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Seine River and Canal Saint Martin Cruise, Paris

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Key Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxed 2.5 hour cruise along the River Seine and the Canal Saint Martin
  • Get a different view of Paris away from the major Paris attractions
  • Sail along the Canal Saint Martin and see charming footbridges and a series of locks
  • Cross the Port of the Arsenal (Bastille) which links the River Seine to Canal Saint Martin
  • See Paris’ lesser known attractions like the Templar’s and Hotel du Nord
  • The live guide will share interesting facts and stories during the cruise
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Until 11 November: Daily except Monday
    12 November - 20 December: Saturday and Sunday


    2.5 hours

    Start time

    Until 27th September:
    9:45am from the Port de Solférino,
    2.30pm from Parc de La Villette
    28th September to 20th December:
    10:15am from the Port of the Arsenal (Bastille)
    2:30pm from the Villette’s Park

    Meeting Point

    You can either board the cruise from:
    Musee d’Orsay: At the level of the 23 quai Anatole France, get down to the pedestrian Port de Solférino. The boat is moored at the N°12.
    Underground line 12: station Solférino
    RER Line C: station Musée d’Orsay
    Bus: 24 – 63 – 68 -69 -73 -83-84-94

    Parc de La Villette: Entrance 211, avenue Jean Jaurès. Take the main path; overtake the Grande Halle de La Villette. Keep walking straight until you reach Canal de l’Ourcq. The boat is moored just behind the restaurant “My Boat”.
    Underground line 5: station Porte de Pantin
    Tramway T3bis: stop Porte de Pantin
    Bus: 75 – 151

    Ending Point

    From Musee d’Orsay: Parc de La Villette
    From Parc de La Villette: Port de Solférino

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the River Seine and take in the beauty of the Canal Saint Martin. This cruise takes you away from the touristy sites in the city and shows you the lesser known attractions in Paris.

    Pass through several locks and charming footbridges as a bilingual live guide narrates to you the fascinating history of Paris. Your cruise will also travel through a 2km underground tunnel before working its way to the locks.

    You will see the other side of the city from the river as you pass by Port of the Arsenal (Bastille), the basin that links the River Seine to the Canal Saint Martin. You will also see other Paris attractions like Le Marais district, the Gibbet of Montfaucon and the famous Hotel du Nord.


    To begin your Seine River Cruise, you will board your cruise from either *Port de Solférino near Musee d’Orsay or from Canal de l’Ourcq, which is close to Parc de La Villette.

    Cruise down the beautiful River Seine and sail along the picturesque Canal Saint Martin, past a series of locks and bridges. Enjoy the relaxing cruise as you pass under the charming footbridges bordered by chestnut trees.

    The Canal Saint Martin is a pleasant residential area with graffiti laden buildings, café and local shops. Admire the beauty that surrounds your boat while you cross the eerily-lit tunnel under the Bastille - Port of the Arsenal , the Templar’s, the Gibbet of Montfaucon and the famous Hotel du Nord.

    The onboard guide will share notes about Paris’ fascinating history and facts about the sights you will see on the way.

    You will navigate through several districts including the 8th arrondissement and the 10th arrondissement, before reaching the end point.

    If you have boarded the cruise from Port de Solférino, your cruise will end at Parc de La Villette. Likewise, if your start point is Parc de La Villette, your cruise ends at Port de Solférino.

    Note: Between 29 September and 20 December, your cruise will depart from Port of the Arsenal (Bastille), instead of Port de Solférino.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Commentary in English & French by live guide


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Meals & drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm the pick-up details.

    Between 29 September and 20 December, the cruise will depart from the Port of the Arsenal (Bastille) at 10:15am, instead of Port de Solférino, and end at Parc de La Villette.

    It is the responsibility of all visitors to be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure. Guests arriving after departure cannot be accommodated & missed tours or tickets cannot be refunded.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • Reviews
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      Great trip shame about the rain....

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