Visit Paris and uncover its most striking attractions in the most beguiling way possible on a charming Seine river cruise.
The Seine river is ideally located, cutting through the very core of Paris and dividing up Paris’ finest attractions in a captivating way. The Eiffel Tower and the Musee d’Orsay are positioned on the south bank, whilst the Louvre, Grand Palais, and the Concorde can be seen on the north bank. In the very heart of Paris and in the middle of the Seine River, you will find the grandiose and exquisite Notre Dame Cathedral alongside other eminent architectural structures.
The best time to decide upon a day trip to Paris is May through to mid-September, when skies are known to be clearer and temperatures at their warmest. Take a Paris river cruise and acquire an overview of some of the city’s most renowned sights. Perhaps even choose an especially luxurious option: savour a romantic dinner as dusk descends on enchanting Paris, or simply relax and revel in the crisp air as you marvel at some of the world’s most famed monuments.
Stretching back in time to when the Parisii tribe first founded a fishing village along its banks, the waters of the River Seine have continually been the very core, indeed the lifeblood, of Paris. As the River Seine is only around 24m above sea level and the average depth is only approximately 8m in Paris, it is slow flowing and effortlessly navigable.
It is just not possible to overlook Paris’ many grand bridges, which cross over the River Seine; some of these are many centuries old. The oldest of all is the Pont-Neuf, whose first stone was set in 1578 by Henri III in the presence of the Queen Mother, Catherine de Medici. In contrast, the most recent bridge is the Pont Charles de Gaulle, and was finished in the summer of 1996 to contain the ever-rising flow of traffic, in large part caused by the new stadium.
When you have completed your cruise, decide which attractions you would like to explore to a greater degree. Paris is celebrated worldwide for its exquisite museums, the most striking and renowned being, unquestionably, the Louvre. If you have a greater passion for modern art rather than the vast collection of pre-twentieth century art on show in the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre will be more suited to your tastes. The Musee d’Orsay is also home to a remarkable selection of pre-impressionist and impressionist art.
Whilst you are in Paris, discover some other entrancing attractions. Children in particular will be beguiled by Le Musée de la Magie. This museum proliferates with appealing artefacts from the world of magic: including optical illusions, antiquarian magicians’ props, intriguing antique posters publicising magic shows - and much more. Take a London to Paris tour and delve into all Paris has to offer. It is highly recommended you begin your experience of this distinguished capital with a panoramic Seine cruise, before exploring its other attractions in greater depth.