Four Top Paris River Cruises That Sail In The Daytime

Paris river cruises along the Seine reveal the best of the city. You're constantly amazed by just how many of the world-famous landmarks are spread out along the banks of the river known as the Spine of Paris. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to the city's historic islands, you take in a lot during a cruise.

Here we review the top Paris river cruises that sail by day — these are our faves and those of our readers and other travelers. If you know us, you'll know that we like activities with a little frissant, a little something extra. So this selection adds lunch, champagne, a city tour, and even a tour of the Paris canals, which cut through central Paris quartiers. Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, anyone?

Champagne Seine River Cruise

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Champagne Seine River Cruise

Knowing us, is it any surprise that we put this one at the top of the list? Sip champagne as you cruise down the River Seine past the most remarkable monuments of Paris — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay the Grand Palais., and many others.

A French sommelier will give a champagne presentation with tasting notes, along with a flight of three champagnes — Brut, Demi-Sec and Rosé. Chin-chin!

Paris River Cruise with 3-Course French Lunch

River Cruise with Lunch

On a bateaux specially designed for serving elegant meals (and for allowing great views), dine on white tablecloths as you cruise past the landmarks of Paris. The boat, La Marina, departs at 12:30 from a pier right across from the Jardin des Tuileries.

Soon after the boat sails you'll be lunching on noix de saint jacques, saumon fumé, foie gras de canard, pavé de bœuf and other French specialties.

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Lunch Cruise with Live Music

Seine River Cruise & Paris Canals Tour

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Seine River Cruise & Paris Canals Tour

When we did this cruise we found it fun, informative, and relaxing. You sail a full 2½ hours as you pass through historic Canal Saint Martin and cruise down the Seine.

It's a fascinating experience, somehow calming, passing through lock after lock on the canal as your boat rises (or lowers) to the next level. The canal runs through Paris neighborhoods, so you watch the life of the city along the banks as you pass. You also sail through the Bassin de la Villette, a modernistic pond in the middle of the 19th Arrondissement.

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See the City, Cruise the River, Lunch at the Tower!

Cruise the River, Lunch at the Tower

The Eiffel Tower, that is! This excursion packs a lot into one, exciting, full-day tour. It starts with pick up at your hotel, a wonderful perk that we really appreciate. You kick off the day's activities with a cruise along the historic Seine River, gliding past all the most famous landmarks and monuments.

You are then personally guided to the Eiffel Tower for lunch on the first level at Alain Ducasse's 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant, where a table has been reserved for you. After lunch, your small group continues touring Paris, including visiting Notre Dame, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe and much more.

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