Evening Dinner Cruises in Paris – Gliding Along the Seine

If you know you us, you'll know that we like excursions that combine more than one iconic Paris activity or landmark — especially at night in the City of Lights. There's nothing more iconic than the Seine River, the very center, the spine of Paris. And that's why these recommended activities focus on dinner cruises.

Not only do these nighttime VIP packages include a river cruise, some of them top off the evening with a cabaret at one of the city's most popular night clubs — the Moulin Rouge or the Lido. Another package combines an evening river tour with dinner on the Eiffel Tower. Bienvenue à bord! — Welcome aboard!

Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup

A Paris Insiders Readers' Favourite

Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pickup

A lot of our readers have loved this nighttime dinner cruise along the Seine.

And what's not to love? Your driver picks you up from your hotel and delivers you river-side. Crossing along the river you see so many of the iconic monuments of Paris lit up for the evening — the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Musée d'Orsay, Pont Alexandre III, and so on. After a relaxing 3-course meal with wine, you are whisked safely back home.



Initially, when I booked this tour, I was skeptical, but in every way it exceeded my expectations. I wholeheartedly recommend it! We were picked up at our hotel — for free — by a lovely young French woman who spoke outstanding English. The food on the boat was superb, and the boat itself was sparkling clean and very elegantly appointed. The wait staff were all dressed in tuxedos and did a fantastic job."
– 5-Star Review

Don Juan II Gourmet Dinner Cruise – VIP, Private Yacht

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Yachts de Paris Gourmet Dinner Cruise

Take a three-hour cruise along the Seine in the luxury yacht, Don Juan II as you are served a gourmet meal prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.

It's romance, it's traditional French fine dining, it's a tour of the City of Lights with two thousand years of history passing by. It's pure Paris luxury! And, if you want to book something special like a Proposal Dinner Cruise, just let our Paris Concierge know, using the inquiry form, and he'll be glad to arrange it all for you.



OMG. This was amazing. What a great way to see Paris at night. The food was fantastic as was the wine and service. This is a small boutique boat, so very uncrowded. Loved every minute of it. Had the degustation menu — well worth it."
– 5-Star Review

Seine River Nighttime Dinner Cruise

Seine River Nighttime Dinner Cruise

Paris Insiders readers also have liked this romantic evening activity.

It's a chance to see the light-show that is Paris every night, when many of the most famous monuments are lit up and visible from a boat on the river.

The evening starts with pickup at your Paris address and a quick ride to the river side for boarding you dinner boat. Kick things off with an aperitif and canapés.

The four-course dress-up dinner includes a variety of wines, coffee and liqueur. We heartily recommend the service privilege option for up to 4 people with window seating. Or, it your party is a little a larger (up to 8), go for the service premier that gets you a round table at the front of the boat. It makes for a wonderful evening out in Paris.



Fabulous! We went on the cruise to celebrate my birthday and had a great time! The food, service and scenery were all exceptional. The hotel pickup was a big plus too - door to door service that made the experience hassle free. A "Must Do" while in Paris!!"
– 5-Star Review

Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Dinner on the Seine + Cabaret at the Lido

Start your evening on the most romantic river in the world and end it at the hottest cabaret in the city.

At a private table on a glass-covered bateaux, enjoy a 3-course meal with wine as you take in the sights of Paris cruising along the Seine.

After your leisurely 3-course meal, your driver whisks you across Paris to the renowned Avenue des Champs-Elysées to see the one of the shows the city is famous for — a cabaret at the glittering Le Lido, featuring the Bluebell Girls dance troupe.

Although not as popular as Moulin Rouge tours, everything is included in this evening package — and that means pick up from and return to your Paris address.

What You Can Expect When You Dine on the Seine

What You Can Expect When You Dine on the Seine

The French consider good food essential to their culture. What you can expect when dining on a Seine River cruise is a fabulous multi-course meal with champagne & wine.

Although the menu changes with the seasons here's an idea of the type of thing you'll experience on a Paris dinner cruise along the world's most romantic river.

Entrée (first course)

• Marinated Scottish salmon over baby greens, or
• Foie gras with truffle shavings, or
• Chilled prawns, herb vinaigrette & baby vegetables, or
• Lobster chaud-froid cream sauce & a vegetable melange

Plat (main course)

• Beef filet with morel mushroom cream sauce & fresh pasta, or
• Duck breast with fig sauce & baby potatoes, or
• Grilled Veal with pomegranate sauce, chanterelles & rice pilaf, or
• Sea bass filet with grilled zucchini, olives & basil


• Chocolate entremets — classic chocolate dessert selection, or
• Raspberry schuss — a vanilla and raspberry cake, or
• Raspberry macaron, or
• Vanilla and strawberry vacherin — a meringue-filled with cream and fruit

To Drink

In France, it's common to have an aperitif before dinner. Popular choices include kir (creme de cassis & white wine), a glass of champagne, or even a glass of fruit juice. We prefer a glass of rosé champagne.

With the meal, wine is always the right choice! There will be a sommelier on board who can help with your selection.


It's very common in France to pay a little extra (called a supplement) for some of the special items on the menu.

In some case it might mean a small supplement is added for the cheese course, or if you select higher priced-items like lobster or foie gras. In general, the standard (lowest) price is offered on the menu and the high rollers can tailor their menu with extra supplements. And of course, vegetarian options are almost always available.

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