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River Seine Boat Cruises

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River Seine Boat Cruises

Hello!

My boyfriend and I are going to be in paris during August and would like to do a boat tour near the end of the month. We have read up on A lot of different companies and are still very unsure of who to choose!

We are mostly looking for just a boat ride, but would consider dinner if the total cost per person is under $70 Cdn/person (or under 50 euros/person).

What time of day is usually best to do these cruises?

If anyone has any companies that they really enjoyed please do let us know!

Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

Everyone should ride these boats. They are a lot of fun and offer a perspective of the city that would be otherwise difficult to obtain. I personally find no compelling differences among the companies. Choose whichever is convenient:

http://www.canauxrama.com/

http://www.bateaux-mouches.fr/

http://www.batobus.com/

http://www.vedettesdeparis.com/

http://vedettesdupontneuf.com/

There is also Paris Canal:

http://www.pariscanal.com/

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2. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

I've done Bateaux Mouches, which is the biggest and most famous, and Vedettes de Pont Neuf, which uses smaller boats. The cruise itself is basically the same, it's just the size of the boat and crowd that was different.

Vedettes de Pont Neuf offer a discount if you buy your tickets online - 8 euros instead of 13. The ticket is good anytime for a year after purchase so you aren't required to commit to a specific date and time.

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3. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

We went on the late night boat cruise on Vedettes Pont Neuf on our recent trip to Paris and loved it.

I chose this company because all its the cruises started near the Notre Dame which was much closer to our hotel in the 6th. The other company had more cruises starting from the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps the location of your hotel will help you narrow down the choices.

I had booked the undated tickets online and also got a discount - paying 8 euros instead of 13.

Happy travels :-)

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4. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

I would just do the cruise. I would forget about the food. Last I heard the food was over 100 euro and also heard that it has gone down hill for quality. Haven't been in a few years, but that is what I have heard, maybe others have heard same thing.

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5. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

My husband and I are going to do this one. http://www.calife.com/english/index.html

I called today and validated the reservation I made over the internet. The menu choices are 49 euro and 67 euro. You can't make a reservation until it is one month before the date you want.

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6. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

We ave booked lunch at Eiffel Tower which also included a river cruise for Euro59. Thought we would kill two birds with the same stone AND save on the queues :-)

francetourisme.fr/eiffel-tower-restaurant/lu…

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7. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

Le Calife is a good choice, we went last summer and are thinking of going again this year. In July the sun sets late so we watched the sunset while drinking cocktails (those cost extra) and then had dinner, it was nice out so I was glad our table was outside. And we loved the boat, be sure to go downstairs and check it all out (including the bathroom).. old varnished wood reminded me of my grandparents' custom made antique furniture and my childhood. :)

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8. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

We just returned from Paris today and where we did the Bateaux cruise. We did this 20 years ago also at night and the sites were as beautiful as ever.

Unfortunately, we were onboard with the loudest, pushiest group of people I've ever encountered. They rushed to stand in the front and sides of the boat and take endless pictures of their families in front of the scenery in spite of the official request to stay in their seats.

At least 3 identifiable languages other than English so I suppose every nation has a supply of rude people. Those are the breaks, I guess.

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9. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

<<Unfortunately, we were onboard with the loudest, pushiest group of people I've ever encountered. They rushed to stand in the front and sides of the boat and take endless pictures of their families in front of the scenery in spite of the official request to stay in their seats. >>

This is why we prefer the Bateaux Mouches. The vessels are much larger so you can get away from unpleasant groups. You also are not confined to your seats. And, there's plenty of deck space for strolling and photos ops without their being obstructed by the vessel or other people.

A Seine cruise is not something you need to schedule since departures are so frequent and reservations aren't required.

Particularly in August, you may want to just go when you're tired and want to relax and cool off, when the weather/skies are particularly pleasant, etc.

They're so reasonably priced you can go more than once - daytime, sunset, after dark...

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10. Re: River Seine Boat Cruises

How was the food on Le Calife? Could you get up and move around?