Paris is a very walkable city, and exploring France’s capital on foot is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city. What can you do to see the sights when your feet get tired, the weather isn’t the best or you only have a day or two in the city? An option that visitors to Paris sometimes don’t consider is a Seine River cruise. This experience should be far from being a backup option on your list. A Seine River cruise is one of the absolute best ways to explore Paris and get a unique perspective on some of the city’s most famous sites.
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Which Sites Will I See?
The Seine River runs horizontally across Paris and is positioned almost perfectly in the center of the city. From the river, you’ll be able to see many of Paris’s most famous sites. Here’s just a sample of what you’ll catch a glimpse of:
The Eiffel Tower
Several Seine River cruises depart and dock next to the Eiffel Tower. Even if your cruise company departs from another location, you are guaranteed to sail by the Iron Lady at some point on your trip. A Seine River cruise offers some of the best photo opportunities of the Eiffel Tower, especially since you’ll be able to get some of the city’s beautiful bridges in the pictures too.
Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis
Did you know that Paris is home to two small natural islands? Many tourists walk across these islands, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis, and don’t even realize they’re doing so. While on a river cruise, these islands become much more distinguishable. You’ll get a close-up of the Notre Dame Cathedral, located on Île de la Cité, and see the city’s oldest bridge, Pont Neuf, which runs across the island.
Musée d’Orsay and the Musée du Louvre
From the Seine River, you can also see two of the world’s most famous museums. The Orsay Museum, housed in a former train station and known worldwide for its staggering collection of Impressionist artwork, is located on the Left Bank. Almost directly across the river on the Right Bank is the Louvre Museum. You’ll see them at nearly the exact same time!
Seine River Cruise at Night
The increasing popularity of Seine River cruises gives visitors to Paris the opportunity to see the city’s landmarks in a new light. Appropriately nicknamed The City of Lights, there’s no better way to view the Paris skyline than on a nighttime cruise of the Seine River.
Cruising the Seine River at night offers a great vantage point for seeing the lights of many Paris landmarks illuminating the night sky. Enjoy a walk along the banks of the Seine River at night, but be sure to also experience the miraculous view of the Paris lights from the water. With our Eiffel Tower at night tour, you’ll cruise the Seine River while sipping on a glass of champagne. The Eiffel Tower is the world’s most visited paid attraction. With an estimated 6-7 million visitors to the Eiffel Tower a year, why not see it at its most miraculous? It’s hard to beat Paris at night, and you’ll see Paris in all of its splendor from the second level of the Eiffel Tower.
On a nighttime Seine River cruise, you’ll also see The Louvre illuminated, taking in the splendor of the museum’s grandiose design with varied perspective. This is the perfect way to compliment your skip the line tour of The Louvre.
With so many beautiful buildings in Paris, one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Paris skyline is through multiple vantage points. The view of the Paris skyline from The Seine River offers the perfect depth of perception for landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. On your visit to Paris, be sure to experience a Seine River cruise with our Eiffel Tower at night tour, and make the most of your experience in the City of Lights with our Paris tours.
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