If you’re short on time while in the city, then hopping on a river boat cruise in Paris along the La Seine river might be your best bet to see a variety of popular sights in under an hour. There are many boat cruises/tours you can take that leave every 30 or so minutes, so there is no need to worry about booking in advance. We didn’t really do any research prior to choosing a particular tour company; we just stumbled upon one and figured, “why not?”.
The company was called Vedettes du Pont Neuf and they charged 10 € for a one hour cruise along the river. If you go on a clear day, the cruise is definitely worth the price. You can sit outside, either on the top deck or the front of the boat, and take in the sights on either side of you. Unfortunately, when we went on the cruise the weather did a complete 180° just five minutes after we left the dock.
The sky abruptly turned from crystal clear to grey and brought along a horrible bout of rain for about 30 minutes. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed since we had to then make our way to the inside of the boat and I couldn’t get any decent photos during that time. Thankfully, however, the rain eventually stopped and the sun decided to show itself again. We were then able to go back outside on the boat and see the rest of the sights with a clear blue sky in the background.
The cruise passes by the Louvre, Concorde Square, Alexandre III Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Orsay Museum, Notre Dame, City Hall, and Pont-Neuf. You’ll also go under Pont Marie Bridge (also know as Lovers’ Bride), so pucker your lips and get ready to smooch or be smooched by the person next to you!
So what are you waiting for? Go get on that river boat cruise in Paris and see all those incredibly breathtaking sights along the La Seine!