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Paris: Romantic Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River Cruise

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Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Romantic Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal
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From US$ 22.58 per person

Enjoy a cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and the Seine River in Paris. Pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral and under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of the city.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English


  • Feast your eyes on the chestnut trees and bridges that line the River Seine
  • Discover a more romantic side of the Paris waterways on the Canal Saint-Martin
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
  • Search for the ghost of François Villon as you cruise past the Dead Lock
  • Let your imagination run wild in a dark tunnel lit only by the roof perforations
Full description

Embark on a romantic cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin on the River Seine. Sit back and relax as you pass the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, the Pont des Arts, the Institute of France, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, as well as the magnificent hotels of the Ile Saint Louis.

Start your cruise at the Orsay Museum and sail through the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Then enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day. Once you emerge from the tunnel, discover the magical Canal Saint-Martin, an aquatic path surrounded by a romantic footbridge and bordered by chestnut trees and fishermen. Near the Temple, admire Frederic Lemaître’s bust, the Recollets Lock, and the Hotel du Nord. Keep your ears pricked for the murmuring ghost of François Villon as you approach the Dead Lock, where the Montfaucon gibbet used to stand.

Pass by Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of Rue de Crimée before finally reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.

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  • Commentary
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    The boat is moored at the Port of Solférino, just below the Orsay Museum on Quai Anatole France. To reach the port, you can use the wooden main staircase.

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    It was a very special experience! To go under Paris! To go from Seine River to Saint Martin canal

    June 21, 2022

    Special boat trip through the locks of the Canal Saint Martin.

    May 18, 2022

    Recommended excursion

    May 18, 2022

    Product ID: 391846