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How is the weather in Paris in November?

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Paris November weatherThis post is about the weather in Paris in November. Let Free Tours by Foot help you pack for your trip!

What is the Weather in Paris in November?

The month of November in Paris will see mostly fall-like weather becoming more winter-like as the month draws to an end. November also tends to be a bit on the wet side as well with about 15 days seeing some rainfall. 

Early November, however, still offers colorful fall foliage in the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, the city’s wildest, hilliest park or perhaps you may wish to visit the Bastille Antiques Fair later this month.

Early this month, the afternoon high temperatures are in the mid-50s f (12-13C) with early morning lows mostly in the low to mid 40s f (6-7C).  On a few of the warmer afternoons, the temperatures may reach up into the low to mid 60s f (17-18C).   As the month progresses, the afternoon highs will fall into the mid to upper 40s f (8-9C) with morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 30s f (2-3C) with a few colder mornings dipping down into the upper 20S f (-2 to -3C).

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About 17-18 days in November will be cloudy or mostly cloudy while sunny or partly sunny conditions prevail on about 12-13 days.  Some rainfall is likely on about 15 days while the risk for snow this month remains very low, reaching only 5% near the end of the month.  During November the daylight is dwindling from just under 10 hours early in the month to about 8.5 hours near the end of the month.

What to wear in Paris during November

It is always a good idea to pack at least 2 pairs of comfortable walking shoes and given the tendency for wet weather, an umbrella and/or some waterproof gear like a trench coast or windbreaker. In addition you will need a couple of sweaters and at least a medium-weight jacket or coat.

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Best Food Tours in Paris

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France has some of the best cuisine in the world, so it’s no surprise that food tours are very popular. This post compares food tours in a variety of neighborhoods such as the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and the area along the Seine. We also examine some of the most popular dessert tours in the city, as well as wine tour and food & bike tours. Don’t leave the city without familiarizing yourself with Parisian cuisine, and there’s no better way to do that than with a food tour!


Tours on the Seine

Tours of the Latin Quarter

Tours of Montmartre


Dessert Tours

Dessert tours are very popular in Paris thanks to the wide variety of pastry and chocolate shops around the city. There are many different companies that offer dessert tours, but our two favorites are Meeting the French and Voyages. Prices range from €60-€90 and each run for approximately 3 hours in the afternoon. Reviews for all are excellent, so there’s really no going wrong! 


Meeting the French

Meeting the French offer a handful of dessert tours including Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour, Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour, and another which is included on our Tours On the Seine post. The Paris Pure Chocolate Tour visits the area along the Right Bank and teaches you all about chocolate making and cocoa beans. The Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour explores the Le Marais neighborhood and stops by several delicious bakeries, in addition to an ice cream parlor and spice shop. Both tours are 3 hours and very highly rated. Tastings included in the price. 

  • Paris Pure Chocolate Walking Tour
  • Le Marais: Pastry and Chocolate Food Tour

Reviews of Meeting the French

Meeting the French have an excellent reputation with all of their tours (read the reviews) and maintain a 5 star rating on TripAdvisor. Guests are especially complimentary of the guides, who are all described as kind and knowledgeable. Many reviewers are also impressed with the breadth of information provided in the chocolate tour, which goes into a lot of detail about how chocolate is made. 

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Banks of the Seine: Intro to Paris Tours

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This post is a review and comparison of the various tours that visit the area along the River Seine and act as a solid introduction to the city of Paris. Popular attractions include the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre, amongst many other significant sights.  Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a food tour, or even a bike tour, all are available on the banks of the Seine. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 


Guided Walking Tours

Boat Tours

Bike Tours

Food Tours


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Versailles Tickets and Tours

Versailles Tickets and Tours

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This is a comprehensive guide that details everything you need to know about visiting Versailles. We provide tips regarding how to get there and which tickets to buy, as well as a comparison of the various tour companies that visit the Palace grounds and surrounding area.  We also offer a self-guided tour with videos to help you understand what you will see at this wonderful attraction.  With so many different companies to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is the best. We’ve broken all of the different types of tours down by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you!


Know Before You Go

Buying Tickets

Getting There

Versailles Bike Tours


KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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Tours and Things to Do In Paris’ Latin Quarter

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This post is a review and comparison of the various tours and things to do in the Latin Quarter in Paris.  The former epicenter of bohemian Paris, the Latin Quarter is one of the most popular destinations for visitors from around the world. Popular attractions include the Luxembourg Gardens, the Sorbonne and the Panthéon, amongst several other highlights.  Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a specialty tour, a food tour, or even a bus tour, all are available in the Latin Quarter. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 


Guided Walking Tours

Things to See

Bike Tours


 

 

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Tours of Montmartre in Paris

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This is a comparison of the various tours of Montmartre. Whether you prefer a traditional walking tour, a specialty tour, a food tour, or even a bus tour, all are available in the district of Montmartre. The neighborhood is a popular destination for visitors from around the world who are eager to follow in the footsteps of artistic legends such as Dali, Degas, and Hemingway, among several others. The Moulin Rouge and Sacre Coeur Cathedral are especially famous attractions frequented by many different tour groups. However, with so many tour companies operating in the area, it can be difficult to decide which company is best. So that’s where we come in! We’ve broken down all of the different types of tours by category and then compared them by quality and price, so that you can find what’s right for you! 

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Paris bus tours

Pariser Bustouren im Vergleich: Welche ist die beste?

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Eiffelturm, Louvre, Notre Dame – die Hauptstadt Frankreichs hat eine Menge eindrücklicher Sehenswürdigkeiten zu bieten. Als Besucher hat man die Qual der Wahl und fragt sich wahrscheinlich: wie, was, wann, wo? Plant man eine Reihe an Attraktionen zu besichtigen, dann bietet sich eine Bustour dafür an. Ob man auf der Suche nach einer Rundfahrt mit Reiseführer ist, oder lieber an verschiedenen Haltestellen ein- und aussteigt, es gibt für jeden das richtige Angebot. Wir haben daher für Sie die wichtigsten Anbieter und Optionen zusammengestellt. Im Folgenden finden Sie mehr Informationen zu den verschiedenen Arten von Bustouren und wichtige Details zu Angebot und Preis.

Hop-On, Hop-Off Bustouren

Nachtbustouren

Touristenpässe mit Free Bus Tours

 


HOP-ON, HOP OFF BUSTOUREN IN PARIS

Nachdem man die Straßen und Gassen von Paris zu Fuß erkundigt hat, kann man sein weiteres Sightseeing bequem mit einer hop-on, hop-off Bustour weiterführen. Dabei bekommt man viel zu sehen, darf die Füße hochlegen und hat Spaß mit der ganzen Familie. Bei den meisten Anbietern wird einem dabei über Audioführungen in verschiedenen Sprachen etwas über die Stadt erzählt und es gibt zusätzliche Angebote wie Bootstouren oder geführte Touren zu Fuß. Read more »

Best Paris Segway Tours

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This post compares the best Segway tours in Paris. The City of Light is one of the most walkable, pedestrian-friendly cities in the world. Yet touring all of Paris by foot can be a challenge. You can cover more sites by Segway than you can on foot, and you can experience more sights, smells, and sounds of Paris than you could by busy. We’ve scoured the reviews of Paris’s top Segway companies on TripAdvisor to find out which tours are most popular with riders. Most riders ranked their tours in regards to customer service, safety, guide knowledge, guide enthusiasm, tour value, and group size.

Why Should You Take a Segway Tour?

  • Most tours are reasonably priced
  • You can cover more ground on a Segway
  • Segways are very safe and easy to ride
  • Segways are a hit with kids and teens

Want to see more of Paris in less time but don’t want to ride a Segway? Check out our reviews of Paris bus tours here and Paris bike tours here.


Paris Original Tours

Paris Original Tours offer both Segway and bike tours of the city. If your looking for a more intimate tour experience, then pay an extra €5 to join a group of 1-5 people. Those who don’t mind a larger group can save €5 by opting for their 6-18 person group. The price for both includes Segway, helmet, and training. Raincoats are not included but can be purchased for €1. The minimum age to ride is 13 years old. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Paris Originals does not recommend pregnant women ride.

Availability: 10:30 AM, Daily

Cost: €50-€55 per person

Reviews: Reviewers described guides as, “really patient, active, and informed.” Many reviewers also mentioned that the guides consider the guests’ safety and took extra efforts to help Segway newbies. Guests also used the words, “good value,” to describe the tour. A few people mentioned they even offered guests gloves on a particularly cold day. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. In fact, they’ve only received one “negative” review ever! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


Go Go Tours

Go Go Tours is a popular company that specializes in Segway tours around Paris. They offer a range of private tour options, as well as 2 daily group tours and 1 nightly group tour. The daily group tours depart at 11am and 3pm, as well as 8:30pm. Their group tour routes features all the major sites such as The National Residence of the Invalides, Mussée d’Orsay, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and many more. 

Availability: 

  • Private Silver Tour (45 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Private Golden Tour (90 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Private Diamond Tour (180 minutes) – Open availability; minimum 2 guests to book
  • Group Tour (180 minutes) – Daily, 11:00 and 15:00
  • Private Night Tour (90 minutes) – Nightly, 20:30 – 22:00
  • Group Night Tour (90 minutes) – Nightly, 20:30 – 22:00

Cost: 

  • Private Silver Tour (45 minutes) – €40
  • Private Golden Tour (90 minutes) – €75
  • Private Diamond Tour (180 minutes) – €80
  • Group Tour (180 minutes) – €49
  • Private Night Tour (90 minutes) – €80
  • Group Night Tour (90 minutes) – €49

Reviews: One reviewer mentioned she loved that she could whiz around Paris while taking in all the sights and smells she wouldn’t have noticed from a bus. Several guests mentioned the route specifically and that it was very rider friendly; traffic and other obstacles were never a problem. Many guests lauded their guides, stating that they were very knowledgeable and clearly love their jobs. Guides often went above and beyond for guests, assisting with currency exchange and offering great photo ops. This tour was especially popular with teens and kids. The one common critique was that the guides are not all locals of Paris–which is common for many Europe sightseeing companies. If you want a guaranteed local, check out one of the other companies on the list. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


The Green Way

Established in 2013, The Green Way leads Segway tours in both English and French. This company offers a variety of different tours, all of which tend to be in the mid-price range. The biggest difference with this company is that the tours are customizable, allowing you to determine exactly where and when the tour starts. This tends to be a popular choice with small groups or families who are looking for a more intimate tour experience. 

Availability: All tours run daily. Customers can customize start times of each tour.

Cost: 

  • Discovery: Vincennes or Saint-Maur – 25 €
  • Monuments of Paris (Long version) – 40 €
  • Paris by Night – 50 €
  • Bois de Vincennes – 38 €
  • The Tour of the Lakes (Vincennes Long Version) – 50 €
  • The banks of Marne (Guinguettes or Saint-Maur) – 38 €

Reviews: The Green Way offers private and small-group tours at the price most companies charge for large group tours. Tours run daily, and you can choose the start time of your tour depending on your schedule. Riders loved the freedom the Segways offered and mentioned that it made them feel as though they had superpowers, able to see the entire city in less time. They loved seeing all the iconic sites as well as getting off the beaten path. One reviewer even mentioned that spending three hours with her guide was more like spending three hours with a friend. Reviewers also mentioned that guides made them feel safe, were very professional, and spoke impeccable English. This company has never received a negative TripAdvisor review! TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


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Logic Way Segway Tours

Logic Way Segway Tours offer 3 different types of daily Segway tours, as well as private tours available for booking. The 2 daytime tours are 1.5 hour and 2.5 hours, respectively. The latter tour sees all the sites featured in the 1.5 hour tour, in addition to Invalides, Napoleon’s Tomb, Ecole Militaire, and others. They also have a 2.5 hour nighttime tour, which covers the same sites as their 2.5 hour day tour. And don’t worry if you’ve never been on a Segway before! All their tours begin with a 30 minute lesson on how to ride a Segway. 

Availability: 

  • 1.5 Hour Paris Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily November 1st to March 31
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Night Tour – 6:30 PM, Daily

Cost: 

  • 1.5 Hour Paris Tour – €35 – €38
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Tour – €45 – €50
  • 2.5 Hour Paris Night Tour – €50 – €55

 

Reviews: Guests spoke very passionately about their experiences with Logic Way Segway Tours. Several TA reviewers mentioned that the guides were excellent at teaching Segway riders of all levels. They also noted that they felt the tours ran at a very reasonable price. One reviewer mentioned that they felt the company was sympathetic to their change in travel plans and loved that the smaller company treated them better than the larger companies had. Many reviewers also mentioned these tours were great for both teens and kids. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. Logic Way does not ask for payment in advance. Customers can pay the day of the tour by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX card and cash. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars


Experience Paris – Segway Tours

Experience Paris offer 2 different Segway tours, in addition to their several other tours of the City of Light. At €69 per person, these tours are slightly more expensive than some of the others run by different companies. Regardless, customers seem very satisfied with their experience. 

Availability: 

  • Great Monuments Day Tour – 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM, Daily
  • River Route Night Tour – 7:30 PM, Nightly except Sunday, 1 Mar – 30 Oct; 6:00 PM, Nightly except Sunday, 1 Nov- 28 February

Cost: 

  • Great Monuments Day Tour – 69€
  • River Route Night Tour – 69€

Reviews: Experience Paris has been around for five years but doesn’t have a huge presence on TripAdvisor; yet, they still made the top-10 list. Guests loved the sites they toured and the friendly demeanor of the guides. They also found the Segways easy to ride and very safe. This company has not received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars

 


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Best Paris Bike Tours

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This post compares the various bike tours available in Paris. Touring the City of Light by bike is a magical way to see the city. You can explore more of the French capital by bike than by foot and check off your must-see list faster! The land here is also extremely flat, so even novice bikers can sit back and enjoy the scenery without too much trouble.

There are so many different options that it can be difficult to pick the right tour for you. With that in mind, we’ve decided to make the research a lot easier by providing all the information you’ll need in just one spot. After all, your experience on a Paris bike tour will depend upon not only the quality of the company you choose, but also the type of tour you will take.

Paris Overview Tours

Versailles Tours

Champagne Tour

 


 
Most of these bike tours will cost between 30€-40€ each. A bike rental is included with pretty much every service, so you won’t need to provide your own set of wheels. Expect to spend at least 3-4 hours seeing the most significant sites in Paris on any one ride. Most excursions are offered daily, but others have somewhat limited availability. Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time in order to avoid scheduling conflicts.


 
INTRODUCTION TO PARIS TOURS

This is the perfect option for anyone who wants to see all of the most important landmarks in Paris. Over the course of 3-4 hours, you’ll discover a wide variety of historically significant locations in the City of Light. The cost of a ticket for these tours are fairly reasonable, with most hovering around the 30€ price range. Each bike tour company is very well rated, indicating that their service is quite reliable.


Blue Fox Travel Tours

Blue Fox Travel Tours is a family-run bike tour company which accommodates guests all over Paris. During this 4 hour bike ride, you’ll see sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, The Louvre, Champs-Elysées and more. A professional tour guide will point out important details and provide a plethora of information about each location on your journey. Bike and helmet are provided for each trip. They promise small groups and excellent customer service, as well as local tour guides.   See their full selection of Paris tours.

Best of Paris Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Daily at 10:30 AM | May–Oct at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers enjoyed the pace of these tours and felt they were appropriate for both novice and seasoned riders. Guests suggested that their guides made the tours fun and full of life even in the rain, noting that they provided free ponchos. Many visitors commented that the bikes were comfortable and in good condition, ensuring a safe and entertaining ride. Couples and families were the most likely audience to leave a positive review.  This tour averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Bike About Tours

This company prides themselves on covering some of the less touristy places in Paris. That being said, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit popular landmarks while on this bike ride. Clocking in at a total of 3 ½ hours, this trip provides a fairly unique experience at least once a day. The pricing is comparable to similar services, and each tour includes a bike rental and helmet for safety purposes. Lunch breaks are taken at a wonderful local bakery in the Latin Quarter.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

The Parisian Day Bike Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students | €15 for Children under 4
  • Availability: Daily at 10 AM Mar–Nov | Daily at 10 AM and 3:00 PM May–Oct
  • Also Available Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat in February
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers mentioned that the guides provided plenty of historical analysis on the tour along with modern-day information about Paris. Guests also noted that the trip was good for both those who don’t ride all the time and more seasoned riders. A few customers were pleased that Bike About was even able to accept late comers. Some reviews indicated that group sizes were kept relatively low (15 and under) compared to other bike companies in the area. Most of the company’s negative reviews revolved around late starts or confusion with the office, but guests who left these comments still gave praise to their excellent tour guides. Couples and families were the most likely to appreciate this bike ride.  This tour also averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Fat Tire Tours Paris

Fat Tire Tours is another popular bike tour company that offers tours in a variety of European cities, including Paris. Much like their competitors, they also provide a 3 ½ hour tour of the city, taking you to several significant sites along the way. Ticket prices are very reasonable and similar to what you’ll find from other bike tours in the area. Bike and helmet rental are included for free, and you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch. Operating in 3 other cities as well, Fat Tire Tours have a global reputation for offering fun and informative cycle tours.   See their full selection of Paris tours.

Paris Day Bike Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 34€ for Adults | 32€ for Children/Students | Children 3 and under ride FREE
  • Availability: Daily at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 ½ hours
  • Lunch break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Guests loved the broad overviews of history on this tour, coupled with plenty of specific and informative facts that didn’t make them feel overwhelmed. Many customers mentioned that they felt very safe with their informative and helpful tour guides. Reviewers also noted that guides gave plenty of attention to each individual guest. One visitor even noted that their guide offered his jacket to a cold customer and encouraged him to keep it as a remainder of their experience. Most of the negative reviews revolved around the traffic in Paris; some guests were uncomfortable riding bikes during rush hour, even though a majority of reviewers were impressed with the high safety standards of the company. Just like their competition, these tours were most popular among couples and families.  This tour also averages a 5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (see some of the reviews).

 


Paris Bike Tour

Although their Paris overview tour isn’t the main attraction they offer, it is a highly rated experience. For a total of 3 hours, you’ll ride around the city and learn all about its most wonderful sites and landmarks. This trip includes stops at locations such as the Victor Hugo house, The Royal Palace and The Louvre. Although the price of food and drink are not included, there will be scheduled stops for snack breaks. Ticket costs are quite affordable, and bike rental/helmet are provided with every bike tour.

Paris Eternal Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 34€ for Adults | 29€ for Youth
  • Availability: Tue/Thur/Fri/Sat at 2:30 PM from Apr-Oct | Fri/Sat at 2:30 PM from Nov – Mar
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Snack break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Reviewers loved that the Paris Bike Tour guides were especially skilled in keeping everyone’s attention while entertaining them with facts about Paris history. Guests mentioned that they were able to see parts of Paris they wouldn’t be able to see on their own. Many visitors also noted that they appreciated being able to see the major sites while discovering hidden secrets as well. Many guests were pleased to find that the bikes were in great condition much nicer than they had expected to see on a bike tour. This company hasn’t received enough negative reviews to make a concise critique. This excursion was especially well rated by couples and guests who brought a friend along for the ride.  Paris Bike Tour has an over rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor and Viator (see some of the reviews), a slightly worse review profile compared to the competitors, but still excellent.

 


Holland Bikes

Much like their competitors, this company offers a fairly good overview of all the highlights you will find in Paris. With a total duration of 3 hours, you’ll have plenty of time to see sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Champs de Mars, and of course the Eiffel Tower. The cost of this bike tour is on par with all of the other services mentioned above. Food and drink are not included, so you might want to bring a snack along for the ride. Tour guides offer commentary in Dutch, English, French and German. See their full selection of Paris tours.

Paris Highlights Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 29€ for Adults | 22€ for Youth
  • 27€ per person for groups of more than 15 guests
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 10:15 AM and 3 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Snack break included
  • Bike and helmet included

Holland Bikes has received mostly positive reviews for their tours. Several customers were very happy with their tour guides, taking the time to thank them for the information they provided. Some guests felt that this was a great way to learn about the history of Paris while becoming accustomed to the streets with a more hands on experience in the city. The few negative comments offered by visitors indicated scheduling conflicts which were not a common experience. That being said, we recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to avoid these types of problems. Families, couples and friends were the most likely groups to appreciate this trip. Holland Bikes averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on both TripAdvisor as well as Get Your Guide (read some of the reviews). 

 


Like a Local in Paris

This is a small company that specializes in connecting local Parisians with tourists who want to learn more about French culture. Tickets are a bit more pricey than other services, but you’ll also be experiencing a different side of the city in much smaller group sizes. During this 3 hour bike tour, you’ll see the most substantial sites in Paris. At the end of this journey, your tour guide will provide a round of free drinks! Although bike rental is not included, it is fairly affordable and lasts for a full 24 hours.

Paris Highlights Tour

  • Ticket Prices: 53€ per person
  • Availability: Daily
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Max Group Size: 6
  • Bike and helmet require $2 rental fee
  • Free drink at the end of your tour

Guests mentioned that this company offered tours that were catered to each guest’s needs and provided a personalized touch. Several customers were very impressed with the attention to safety that each guide presented. Many reviewers loved the practical tips that each guide provided regarding the city. They especially appreciated the advice on how to avoid tourist traps and where to charge their cell phones in a pinch. Couples and solo riders overwhelmingly gave Like a Local great reviews, while families were a close third. TripAdvisor Rating: 5 stars.

 


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NIGHT PARIS BIKE TOURS

Seeing Paris during the day can be a wonderful experience, but they don’t call it the City of Light for nothing! When the sun goes down, several of the most beautiful landmarks in this city begin to light up. Although ticket prices are typically a little more expensive for these bike tours, some services are also coupled with a cruise along the Seine. Each tour typically runs for at least 4 hours, giving you plenty of time to see the sights as the lights turn on at night. These options are offered almost every day from spring–fall.
 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

In addition to their standard overview tour, this company also provides an evening trip through Paris. Over the course of 4 hours, you’ll see a variety of significant sites as the sun sets. All night tours include a reflector vest for safety and optional gloves/scarves for cold weather. Once the bike ride is through, you’ll finish the night off with a cruise on the Seine.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 39€ for Adults | 35€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Nightly at 7:30 PM from Apr–Oct
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Seine cruise included
  • Bike/Helmet/Safety Vest included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

Just like their competition, this company also offers a trip through the streets of Paris at night. This excursion clocks in at 4 ½ hours, giving you plenty of time to see most of the important and historically significant landmarks in the city. After the bike ride, enjoy a complementary glass of wine as you drift along the Seine. While on your bike tour, you’ll also make a stop at a classic ice cream parlor for a sweet treat! See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 44€ for Adults | 42€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Nightly at 6:30 PM from Apr-Oct
  • Duration: 4 ½ hours
  • Seine Cruise included
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Complementary wine included
  • Ice Cream not included in ticket price

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Holland Bikes 

If you’re not interested in an additional cruise, this will probably be your best bet for an evening bike tour in Paris. During this 3 hour bike ride, you’ll experience incredible sights such as the Opera, the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower. Tour guides will provide commentary in Dutch, English, French or German. Discover how this city changes after dark on this memorable bike ride. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ per person
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 8:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Snacks and cruise not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


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VERSAILLES BIKE TOURS

Paris isn’t the only beautiful location in France. About an hour outside of the city, you’ll find Versailles tucked away in a gorgeous location. Surrounded by sites such as the Marie Antoinette’s private farm and village, the farmer’s market, and the incredible grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Bike tours to this area typically last all day, giving you plenty of time to explore and see all of the important landmarks. Ticket costs are definitely more expensive, but considering the length of the trip, they are quite reasonable. Availability for these excursions is typically a bit more limited, so you might want to consider making reservations ahead of time.

 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

Over the course of 8 hours, you’ll get the chance to see a variety of wonderful locations in and around Versailles. After you start the day by getting a bite to eat at the farmer’s market, your tour guide will take you around the area and explain the historical significance behind a variety of notable sites. This bike tour includes skip-the-line entrance to the Palace of Versailles.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 95€ for Adults | 79€ for Youth/Museum Pass holders
  • Availability: Daily at 9 AM from Mar-Nov
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Train ticket to Versailles included
  • Palace tickets, Trianon tickets and Marie Antoinette tickets included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Bike About Tours 

Much like their competitors, this company also offers an 8 hour excursion to Versailles. This trip includes access to the Palace of Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors, the Royal Apartments and the Royal Chapel. While on your journey, you’ll stop off at the farmer’s market so you can grab a bite to eat. A professional tour guide will provide plenty of information about the area, explaining why this location is so important to the history of France.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 90€ for Adults | 70€ for Youth/Museum Pass holders
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 9 AM from Apr-Oct
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip train ticket to Versailles included
  • Tickets to Palace/Trianons included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

When it comes to bike tours in Paris, you should expect to see this name quite frequently. In addition to their other services, they also provide this lovely trip to Versailles. Much like their competitors, they offer an 8 hour day trip which covers most of the same ground you’ll encounter on other tours. This excursion includes round trip tickets to the area and skip-the-line access at the Palace of Versailles. Tickets are a bit more expensive, but reviews for this bike ride are excellent. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 99€ per person
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 9 AM from spring-fall
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip train ticket included
  • Skip-the-line tickets included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


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ALTERNATIVE PARIS BIKE TOURS

Needless to say, there far more to see in the City of Lights than what you’ll find on a typical overview tour. Discover the hidden areas of Paris with the help of a local guide who knows about all of the best secret spots. Go off the beaten path and uncover the sites that most tourists never get to see! These bike tours usually run for about 3-4 hours, giving you a lot of time to experience the city like a Parisian. Ticket prices are fairly reasonable, falling in line with most of the overview tours.
 


 


Blue Fox Travel 

On this bike ride, you’ll experience Paris the way a local would see it as a guide points out a lot of details you might otherwise miss on a typical overview tour. Group sizes are limited to just 12 guests, which allows you to receive more personalized attention from your tour guide. Discover neighborhoods like St. Germain, Le Marais, and Mouffetard on this 4 hour journey through the city. Rain gear and warm clothing is available for inclement weather.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 35€ for Adults | 30€ for Children/Students
  • Availability: Daily at 10 AM
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Rain gear and warm clothing available

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Holland Bikes 

Take a trip off the beaten path and discover a side of Paris that most visitors never get to experience. Avoid the typical tourist hot spots and see some of the sites that you might miss on other bike tours. The locations you will visit are kept secret, making the journey even more exciting. This bike ride clocks in at 3 hours in length, giving you plenty of time to explore the back streets of the city. Although refreshments are not provided, you will have the opportunity to stop for a break and get a bite to eat.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 32€ for Adults | 24€ for Youth
  • 30€ per person in groups of 15 people or more
  • Availability: Tue-Sun at 10:15 AM and 3 PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Snack break included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Fat Tire Tours 

If you want to see more than just Paris or Versailles, this company offers an excellent alternative. One of the most beautiful locations in all of France is Claude Monet’s Garden, and Fat Tire provides a full day trip to the grounds. While there, you will explore the gardens and see other notable sites around Giverny. Learn all about the history of this area as you experience a less traveled side of the French countryside. See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 99€ per person
  • Availability: Wednesday and Saturday at 10 AM from Apr-May/Aug-Oct
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 10 AM from Jun-Jul
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Bike and helmet included
  • Round trip ticket to Giverny included
  • Entrance to Monet’s Garden/House included
  • Food and drink not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Bike About Tours 

This company offers yet another alternative to the typical tour of Paris. Their day trip to the Champagne region is definitely an interesting experience. While in the area, you’ll have the opportunity to ride around the vineyards and villages of Champagne on an e-Bike. Needless to say, you will have the chance to taste some of the fine wines crafted in this location. Tickets are a little more expensive than usual, but considering you’ll enjoy an e-bike rental and wine tastings, it’s definitely worth the added cost.  See their full selection of Paris tours.

  • Ticket Prices: 150€ per person
  • Availability: Monday Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 AM from Apr-May/Aug-Oct
  • Also offered on Saturdays from Jun-Jul
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • E-bike and helmet included
  • Round trip tickets to Champagne included
  • Wine tasting and tours included
  • Cost of lunch not included

Read some of the reviews or to order.

 


Like a Local in Paris

In addition to their overview of Paris, this company also offers both an alternative biking tour and a food tour on bike. On the bike and bite ride, you’ll discover some of the finest eating establishments in the city while learning some of the delicious history of authentic French food. Their hidden charms tour will take you down some of the less traveled roads, giving you a look at some of the oft forgotten sites and landmarks in the area. Each adventure requires a small fee for bike rentals.

 


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COMBO PACKAGES AND DEALS

Some of the bike tour companies we have listed above actually offer discounts on their services. In most cases, the discount is applied when and if you choose to purchase tickets for more than one tour. That being said, you may also be able to find some pretty good deals with one of the many discount passes available. For more information on those services, make sure to visit our comparison of Paris tourist passes.

 


Fat Tire Tours – If you want to take both their day and night bike tours, you can actually save €12 on both trips by purchasing your tickets at the same time. Use promo code DAYNIGHTCOMBO at checkout in order to take advantage of this discount.

Blue Fox Travel – This combo package allows you to pick and choose the tours you want to take. All you have to do is purchase at least 2 tickets in order to get a discount on both. Your discount will increase depending upon how many bike tours you decide to join.

  • Save 10% on 2 tours
  • Save 12% on 3 tours
  • Save 14% on 4 tours
  • Save 16% on 5 tours

 


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Paris Boat Tours and Cruises

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This posts reviews and compares the best Paris boat tours and Seine River cruises, including architecture cruises, sightseeing tours, speed boats and water taxis.  There are many ways to see all that Paris has to offer, but some sights are best viewed on the water! We’ve compiled a detailed list of the best ways to see Paris by boat, including guided boat tours, water taxis, rental kayaks, and even sailboats with your own Captain! With so many options, there is something to fit everyone’s budget and taste.


Sightseeing Cruises

Lunch and Dinner Cruises

Night/Firework Cruises

 

 


SEINE RIVER SIGHTSEEING CRUISES

Sightseeing Cruises along the Seine are all approximately 1 hour and travel past several popular sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, amongst many others. Each features recorded audio commentary that is played on board the cruise and usually comes in several different languages. 

Each of the tours listed below are relatively similar in price, reputation, and cruise itinerary. In fact, the biggest difference between them is their departure point. Bateaux Parisiens has 2 different departure points (Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower), each of which is priced slightly differently. Bateaux Mouches, on the other hand, departs exclusively from Pont de L’Alma, which is near Champs-Elysees. Finally, Vedettes de Paris starts exclusively at the Eiffel Tower. 

Keep in mind that most of these tours run up until 9pm or pm (21:00 or 22:00) at night, making them both daytime and nighttime sightseeing tours. If you would prefer a nighttime dinner cruise, check out our Lunch & Dinner Cruises section. Alternatively, if you are interested in taking a night cruise on a special occasion, see our Night/Firework Cruises section.


Bateaux Parisiens 

Bateaux Parisiens offers 2 different types of sightseeing cruises, each with multiple departure times and/or locations. The first is a standard 1 hour cruise with commentary, departing from both the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. In addition to an individual audio guide that comes in 14 different languages, there is also an on-board hostess guide to answer any of your questions. Featured sites include the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, the Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, City Hall, the Conciergerie, the Louvre, the Obelisk, the Grand Palais, and more. If you want to combine this 1 hour sightseeing cruise with lunch at a nearby restaurant, you should check out our boat tour combination section. The other available option is the Enchanted Cruise with Entertainment, a 1 hour sightseeing and entertainment cruise that is hosted by 2 actors and targeted primarily towards families with young children. However, unfortunately, this tour is only available in French. 

Tickets:

Cruise with Commentary: 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM (10:30 – 21:30)  (click here for the night version)

  • Eiffel Tower Departure: Adults – €15; Children – €7 
  • Notre Dame Departure: Adults – €16; Children – €7.50
  • More information and to book.

Before you pay full price, please note that this tour is free with several Paris tourist discount passes as well as bus tour combinations.

Reviews

Bateaux Parisiens is one of the most popular cruise companies in Paris, as is made evident by their excellent rating on TripAdvisor, 4 out of 5 stars. Most guests seem to comment on the incredible value of the experience as just €15 gets you a 1 hour sightseeing cruise down the Seine. Though some were disappointed by the quality of the commentary, this can be easily improved by talking with the on-board hostess guides. And at just €15 per person, it’s hard to complain! 

 


Vedettes de Paris

Vedettes de Paris offers a wide range of boat cruises that run both in the daytime and evenings. They also have exclusive sightseeing tours, as well as lunch and dinner cruises. In this section, we discuss their Daytime Sighseeing Cruise, which can be supplemented with a add-ons such as a crepe or a glass of Champagne. Like most of the other companies listed, their sightseeing tour is approximately 1 hour and passes by major sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, and Notre Dame Cathedral, among many others. Your ticket is valid for the entire day, so you can choose which time you would like to take the cruise as long as the boat isn’t completely full. To learn more about their Night Cruise and/or Lunch and Dinner Cruises, check out the appropriate section. 

Availability: Multiple departure times each day. Changes by season. Check website for most up-to-date schedule.

Cost: 

  • Daytime Sightseeing Cruise: Adults – €14; Children – €6 (more info)
  • Daytime Sightseeing Cruise with a French crepe: Adults – €19; Children – €11 (more info)
  • Daytime Sightseeing Cruise with glass of Champagne: Adults – €19; Children – €11 (more info)
  • Daytime Sightseeing Cruise with a glass of wine: Adults – €19; Children – €11 (more info)

Reviews

Vendettes de Paris has an excellent reputation on TripAdvisor, averaging 4 out of 5 stars, with some guests referring to it as the best sightseeing cruise in Paris. Some guests were disappointed that the audio commentary did not play in the open-air top deck. However, many others seemed to appreciate that guests had the option to either listen to the commentary down below or enjoy the peaceful view from the river without ongoing commentary. 

 


Bateaux Mouches

Bateaux Mouches is another very popular boat tour company that runs daily sightseeing cruises along the Seine. At just €13.50 per adult, this is the most affordable sightseeing cruise featured on this list. As with the others, it is also approximately 1 hour and passes by all the major sites along the river. There is both an open top-deck, as well as a glass bottom deck so that you can enjoy the beautiful views wherever you are. Additionally, they also offer lunch and dinner cruises, among a few others, which are featured in the appropriate sections. 

Availability: Multiple departure times each day. Changes by season. Check website for most up-to-date schedule.

Cost: Adults – €13.50; Children – €6 (more info and to book)

Reviews

This company is also very popular with visitors, average 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, and is even described by some as “the highlight of my time” and “fantastic.” Though most seem to appreciate the guided commentary, others found that it quickly became repetitive because a description of each site was repeated in each of the 5 available languages. However, this is a common issue amongst tour companies that cater to a very international audience and one that does not seem to concern most visitors. 

 


Additional Tours

Paris City Vision (GrayLine) – Paris City Vision, which operates under GrayLine, specializes primarily in package deals that combine a boat cruise with other activities. They offer 1 daytime cruise that isn’t packaged with anything else, however that cruise is actually run by Bateaux Parisiens. 

Vedettes du Pont Neuf – Another cruise company offering a range of day and evening sightseeing tours. 

Green River Cruises – A smaller, but immensely popular cruise company in Paris. Free when purchased as part of the Paris Pass

 


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SEINE LUNCH AND DINNER CRUISES 

Lunch and dinner cruises are popular options for those interested in a more luxurious and leisurely experience. Both offer impressive views from the river, while allowing you to relax and enjoy a nice meal. As is always the case, lunch cruises are much less expensive than dinner cruises – making them an excellent alternative for the budget conscious traveler.

Of the tours listed below, Paris en Scene offers the most affordable dining experience. Vedettes de Paris is also very reasonably priced, though their dinner cruise is slightly more upscale (and completely worth the price!). Bateaux Parisians run the more expensive lunch and dinner cruises. However, the high quality of their food and service justifies the added cost. 

 


 


Vedettes de Paris

Vedettes de Paris offer a few different options for those looking to enjoy a meal while cruising down the Seine. The first is their Snacking Cruise, which is their most budget friendly option and features a sandwich or hotdog in addition to their standard Sightseeing Cruise. Alternatively, you can opt for their sit-down 3-course lunch. This is a slightly more expensive option, but still relatively affordable, especially as it also includes a glass of wine, a beer, or a soft drink. Lastly, you can choose to have a luxurious dining experience aboard their Dinner Cruise, which lasts 2 hours and features authentic French cuisine. 

Availability: 

  • Snacking Cruise: Departs daily. Changes by season. Check website for most up-to-date schedule.
  • Lunch Cruise: Departs daily. Changes by season. Check website for most up-to-date schedule.
  • Dinner Cruise: Departs nightly at 9:15pm (21:15)

Cost: 

  • Snacking Cruise: Adults – €21; Children – €13
  • Lunch Cruise: Adults – €32; Children – €12
  • Dinner Cruise: Adults – €90; Children – €35

Reviews

Vedettes de Paris’s lunch and dinner cruise options are seemingly just as popular as their standard sightseeing cruises, with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor. Most write that they found the food to be exceptional, especially for the price. However, those who didn’t enjoy the food as much suggest that guests bring their own pack lunches to eat on-board – a money saving tip that would be very easy to do! In general, though, guests compliment the experience for being very relaxing and enjoyable. 

 


Bateaux Parisiens 

Bateaux Parisiens run both lunch and dinner cruises on the Seine, in addition to their sightseeing cruises. For lunch, you can choose between a 2 hour cruise with a 3-course bistro style lunch OR a 1 hour cruise that is then followed or preceded by a 1 hour lunch at Bistro Parisien on the quay near the Eiffel Tower. There is only a $10 price difference between the two so your decision should really just come down to personal preference. Similarly, there are a few different options for the dinner cruise as well. Once again, you can opt for either a 2.5 hour dinner cruise OR a 1 hour night cruise that is then followed or preceded by a dinner at Bistro Parisien on the quay near the Eiffel Tower. Like with the 2 hour a lunch cruise, a range of upgrades are also available with the 2.5 hour dinner cruise. See their website for specific details about what’s on offer. 

Tickets:

Lunch Cruise – Departs daily at 12:15pm

  • Lunch Cruise (Etoile Service): Adults – €59; Children – €34
  • Lunch Cruise (Privilege Service): Adults – €77; Children – €34
  • Lunch Cruise (Premier Service): Adults – €89; Children – €34

Dinner Cruise – Departs nightly at 6:15pm, 8:30pm, and 9:00pm 

  • Dinner Cruise (6:15 pm): Adults – €69; Children – €34
  • Dinner Cruise (6:15 pm w/Window Table): Adults – €85; Children – €34
  • Dinner Cruise (8:30 pm Etoile Service): Adults – €99; Children – €34
  • Dinner Cruise (8:30 pm Decouverte Service) : Adults – €139; Children – €139
  • Dinner Cruise (8:30 pm Privilege Service) : Adults – €168; Children – €168
  • Dinner Cruise (8:30 pm Premier Service) : Adults – €205; Children – €205
  • Dinner Cruise (9:00 pm) : Adults – €69; Children – €34
  • Dinner Cruise (9:00 pm w/Window Table) : Adults – €85; Children – €34

Reviews

Though their TripAdvisor rating is representative of all their cruises (both sightseeing and restaurant), Bateaux Parisiens’s restaurant lunch and dinner cruises are particularly highly rated. Guests describe it as “magical” and a “5 star experience.” One even writes that though they are not usually a fan of dinner cruises, this one was incredible. Of course, some people found the food to be overpriced. However, for a dining experience in such a premium location, you must expect premium prices. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 

 


Paris en Scene

Paris en Scene specializes exclusively in brunch and dinner cruises along the Seine. Both start at only €39, making this one of the most affordable restaurant cruise options on this list. All are approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, and travel by all of the major sites and attractions in central Paris. Cruises depart from near the Eiffel Tower and then make their way down toward Notre Dame. If you’re looking for a more premium experience, easily upgrade by adding Champagne or getting exclusive seats. 

Availability: 

  • Brunch Cruises: Sundays at 12:30 pm & 2:45 pm 
  • Dinner Cruises: Daily at 6:00 pm, 7:45 pm, & 9:30 pm 

Cost: 

  • Dinner Cruise (3 courses): €39 
  • Wine Dinner Cruise (3 courses): €47
  • Champagne Dinner Cruise (3 course): €49
  • Brunch Cruise: €39 
  • Champagne Brunch Cruise: €49 

Reviews

Most reviewers seem really happy and impressed by the experience with Paris en Scene. The quality of the food receives high marks, as do the incredible views offered by the cruise. Some criticize the customer service, but just as many seem to praise it. A consistent complaint comes from guests who expected there to be recorded commentary playing throughout the trip. However, the company makes it clear that they are not a sightseeing tour and therefore choose not to disrupt the meal with a narrative tour. They do provide a small leaflet describing the various sites that the cruise goes past, though. TripAdvisor Rating: 3.5 stars. 

 


Additional Tours

Bateaux Mouches – This company also hosts lunch and dinner cruises, as well as special performance cruises. Prices are a bit higher, but they reflect the fine dining experience. 

Paris City Vision (GrayLine) – Paris City Vision offers a wide variety of lunch and dinner cruise combos such as a City Tour of Paris with Lunch on the Seine or VIP Dinner Cruise with Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off.

Capitaine Fracasse – Offers a range of dinner cruise options, including a special children’s menu. 

 


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NIGHT AND FIREWORK CRUSIES

Most of the cruise companies in Paris (and all the companies listed above) offer cruises along the Seine at nighttime. Most sightseeing cruises operate until well into the early evening, and, of course, all the companies running dinner cruises will inevitably be doing so at night as well. However, some companies offer specialty night cruises on holidays such as Valentines and New Years Eve, which take advantage of the city’s celebrations and promise guests a beautiful fireworks display. 

Vedettes de Paris is one of the only companies to include a full price list for these occasions on their website, though certainly many more also offer them. Unsurprisingly, prices are much, much higher on holidays. However, don’t worry if you can’t quite afford it or if you’re not in Paris on those days. There is an Eiffel Tower light show that happens for 5 minutes on every hour, which in itself is a pretty spectacular sight to see!


Vedettes de Paris

In addition to their regular sightseeing, brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises, Vedettes de Paris also offers cruises on special occasions. Keep in mind that seating is very limited and that it is best to make a reservation far in advance to guarantee a table during these popular times! 

  • New Year – Dinner Cruise and Party: €390.00
  • Saint-Valentine – Prestige Dinner: €115.00
  • Saint-Valentine – 6pm early bird Service: €90.00 
  • Valentine – Excellence Dinner: €170.00
  • 14th July Dinner Cruise in Paris: €175.00 
  • Mother’s day lunchtime cruise: €75.00 
  • Christmas menu – December 25: €90.00 

Reviews:  Though there aren’t any reviews that specifically describe their experience with Vedettes de Paris on a holiday, most of the reviews in general are very positive. Guests compliment the experience for being very relaxing and enjoyable. Service also seems to get high marks, which really says something as this is a common complaint amongst other companies. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


Bateaux Parisiens

Bateaux Parisiens offer a Paris Illuminations Cruise, which is the same as their sightseeing tour listed above — but at night! You will enjoy a 1 hour cruise along the Seine, learning about the various historic landmarks dotting the river bank, all while enjoying the beautiful Paris skyline. In addition to guided commentary, there is also music that is played as your pass by various illuminated bridges. 

Availability: 

  • Nightly, until 10:30pm (22:30)

Cost: 

  • $16 per adult 

Reviews:

Bateaux Parisiens are a very popular company company with excellent reviews. Boasting 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, the company offers a peaceful though affordable way to appreciate the City of Lights from the water. Though some found the guided commentary to be lacking, most who opted to take this tour at night seem more than satisfied with the beautiful views and serene atmosphere. Plus, at less €20 per person, it’s hard to complain! 

 


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WATER TAXI

In addition to the several companies leading sightseeing and restaurant cruises on the Seine, there is also a water taxi called Batobus that operates as a hop-on, hop-off transportation service. Batobus is, unsurprisingly, much cheaper than any of the other cruises. However, it is also much more basic and does not feature any guided commentary or the opportunity to buy food/drink. Nevertheless, the incredible views are the same, and, at a fraction of the price, Batobus is a great way to see Paris! 


Batobus

Batobus departs from 9 different stations in the heart of Paris including, the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, St-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Champs-Élysées and several others. You have the option to either purchase their 1-Day Valid Pass for €17 or a 2-Day Consecutive Pass for €19. Both will allow you to use the Batobus as often as you like from any of the water taxi stations. There is also an annual pass available for €60, though that probably won’t interest most visitors. On the weekends, Batobus  runs until 7pm, giving you the opportunity to experience Paris from the water at night time if you’re visiting during the colder season. 

Availability:

  • From Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm / Boats every 40 min
  • From Friday to Sunday 10am to 7pm / Boats every 40 min

Cost: 

Reviews

A majority of reviewers seem to give the Batobus a solid 4 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor for their experience. As a water taxi, it is obviously not going to be a luxurious outing on the water. However, most really praise Batobus for giving guests the chance to enjoy beautiful views of Paris from the water, without having to dole out the cash required to go on a sightseeing or restaurant cruise. Some guests report that the Batobus was late to their particular station. However, delays of these kind are to be expected for such an affordable trip.  Several forum posts seem to warn against using Batobs as a substitute for bus and metro transportation, as the latter are more efficient and faster.

 


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BOAT TOUR COMBOS

Several boat cruises have partnered up with other attractions and tour companies in Paris. By purchasing 2 or more activities as part of a package, you can really cut costs and simplify your travel planning. 


Vedettes de Paris (Bus & Boat Tour) 

Vedettes de Paris has partnered with Foxity Bus to offer a packaged deal that combines their 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise alone the Seine with Foxity’s 1 Day Pass City Tour. The latter takes you all around Paris, stopping at 4 different hop-on, hop-off locations along the way. You have the option of traveling with either company at daytime or night, as the ticket for either is good all day. Vedettes de Paris has also partnered with several other attractions such as Disneyland Paris and the Palace of Versailles. However, though Vedettes de Paris sells discounted tickets on their behalf, they do not offer combo package deals with them. 

Availability: Both are available for the entire day. Timetable for Foxity bus (departure Eiffel Tower): 11:30am, 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm

Cost: 

  • Adult : €29
  • Children under 12:  €10 per paying adult
  • Additional children: €29

Rating: Though there aren’t any reviews written specifically about this package deal, Vedettes de Paris generally receives very good reviews for their boat cruises. Foxity Bus is also fairly well rated, with many praising the ease by which their tours allowed guests to see Paris. There are some complaints about buses being delayed. However, this is to be expected in a city with lots of traffic. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 

 


Paris City Vision – GrayLine (Seine Cruise & Moulin Rouge)

Paris City Vision offers a huge variety of tours around Paris. In addition to their several walking and bus tours, they also lead day and evening cruises on the Seine. If you’re interested in seeing Moulin Rouge, consider purchasing those tickets as part of a package with Paris City Vision’s sightseeing cruise. There are a wide variety of add-ons also available, such as hotel pick-up and dinner at the Eiffel Tower. 

Availability: Packages available daily. 

Cost: 

  • Dinner at the Eiffel Tower, Seine Cruise, Moulin Rouge Show: €255
  • Seine Cruise and Moulin Rouge Show: €145
  • Dinner Cruise, Moulin Rouge Show, Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off: €280

Rating: Paris City Vision offer a huge range of tours, each of which receives a different ratings from guests. Generally, people seem fairly pleased with their experience, especially their time on the Seine Cruise. Guests should note that tours that conclude with the boat cruise do not bring guests back to the original start location, but rather ends at the dock where the cruise finishes so it is worth figuring out your transportation ahead of time. TripAdvisor Rating: 4 stars. 


Additional Tours

Blue Fox Travel – Blue Fox Travel is a bike tour company that offers packages that combine a bike tour with a sightseeing cruise. 

Gogo Tours Paris – Similarly, Gogo Tours Paris is a Segway tour company that offers packages that combine a Segway tour with a boat cruise. 

 


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DEALS AND DISCOUNTS

There are several different tourist passes that include a Seine sightseeing or lunch/dinner cruise as part of their package deal. Tourist passes are a great way to save money on different activities and attractions for first time visitors to the city. 

Paris Pass

The Paris Pass is one of the most popular tourist passes available in the City of Light. If your aim is to see and do as many things as possible, then the Paris Pass might be your best option. In addition to saving you money, the Paris Pass also promises to save you a lot of time by allowing you to skip the line at many major attractions. Another perk of the Paris Pass is free unlimited travel on the local metro and buses.

Top Attractions Included in the Paris Pass: 

  • Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise (Normal gate price EUR 14.00) 
  • Musée du Louvre (Normal gate price EUR 12.00) 
  • Musee d’Orsay (Normal gate price EUR 11.00) 
  • Centre Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art (Normal gate price EUR 14.00) 
  • Espace Dali (Normal gate price EUR 11.50) 
  • Big Bus – Hop-on Hop-off bus tour (Normal gate price EUR 30.00) 
  • Wine Tasting – O Chateau (Normal gate price EUR 30.00) 

Cost: 

  • 2-Day Passes – 135 € /Adults, 82 € /Teens, 46 €/Children
  • 3-Day Passes – 169 €/Adults, 99 €/Teens, 52 €/Children
  • 4-Day Passes – 199 €/Adults, 109 €/Teens, 58 €/Children
  • 6-Day Passes – 239 €/Adults, 129 €/Teens, 75 €/Children Get 10% off
  • More information or to book online.

Reviews of the Paris Pas

Visitors generally seem to find the Paris Pass to be extremely useful and a huge money saver. The ability to skip the line at key attractions such as the Louvre is also hugely beneficial, as guests don’t need to stress about the inevitable crowds. This pass seems especially recommended for first-time visitors who want to take full advantage of everything Paris has to offer. GYG Rating: 4 stars. 

 


Turbo Pass Paris

The Turbo Pass Paris is very similar to the Paris Pass, but is cheaper and features a few less attractions than the latter. This is a great pass to choose if you have already been to Paris and do not want to visit quite as many sites as the first-time visitor. Though some might be disappointed that the Turbo Pass Paris isn’t as extensive as its competitors, their succinct list of attractions will likely make you feel slightly less overwhelmed by all there is to do! 

Top Attractions Included in the Turbo Paris Pass:

  • Boat cruise on the River Seine: EUR 15
  • Louvre: EUR 12
  • Palace of Versailles: EUR 18
  • Centre Pompidou: EUR 13.50
  • Notre-Dame tower and viewing platform: EUR 8.50
  • Musée d’Orsay: EUR 9
  • Arc de Triomphe viewing platform: EUR 9.50
  • Panthéon: EUR 8.50
  • Sainte-Chapelle: EUR 8.50
  • Musée de l’Armée: EUR 9.50

Cost: 

  • 2-Day Passes – $98.22/Adults, $43.59/Teens, $21.75/Children
  • 4-Day Passes- $163.77/Adults, $61.07/Teens, $32.67/Children
  • 6-Day Passes – $218.39/Adults, $76.36/Teens, $43.59/Children 
  • More information or to book.

Reviews

The Turbo Pass Paris is just as highly rated as the Paris Pass, averaging 4 out of 5 stars on Get Your Guide. Most reviewers praise the pass for streamlining their trip to Paris and making the whole experience much more affordable. The staff at Turbo Pass Paris also come highly rated for being very helpful and informative. 

 


Paris Passlib’

The Paris Passlib’ is a 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day pass that gives you access to a handful of attractions. Compared to the other Paris tourist passes, this is by far the most affordable, but most limited. However, if you know what you want to see and do, then this could be the pass for you! 

Top Attractions Included in the Paris Passlib’:

  • 1-hour cruise/boat tour on the Seine with the Bateaux Parisiens
  • A 24-hour ticket on the L’Open tour sightseeing buses
  • The Paris Visite Travel Card – use either the metro, bus, tram or RER to get around Paris
  • The Paris Museum Pass – Access to over 50 popular museums in and around Paris 
  • Optional 2nd Floor Eiffel Tower Ticket for 15 € extra
  • Free Paris Passlib’ Booklet with useful information
  • Free Map of the inner city to help you get around

Cost: 

  • 1-Day Pass — 40 €/Adults, 35 €/Teens, 26 €/Children
  • 2-Day Pass – 109 €/Adults, 65 €/Teens, 35 €/Children
  • 3-Day Pass – 129 €/Adults, 70 €/Teens, 39 €/Children
  • 5-Day Pass – 155 €/Adults, 90 €/Teens, 47 €/Children 
  • More information and to book.

Reviews

The Paris Passlib’ is a much smaller company and so has much fewer reviews, however guests who have used the pass seem very pleased with it. GYG Rating: 4 stars. 

 


Big Bus Tours Packages

If you’re planning on taking a hop-on, hop-off bus tour as well as a boat tour on the Seine, then you should look into purchasing one of Big Bus Tour’s combo packages. There are several options including the choice between a 1 or 2 day tour, and a day or night tour. 

Cost:

  • 1-Day Bus Tour and Cruise – 37,80 €/Adults, 19,80 €/Children
  • 2-Day Bus Tour and Cruise – 41,40 €/Adults, 19,80 €/Children
  • 1-Day Bus Tour, Cruise, and Night Tour – 54 €/Adults, 29,70 €/Children
  • 2-Day Bus Tour, Cruise, and Night Tour – 57,60 €/Adults, 29,70 €/Children 
  • More information and to book.

Reviews

As one of the most popular bus tour companies in Paris, Big Bus Tours maintains a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor. Though not all of their reviews are entirely positive, most people ultimately seem happy with their decision as it allowed them to visit many sites that they might have otherwise missed.

 


L’Open Tours Packages

L’Open Tour has partnered with Bateaux Mouches to offer a handful of bus and river cruise packages for visitors. This option is very similar in both price and itinerary to Big Bus Tours, which is listed above. Some of the tourist passes also feature the option of a Seine cruise and a hop-on, hop-off bus, but those tend to offer just a 1-day pass rather than the 2-day pass that is included with L’Open Tours. If you don’t want to fill rushed, then this might be the best deal for you! 

Cost: 

Reviews

With a 3.5 out of 5 stars rating on TripAdvisor, L’Open Tour is very comparable to Big Bus Tours. Some guests write that they were disappointed with the commentary, though all seem quite pleased to have been able to see so many different sites and attractions with a hop-on, hop-off tour. 

 


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