Sightseeing Tours Along The River Seine

One of the best ways to see Paris is to take one of the river tours.

These boats - known as "Bateaux Mouches" - pass many of Paris' most famous landmarks.

For example:

  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Louvre
  • Musee D'Orsay
  • Notre Dame
  • Pont Neuf
  • Sit Back And Watch The History...

    As you're gliding down the river, you're going to see both the oldest parts of Paris (as the city grew up around the Seine and the Ile de la Cite) and some of the "newest" attractions.

    (though, in this case "newest" means 100 years ago)

    A typical cruise tour will take around an hour and will have a recorded commentary in both English and French (and, in some instances, in German, Italian and Spanish also).

    That commentary is timed so it points out the key buildings, monuments and attractions as the boat passes them.

    Which Bateaux Mouches Company Should You Pick?

    As far as I can tell, the tours tend to be roughly the same, so it's not that important who you choose.

    I've always gone with the Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches, who leave from near Pont de l'Alma (Metro Alma-Marceau).

    Three alternatives are the Vedettes de Paris and the Bateaux Parisiens. These are both located near the Pont d'Iena (next to the Eiffel Tower) and the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf which, as you can guess, departs from Pont Neuf.

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