Flowing majestically through the heart of the city and easily accessible from many of our Paris holiday apartments, the River Seine is lined with a fabulous array of must see sights and attractions. For a truly memorable experience, a Seine river cruise offers an extraordinary way to view some of Paris’ most famous delights and is highly recommended whilst visiting the city.
The magnificent River Seine, which begins its journey in the north of France and continues over 776 km to the English Channel, sweeps gracefully through the city of Paris and boasts some simply breath-taking scenery. Often bustling with activity, the river is where you will find a superb selection of sightseeing cruise boats, many of which allow visitors the opportunity to explore the city’s iconic landmarks in a completely different way. Running regularly throughout the day and evening, the boats offer a panoramic view of Paris, together with an audio commentary in a wide range of languages.
Departing from various points along the river, the cruise boats make their way along the Seine, passing a fabulous collection of Paris’ renowned sights and attractions. A perfect starting point for an unforgettable journey is just in front of the Eiffel Tower, one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, which was built for the 1889 World Exhibition and welcomes millions of visitors every year from all over the world. From here, spectators will sail alongside the left bank of the Seine where sights such as Les Invalides, a complex of monuments, museums and buildings which were originally designed to accommodate the injured and retiring war veterans of the late 1600s, and the Musee D’Orsay, a fascinating museum set inside a former train station and boasting artwork by remarkable artists including Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, are situated.
At the furthest point of the cruise is the delightful Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the River Seine, which is where the renowned Notre Dame Cathedral can be found. Regarded as one of the world’s most well-known cathedrals, Notre Dame is bursting with fine examples of French Gothic architecture and dates all the way back to the early 12th century.
Returning towards the Eiffel Tower, the cruise boats pass yet more of Paris’ impressive landmarks, positioned upon the river’s right bank. It is here that the fabulous Louvre Museum, which is the home of the amazing Mona Lisa, and the Place de la Concorde, a huge square which marks the start of the legendary Champs Elysees, can be located.
Aside from the brilliant selection of sights and attractions which adorn the banks of the river, the Seine is also much-loved for its fantastic collection of over 30 striking bridges, many of which are steeped in history and are ornately decorated. The Pont Neuf is the most popular of the bridges and is one of the oldest in the city, dating back to the late 1500s. Another well-known bridge, often referred to as the most beautiful bridge over the Seine, is the picturesque Pont Alexandre III, which is adorned with an array of lampposts, sculptures and statues.