Explore the heart of Paris by Boat

Explore the heart of Paris by boat, experience Paris in a whole new light immersing yourself in the Parisian livelihood. 

explore the heart paris

Having visited Paris before on a solo trip last year I knew exactly what I wanted to see time permitting. Because business trips can be so unpredictable I decided I was going to try the cruise on the Seine river. I booked my ticket to visit The Eiffel Tower Summit which included a Seine river cruise. This was exciting enough seeing Paris from another angle up above but I also wanted to experience the boat cruise. It’s become an obsession of mine to take boat cruises where I can {Thames, Danube} and I wasn’t going to miss out on it in Paris.

The Seine River is famous for its 37 bridges which includes 4 footbridges. It is these many bridges that connect the Left and Right Banks of the city.

Seine River runs over a stretch of 777 kilometers in length. Through the towns of Troyes, Paris and Rouen before pouring into the English Channel. I was fortunate to view it from the Eiffel Tower and cruising on the river itself.

Most of us when planning to visit iconic cities like Paris we consider tour buses or walking. I am a fan of both but I have a new appreciation for seeing things from another angle: queue river cruises. Upon deciding that we would explore Paris over the weekend so as not to interfere with business plans. We bought our tickets from get your guide; Eiffel Tower 2nd floor and Seine River cruise. Whilst on the Eiffel Tower I was able to quickly purchase a ticket for the summit {tallest point of the tower}. The views where incredible, a month on and I am still in awe and can not wait to revisit. After the tour of the Eiffel Tower I was now hungry for the food and a river cruise.

explore the heart of paris

Explore the heart of Paris via the Seine River

After food we headed back to the bank of the Seine River ready for a completely different view to the usual. During the river cruise I had four iconic views I was eager to see.

Eiffel Tower ~ obviously I still wanted to see it again from another angle even after climbing it. A truly different uninterrupted view of the Eiffel Tower and it’s equally incredible.

IIe de la Cite ~ many people had mentioned this small island and couldn’t wait to see it for myself. I was aware of the Notre Dame which seats on the east end of the island. What I didn’t anticipate was the gorgeous view you get from the Seine River.

explore the heart of Paris

The Louvre ~ I remember my first visit to Paris, I couldn’t get enough of the Louvre. I think I photographed it from every angle except from the river banks. It’s just incredible and again on the river it offers uninterrupted view and less crowds.

Musée d’Orsay ~ seeing the magnificent museum architecture and the beauty of the Louvre completed my day. Originally built as a train station in 1900 before being transformed into world’s finest collection of Impressionism in 1986.

One thing you don’t anticipate when you explore the heart of Paris by boat is the magnificent beauty offered. Yes Paris is a beautiful and iconic city but you can’t claim to have seen all it has to offer if you haven’t seen it from Seine River.

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  • Angela Milnes

    Omg, It really looks beautiful Paris was one of my bucket lists and I can’t wait to go there and explore

  • Laura

    Oh wow I think this is the first post I’ve read that talks about exploring paris by boat! What a fabulous way to see the city xxx

  • I can’t wait to go to Paris, it seems like such a wonderful city! Love your photos

  • I am dying to get to Paris and what better way to take in the beautiful sights, than on a boat.

  • Oh my goodness! This would be such a great way to see the city and a fantastic experience to have, for sure!

  • Evelina Vilke

    I love Paris! What a magical place! I am going to Paris next Monday and reading your post made me even more excited.

  • I’ve been twice and haven’t thought about exploring via the river. ill have to do it next time I go

  • Paris is at the top of my european cities to visit. This river cruise looks ace and what a great way to see so many sites in one trip x

  • I’d love to go back to Paris and take in the sights as I’ve only been as a child. I went on a boat tour of Russia and it was great, I’d love to do another and Paris is definitely a beautiful place I’d happily go on a boat tour

  • I’m hoping to make it to Paris later this year, but my best friend is there right now! I need to tell her to do this boat ride.

  • Jemma

    I really love Paris, what a great way to explore such a fabulous city!

  • What a lovely opportunity. You see images of this river in films. It’s such a beautiful place to be .

  • Karlyn Cruz

    Paris is really a wonderful place to visit and explore. It’s amazing that you get to experience it and got great photos!

  • Leigh Anne Borders

    THis is one my bucket list. I really do hope to visit here one day! What a wonderful trip it would be.

  • Alison Rost

    I feel like I took the tour right along with you. Beautiful photos and lovely story. My husband and I have wanted to go to Paris for a long time. I may have to take the bull by the horns and simply buys us tickets. It looks so lovely

  • Homemade for Elle

    Wow! 37 bridges, and so many historical buildings and structures! i would love to go someday!

  • Looks like a brilliant way to see Paris, I hope to visit again one day

  • We have just returned from a last-minute weekend trip to Paris. There is so much to see! 🙂

  • Kira L Curtis

    I’ve never really thought about River Cruises before, definitely want to do one now!

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    I would love to visit Paris! I want to do all of it!

  • I have to do this next time I’m in Paris- I haven’t seen the sights by river.

  • What a wonderful way to discover Paris! It used to be my second home but I’ve never done a boat ride!

  • Simply Spectacular! I am off to Paris at the end of June so I will be taking your advice and getting on that boat xx

  • I can imagine that exploring Paris by boat must be so romantic and I know for sure I would love seeing the sights from a different vantage point x I would love to visit the Louvre x

  • Michelle VA

    This looks like something amazing to do. I have always wanted to visit Paris, and doing it by boat would be a dream come true.

  • I love doing a boat trip when I’m in a new city – it’s a great way to see the sites x

  • I have been to Paris a couple of times but never done a boat cruise. Chris wants to take me soon so I’ll tell him we have to try it!

  • I did the Seine river cruise when I went earlier this year as it was something I’d never done, and you’re right seeing it from another angle is so pretty x

  • I would love a trip like this. I just adore boat trips; everything looks so different from a water perspective.

  • It’s so nice to revisit special trips without having to get on a plane, which is the toughest part of most trips. We rented an apartment last trip, as we stayed for 10 days & went to a wonderful wedding … so special in Paris.

  • Lyndsey O’Halloran

    I love Paris! I can’t wait to go back, hopefully next year.

  • Paris is one of the cities on my bucket list, such a beautiful city.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    It does look great there. I think a visit there is long over due but I’d probably combine it with a trip to Disneyland Paris as I would then keep my inner child happy too.

  • AdventureDawgs

    I love that you advise us to get off the beaten path and view a place from a different perspective! I think so far out of the box, I don’t even have one. It looks like you do too. Beautiful photography and thanks for the awesome idea of seeing Paris by boat. Safe & Happy Travel – Cheryl

  • I have never been to Paris but I have explored cities crossed by rivers before and from a boat, the perspective over the architecture changes. I would always recommend seeing a city both on foot and by boat.

  • Roger Willis

    I’ve been to Paris twice, back in the 90’s, when I was stationed in Germany in the Army. Never saw the city via Seine River. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful city! Commenting for Ladonna @momblogsociety.com

  • tara pittman

    Paris is a place that I need to visit. It sounds like a great romantic city.

  • Becca Talbot

    I have done a bike tour of Paris along the Seine, it was a fantastic trip! I’d love to take a boat along the river though x

  • I’ve been on a bike in Paris, metro, taxis and walked, but never seen it from a boat. What a great new perspective 🙂

  • I haven’t been to Paris in what feels like EONS but I have definitely taken on the city via boat before! #worthit!

  • Love to visit and explore Paris too. Great place to be!

  • I love Paris! It sounds like a great way to get another view.

  • Healthy & Psyched

    How lovely. I think seeing something from a new angle makes you notice so much more.

  • Robin Rue

    That sounds like an incredible experience. I have always wanted to go to Paris.

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    Looks like you had a good time. I’ve havent been to Paris in years

  • Oh my what a lovely way to see Paris, we went a couple of years ago, only over night though which definitely was no long enough and did a bus trip, but I think a boat trip would be such a wonderful way to view the city.