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“When guests come to Paris, this is always the FIRST thing we do with them.”
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Vedettes de Paris
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Vedettes de Paris Seine River Cruise: Direct Access E-Ticket
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Owner description: Take the time to discover Paris by river. We are located 100 meters from the Eiffel Tower on the river Seine. Enjoy a 1 hour sightseeing cruise in "chic" boats. Go through some famous Paris sites like the Trocadero, Notre Dame, Palais Royal and the Eiffel Tower. During your cruise, you could enjoy a drink even Champagne or a snack at the bar situated in each boat.
Lyon, France
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“When guests come to Paris, this is always the FIRST thing we do with them.”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

This is especially true if you're arriving from overseas -- and if the weather permits, of course. I pick up friends at the airport, drive straight to the Eiffel Tower and we park nearby and make a beeline for Vedettes de Paris.

You start the ride at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, which is the ideal point of orientation for a visitor. You then sit back and relax. Maybe you'll recover a little from the jet lag. Maybe you're alert and want to take it all in. Either way, you're covered. Most of the main attractions of Paris that tourists have on their "checklists" are along the Seine and they are covered by this leisurely voyage -- only in the most superficial way, of course, but that's way this is the ideal orientation journey and the perfect first activity in Paris.

When you get off, you still haven't seen the Arc de Triomphe (or, for that matter, Versailles) but you'll have a good idea of where everything else is. You have many choices to make and you can now make them in a somewhat informed way. For instance, you could now spend a small fortune on those open-top double-decker hop-on/hop-off buses, but that would be redundant in my opinion. You can now make your own way, by Metro, RER or by foot from Trocadero to Notre Dame. If you're a museum enthusiast (or if the weather inclines you in that direction) you've got the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay in your sights. You can shop your way up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe or walk there by crossing over to Place du Trocadéro and then strolling through the neighborhoods of the 16th arrondissement. You can wait in line for the Eiffel Tower (although I prefer to book tickets for that on-line for the evening when you can see the City of Lights with its lights on.)

Again, you will haven't really scraped the surface after you get off the boat. But the important thing is that you'll have little snippets of information. And you'll have an idea of where things are and how far away they are from one another and which side of the Seine they're on. It's way cheaper than getting all of that from the circuitous, disorienting routes of the hop-on/hop-off buses -- with the difference being that you're now left to find your own means of locomotion to explore Paris. (There's also a hop-on/hop-off boat ride, through a separate company, which may be to your liking if you're not interested in chilling out and are not in need of an orientation ride.)

It's perfect for all ages, it's a great value; it's well-organized; it's safely operated; it's perfect for those who want to sit and do nothing as well as those who want to get their Paris vacation started right away because, those seemingly conflicting desires are accommodated by this singular activity. It's the perfect first thing to do after you arrive in Paris.

Visited April 2014
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“good boat trip”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

It was chilly on board the boat but we were lucky to have found a seat that was sheltered from the worst of the chilly breeze. The commentary was recorded, but interesting pointing out the sights. It was a good way to see the main sights along the riverside. It was very relaxing and our 4 year old loved it too!

Visited April 2014
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new york, ny
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“Choose Vedettes!! NOT Bateau Mouches!”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

For reasons that aren't relevant to this review, we went on two boat rides on this trip. Without a doubt, Vedettes de Paris is the way to go. Do NOT consider their competitor Bateau Mouches.

Vedettes has a LIVE tour guide who was interesting, funny and knowledgable. And she only gave the tour in French and then repeated in English. You didn't get German, Italian, Japanese ... And you could hear her! As opposed to the recorded version on BM

They both show the same sites. They both are comparable in boat size. But chooses Vedettes

Visited April 2014
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing way to see the sights”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

Would definitely recommend this river boat sight seeing tour. Next to Eiffel Tower by the river a boat leaves every hour on the hour but need to buy tickets about hour in advance. €13 adult €6 child but we used tesco club card vouchers £4 each person adult or child & this was very easy, just present vouchers at booking office by river front in exchange for tickets. There are some cafés next to booking area (we paid €3 an ice cream & €3 a drink). The river tour takes an hour with commentary, if you book with snacks there is an announcement after half hour to get these. Goes from Eiffel Tower up past Notre Dame and back. Great way to see the sights.

Visited April 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Average cruise nothing fancy”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

We where so looking forward to this river cruise however it was quiet disappointing to say the least. The boat went so slow, that as i looked around i saw at least 3 people had fallen asleep . Definitely not a good sign!!! it went so slow other boats were cruising by us, i seriously couldn't wait for it to be over as i found it quiet boring.The volume for the pre recorded audio guide was so low that you could hardly hear anything. We had asked for it to be put up louder but with so many people on the boat talking and chatting you could hardly hear it over all the noise. It was nice to take photos but quiet upsetting that we had no idea what we where looking at.

Visited March 2014
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