Seine Cruises by Night in Paris
Contemplating the illumination of the so-called "City of Light" from a night cruise on the Seine River is a unique experience that you can not miss on your trip to this magical city. Here are the best options
One of the plans that you can not miss on your trip to Paris is a night cruise, a unique way to see the City of Light. From a bateaux that will travel along the Seine River you will have a spectacular view of some of the most emblematic monuments of the city such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower. Here are some of the main options. Paris by night is a unique city.
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1. The most demanded option, night tour of the Eiffel Tower and cruise on the Seine River
One of the favorite proposals of travelers is a night tour that combines the climb to the Eiffel Tower and the cruise on the Seine. Undoubtedly, two of the best ways to glimpse all the beauty of the city from the sunset in which gradually makes its way a spectacular illumination.
The Louvre Museum, the Musée d'Orsay, the Notre-Dame Cathedral or the Eiffel Tower are some of the most characteristic monuments that you can see on this cruise in which a guide will accompany you and offer you all kinds of details along the way. The tour will end at the Eiffel monument which you can access comfortably and without queues. And from the top you will have spectacular views of the city.
The cruise lasts approximately one hour and the visit to the Eiffel Tower another hour, so the full experience extends to two and a half hours. In addition, on the cruise you will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of champagne. Regarding the price, it has a cost from 85 €.
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- Price... From 85€.
- Duration... 2:30 h.
- What's included... Cruise on the Seine, visit to the Eiffel Tower, glass of champagne.
2. The best plan to end the day, cruise on the Seine with gourmet dinner
What better way to end a long day of sightseeing than with a cruise on the Seine in a luxurious boat with large panoramic windows from which you can see the city while enjoying a delicious gourmet dinner of French cuisine and listening to live music. A magical and romantic evening you will never forget.
Throughout the tour you will be able to contemplate the beautiful illumination of emblematic monuments such as the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Île de la Cité, the Alexander III Bridge, the Bourbon Palace, La Conciergerie, the National Library of France and other sites of this city declared a World Heritage Site. In addition, you will be treated to a glass of champagne, and the tasting menu of three, four or five courses will be accompanied by French wine and mineral water.
This tour, which lasts approximately two to three and a half hours, starts around 20:30-21:30 h. and costs from 70€. This amount will increase depending on the number of dishes, as well as the time of the cruise. This tour has a capacity of approximately 20 - 40 people depending on the alternative you choose and is available in English, French and Spanish.
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- Price... From 70-120€.
- Duration... From 2 h. to 3:30 h.
- What's included... Seine River cruise and gourmet dinner from three courses with wine pairing and glass of champagne.
3. The economic option, 70 minutes Seine cruise with sparkling wine tasting
An economical option is a cruise on the Seine for about 70 minutes with a sparkling wine tasting with a multilingual guide who will show you the most important places in the city. Although shorter, this cruise will take you past the main sites along the banks of the Seine and give you the opportunity to enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Musée d'Orsay, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Île de la Cité.
In addition, one of the advantages of this tour is its availability, as it departs every 30-45 minutes, so you will not have any inconvenience when booking it. Regarding the capacity, it is for 14 people. The cruise will cost from 25 €.
- Price... From 25€.
- Duration... 70 minutes.
- What's included... Cruise on the Seine and sparkling wine tasting.
4. The sweetest option, cruise on the Seine and crepes tasting
And for those with a sweet tooth, there is an unbeatable plan: a 60-minute cruise on the Seine plus the tasting of a delicious crepe with chocolate, lemon, sugar, whipped cream or jam. A way to delve into the history of this beautiful city and see some of its most emblematic monuments such as the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre Museum, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, while enjoying one of the most popular sweets of French gastronomy.
In this option you will be provided with an audio guide available in a total of 14 languages. Regarding the capacity, it will be a total of 15 passengers and is also one of the most economical options with a price from 20 €.
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- Price... From 20€.
- Duration... 75 minutes.
- What's included... Seine river cruise and crepe tasting.
5. The option for wine enthusiasts, cruise on the Seine with a sommelier
And if you are a champagne lover, you have the option to take a cruise of about an hour with a tasting of three types of champagne with a sommelier who will give you all kinds of details in English of the three tastings and will tell you about the different French wineries, the types of champagne ... And all this while enjoying a beautiful tour in which you will see key monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Grand Palais de Paris or the Musée d'Orsay. This tour, with a capacity for approximately 20 travelers, has a cost from 65 €.
- Price... From 20€.
- Duration... 1 hour.
- What's included... Cruise on the Seine with a sommelier and three champagne tastings.
6. A dream experience, cruise on the Seine River and show at the Moulin Rouge
And the star experience is a combined ticket to enjoy a cruise on the Seine River and attend a show at the Moulin Rouge. Yes, just as you are reading. The plan will start with a tour of the Seine, lasting about an hour, in which you will have an audio guide available in 14 languages and you will be able to see emblematic monuments such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the National Assembly, the Alexander III Bridge, La Conciergerie, the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower and the Musée d'Orsay.
Once the cruise ends, comes the other highlight of the tour, you will have the chance to attend a two-hour cabaret show while enjoying a glass of champagne. Under the title 'Féerie', the show brings on stage a hundred artists, 60 of them are the Doriss Girls. Feel free to read in the post about the show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris and learn all the details.
This experience, whose full duration is around five hours, is priced from 170 €.
- Price... From 170€.
- Duration... 5 hours.
- What's included... Cruise on the Seine together and cabaret show at Mouling Rouge.
7. The most romantic option, dinner cruise on Valentine's Day
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than in what is known as the "City of Love". February 14 is the date chosen for this highly demanded proposal that includes a cruise on the Seine with a delicious five-course dinner prepared by the chefs of the bateaux parisiens while listening to live music. Throughout the tour you will be able to contemplate the most emblematic monuments of the city such as the Eiffel Tower, the Alexander III Bridge, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum...
This experience, which lasts about three and a half hours, can be booked from 170€.
- Price... From 170€.
- Duration... 3 hours.
- What's included... Cruise on the Seine and five-course dinner on Valentine's Day.
8. A unique option, New Year's Eve sightseeing cruise on the Seine River
What better way to kick off New Year's Eve and welcome the new year than with a sightseeing cruise on the Seine. This experience starts at 10 p.m. and you will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant cruise on a glass boat from which you will have unique views of Paris and you will be given a festive box that includes half a bottle, festive items and four macaroons. A tour in which you will see various places such as the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, the Musée d'Orsay, the Institut de France, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the City Hall, La Conciergerie, the Louvre Museum, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower.
This tour, which will have a maximum of 450 travelers and lasts approximately two hours, can be booked from €75.
- Price... From 75€.
- Duration... 2 hours.
- What's included... Seine river cruise and festive box.
How much does a night cruise in Paris cost?
An evening cruise on the Seine River in Paris costs from 20€ to 170€ depending on whether it includes dinner, a glass of champagne, wine tasting or crepe, whether it is sold as a combined ticket next to the Eiffel Tower or a Moulin Rouge show, or whether it takes place on a special date such as Valentine's Day or New Year's Eve. There are various options to suit all tastes and pockets.
In the case of the standard cruise, the price difference between the day and evening cruise is minimal, as before sunset it can be done from €18 and beyond for €20.
What are the must-see attractions on a night cruise in Paris?
When you take your night tour along the Seine River in Paris, you have to be very attentive because you will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular lighting of emblematic monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Île de la Cité, the Alexander III Bridge, the Palais Bourbon, the Conciergerie and the National Library of France, among others.
Why is it advisable to take a night cruise in Paris?
Taking a night cruise on the Seine River in Paris is one of the most recommended experiences during your visit to the City of Light. The beauty of this city when night falls is incomparable: its main monuments and most special sites are illuminated and you will have the feeling of seeing a different city than the one you have visited during the day, especially if you have the opportunity to see it from one of the bateaux parisiens. A unique sight!
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Differences between a daytime cruise and a night cruise in Paris
The main difference between a daytime cruise and a night cruise on the Seine is that it is more impressive to enjoy this experience from sunset, as the image of the city of Paris from the banks of the Seine as night falls and the lights of the city open up is really unique. On the other hand, the night cruise option usually includes an additional service such as a glass of champagne.
Of course, the price is lower in the daytime cruise, although the difference is minimal, since it can be booked from 18 €, while the cheapest option in the case of the night cruise is from 20 €. Regarding the route, there are no differences between the day cruise and the night cruise.