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Like the other major players, Bateaux Parisiens offer both sightseeing tours and dinner (book online below) and lunch cruises.

Sightseeing cruise

Bateaux-ParisienThese are one-hour cruises with commentary and music evocative of the places and periods on the route. The commentary is broadcast via individual handsets and is available in 13 languages. Each language version has specific anecdotes and cultural references.

As well as the redorded commentary, a live guide/hostess takes the microphone from time to time (in four languages) to give information on the latest events in Paris (temporary exhibitions, shows, cultural and sports events, etc.).

Boats:

Nobody could accuse the Bateaux-Parisiens boats for lacking in glamour - they're even named after French film stars!

  • Three glass-enclosed trimarans: Jeanne Moreau, Isabelle Adjani, Catherine Deneuve (capacity: 580 passengers each)
  • Two "hydrospace" boats: Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Gréco (capacity: 285 & 265 passengers)
  • Two launches: Jean Marais, Yves Montand (capacity: 180 & 120 passengers)


Location:

There are two places you can get on a Bateaux-Parisiens cruise:

  • The main Bateaux-Parisiens Pier 3 is slightly to the right of the Eiffel Tower as you face the Seine. Map
  • Quai de Montebello, on the Left Bank facing Nôtre-Dame Cathedral (open from 30 March to November 2013). More information


Prices:

Eiffel Tower departures:
Adults : € 13.
Children (under 12 years old): € 5.
Free for infants less than 3 years old.

Prices for Notre Dame departures:
Adults : €12.
Children (under 12 years old): €6.
Free for infants less than 3 years old.

Timetables:

Timetable for Eiffel Tower departures
High season (April to September)*: every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10.30 pm (June, July, August until 11 p.m.).
Low season (October to March): at least every hour with a few half-hourly departures from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
 *no departure at 1 p.m. or 7.30 pm

Timetable for Notre Dame departures

Map of the cruise routes


Lunch cruise

  • Etoile Service : €55
    Kir white wine aperitif and selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Minervois, Château Remaury* wines to accompany your meal.
  • Select Service : €69
    A Kir blanc de blancs white wine aperitif and selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Médoc, Terre des Granges* wines to accompany your meal. Your table will be by a window.
  • Premier Service : €89
    You will be seated at a round table in the front of the boat.
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with mini cakes followed by selected Pays d'Oc IGP Chardonnay, Médoc, Terre des Granges* wines.

These prices include the cruise, the meal, drinks and entertainment.
*One bottle of wine for four people.

Proper attire required (no shorts)

They also do Musical Theme Lunches every now and again, e.g. 'La Bohème Musical Cruise'.

Times:

Boarding from 12.15 p.m.
Departure of the cruise: 12.45 p.m.
Return to quay: 2.30 p.m.

Cruise Route


Boats:

Le Diamant 320 table settings for individuals or groups on regular cruises
Le Cristal II Table settings: up to 480 persons on private cruises
L'Onyx up to 240 passengers
Le Symphonie up to 170 on private charter.

You can't be certain which boat you're on, the decision concerning which boat is used is made on the day of the cruise.


Dinner Cruise

Book one of these tours online now (hotel pick-up available)

A singer and three musicians entertain you on this cruise with a variety of French and international music for listening to or dancing. There is a menu with a choice of five starters (including a vegetarian dish), six main dishes (including one for vegetarians) and five desserts.

  • Etoile Service: €99
    You will be served a Kir blanc de blancs white wine aperitif with savoury petits fours, followed by selected Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc* and Médoc* wines.
  • Elegance Service: €130
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with mini cakes is followed by selected Chardonnay Vin de Pays d’Oc* and Médoc* wines. Panoramic table down the centre of the boat.
  • Privilege Service: €160
    Aperitif: glass of Champagne with cheese puffs is followed by Mâcon - Solutré, Puisseguin St-Emilion, Château Teynac wines*. You will be seated at a window table.
  • Premier Service: €195
    You will be seated at a round table in the front of the boat with a hostess available throughout the cruise. Aperitif: a glass of pink Champagne with cheese puffs is followed by selected Mâcon - Solutré, Saint-Estèphe, Château Morin wines*. A glass of champagne is served with dessert.

These prices include the cruise, the meal, drinks and entertainment.
*One bottle of each wine for four people.
Proper attire required (no jeans or trainers)

Timetable

Boarding from 7.45 p.m.
Departure of the cruise: 8.30 p.m.
Return to quay: 11 p.m.

Cruise Route


Boats:

The boats used are the same as for the lunch cruise, and similarly, the decision on which boat is used is made on the evening of the cruise.

Book one of these tours online now (hotel pick-up available)


Related articles: Dinner Cruises on the Seine | Paris Sightseeing Buses

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