Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Paris
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Cruise the waters of the River Seine before enjoying a unique view of old Paris from the Canal Saint Martin. See many of the major attractions of Paris from the water including Notre Dame and The Louvre. Pass through tunnels, locks and under bridges as you cruise through some of the Parisian neighborhoods less popular with tourists and explore the city from the water. Choose a morning or afternoon departure to best fit your schedule.


  • Led by a local guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

This two and a half hour cruise on the River Seine and the Canal Saint Martin gives a unique view of Paris. You will experience both the grandeur of the Seine and the quiet intimacy of Paris' network of inner-urban canals, created by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 1800s. Along the way, your informative guide-interpreter will provide illuminating insights into the history of Paris and its canals.

Your River Seine cruise begins near the Musée d'Orsay and sweeps you past a parade of monuments: the Louvre Museum, the Institute of France, the spires of Notre Dame Cathedral and tiny Ile Saint Louis, before arriving at the entrance of the Canal Saint Martin.

The first section of the canal takes you through an eerily lit tunnel which passes under the Place de la Bastille. Emerging from the tunnel you will discover the most romantic "boulevard" in Paris - the Canal Saint Martin's three miles of pure poetry. Reflected in the canal's waters you'll see old swing bridges, half-moon footbridges and the abundant foliage of horse-chestnut trees.

A trip along the Canal Saint Martin reveals a side of Paris that tourists don't usually get to see. The canal winds its way through a series of 19th-century locks and enchanting old areas of Paris until, 26 meters above the Seine, the canal reaches the Villette Basin. Here you will pass the raised Crimea Bridge before arriving at La Villette Park, where the Science Museum, the Geode and enchanting gardens await you.

Note that the morning tour begins near Musée d'Orsay and ends at Bassin de la Villette. In the afternoon the schedule is reversed, beginning at Bassin de la Villette and ending near Musée d'Orsay.

  • Cruise
  • Live onboard commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Canal Saint-Martin
  • Entry/Admission - Seine River
  • Entry/Admission - Bassin de la Villette

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Departure Point

1: Quai Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
2: La Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 30 Sep 2019 -


very worthwhile trip down the canal and into the river Seine. We would do this again.Really enjoyed the commentary.

Image - 19 Sep 2019 -

Andrea T

Loved this cruise as it went off the beaten track. The canals and locks was the best part and the small group of people certainly helped as well.

Image - 22 Sep 2018 -

Cindy Boyd

Wonderful tour! We had a blast going through the locks and under the Bastille! The two man crew were very nice and accommodating! Seeing areas of Paris that are not on the usual tours was very nice!

Image - 17 Apr 2018 -

lee f

Well worth the money . Lots of good historical monuments passed and great commentary .

Image - 03 Mar 2018 -

dianne R

A great way to see another side of Paris

User's Picture Gallery



Admiring the Bastille from the Paris Canal as part of the Viator Seine River and Canal Tour


Going through the Locks

Boat on canal.


Bridge above the Locks

Boat going under bridge.


Paris Canal Cruise

In the tunnel!


Montmartre sous la bruinne

R Girard et C Smutneac



Strandleben an der Seine


interessierte Zuschauer

am Canal du St. Martin interessierte Zuschauer


Ausruhen am Canal du St. Martin



Traveling Through Locks

This is what 80 of the cruise looked like.


The Long Tunnel

This is my mom, Muriel, enjoying the long trip through the 2km tunnel.


Unique Experience

Going through the locks is a unique experience. And the tunnels! One of the tunnels is 2km long.


Best Seating

The best seating is inside next to the captain if it's raining, as it was when we did the cruise. You get to see everything and you stay dry. However, you will need to go outside to get the best photographs.


Canal St. Martin

Entering the first lock of Canal St. Martin


A lock on the canals of the Siene

A lock opening while our cruise moved through


Sur la Seine aussi.

Ici il faut s'accrocher un peu plus, ça and quot;balance and quot;


Une des nombreuses écluses...

Et vous avez le temps de contempler...d'apprécier ce retour sur...le passé !


Un pont tournant...

Et ça fonctionne !


L'hôtel du Nord...

Vous souvenez-vous de la fameuse réplique d'Arletty : Atmosphère, atmosphère..


La 1ère écluse.

Début du voyage...


St Martin Canal

A picturesque bridge on the St Martin Canal



After waiting for 10 minutes before the gateway


after 5 minutes

still waiting when gateway will open



stopping and waiting when gateway will open


Place du Chatelet

et Paris Plage 2013


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