If you’re staying in Paris you’ll want to take advantage of the sightseeing cruises on offer. Scratch that, you MUST take advantage of all the wonderful sites and activities on offer! Paris boat tours can be great in a few different ways. Sitting in luxury taking in the sites while relaxing on a luxurious boat, almost as if these amazing sites are coming to you while you are required to put in zero effort! The Eiffel Tower coming to you while you have a beer and some delicious food. Sounds great right?
I feel like Paris can be a bit special as a place to visit, let me explain why. When you visit a new town or city you will more often than not walk around to explore a wonderful new place. Paris is slightly different in that it has the River Seine running through it, but what does this mean for you?
Being able to take a river cruise through the city and visit so many amazing places is what makes Paris different to many other places in my opinion (do correct me if I’m wrong!). The ability to relax in luxury instead of trudging through the streets is what makes this city different, something I think has to be taken advantage of!
If you decide to take in one of the Paris boat tours, you will completely forgo the hustle and bustle of fighting through groups of tourists to see these monuments. One of the most difficult things about seeing the different sites in Paris is that the city is enormous. Great because there is so much to see but it also takes its toll on your feet (and your back!).
The metro is an easy way to get around, it’s fairly easy to navigate and big sites are well connected. However, do you really want to spend so much time in this beautiful city underground? It sort of takes the shine of your trip, and in the city of lights, this is unacceptable!
Just picture it, sitting in a box underground vs outside, in the sunshine, on the River Seine getting to see everything that you would otherwise miss underground. The sites of course, but also some things that you may not consider at first.
The buildings, the apartments, the cafes and statues are not something you will think about often but they are what makes Paris, Paris!
Why didn’t they put everything closer together?!?! Walking for hours on end really wears thin (on your shoes as well as your stamina). Paris has so many great attractions but you are going to have to put in some serious legwork to see them. Or are you?
Let’s say you’ve been to see the Eiffel Tower and your party decides to head to Champs-Elysses. You can take a 15-minute metro trip but think about what you could be doing if you’re not sitting on the metro on your phone trying to avoid contact with strangers.
Taking one of the Paris boat tours passing by the Eiffel Tower and onto the Champs-Elysses. You can sit on the deck (or in a comfy lounge area if the weather isn’t great). Do you fancy a beer or some champagne while traveling between the sites? Try that on the metro and you get some strange looks at the very least. But enjoying a tipple while letting someone else do the work for you on a riverboat cruise on the Seine? That’s only acceptable its what you dream of while sitting in the office excited for your holiday!
A boat tour of Paris is something I spoke about in a previous article due to the fact the River Seine runs through the city taking you past amazing monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Musse d’Orsay and many more attractions along the Seine.
What could be nicer than relaxing on a boat having a lunch-time cruise through the city? In my opinion, a cruise at night. There is a reason Paris is known as the city of lights and a Seine River cruise at night would be a great way to see this for yourself.
Paris boat tours at night allow you to see the city of lights in all its splendor. Deciding to spend this time underground would be a real waste of an opportunity. Cruises in Paris, in particular, cruises along the Seine take you to a multitude of sites as I’ve already mentioned, seeing them at night, is even better than the daytime.
You can choose a hop on hop off pass for the Paris boat tours. Being carried around in luxury to the site of your choice before disembarking, exploring to your heart's content before jumping back on to your luxurious chauffeur driven boat and heading on to the next site! Sounds pretty interesting right?
Some providers of the night time cruises of the River Seine provide dinner (extra cost of course) but there is only one who offers the evening/night time cruise without the dinner, heading out from Bateaux Vedettes du Pont-Neuf.
Ok so you’ve decided that one of the Paris boat tours is for you, but how much does a ticket cost? Can we get any discounts? Let’s take a look!
The Transport Pass gets you access to the hop-on-hop-off bus tour AND a cruise of the River Seine, pretty cool right? It allows you to save money but also a really cool way of getting around. View the city from the bus and then switch to the riverboat cruise whenever you want!
The Paris Fast Pass is similar in that you get access to the hop-on-hop-off bus tour, access to 50 museums and attractions and a cruise on the river. There's the usual Silver, Gold & Platinum Pass so you can tailor the trip to your budget and desired activities.