Seine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise in Paris

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Ride a riverboat shuttle service on the Seine that takes you to the heart of Paris to reach the various quarters of the capital. With 9 stops on the route, you can see a different view of Paris. Just get on and off as much as you want.


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See the wonders of Paris with this amazing panoramic riverboat shuttle and stop at 9 stations to visit the most remarkable landmarks in the heart of the city!


  • Champs Elysées

Since the Greeks, for whom the "Elysian Fields" were the resting place of warriors, by way of players of Monopoly in French, Marcel Proust looking out for his Gilberte and politicians aiming at moving into the presidential palace, "the most beautiful avenue in the world" has always conjured up dreams.

However, the history of this roadway designed for Marie de Médicis in former marshland truly began with Napoléon III. The laying out of the gardens and the building of private mansions enabled the success of the avenue running from the Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is now the traditional place for parades and commemorations. Rehabilitated in 1994, it has recovered its prestige even if hamburger bars and cars are a bit too visible.

  • Louvre

In 1816, a large crowd went to the port at the Louvre to watch the docking of the Elise, the first steamboat. Today, the crowd comes to the museum, the home port for art from all over the world. To expand, the Louvre got rid of the Ministry of Finance civil servants who used a wing of the building until the mid-1980s. Going towards the Opera, the beginning of the Japanese quarter of Paris, side-by-side with the luxury boutiques of Faubourg St-Honoré and the antique shops in the Louvre des Antiquaires. The quarter is also a quiet paradise abandoned to bankers now that the National Library and its readers have moved to a new river bank site. With the Tuileries and the quays, this stop is also the one for the nearest Paris gets to beach establishments.

  • Hôtel de Ville

Stops at Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4th arrondissement. In Place de l'Hôtel de Ville take the pedestrian underpass to Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, walk upstream along the quay for 100 metres. The stop is on the right in the square.

There used not to be a quay here, just the shore that sloped gently from Place de l'Hôtel de Ville to the Seine. The place was called 'Place de Grève' (Shore Square) until the nineteenth century and was for a long time the scene of executions and the place where journeyman were hired by the Seine boatmen. This stop is the one for a likeable and historical part of the Paris.

The Marais, Saint-Paul and Saint-Gervais are surviving areas where old houses look out on to the last cobbled lanes. But that's enough of the past. With the Pompidou Centre (Beaubourg), the Picasso Museum, boutiques, eclectic bars of all persuasions and the lively Jewish quarter, the port at Hôtel de Ville also feels the vibrations of modernism.

  • Eiffel Tower

Stops at Port de la Bourdonnais, Paris 7th arrondissement: at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, opposite the Trocadéro, cross the street and walk down the stairs at the right hand corner of Pont de Iéna.

The Eiffel Tower is like the lighthouse of Paris. All the travellers in the world-even those who have never seen it-identify it as the absolute symbol of the city. The steel lady was born in 1889 for a Universal Exposition celebrating the centenary of the French Revolution.

It can be seen in all its majesty from the Palais du Trocadéro, built in 1937 for another Universal Exposition. The Champ de Mars is at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. This former Ecole Militaire drill ground is now where children play and watch Punch and Judy shows and where lovers meet.

  • Musée d'Orsay

This stop is a railway station, as Orsay was at the end of the railway line before it housed all the nineteenth century European artistic movements. The thousands of visitors who visit the museum each day cause a bit of disturbance in this secretive, discreet quarter. The magnificent mansions built by the nobility in the eighteenth century are now mainly used as ministries and embassies. Although the heavy doors behind which state decisions are taken and that only open for the coming and going of ministerial limousines, Faubourg Saint-Germain is not just the hushed paradise of the political and diplomatic world. A walk reveals the finest buildings in Paris in a quarter that is secretive even for Parisians.

  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés

First came abbots who founded a community that possessed much money and knowledge. Then the Académie Française and the École des Beaux-Arts (art school) set up here. And finally Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and all their friends who held forth while Boris Vian played and Juliette Gréco sang in the cellars. Those are the intellectual roots of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. But is there anything left?

Even though the galleries and bookshops are holding out, ready-to-wear is elbowing out ready-to-think. But if you forget the flashy window displays and explore the little streets around rue de Buci, where the market is held, or the quays (the oldest being Quai des Grands-Augustins that dates back to 1313), you'll find liveliness and artists who still breathe.

  • Notre Dame

Rue de la Bûcherie is a reminder that the boat berths where there used to be a port to land firewood for Paris. And even if this lively quarter between the Sorbonne and the Seine is not as hot as it was in 1968, it still attracts students from all over the world, who speak all languages-except Latin, whose use by scholars gave the Latin Quarter its name.

The heart of Paris lies across the bridge, because the city was indeed founded on Ile de la Cité. 'Lutetia', the old name of Paris, is Celtic for 'dwelling in the middle of the waters'. The island was the kings' residence under the fourteenth century. They built two Gothic masterpieces (Notre-Dame and the Sainte-Chapelle), their palace (now the law courts), a hospital (Hôtel-Dieu) and a barracks that has become the Prefecture de Police.

  • Jardin des Plantes

This stop used to be a beach where rich and poor came to wash, stark naked. Pressure from offended neighbors led to the opening of the first baths in 1680 and bathing in the river was forbidden. The quay became a trade port in the eighteenth century and warehouses with magnificent vaulted cellars were built. The wine warehouse competed with the one at Bercy. Business dwindled when the railways took the lead from river transport and the building was demolished in the early 1960s to make room for the Science Faculty (Jussieu). Much earlier Louis XIII's herbalists made the area a garden for their studies and the Natural History Museum began to take shape. A mosque was built at the beginning of the twentieth century and the amazing Institut du Monde Arabe at the end.

  • Beaugrenelle

Take a moment to relax in this peaceful shopping district. Unwind and chill out in this district. Head straight to Beaugrenelle (only 2 minute walk from the stop) and stroll in the many parks and gardens in this district.


02nd of January to 31th of March 2017

  • 40 minute intervals from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 10:00 to 19:00 from Friday to Sunday

01 to 27 April 2017

  • 30 minute intervals daily from 10:00 to 19:00

28 April to 03 September 2017

  • 25 minute intervals daily from 10:00 to 21:30

04 September to 05 November 2017

  • 30 minute intervals daily from 10:00 to 19:00

06 November to 24 December 2017

  • 40 minute intervals daily from 10:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday and 10:00 to 19:00 from Friday to Sunday

25 December 2017 to 07 January 2018


  • Hop on-hop off Batobus ticket valid for chosen duration


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  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note:

  • Please be advised that Beaugrenelle and Jardin des Plantes stops are closed since terrorist attacks in Paris last November. As of date, the open stopovers are: Tour Eiffel, Musée d'Orsay, Saint-Germain, Notre-Dame, Hôtel de Ville, Louvre, Champs Élysées.

  • Due to frequent flooding at the River Seine, routes and timetables are subject to change without prior notice.

  • It is necessary to print the confirmation voucher for this tour. The local staff will not accept vouchers shown from a mobile device.

  • Children under 3 years old are free of charge.

  • Multiday passes are valid for consecutive days.

  • Some stops may be closed in case of flooding.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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