Insiders Guide to
Seine River Cruises

Find romance, dine in style, or bring the entire family. One of our favorite ways to experience the romance of Paris is to see it from the most romantic river on Earth — the Seine. We are especially fond of sipping champagne while cruising along the river of the City of Love. (No surprise there for people who know us!)

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You'd amazed how many famous Paris landmarks you can see from a boat on the Seine and how close together they truly are. There are many cruises to choose from —

Book a dinner cruise, where you are served a traditional gourmet French dinner while sailing slowly on the river.

If you want to splurge, book a three-hour cruise on your very own yacht or combine a Seine River cruise with dinner on the Eiffel Tower and then a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge.

Or grab the whole family and hop on a bateau for a fun-filled morning or afternoon ride. A Seine cruise will suit the romantic in you, or the mom and dad in you. By the way, if you buy a Paris Pass, a one-hour river cruise is included.

Here we review our fave Seine River cruises. There are day cruises, evening cruises, cruises with dinner, with champagne and with a combination of other activities. There's a lot here, so take your time and choose what's best for you. Whatever your pleasure, you'll find a Seine cruise to make your trip to Paris memorable.

PS. One of our favourite Parisian cruises is the Bateaux Parisien Dinner Cruise.

Seine River Nighttime Dinner Cruise

A Paris Insiders Guide Favourite

Seine River Nighttime Dinner Cruise

Paris Insiders readers love 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 four-course dress-up dinner includes red and white wine, coffee and liqueur. It makes for a wonderful evening out in Paris.

Champagne Seine River Cruise

Champagne Seine River Cruise

Sip champagne as you cruise down the River Seine past Paris' most famous monuments — Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay and the Grand Palais.

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

Yachts de Paris Gourmet Dinner Cruise

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

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 starred Michelin 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!

Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise & Moulin Rouge

Combine the best of all worlds while in Paris.

Dine at the Eiffel Tower (actually on the tower!), then take a Seine River cruise to see the city by night. Finish the evening with a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge. Everything is included — hotel pick-up and delivery, dinner with wine, tickets to the Moulin Rouge show and champagne. It's a great package.

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Bateaux Parisiens Dinner Cruise on the Seine

Cruise down the Seine in a bateau — a river boat specially built for sightseeing.

The bateau's clear glass roof and windows provide unobstructed views of Paris landmarks illuminated. Depart from the Eiffel Tower and enjoy your dinner admiring the lights of Paris. Want to splurge? Reserve a private table for two at the front of the boat!

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 most romantic city.

At a private table on a glass-covered bateaux, enjoying a 3-cource 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 best shows in the city — a cabaret at the glittering Lido, featuring the Bluebell Girls.

Everything is included in this evening package and that means pick up from and return to your Paris address.

Seine River Cruise & Paris Canals Tour

A Paris Insiders Guide favourite

Seine River Cruise & Paris Canals Tour

Spend a relaxing two and a half hours cruising the Seine and along historic Canal Saint Martin.

It's a fascinating experience passing through canal lock after canal lock as your boat rises (or lowers) to the next level. Watch the life of Paris along the banks and pass through the Bassin de la Villette, a modernistic pond in the middle of the 19th Arrondissement.

Paris Illuminations Tour & River Cruise by Night

Paris Illuminations City Tour & Seine River Cruise by Night

Paris is particularly enchanting when the lights twinkle past you at night.

See the city's night magic first-hand with this cruise on the Seine followed by a Paris illuminations tour by car. You visit the sights of Paris on your nocturnal tour of Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, Champs-Elysées and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Dinner Cruise, Eiffel Tower & Moulin Rouge

Seine Dinner Cruise, Eiffel Tower & Moulin Rouge

Want the same Paris combo as the above tour, but you'd rather dine on the Seine?

Glide down the river enjoying a 3-course meal while seeing the sites of Paris illuminated — Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the romantic bridges. After dinner, visit the Eiffel Tower and then end the night at Moulin Rouge.

Lunch Cruise with Louvre Museum & City Tour

Lunch Cruise with Louvre Museum and City Tour

Here's how to see the best of Paris the easy way — all the details of the day have been organized for you.

Combine a guided Louvre visit, lunch on a river cruise, a trip to Notre Dame Cathedral and a tour across Paris in a minivan. This small group trip is limited to eight guests to ensure individual attention.

  • Lunch Cruise with Louvre Museum and City Tour Reserve Now »
  • Don't want to include the Louvre? Try this 2-hour Seine lunch cruiseLearn More »

Other River Cruise Options

• Here's one we like — Dine at Les Ombres, the fab restaurant on top of Musée Quai Branly, overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the river, followed by a cruise and then a show at Moulin Rouge! Learn More »

• Dinner Cruise followed by a show at Lido de Paris Cabaret. Learn More »

• Seine River Cruise & Jazz Club Dinner Show. Learn More »

• Prestige Seine River dinner cruise with hotel pickup. Learn More »

• Or, how about an 8-day cruise, starting in Paris and heading to the heart of Normandy? Learn More »

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