as a customer, was that the member would have a scaner (or any other equipment) to validate the tickets. Within the boat, you are presented with a boat that has cheap and uncomfortable chairs. Also, during the trip the access to toilets was blocked and the eating system (a vented heater looking like the ones you use at home) was not working. Overall, I had a terrible customer experience and I HIGHLY do NOT recommend this company.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear customer, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your precious feedback, it is very important to us in order to improve our services. Indeed, we suffered from a technical blackout that day, cutting our access to technology and therefore internet. For that reason, we weren’t able to use our devices to scan the tickets. We had to take the tickets if they were printed or take a picture of them is they weren’t, in order to scan them and confirm that they were used when the power would be back on. As for the condition on our boats, we are sorry you weren’t satisfied. As announced at the beginning of the cruise, the crew is at your disposal for any request such as providing you with more covers or bringing an extra heater. Yours sincerely, Customer Relations Department Vedettes de Paris
Not recommended
, Jan 2020
Poor setup. Boat not officially for tours, chairs just placed, not secured on the boat for people to sit. Speakers weren’t loud enough to clearly hear what was being said.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear lbushay Firstly, we would like to thank you for your feedback, it is very important to us in order to improve our services and we sincerely appreciate your concern. We are most sorry to learn that your experience did not meet your expectations and we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. All of our boats are used for the cruises. Please be sure that our boats and team respect every safety mesure, chairs are moveable in order for our client to move them however they wish. As announced at the beginning of the cruise, the crew is at your disposals for any request such as increasing the volume of the speakers. We look forward to the great pleasure of welcoming you onboard again in the near future. Yours sincerely, Customer Relations Department Vedettes de Paris

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