For those who prefer their accommodations to move across the countryside as they do, we suggest a wonderfully relaxing way to see France and other European countries: by riverboat. On river cruises, you pack and unpack only once; there's no need to get up at unspeakable hours in the morning to board a bus for the next destination. You and your hotel cruise along together!
Serving more than 180,000 passengers a year, CroisiEurope has a fleet of 26 Prestige-category boats which ply the most beautiful rivers such as the Rhône, Saône, and Seine rivers in France; the Danube, Moselle, Neckar, Rhine, Saar, and other rivers in western Europe.
Spacious and light, each vessel offers its guests a welcoming and refined setting. Depending on itinerary and the boat's design spanning from 65 meters (213 ft) to 110 meters (361 ft) in length, with between 40 to 80 double outside staterooms accommodation capacity ranges from 100 to 180 passengers.
At the cutting edge of technology, the facilities offer both comfort and safety. All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair dryer, satellite TV, radio, central heating, and air conditioning. In addition to dining rooms on board, a number of vessels also feature a full salon, library, and health & fitness facilities.
Carefully maintained and partially renovated each year, the fleet is largely made up of recently-built vessels, less than five years old, all with Veritas certification*. As the leading European river tour operator, CroisiEurope has earned an international reputation by virtue of its attention to detail, a dynamic and customer-oriented service staff, its sense of innovation, and a superior value for the cost of travel.
Introduced in 2007, the M.S. Belle de l'Adriatique is the first boat in the CroisiMer fleet to offer wonderful maritime and coastal itineraries, ports of call rich in color, which we can sail to thanks to the boat's dimensions. On board, you will find all of the amenities and comfort which guarantee the quality and seriousness of the CroisiEurope fleet.
* The classification of ships by Bureau Veritas provides assurances about vessel safety and reliability.
Cruise through the picturesque Seine valley aboard the M.S. Renoir or M.S. Seine Princess, stopping along the way to visit historic castles, villages, and port towns. (see Seine route map)
Discover Paris and its legendary landmarks (3 nights cruise)
Paris to Normandy Coast (4 nights cruise)
Normandy Coast to Paris (4 nights cruise)
Paris to Normandy Coast (6 nights cruise)
Normandy Coast to Paris (6 nights cruise)
Paris to Normandy Coast, and return to Paris (7 nights cruise)
Paris Boarding Locations
CroisiEurope uses two different docks to moor its riverboats in Paris. You will be informed as to which of these embarcation points applies to your departure, upon receipt of your booking confirmation:
Quai André Citroën in the Port de Javel-Bas (15th arrondissement, left bank), about mid-way between the Pont Mirabeau and the Pont Garigliano, just between the company RABONI and the boat STUDIO THALASSA, opposite the Parc André Citroën.
Quai de Bercy / Port de Bercy Aval (12th arrondissement), near the Palais Omnisports and opposite the Parc de Bercy, between the bridges: Pont de Bercy and Pont Tolbiac.
In association with Cityrama, Gray Lines offers a wealth of tours in Paris, whether on foot, by coach, river boat, or a combination of these. Tours range from 2.5 to 8 hours in length, with special discounts offered for combined packages.
A number of packages offer dinner cruises on the Seine, while others include visits to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, or the Louvre combined with an afternoon cruise. For those who wish to cap off their river excursion with a night-time revue, packages are available for the Moulin Rouge, Lido, and other hotspots.
PS - PARIS SEINORAMA
HALF DAY. Discover the monumental Paris Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand and Petit Palais. A cruise will permit you to see the bridges and the majestic monuments along the Seine River. Then, we visit the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and enjoy a superb panoramic view of this romantic city. You may leave the tour at the Eiffel Tower. Benefit from a promotional package price by combining this tour with the Paris Artistique PA Tour (see the Paris Full Day PJ tour menu option).
Tour/Package Length: 4 Hours
CR - CRUISE AND ILLUMINATIONS
Cruise on the Seine River to see the main monuments, followed by a drive in Paris by luxury panoramic Cityrama coach to enjoy the illuminated sights and floodlit monuments (individual earphones for recorded commentary with digital sound). Not available on: 24th and 31st December 2002, 21st June and 14th July 2003.
Tour/Package Length: 2.5 Hours
DEC - DINNER AT EIFFEL TOWER AND CRUISE
Discover Paris from the first floor of the Eiffel Tower during dinner at the restaurant, Altitude 95 (set menu & drinks included). Then enjoy a one-hour cruise along the Seine river to admire the monuments and the bridges of the City of Lights. This tour ends at 10:15 p.m. at the Eiffel Tower or at 10.30 p.m. at the Opera Square. Not available on 24th, 25th & 31st December 2002, on 14th February & 14th July 2003.
Tour/Package Length:4 Hours
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