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Are cruises in Paris a popular experience?
Yes, millions of visitors take a cruise on the River Seine each year. It offers a unique vantage point of the city's most popular landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame, Orsay Museum and many more. Visitors can opt for sightseeing cruises or dinner cruises on the Seine River.
What are my different cruise options in Paris?
Here are the types of Seine River cruises in Paris:
- Sightseeing cruises: Discover top sights in Paris on a sightseeing cruise along the River Seine. These cruises generally last for an hour and include either a multilingual audio guide or an expert local guide who delivers interesting commentary.
- Dinner cruises: Dine in style under the enchanting sky on a Paris dinner cruise. Indulge in authentic French cuisine as you are serenaded by live music in the background.
- Combo cruises: Experience more of Paris for lower prices with a combo cruise. Not only will you enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Seine River cruise, but these combo tickets also include entry to popular attractions and experiences in the city, such as the Eiffel Tower or a cabaret show.
Where can I find boarding points for cruises in Paris?
Most boarding points are along the banks close to the Eiffel Tower. Some prominent points are:
- Pont de l'Alma
- Port de Solférino
- Place de Sydney
- The boarding point for each cruise and the directions on how to get there will be included in your confirmed ticket.
What can I see on a cruise in Paris?
Is a lunch cruise better or a dinner cruise?
While both are great options to go for in Paris, here's what to expect:
- Lunch cruise: Paris during the day is lovely and the clear skies allow you to fully appreciate the beauty of its historic landmarks. Lunch cruises include a variety of continental and French dishes, with drinks and live music
- Dinner cruise: Romance is in the Parisian air during evenings. Under the glittering stars, sail across the Seine and enjoy your French buffet while classical music plays in the background.
- Lunch cruises are better if you want to spot the city's landmarks during the day and night cruises are ideal if you are looking for an intimate, romantic experience.
Are meals served on cruises in Paris?
Yes, dinner and lunch cruises in Paris do include buffet meals with drinks. You can enjoy a variety of dishes here, which include appetizers, a main course, and dessert, along with wine or champagne. Sightseeing cruises may include refreshments and snacks, but do not include meals.
Are drinks served on cruises in Paris?
Yes, most Seine River dinner and lunch cruises do include wine and champagne as part of the experience. Sightseeing cruises may not include drinks.
Are sunset cruises available in Paris?
Yes, sunset cruises are available in Paris. Most sunset cruises are a part of dinner or sightseeing cruises. Depending on what you opt for, you'll also enjoy meals, live entertainment, snacks, and drinks.
When is the best time to go for a cruise in Paris?
The best months to go for a Seine River cruise is September to December and March to May, when the crowds are smaller and cool winds pass you by. The hottest and busiest months are June to August, a time period when everyone enjoys summer holidays, and it may not be the best time for a cruise. January to March is generally freezing in Paris and most tour operators may not run cruises during these months. If you don't mind the crowds, December is another excellent option to go for a cruise with the city lit up with Christmas spirit.
How long is a Seine River cruise in Paris?
Sightseeing cruises in Paris generally last for an hour, while dinner cruises and lunch cruises extend to 2-2.5 hours since they include meals and live entertainment.
Do sightseeing cruises have guides or audio guides?
Yes, most sightseeing cruises do. For a self-guided tour, you can use a multilingual audioguide. Alternatively, if not an audio guide, you will benefit from the services of an expert local guide who will enlighten you throughout your journey with interesting facts and trivia.
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