Bateaux Parisiens boat tours and dinner cruises on the River Seine
The Bateax Parisiens provide numerous different types of tours and cruises on the River Seine with their fleet of panoramic boats and restaurant boats for a family outing through to a romantic evening out.
Bateaux Parisiens cruise tours
The cruise tours last one hour and you can opt to either embark and disembark at the Pier No 3 at the foot of the Eiffel Tower or at the Montebello Quay by the Notre Dame Cathedral.
The cruise tours operate virtually every day of the year and run approximately every half hour in summer and every hour at other times from 10.30am through to 9pm, although this is dependant upon the number of people on board from departure.
Going from the Eiffel Tower departure point, you will be able to access an audio guide, which is available in 13 different languages including French, English, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, etc. However, the commentary on the departures from Notre Dame is only available in French, English, Spanish and German. Also an audio guide is available for children, but at present this is only in French.
Now the cost for a Bateaux Parisiens Cruise Tour from the Eiffel Tower point is €13 for adults and €5 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 as of 2013, whereas taking the boat cruise from the Notre Dame point is a cost of €14 and €6 for children, but children under the age of 3 are free of charge.
There is also an Enchanted Cruise Tour that departs at 3.45pm and is a single rate cost of €14 whether it be for an adult or child, and this is with two people who sing while telling the history of Paris as you discover the many monuments in Paris along the banks of the River Seine. However, we would like to point out that this is in French only.
Bateaux Parisiens lunch cruises
The first is called the Paris Bistro which departs from Pontoon No 3 at 11am where you can enjoy the one hour long cruise along the River Seine accompanied by the audio guide and a hostess who will provide you with lesseer known stories such famous lovers that met in a certain town house and so on.
One you get back to the quay, a lunch will be ready for you at Le Bistro Parisien, which is the quayside restaurant in Paris run by the Bateaux Parisiens company with fabulous views of the Eiffel tower and the Trocadero Gardens, not forgetting the river of course.
The inclusive formula for lunch at Le Bistro Parisien after the cruise includes an a la carte choice of starter, main course and dessert plus a soft drink or beer and a coffee for a cost of €37 as of 2013 or €16 for children under the age of 12 and is a self service lunch.
The lunch cruise known as Paris Irresistable departs at 12.30pm on an entirely glass encased restaurant boat where you can enjoy a delightful meal, whilst listening to soft music from a violin and piano in the background, and admiring the many tourist attractions in Paris as you go by.
For the Bateaux Parisiens lunch cruise on board a restaurant boat there are different options you can choose depending upon your budget and the first is called Service Etoile for €55. For this you will get an aperitif starter, main course and dessert or cheese along with two selected glasses of wine and coffee, but you can opt for the cheese course as well for an additional €5 per person.
The next option is the Service Privilege for a cost of €69 per person and for this option you get an additional wine, cheese course a free menu and cruise plan plus a window table. However, the ultimate lunch cruise is with the Service Premier for €89 as of 2013 and the aperitif is a glass of champagne with mini cakes plus there is a mini sweet selection along with an exceptional position on a round table in the bow of the boat for even more incredible views.
Bateaux Parisiens dinner cruises on the River Seine
The first is known as the Paris Bistro Dinner Cruise, where to start with you will hear the heart warming song of I Love Paris in Summer. Then you can enjoy an hour long tour on the River Seine in one of the glass covered tour boats followed by a meal at the quayside restaurant Le Bistro Parisien, and this particular dinner cruise is available from 7pm to 10pm.
The cost of this is €48 as of 2013 or €17 for children under the age of 12 and is inclusive of the a la carte menu choices of starter, main course and dessert, plus for adults an aperitif of a glass of champagne and a drink of either wine, beer or soft beverage, which will be served to you at your table.
A dinner cruise known by the name of Paris Essential is also available at 6pm where your evening begins by embarking at the Eiffel Tower Pontoon so that you can enjoy the many monuments and tourist attractions while listening to live music and enjoying the French cuisine prepared by the on board chefs.
The cost of this starts at €66 as of 2013, which includes a starter, main course, dessert, wines, mineral water and coffee, but for €79 per person you can get seating by a window. Yet there is also the same style of cruise available at 9pm from mid April to mid May and from mid July to the end of August.
However, the ultimate cruise has got to be the Bateaux Parisiens Paris Illuminations Dinner Cruise that departs at 8.30pm and after the cruise on the River Seine has finished you can even dance to the live music from the on board musicians.
With an all inclusive package that includes a choice of a la carte dishes with an appetiser, starter, main dish, dessert, wines, mineral water and coffee, you can also go further to include other options that will make your dinner cruise even more memorable, whether it be with friends, family or a romantic evening for two.
The Service Etoile is a cost of €99 as of 2013 that includes a kir and mini cakes as an aperitif, however, for €130 per person you can opt for the Service Elegance where the aperitif is replace by a glass of champagne and mini cakes. You also then have an addition of a mini sweet selection, a free menu and cruise plan, plus you are seated at a panoramic table.
You then have the Service Privilege for the Paris Illuminations cruise on the Bateaux Parisiens, which is a cost of €160 and for this the aperitif is a glass of champagne with cheese puffs plus you get a cheese course and a window table instead of the Elegance option.
But the ultimate dinner cruise on the River Seine with this company is the Paris Illuminations Service Premier, which is a cost of €195 per person. And for this you get a glass of pink champagne with cheese puffs as an aperitif, the choice of a la carte starter, main course and dessert accompanied by a glass of champagne, cheese course, mini sweet selection, selected wines, mineral water, coffee, a menu and a cruise plan. Plus, you also have an exceptional position at a round table in the bow of the boat for those even more incredible views of the monuments in Paris.
French cuisine of the Bateaux Parisiens
The menus do of course change according to the seasons and what fresh produce is available, but there are also different menus available, whether it be at Le Bistro Parisien quayside restaurant, the lunch menu on board or the dinner menu on board the boats.
However, you will be pleased to know that there are always vegetarian options available, which is actually quite unusual for a lot of restaurants in Paris, but they will also take into consideration specific dietary requirements such as menus designed for gluten or lactose free diets, diabetics, etc, although, it is best to advise Bateaux Parisiens when you are booking.
The lunch menu could consist of delights such as a country terrine and gherkin accompaniment on a slice of bread or a chilled courgette cream soup with rocket and sheeps milk curds whereas the dinner menu could be large marinated prawns with avocado and grapefruit or duck Foie Gras with a truffled condiment.
You then have the main course, and for a lunch cruise this could be salmon cooked from one side with braised fennel and cooking juices or pan fried rump steak with shallots and baby potatoes. Whereas the dinner menu could be sea bass with green asparagus and an emulsioned sauce, or breast of duckling with red onion and fig and a sweet and sour sauce.
The Paris Bistro tours also offer a completely different menu at Le Bistro Parisien quayside restaurant and there is always a dish of the day from the fresh produce that was available to purchase that day, alongside the menu which also includes pasta options, chips and more.
In addition to this, there is also a childrens menu available at the quayside restaurant for those under the age of 12, which is a better option for most if you are thinking of a family cruise on the River Seine combined with a meal, even though children are allowed on the traditional dinner cruise restaurant boats as well.
However, we would like to point out that for the dinner cruises, smart dress is required and if you want to enjoy the Bateaux Parisiens Paris Illuminations Cruise then this is definitely smart come evening dress.
Yet there are also special events and dinner cruises organised on specific dates of the year such as Valentines Day, Bastille Day, which is also one of the national holidays in France, New Years Eve, and so on. And these have special themed menus and are of course different costs that do have to be booked in advance.