Several companies offer tours throughout the day and some also
offer tours in the evening as well. Some tour operators give you the option of a
lunch and others do complete dinner cruises, including ones where you have to dress for
the occasion in dinner suits to sit down for a romantic gourmet meal of true French food,
whilst cruising along the Seine in the evening with the glowing lights of Paris as your backdrop.
One of the most relaxing ways to view the sights in all their grandeur is from the
glass-covered decks of the bateaux-mouches, which are unique long-boats that leisurely go
up and down the River Seine.
After World War II, the popularity of
these sightseeing vessels flourished in Paris and although there are the original
Bateaux-Mouches, there are also a number of different tour operators that have similar
vessels and the name Bateaux-Mouches is now synonymous with all tourist boats on the River
Bateaux-Mouches is a reputable company that offers tours both during the day and in the
evening. Visitors are able to take in some of the most famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Musee
d'Orsay and Notre Dame Cathedral on this hour
plus cruise along the Seine River as well as other landmarks, palaces and ornate
bridges. If the weather is in your favour, then the best view is from the upper boat
level seated outside.
Some cruise operators will offer packages that will include not just the cruise on the
Seine, but also the opportunity to disembark at different points with tickets to visit
specific monuments, museums or even cabaret venues such as the Moulin Rouge.
On a cloudy night, the floodlights that light up the riverside monuments from the boats,
can be seen throughout the city of Paris, but a night time cruise is a stunning trip that
you will never forget.
Of course, for those of you who would like to have a longer cruise and enjoy French food
at the same time, there are several operators that cater for lunches and dinners, although
be careful to check what type of meal you are going for and the type of luxury you would
like, as some offer gourmet meals from highly regarded chefs and of course they have a
price tag to match!
As part of your holiday in France, a trip on the
River Seine is always an unforgettable experience and you will find many travel agents who
can help you book your perfect River Seine Cruise.
Although there are short River Seine cruises on offer, there are also tour operators that
do more lengthy boating holidays and cruises
even going from Paris to Normandy, where you can glide past storybook chateaux and
medieval towns and discover the character, soul and people of France, not just in Paris!