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Port de la Bourdonnais, Pier 3 (At the base of the Eiffel Tower) (7th Arr.)
(33) 08-25-01-01-01 | www.bateauxparisiens.com
ATTRACTIONSeine River Cruise
HOURS/TIMESApr.-Sept.: 10:00am-10:30pm; Oct.-Mar.: 10:30am-10:00pm
PRICE (TOUR)Adult: EUR 11; Children (3-12): EUR 5; Under 3: Free
POPULAR TIMESSummer; evening
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - book online
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONVaries
METROBir Hakeim; Trocadero
Drink in some of the finest views in Paris as you cruise the Seine on a charmingly retro, glassed-in boat. Bateaux Parisiens’s commentary offers a worthy complement to the scenery, providing historical background peppered with colorful personal histories of the city’s residents. For those looking for a more offbeat experience, they also offer a menu of themed cruises, like semi-formal lunch and dinner cruises (complete with live violin music and a five-course meal), the Paris Bistro Cruise (which ends with a stop at a bistro, bien sûr), and the kid-friendly “Enchanted Cruise” (which is, intriguingly, narrated by elves).
GO HERE WITH
A date - for a romantic sunset cruise; family; kids - for the child-friendly “Enchanted Cruise”
WHY WE LIKE IT
We know, we know–it’s shamelessly touristy, but there is honestly no better way to see Paris, especially at sunset. River cruise companies in Paris are a dime a dozen, but Bateaux Parisiens has a slicker operation than the competition, with better commentary and more comfortable boats.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The service on the dining cruises can be abysmal, which is extremely disappointing given the high prices.
GOOD TO KNOW
Boats depart every 30 minutes (except at 1:00pm and 7:30pm during the summer), and during the summer a few extra cruises (five daily) depart from Notre-Dame instead of the Eiffel Tower. The audio guide is available in 13 languages. Make sure to dress up for the dining cruises–they have a smart casual dress code that is sometimes very strictly enforced. If you really love the boats (or really hate the metro), check out the “Bateaux Bus” service run by the same company: it’s a hop-on, hop-off water taxi service that links the major tourist attractions. (There’s no commentary or guides on the Bateaux Bus.) And if you’re crazy enough to have a car in Paris, there is a public car park available at the Musée du Quai Branly. For those who really want to party like a rock star on the Seine, the boats are available for hire for events like bachelorette parties and even weddings.
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