Seine River and Canal St Martin Cruise

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  • See some of the most famous Parisian landmarks

  • A cultural journey through diverse neighbourhoods

  • Choose your itinerary: from the Musée d'Orsay to the Park de la Villette or vice-versa!

  • Ideal for family outings or with friends

Essential info*

  • Instant confirmation

Duration 2hrs30 mins

  • English
  • French

Starting time 9:30 AM, 2:30 PM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Embark on a cruise through Paris, from the Musée d'Orsay to Parc de la Villette, to discover the different faces of the City of Lights!

Pass from the Seine to the Canal Saint Martin and observe a panorama of two very different areas in the city. Your river cruise will take you from the grandeur of the Seine to the tranquil intimacy of Napoleon's canals. 

The starting point for this excursion is at the foot of the Musée d'Orsay or the Parc de la Villette. At the first lock, the boat will turn off the river onto Canal Saint Martin and you will see the pleasure boats lining the pretty Port de l'Arsenal as you approach Bastille. 

Suddenly, the boat passes through an underground tunnel and you will find yourself plunged into mysterious darkness. Resurface amid the buzzing picturesque streets of central Paris, in the authentic and romantic district that's home to the Hôtel du Nord.

During this cruise, a guide will tell  you all about the interesting history of the Canal St Martin.

Good to know

  • Availability (excluding exceptional dates)
    March to October: Tuesday to Sunday and every day during the school holidays  
  • Departure time: 9:45am Tuesday to Sunday (Musée d'Orsay - PArc de la Villette), 2:30pm (Parc de la Villette - Musée d'Orsay)
  • Boarding: 15 minutes before departure
  • Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Musée d'Orsay departure point: Quai Anatole France, central Paris, 75007
  • Getting there: metro stop Solferino (line 12) or RER stop Musée d'Orsay (RER C)
  • Parc de la Villette departure point: In the heart of Parc de la Villette, behind the Great Hall
  • Getting there: 19th arrondissement Paris, metro stop Porte de Pantin (line 5)
  • Animals are not permitted

Cancellation Terms & Conditions

This activity cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Cruise along the river Seine and Canal Saint Martin
  • Informative commentary

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

Customer reviews

77 reviews
  • Belle sortie Commentaires le long de la croisière intéressant Équipage sympatique
    Pascal M.
    Aug 7, 2020
  • Eine beschauliche unaufgeregte Bootsfahrt durch ein eher unbekanntes Paris. Ein guter Leiter, der viele Details zu den Stadtteilen erzählt.
    Peter B.
    Sep 28, 2019
  • Très intéressant il ne faut pas être pressé mais pour une fois ça fait du bien de prendre son temps. L'équipage est très sympathique et notre "guide " connaissait bien son sujet. A faire cela change de la croisière sur la Seine. Suis très contente de cette activité
    Armelle B.
    Aug 24, 2019

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