Visiting Paris is not just seeing the main points of interest in the city, but it is about seeing it from multiple perspectives, and a Seine river cruise is exactly what you need.
Paris was all built around the Seine river, as in ancient times it was the main resource and commercial route for the city, but then it became one of the symbols of the French capital.
Like any other river, the Seine had been the subject of songs, poems, paintings, and many works of art, and now it is a work of art itself to collective consciousness. Every place in Paris is a story, but the Seine is the connection that joins them all.
Looking at Paris from a Seine river cruise means looking at it from a different perspective.
There are cruises in all price ranges, most of them are affordable and accessible. And definitely worth it!
Book a Seine river cruise at sunset or night, and you will have the chance to admire the lights of the Ville Lumière reflecting in the water: a perfect Instagram post!
If you prefer the day, then it is the perfect chance to have an overview of Paris history, architecture and culture. Particularly useful if you are in Paris just for one day.
And if you are looking for a romantic experience in the city of love, you can also book a table in one of the many floating restaurants and look at the scenery changing around you along with the courses.
What you can see in a Seine river cruise
You can begin your cruise from different spots, and you will see different points of interest accordingly.
Here is a short list of the main ones:
- Ile Saint-Denis, a town in the north of Paris;
- La Défense, the business quarter of the city, where the main banks and corporations have their headquarters;
- Hippodrome Paris Longchamp, a historic racecourse opened in 1857 that attracts the best race horses in the world every year for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe;
- Statue of Liberty, the twin sister of the other Statue of Liberty in New York, right in the middle of the river;
- Tour Eiffel and Champ de Mars, perfectly visible from any cruise boat;
- Jardin du Trocadéro: a majestic garden, home to the Fountain of Warsaw;
- Palais de Tokyo: a palace dedicated to contemporary art;
- Invalides: a complex of buildings with museums and monuments (including the tomb of Napoleon) about the military history of France;
- Pont Alexandre III, a white & golden bridge, probably the most beautiful in the city, you will notice it;
- Musée du Louvre;
- Notre-Dame, the cathedral that remains beautiful even after the catastrphic fire in 2019;
- Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge on the Seine river;
- Musée d’Orsay, a museum exclusively dedicated to impressionism and post-impressionism;
- Musée de l’Orangerie: like Orsay, this museum is all about impressionism. It is just on the other bank;
- Palais Bourbon, where the National Assembly meets.
As you can see, a Seine river cruise can offer a great and complete view of Paris.
Alternative: a bike tour
This is another way to visit Paris from another perspective entirely offered by Parigirando.
It was thought for those who do not really like the idea of a boat and are not afraid of doing some physical activity.
You will cycle right next to the Seine, or in the middle of it, when you crosse the Ile de la Cité, then you will cross Pont Neuf, and enter on the left bank to see the Musée d’Orsay, Hotel des Invalides, and the Eiffel Tower.
Contact us if you are interested in this tour or in a Seine river cruise.