By now you probably know that we like special evenings in Paris that combine more than one iconic Paris activity or landmark — especially at night in the City of Lights. And since there's really nothing more iconic than the Seine River — the very center, the spine of Paris — that's what we'll focus on here with our recommendations for 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!
This is a romantic dinner cruise that readers have liked the best. It's offered by Bateaux Parisiens, the most prestigious dinner cruise company in Paris, and gives you the chance to see the light show that is Paris in the evening, when all of the most famous monuments are lit up and visible from your boat on the river.
The evening starts with pickup at your Paris address and a quick ride to the river banks for boarding your dinner boat, where you 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, if 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. Whatever table you choose, it will make 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
Loads of our readers have also loved this nighttime dinner cruise operated by La Marina de Paris. Among its charms is this — your driver picks you up from your hotel and delivers you river-side. Then, once on board and at your table, the boat cruises along the river where 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
How often in your life are you going to have the chance to eat dinner on the Eiffel Tower , at restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, on the first level? It's once-in-a-lifetime thrill to see the lights of Paris from your own table, two hundred feet below and ever-so-magical.
Your driver picks you up from your hotel (and later returns you) for the early service at 58 Tour Eiffel. Take you time and take in the lights during your your leisurely dinner, then you stroll down to the banks of the Seine to hop on your river boat for a nighttime illumination cruise.
This was absolutely the very best. We were picked up at our hotel, guided through the crowds to our elevator and to our restaurant. Dinner was just WONDERFUL!!! Then the river cruise, which was so beautiful. We were able to see the Eiffel Tower not only lit up but twinkling. What a memory that makes. Topped off by the driver taking us back to our hotel. Thank you so much for making our stay in Paris so memorable."
– 5-Star Review
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 three-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 The Lido is not as quite popular as Moulin Rouge, the show is hot and amazing! Everything is included in this evening package — and that means pick up from and return to your Paris address.
If private luxury it the name of your game, then the Don Juan II is the boat for you. Climb aboard for a three-hour cruise along the Seine in this luxury yacht as you are served a three-course, 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. And it's pure Paris luxury. 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
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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 change with the seasons here's an idea of the type of thing you'll experience on a Paris dinner cruise along the city's beautiful river.
• 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
• 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
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 also common in France to pay a little extra (called a supplement) for some of the special items on a menu. In some cases it might mean a 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 nowadays.
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