Bateaux Parisiens boat cruises on the River Seine in Paris
The Bateaux Parisiens are a company that operate tours and cruises along the River Seine, and whether you are thinking of a short trip with the family, or a romantic dinner, there will be an option for you to enjoy.
About Bateaux Parisiens
The company was first founded back in 1956 providing boat rides on the River Seine in small motor launches, with the first boat being a yacht that was inaugurated by Rene Coty who was the President of France and it welcomed Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain on board on her official visit to Paris.
Over the years they have expanded their fleet of boats and today there are a total of twelve boats in the fleet, seven of which are the cruise boats for tours on the River Seine and the other five are the restaurant boats.
And since 1987 they have become part of the Sodexo Group, who are experts in the field of hospitality and organise catering and other aspects for well known events throughout the world. As well as being linked with the Bateaux Parisiens, the Sodexo Group are also in partnership with the French Tennis Federation and support the French Tennis Open at the Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, they provide the catering requirements for the Dakar Rally, Royal Ascot, the Paris-Vincennes Racecourse, along with supporting the Tour de France, plus they are linked with the Eiffel Tower restaurants and much more.
So as you can no doubt tell from their prestige, you are definitely assured of a quality service while on board the Bateaux Parisiens, plus they also have a bistro on the quayside with a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower.
Also, the Bateaux Parisiens cruises now manage the Batobus shuttle service, which is the boat that constantly goes up and down the River Seine with selected stops that is used as a hop on and hop off service for people on holiday in Paris, as well as those living and working in the city.
And because of the quality of service provided by the company, it not only deals with individuals, but also hosts private and corporate events and caters for well over three million passengers each year that want to discover the monuments in Paris and the famous river from a completely different perspective.
The Bateaux Parisiens boats
We mentioned earlier that there are twelve boats in the fleet, with the first one being the yacht that is called the Bateau Bretagne and has a capacity of only 92 people seated and this is a restaurant boat utilised for private events and for dinner cruises.
There are four other restaurant boats, which are classed as Panoramic Boats and are named after jewels and the first one of these introduced was inaugurated in 1984 called the Bateau Onyx.
Then came the Bateau Saphyr that was originally inaugurated in 1989 under the name of Symphonie, yet was completely renovated in 2009 and provides seating for up to a maximum of 160 people.
This was followed by the Bateau Cristal, that was designed by the architect Gerard Ronzatti from the Seine Design Agency, seating up to 260 people for a dinner cruise on the River Seine. And finally the Bateau Diamont, which is the largest restaurant boat in fleet that can seat up to 340 people, was inaugurated in 2002.
When it comes to the cruise tours on the River Seine, the Bateaux Parisiens have seven boats and these are all named after famous people in the entertainment world, and the first was a motor launch built in 1975 and named the Bateau Jean Marais after the French actor.
Then came two Hydrospaces boats, with the first being called the Bateau Brigitte Bardot that has been in service since 1979 followed by the Bateau Juliette Greco that has been in service since 1982. And another motor launch was added to fleet in 1984 that was named the Bateau Yves Montand, which was renovated in 2008.
The 1990s saw the launch of three Trimarans that were all designed by the architect Gerard Ronzatti and can accommodate up to 580 people on a tour along the River Seine, with over 300 seats being sheltered from the elements.
The first of these trimarans, which was inaugurated by the French actress Jeanne Moreau and bears her name was put into service in 1995, which was followed a year later by the Bateau Catherine Deneuve and was also inaugurated by the French actress herself, then finally you have the Bateau Isabelle Adjani that was put into service in 1999.
The Bateaux Parisiens services
The Bateaux Parisiens offers the tour cruises on the River Seine with the departure point for the tours being either at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or at the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile de la Cite island.
There are also many different packages available such as an enchanted cruise with actors providing singing and history, or if you wish to enjoy a meal as well as a cruise you have the options of a lunch cruise or a dinner cruise, whether it be as a family, in a group or for a romantic evening for two.
There is also a quayside brasserie and bistro in Paris run by the Bateaux Parisiens company called Le Bistro Parisien, which provides an exceptional view of the Eiffel Tower, the Trocadero Gardens and the River Seine.
And having been entirely redecorated in 2010, this restaurant in Paris provides an open airy space inside along with a lovely terrace that provides a self service lunch menu, which turns into a traditional bistro of an evening. Yet Le Bistro Parisien also provides breakfasts, as it is open from 9.30am and has continuous service through to 10pm in winter months and until 11pm from April to the end of October.
The Bateau Quais La Terrace, as it is known, is open from April through to October and offers a variety of different snacks such as sandwiches, pizzas, salads, ice creams and cold beverages, which is open daily from 10am through to 10pm or 11pm during July and August.
In addition to this, on the wharfs where the Bateaux Parisiens are located, you will find their boutiques for a wide range of different goods including leather goods, clothing, tableware, gift packages, postcards, souvenirs and much more, whether they are to take back home or keep for yourself as a memento of your visit to this tourist attraction in Paris.
Access to Bateaux Parisiens cruises in Paris
The Bateaux Parisiens Tours on the River Seine do not have to be booked in advance and tickets can be purchased at the desk by Pontoon Number 3, although if you are going to be arriving with a group of 20 people or more then booking in advance is advisable, and you just need to print off your booking confirmation and bring this with you. Also if you do book online, then the ticket is valid for any day and any time you choose.
The enchanted cruises do have to be booked in advance online and are a single rate, plus you can book one of the dinner cruises online, or alternatively you can also book at the ticket office located at Pier 1 on the quay at the Eiffel tower departure point. In addition, certain dinner cruises do have to be booked in advance.
But we would like to point out that although every effort is taken to help people with disabilities enjoy the experience, for those that are disabled, you would not be able to access the toilets on board as a flight of stairs has to be negotiated, yet there are toilets located at the quay where you board the boat.
In addition to this, please remember that if you are booking a Paris Illuminations Cruise on the Bateaux Parisiens, then smart dress is required, also there is a no smoking policy on board all of their boats and animals are not permitted, except for guide dogs.
There are also dedicated dinner cruises on special days of the year, such as Valentines Day, Bastille Day, New Years Eve, etc, but these do have to be booked well in advance and differ in costs and the menu available. Although as with all the dinner cruises, there are menus available for those with special dietary requirements like gluten free, diabetics, vegetarians, etc.
And located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at the Quay in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris, you normally embark via Pontoon No 1, but there is no actual parking facilities, only for buses and coaches, so the nearest car park is a short walk away at the Musee du Quai Branly.