Water activity

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal

Paris: Seine River and Canal Saint-Martin Cruise

Activity provider: Paris Canal

From US$ 23.73 per person

Enjoy a lovely cruise on the Canal Saint-Martin and Seine River. Pass under the Bastille vaults to discover the romantic side of Paris as you cruise from the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French


  • Cruise along the Seine River and the Canal St-Martin
  • Discover a secret side of the Paris waterways
  • Soak up a romantic atmosphere as you cruise by chestnut trees and lovely pedestrian bridges
  • Go past the sites of the old gibbet and Dead Lock
  • See the Notre Dame Cathedral, Tuileries Garden, and Pont des Arts from the water
Full description

Embark on a romantic cruise close to the Musée d’Orsay on the River Seine. Marvel at the Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and more. You will admire the scenic panoramic views before continuing to the entrance to the Canal Saint-Martin, where Bastille Square towers above you. Enter a 1.24-mile tunnel, lit by perforations that let in the light of day, and soak up the magic and beauty of a subterranean world. Once you emerge from the tunnel, you will discover the magical Canal Saint Martin, a surprising 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. The boat passes Bassin de la Villette and the arcing footbridge of rue de Crimée before reaching the Parc de la Villette, where you can admire the Cité des Sciences and Music Museum along with the magnificent themed gardens.  

  • 2.5-hour cruise on the canal St Martin and the Seine River
  • French and English commentary
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

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

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The cruise will take place rain or shine
    • Daily cruises from May to August and subject to availability outside these dates
    • Groups of more than 40 people are possible all year round
    • 2 departures possible: 10 am or 3 pm
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.2 /5

    based on 747 reviews

    Review summary

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    The meeting place was clearly stated and easily found. The boat was comfortable and the ride was excellent. I would suggest earphones and a system by which the guide can be better heard. We couldn't understand him as we were not able to hear him well. Other than that, it was wonderful.

    October 29, 2022

    Blessed with good weather, it was a very enjoyable tour. Entering the Saint-Martin Canal from the Seine is another magical world. The water level of the ship rises to match the water level of the canal, but every time the locks open, the power of the water overwhelms them. A beautiful sight continues, including people walking on the canal. I was able to feel the history and geography of Paris while listening to the guide Bruno's explanation.

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    October 15, 2022

    Little distance traveled because of the waiting time at the locks but pleasant activity overall. It is necessary to plan the time of return because the departure and the arrival are not at the same place. The guide was a real encyclopedia of knowledge. He recited his text like a cassette, without any expression, emotion or interaction of the gaze with his listeners from the beginning to the end of his performance. I wondered if he was autistic which would have positively explained this neutrality of expression otherwise, the guide is totally jaded. He put down his microphone 3 hours later without ever having smiled or looked at anyone. End of communication! I am coming back home! Very curious as a performance. The content was great but a recording would have been appreciated!

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    October 13, 2022

    Product ID: 5671