Paris Travel Planner   Boat Trips, Paris, France
Paris is defined by the Seine, so Seine River cruises and cruises on the Canal St-Martin are a great way to see the city.




Boat trips on the River Seine in Paris are fun and relaxing and the views from the water provide different perspectives of Paris monuments and neighborhoods. A Seine cruise is a great thing to include in your Paris planning and can help orient you to the city. More...

The River Seine flows through Paris and in many ways defines the city.

Left Bank, Right Bank, Islands

The Seine divides Paris into the Left Bank—home of the Latin Quarter, the Sorbonne, St. Germain, and more—and the Right Bank, with the Champs Élysées, the Louvre, and Le Marais, to name but a few.

In the middle of the Seine is the Île de la Cité, the oldest part of the city and the historic and geographic heart of Paris. and the Île Saint-Louis, with its lovely 17th century mansions, quiet streets, and gourmet ice cream.

Canal St-Martin

But the Seine is not the only waterway in Paris. The Canal St-Martin, built in the early 1800s by order of Napoléon, flows between the Seine just south of the Bastille to the Parc de la Villette, at the northern edge of Paris in the 19th arrondissement.

What better way to see Paris than from the water? Several companies offer Seine River Cruises, and two give you the chance to experience the Canal St-Martin and its locks.

Simone de Beauvoir Passerelle, Paris
Simone de Beauvoir Passerelle (footbridge)
across the Seine near Parc de Bercy.

There's also Batobus, a hop-on/hop off water bus that goes up and down the Seine. This allows you to combine your sightseeing and your transportation. More...

Seine River Cruises

Canal St-Martin


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Boats on the Seine, Paris

Above, boats on the Seine near the
Pont Alexandre III.

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