Paris is a dream destination for travellers across the globe, and features in everyone’s travel bucket list — from hopeless romantics to backpackers. The tales of beauty that characterise the City of Love lend a magical aura to its glittering reality. Even just walking past landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre can leave you speechless in awe.
The one thing that can make the experience of exploring Paris even more rewarding is witnessing its beauty under the night sky. You can opt for one of the numerous Paris Dinner Cruises, and sail along River Seine to appreciate the intoxicating beauty of the city. With a drink in your hand and a three-course French meal spread out on your dinner table, a night-time cruise in the silky waters of River Seine will transport you to another world.
What Makes a Paris Dinner Cruise Special?
Known as the City of Lights, Paris is pure magic at night. As the city lights up, every city walk and historical monument comes to life. A Paris Dinner Cruise is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Paris as you pass by landmark monuments, sipping away on a glass of wine or champagne.
From crossing the passage under the Eiffel Tower, to sailing past prominent landmarks like the Louvre, Grand Palais, and Notre-Dame, the night-time sojourn along River Seine is an experience you ought not to miss. What adds to the magic of a Paris Dinner Cruise is the actual culinary experience, where the food served is delicious and spell-binding. As you find yourself a window seat in the glass-boat, the servers will bring you a glass of wine or champagne, and the expert performers will put on a mesmerising musical performance. By the end of the night, you will have enjoyed an authentic three-course French meal, and a journey within Paris that you will remember forever.
What to Expect During Your Paris Dinner Cruise
Dinner cruises in Paris are a culinary treat for everyone aboard - from intoxicating drinks to delicious three-course authentic French meals, you will experience the best of French gastronomy.
Some of the exotic dishes you can try include - Velouté of butternut squash, mushroom royale and toasted pumpkin seeds, Poultry pâté with foie gras in a pastry crust served with a red onion and grape compote, and braised beef steak with daube sauce. You can check the menu you will be served during your cruise while you're booking your ticket.
As for desserts, you can enjoy the unique taste of preparations like café liégeois cream, chocolate caramel tart, and blackcurrant-hazelnut vacherin cake, among others. The menu for every cruise is different, but extremely delicious nonetheless.
While sailing down the Seine, be sure to keep an eye out for some famous landmarks, including:
The latticed tower has been the backdrop for all things romantic for over a century and a half. What is even more spellbinding than witnessing its beauty during the day, is seeing the tower glittering under the Parisian night sky. Most dinner cruises start from the foot of this iconic monument, and come with a promise of giving you a unique glimpse of the Eiffel Tower.
Located on River Seine’s left bank, Musée d'Orsay is housed inside the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station that was built at the end of the 19th century. Up until the year 1939, Gare d'Orsay was a terminus for southwestern France. But with the advent of longer trains used for mainline services, the station was used for suburban services, and as a mailing centre during the Second World War. It was in 1986 that the station was opened as Musée d'Orsay with over 2000 paintings and 600 sculptures, among other works of art.
The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées has been built on the site where the Palais de l'Industrie (Palace of Industry) once stood. The Grand Palais, or the Grand Palace, comes under the list of historic monuments of the French Ministry of Culture. the magnificent exhibition hall and museum complex is a reflection of the Beaux-Arts architecture and can be recognised by its mesmerising stone façade and baroque decorations.
Notre-Dame de Palais Cathedral
Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, or Our Lady of Paris, is commonly known as Notre-Dame. An example of the French Gothic architecture, this medieval time Catholic cathedral is decorated with stained glass and nature-inspired sculptures. After suffering a desecration during the French Revolution, the Cathedral was restored under the supervision of Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. In 1991, another extensive maintenance and restoration phase began for Notre-Dame.
Musée du Louvre, known to the world as the Louvre, is the world’s largest art museum. The historic monument stands in all its glory on the right bank of River Seine and houses around 38,000 objects belonging to pre-historic and modern times. The museum is housed inside the Louvre Palace and boasts of a glass pyramid that is unmatched in its design and beauty.
Bateaux Parisiens Premium Seine Dinner Cruise
- One of its kind night-time cruise along the Seine in a glass canopy boat
- The cruise starts from the Bateaux Parisiens port which is located at the foot of Eiffel Tower.
- Stunning view of the most famous sights in the city- Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, The Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, and Grand Palais, among others.
- 2.5 hours of luxurious cruise interspersed with a delicious three-course French meal. The menu contains exotic dishes like Duck foie gras, burgundy snails, scallops, and caviar.
- You have the option of choosing a window seat as you enjoy a glass of French wine and enjoy the live entertainment put on by expert musicians
Bateaux Parisiens Early Evening Dinner Cruise
- An enchanting Batobus ride along the Seine River - One hour and fifteen minutes of pure bliss!
- Witness the evening sky changing shades as the sun sets, and sip on a glass of wine as you look outside the glass panes and see the grand Parisian boulevards
- Grab a window seat and enjoy the lip smacking three-course meal that’s prepared and served fresh
- Some of the landmarks you will see are Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, The Parliament, Musée d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, and Grand Palais
Dinner Cruise on Seine with Champagne
- Enjoy a late evening cruise aboard the La Marina de Paris boat
- The cruise gives you the option of customising your meal, so you can enjoy freshly made food of your liking and watch the City of Lights from the comfort of the luxurious cruise
- The cruise offers you the unforgettable experience of crossing the passage under the Eiffel Tower
- Some of the sights you will pass by include the Musée d'Orsay, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Conciergerie located on the Ile de la Cité, and the Louvre
- Choose a window seat to enjoy the sprawling beauty of Paris
- You can keep the meal menu cards as souvenirs
- Reach a little early to enjoy the area around the Eiffel Tower
- Check out the dinner menu for all the cruise options to choose the perfect experience
We went on the 8:30 pm dinner cruise. It was very expensive but worth every penny. The two of us were seated at a table for two right next to the window at the front of the boat. We were not crowded and could see everything. The service was perfect. The dinner was excellent and the wine was abundant. The waiter points out various places as you go by but not in a way that would disturb your dinner. There is live music - a vocalist. We are two very active 70 year old retired teachers and it was a perfect start to our fabulous week in Paris. I recommend it highly!
My 18 year old son and I took the Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise on the Seine River and it was amazing. The food was amazingly good, we had a very attentive waiter, and there were two women who sang while walking around the boat which added a special touch to the evening. The wine was unlimited as well. We booked the premier seating which gave us a beautiful table looking out at all the wonderful sights. It was quite romantic even though I was celebrating the holiday with my son. We would love to do this dinner cruise again if we visit Paris in the future.