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Seine River in Paris

The Seine river cruise is a Paris must do. It takes one hour to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre from the river. It is possible to combine a Seine cruise with a city tour or a cabaret show. Places to visit in Paris.

The Seine river in Paris

For 800 years, the City of Lights has embellished the Seine river banks, now a spectacular Unesco world heritage sight.

The Seine river in Paris is lined with beautiful quays and crossed by 37 bridges, including Pont Neuf (1607), Passerelle des Arts (1801), Pont Alexandre III (1900). Many famous sights are on the river banks, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Palais de Chaillot. Locate these sights on Seine river map.

The Louvre Museum is on the river bank
The Louvre Museum is visible on a cruise

The Seine river cruise

With so many Paris sights to see from the Seine River, take a Seine river cruise during your next Paris visit. As a starter, you can do the classical one hour Seine cruise with Bateaux Parisiens or Vedettes du Ponf Neuf.

The Marina lunch cruise is very appreciated as it combines good food and sightseeing. Book cruise. You want your Paris stay to be memorable. Go for the romantic dinner cruise or for the royal Seine night cruise with dinner at Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge cabaret. Book cruise.

A lunch cruise on the Seine riverA lunch cruise on the Seine river

The top Seine river cruises

Pariscityvision has many great combined tours including Seine cruise + dinner at Eiffel Tower + Moulin Rouge cabaret, Seine cruise + Paris tour + Eiffel Tower second floor, Seine cruise + Paris tour and lunch + Versailles visit.

Bateaux Parisiens has one hour Seine river cruises boarding near Eiffel Tower.

Vedettes du Ponf-Neuf has one hour Seine river cruises boarding on Ile de la Cité near Notre-Dame.

Bouquinistes on Seine River left bank quays
Seine river, Paris: Bouquinistes on left bank quays

Statue of Liberty on a Seine cruise

The most amazing monument you can see on a Seine River cruise is the Statue of Liberty. The original Statue of Liberty in New-York City was a gift from France to America in 1886, designed by Auguste Bartholdi and moulded in Paris.

The main replica of the Statue of Liberty is located on the Ile aux Cygnes, an island within the River Seine, right by the Pont de Grenelle bridge. This bronze statue was inaugurated in 1889, yet its creator absolutely hated the fact that it was facing to the east, and therefore turning her back on America, which was not the purpose of the statue, and definitely not the intentions to keep relations between France and America. However, it was only for the Universal exhibition of 1937 when places such as Palais de Chaillot were constructed, that the statue was actually moved to its current position as though it is facing towards America, just as it was first intented.

Statue of Liberty in Paris. Facts.

The Statue of Liberty on the Seine River
The Statue of Liberty is not visible on most cruises

Love locks on Passerelle des Arts

The Passerelle des Arts across the Seine river is a romantic pedestrian bridge with views over the Ile de la Cite, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and Notre-Dame.

If you're aching to tell Paris that you're in love, it might be time to rethink the love lock on the Passerelle. The bridge, which was once smothered in 45 tonnes of padlocks, got a major face lift in 2015 as officials removed the locks and the bridge railings to attach a new "love-lock proof" design.

Passerelle des Arts is on the way of all Seine river cruises.

Love locks on Passerelle des Arts
Love locks on Passerelle des Arts

Residence visible from a cruise

There are few hotels and service residences on the Seine river banks. In between Notre-Dame and the Louvre Museum, right at the angle of rue des Grands Augustins and its amazing gastronomic restaurants, Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Pres is one of the very few left bank hotels with a river view.

53 Ter, Quai des Grands Augustins
Paris75006 France
Citadines
Citadines left bank serviced residence hotel

Map of Seine River Cruise

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The Seine river in Paris

The Seine is a 776 kilometre long river flowing through Paris into the English Channel at Le Havre harbour (France map). The banks of the Seine River in Paris are by all means one of the greatest urban landscapes in the world. You will best discover this landcape on a Seine River cruise or walking on the romantic Seine left bank quays from Jardin des Plantes and Paris Natural History Museum upstream to Pont Alexandre III downstream. Check Seine river map.

Passerelle des Arts pedestrian Seine bridge
Passerelle des Arts is visible on a cruise

Sightseeing tours and cruises

Paris sightseeing tour is a great way to see the top sights: the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the Invalides, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, Notre-Dame. Combine a sightseeing bus tour and a visit of the Eiffel Tower with priority access. Some sightseeing tours include lunch on the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower. A cruise on the Seine river is an original way to admire the monuments along the Seine. A romantic outing for two or a fun trip for families, visiting Paris by boat is a fantastic way to admire the capital. There are night sightseeing tours in a panoramic bus and night cruises on the Seine. An atypical and magical evening in the city.

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Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower is visible on a cruise

Seine River cruise and bridges

One of the top attraction of a Seine River cruise are the thirty seven bridges across the river, most of them beautiful, some very old and spectacular. As most rivers in Europe, it took time to build bridges acrosse the river. At the time of Gauls and Romans, and until the ninth century, there were only two, which linked Ile de la Cité to the two banks of the River. They occupied the site of Petit Pont on the left bank and Pont Notre-Dame on the right bank. In the ninth century, another bridge was built going from Ile de la Cité to the right bank and defended at its end by the fortress of Châtelet; Pont au Change was rebuilt in the place it occupied. In 1378, what is now Pont Saint-Michel was thrown over the small arm of the Seine River, between the Palace of Justice and Place Saint-Michel. It has been rebuilt several times. The four bridges of Ile de la Cité were sufficient for Paris until the sixteenth century; it was only under Henry III that Pont Neuf rose, which brought the two banks into direct contact. The bridges of Paris from east to west, visible on a cruise:

Most cruises go as far as Ile Saint-Louis to the east. Ile Saint-Louis divides the Seine River into two arms. Pont Sully links the left bank to Bastille on the right bank. On the right arm are Pont Marie, built in 1635, and Pont Louis-Philippe, built in 1834. The left arm is crossed by Pont de la Tournelle, whose masonry dates from the seventeenth century. 1970 pedestrian Pont Saint-Louis brings together Ile Saint-Louis and Ile de la Cité. The Seine is again divided into two arms by Ile de la Cité. Over the right arm pass Pont d'Arcole, completed in 1866, Pont Notre-Dame, Pont au Change, built under Charles-le-Chauve, rebuilt several times since. This bridge takes its name from the merchants, money changers and goldsmiths who settled there in the middle ages.

On the left bank are Pont de l'Archevêché, built in 1836, whose name recalls the old Archbishopric, destroyed in the riot of 1831, Pont au Double, le Petit Pont, the smallest in the city rebuilt many times since the Gauls, last in 1853, Pont Saint-Michel, which already existed in 1380 and was rebuilt several times. Pont-Neuf, was built in 1607. During the last two centuries of the old regime, the Pont-Neuf was, so to speak, the center of Paris: it was there that riots started and the crowd was harangued; there were always a lot of charlatans and fairground merchants who attracted a large audience and clever thieves to profit from it.

Then come the pedestrian Pont des Arts, which connects the Louvre to the left bank, dating back from 1801, Pont du Carrousel, built in 1832, Pont Royal, dating from 1685, the 1999 pedestrian Passerelle Léopold Senghor, connecting the Tuileries Gardens with Musée d'Orsay, Pont de la Concorde, started in 1786 and completed four years later with materials from the demolition of the Bastille Prison, Pont Alexandre III, inaugurated in 1900, Pont des Invalides, built in 1855, Pont de l'Alma, built in 1856, which bears the name of a Crimean War battle (September 14, 1854), pedestrian Passerelle Debilly, built in 1900, Pont d'Iéna, completed in 1813, connecting the Eiffel Tower to Palais de Chaillot, whose name recalls a victory of the first Empire. That is where most cruises stop to the west.

Aerial map of the most central Seine River bridges visible on a cruise


Seine River bridges visible on a cruise