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Port de la Conférence, 75008 Paris, France
+33 1 42 25 96 10

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Sun - Sat 10am - 11pm

No rowing required

Cruising the Seine on a Bateaux Mouches is a great Parisian classic. The monuments flow pass and you know you couldn’t be anywhere but the City of Light. But there is another waterway in Paris, a more charming waterway, rich with nostalgia. The Canal de l’Ourcq, stretches from the city’s northeastern corner to the suburbs beyond and Marin d’Eau Douce rents small boats, so adventurers can explore this urban countryside where industrial spaces, working locks, commercial barges sharing space with bike paths, kayakers and regional flora and fauna. Give a nod to swans, wave to the capitain, and enjoy a gourmet picnic you can bring yourself or order with your boat reservation. The graffiti along the banks is a special treat, making the trip a tour of a living museum. A license is not required and the electric boats are for groups of 4 - 11.

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AFAR Contributor
over 4 years ago


A cruise on the Seine is one of the best ways to see Paris, no matter what the weather—the boats have a heated indoor area and an open-air upper level. Choose your cruise: On lunch excursions, an accordionist plays old French songs as the scenery scrolls by; at dinner, you get a piano-and-violin duo and the romance of city lights. Tables on restaurant boats are arranged so everyone gets a view.
AFAR Local Expert
about 6 years ago

Going in Seine in Paris

Bateaux Mouches boat rides introduce visitors to Paris as they cruise from west to east, highlighting the city’s monuments. Celebrated green boxes of the “Bouquinistes” used book dealers line the quais above, while on the banks below fishermen cast their lines and couples linger. From the Musée d’Orsay to the Musée du Quai Branly, the Berges de la Seine open space features water gardens, cafés and cultural activities. To the east, the Outdoor Sculpture Museum transforms into a dance hall on warm summer nights with areas for tango, salsa and folk dancing. Flowing from the Seine, the Canal St Martin is lined with popular cafés that overlook picture perfect bridges and working locks in a vibrant quartier that evokes the Paris of Edith Piaf. Photo : Sylvia Sabes