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Boat Tours of Paris

See the City from an Enchanting Vantage

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Tour of Paris and the Seine River on the Bateaux Mouches.

What better than a tour of Paris via the Seine? This boat cruises past Saint-Michel on the left bank.

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Taking a tour of Paris by boat is unparalleled as romantic experiences go. The city seems to be fanned out before you as you lazily drift down the Seine River or Paris' miles-long network of canals.

By taking one of these popular tours, you can get a glimpse of some of the city's most mythical spots, enjoy a romantic dinner amid the soft glow of light on the water, or just sit back and revel in the fresh air and delicious floating in a scenic setting.

When is the best time to take a tour?

The best time is generally May through mid-September, when skies tend to be clearer and temperatures in Paris are generally warm. Fall and winter tours are still worthwhile, but keep in mind that wind from off the water and frequent rain can make sitting on the open-air deck less than desirable.

Classic Paris: Boat Tours of the Seine River

Ah, the Seine river. No other river in the world has been the subject of such poetic fussing, frantic picture-taking, and all-around adulation.

Touring Paris via the Seine river is a great way to get familiar with many of the city's most stunning monuments, historical buildings, and ornate bridges, including:

Choosing a Tour of the Seine

Several companies offer day and evening tours throughout the year. Before choosing a tour, decide whether you would prefer a narrated tour that focuses on Paris history and sights, have lunch or dinner, or even enjoy a show. Finding a tour that fits your budget shouldn't be a problem, either. Other trusted tour operators include:

More Recommended Seine River Tours and Packages:

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