We took an "on your own" shore excursion from our cruise ship docked in Le Havre to Paris. Because of the fairly long drive each way, we only had about five hours to spend in Paris. We heard about Batobus on the Internet. Batobus operates hop-on hop-off bus trips but also operates hop-on hop-off boat rides on the Seine. Our "must see" places in Paris were the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Champs Elysees and Arc De Triomphe. Our coach dropped us off near Champs Elysees so we could see that and the Arc De Triomphe right away. The Batobus boats make eight stops along the Seine three of which were our other three must sees.
You can purchase passes for 16 euros at any of the stops and the boats leave about every 15 minutes. The view from the boat was spectacular. The river is an extremely busy place, but all the traffic flows smoothly. We left the boat at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre and had plenty of time to visit each of the sites (though we didn't go up the Eiffel Tower or enter the Louvre). So in a short time we were able to get up close and personal with all of our priorities. This never would have been the case with any other mode.
Thanks to Batobus we accomplished our goal and we got to see a lot of other scenery from a unique vantage point.
We highly recommend Batobus boats if you want to see a lot of Paris in a short time. Heck, even if you have a couple of days, Batobus boats are a great option as you can get two-day passes.
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