Paris River Cruises
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 31, 2012 6:36 PM Last Post By: mjan
Apr 29, 2012 3:42 AM
Paris River CruisesHi,
I'm going to Paris in August and I'm trying to find a River Cruise from a reputable company that doesn't break the bank. We've seen one for around £80 that includes dinner but would like to find something a little cheaper if possible as we're on a budget. Can anyone recommend?
Apr 29, 2012 3:45 AM
Apr 29, 2012 4:05 AM
2Yes, normal cruises on the Seine from a variety of companies cost about 10 euros.
Apr 29, 2012 5:07 AM
3I have used the BatoBus. I think the ticket is about 15€ and it good all day and you can hop on and off at will. I used it instead of the Metro one day. http://www.batobus.com/
This is what it is like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9rseBN3KPw&feature=related
Apr 29, 2012 6:14 AM
4Just go down to Pont Neuf on the Ile de la Cité and grab the next one. They don't need to be booked in advance and are somewhere between €10-20 if memory serves me right...
Apr 29, 2012 9:36 AM
Apr 29, 2012 9:46 AM
6I tend to agree with #5. A boat ride on the Seine is nothing special, the water is lower than the city and you will see a lot of gray rock wall along the shore and the tops of builtings along the shore, not all that exciting in my opinion. The day I took the batobus is was raining a little and that got me out of the weather and my feet were tired from walking.
Also don't waste your money on a dinner on a boat. There are exceptional restaurants in Paris. I have said, go to the chef for the food and the captain for the boat ride.
Apr 29, 2012 10:10 AM
7Agree with 5 and 6. I'm living in Paris atm and have honestly never understood the appeal of the river cruises. You'll see way more walking along the seine, and there are restaurants/cafes along side La Seine. Or just buy a baguette and some fromage and find a nice bench - the Quai D' Orsay has a beautiful green area right next to La Seine with benches etc....there's also the grassy area in front of La Place Des Invalides which is right along the river. It's packed on a nice day! The bus tours would be worth doing - there are plenty of choices and most sell 2 day tickets.
Apr 29, 2012 10:19 AM
8#7, that is almost exactly what I would do. Or the Luxembourg Gardens.
Apr 29, 2012 12:29 PM
Apr 30, 2012 5:44 AM
May 31, 2012 6:36 PM
11There are a few Seine River Touring companies, offering a range of tours and dinner cruises etc. Four major ones, the Bateau Mouches the classic, the Bateau Parisiens more modern. The Batobus a bit more utilitarian. Surely you can see more walking the the banks of the Seine through Paris in all its glories, but a cruise on the river is a popular activity, and a boat cruise is not really about seeing the sights but the experience of the river view itself. Decide whether a dinner on a boat is what fits your vision or just a hop on hop off way to get around.
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