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Explore Paris: A Guide to See Paris from The Seine

There are a lot of things to do once you are in Paris. Whether you want to see the city view from the Eiffel Tower, Montparnasse tower, the top of Arc de Triomphe or the top of the Sacré Coeur. It is always very nice to see Paris from various perspectives.

But have you ever explore Paris through the big canal of the Seine river?

Oh, I loved it! And I guess you’ll too.

In Paris, you definitely can do ‘navigating’ by using the Bateaux Mouches along the Seine river as another way to explore Paris.

Here is a little bit of the guide:

Knows the right season to go

I’d love to visit Paris during the spring season. Not only because of the weather is agreeable and the wind is cooler, but also you will see a lot of cherry blossom and flowers grows beautifully. But to explore Paris by using the Bateaux Mouches, it’s better early of April or late of September. But in Paris, the high season itself falls around April to September.

During the high season, the boat departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m until 10.30 p.m, while during the low season it departs every 40 minutes between 11 a.m to 9 p.m. The Bateaux Mouches departs not to far from Pont de l’Alma.

Choose the type of sightseeing

They have at least three types of sightseeing boat, whether you only want to do sightseeing by the river or you want to do sightseeing while having lunch or romantic dinner on the cruise. You can also do the short-tour one with Bateaux Mouches, normally will run for 1-hour along the Seine river.

We took this type of the Bateaux Mouches and it was amazing! That was my first time exploring the Seine river with this big boat. I could see closer the right facade of the Cathedral Notre-Dame from the boat, which was burnt the most last time. The price for 1-hour trip was around EUR 14 per person.

You can also take the one that you can do hop-on hop-off boat, in case you want to avoid the crowds in the Metro or bus, to go to some famous landmarks in Paris.

More information: Seine River Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing

But if you want to celebrate your birthday or wedding anniversary for your loved ones during your visit in Paris, maybe to have lunch or romantic dinner in the cruise while sailing along the Seine river, it is a great idea too! What is more romantic than having dinner on the cruise, navigating along the Seine river while watching the sunset from your window?

The range price is around EUR 70 – 325, depending on which event package you choose.

More information: Cruise on the Seine in Paris

When to book?

If you will go during the high season, better to book in advance, to avoid the long queue. Please visit their website to book. Moreover, if you will go with a group, better to contact them in advance.

We were very lucky, because last time we went there in September, the weather was still agreeable and not too much crowded. We even bought the ticket directly in the ticket box and departed just 30 minutes after.

Our favourite spots

Besides passing the right facade of the Cathedrale Notre-Dame, our best spots, of course, when the boat passing Pont d’Iéna just in front of the Eiffel Tower and also passing Pont de Bir-Hakeim.

That’s when you can see very close the Eiffel Tower from a different perspective. Oh, and also when the boat passing under the beautiful of Pont Alexandre III.

I really wish this pandemic will be over soon and we can continue our normal activities, also back to travel safely.

If so, I recommend you to explore Paris by ‘sailing’ along the Seine river at least once in your lifetime.

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