Sightseeing in Paris, by land and water

Over time I have read some folks claiming to want to be in Paris with limited time, sometimes even in between correspondance at the airports. Even thus I do not agree this is the best way to see the city, sometimes time and money comes into play. So if you are in Paris or near and want to take a quick look at the city general overview to perhaps get into the feeling to see more in depth later (believe me you will ::)) than do these suggestions.

Bateaux Parisiens are an institution in Paris (over 40 years),my first taste ever with the Seine river back in 1972 (as in Paris1972); It has been my favorite always. Day or night cruises, Lunch or Dinner, Enchanted cruises for children, romantic cruises for all.YOu get at Port de la Bourdannais just off the Eiffel tower on the river Seine down the stairs to your right. Site in English here

The perennials on the block or how river cruising was started by the Bateaux Mouches (over 60 years) ,lunch and dinner cruises, night and day cruises, you get on board at Port de la Conférence, Pont de l’Alma. Site in English here

The old fashion way of navigating the rivers anywhere, the Canal Saint Martin experts Canauxrama, 2;5 hrs of cruise into parc de la Villette, full day cruise to guinguette country (french country music), you get it at port de l’Arsenal at the bassin de la Villette, 13 quai de la Loire. Site in English here

the ride on the bridges of Paris by the Vedettes du Pont Neuf, at the square du vert galant near pont neuf of course. Site in English here

Batobus is a noble concept of taxi on the river, you can get on and off all along its route per day. 8 stops on the Seine river to discover Paris. Take at port de la Bourdannais near Eiffel tower on the river. Site in English here

Paris Canal, is a newer concept to take you beyond the city into the river Marne, and Canal de l’Ourcq, as well as Canal St Denis, etc, you can on it at bassin de la Villette ,19 quai de la Loire, or quai Anatole France just next to musée d’Orsay boat ramp, or inside the parc de la Villette in front of the folies des visites du parc. Site in English is pending, questions ask me ,

Vedettes de Paris , take it at the port de Suffren, near Eiffel tower once go down on the river stairs to your left. Its a ride under the bridges of Paris on the Seine, very nice indeed. You have it for children, night, etc.  site in English here

Cityrama is a world known brand of bus tours in cities, no exception in Paris you get excursions and transfer between airport and hotel as well as shopping to La Vallée Outlet Shopping Store. It can take you to other places in France too. At 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001 .Site here in English

Easy Dream, offer tours of Paris, Normandy, Loire, wine tours etc going on for a long time, reliable, site in English here

Euroscope, bus tours in minibuses with professional guides with pickup and return at your hotel,transfers to hotel/train/airport stations. at 27 rue Taitbout, 75009. Site in English here

France Tourisme, visit Paris main monuments, diner cruise on the Seine, or Eiffel towers restos ,also booking for cabarets such as Lido and Moulin Rouge. One stop shopping. Also, tours all over France . Its at Quai des Grands Augustins 75006, site in English here

Paris Authentic, a special way to see Paris in a 2CV car Citroën with chauffeur or driver. Many wonderful surprising places to go. You will be pickup at your hotel or train station in Paris for the ride, enjoy it ,its unique! Site in English

Paris Vision, city tours and also of Loire Castles, Mont Saint Michel, champagne area included with driver, guide tickets, lunch many choices, and centrally located office at 214 rue de Rivoli 75001. Site in English at

Les Cars Rouges, tourist coach/bus  service  for visiting Paris in English or Spanish. The original tour in double decker buses.  main office at 17 quai de Grenelle 75015. Site in English at

These have been over the years my favorites and some new ones added on lately like Easy Dream and Paris Authentic. You will enjoy your visit to Paris and or France with any of them. Cheers !


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