River Seine Boat Tour

We knew we wanted to go on a river cruise down the Seine and decided to do it at night. Guidebooks highly recommend doing it just as the sun sets for the best effects but that particular time was sold out. We bought our tickets ahead of time online through Vedettes Pont-Neuf. Tickets came out cheaper with a discount of 4 Euros per ticket for adults and 2 Euros for children (4-12 years old). We didn’t have any issues with our US issued credit cards booking on their site.

River Seine

Unfortunately, we were in the boat with groups of students who were very noisy throughout the entire trip. There was also a tour guide describing the various points of interest both in French and heavily accented English but we understood her enough to have an idea what we were seeing.

Seine River boat tour

  Our kids loved seeing all the sites we had seen earlier all lit up at night.

Seine river boat tour

We sailed under a lot of the Parisian bridges and passed by Notre Dame, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and Place de la Concorde. But, the highlight was passing right by the Eiffel Tower all lit up and was perfectly timed to see the lights blinking at the top of the hour. What a sight! We also saw many people dining on other stationary bateaux dining. It really was a different experience to see the City of Lights at night cruising on the river Seine.

Eiffel Tower from the river cruise

After a long day of sightseeing around Paris, our then 4 year-old son found the boat ride to be very relaxing and its movements rocked him to sleep.

Seine River tour sleep

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