River Seine cruises by Vedettes de Paris
With its prestigious location at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the Vedettes de Paris offer one hour sightseeing tours along with lunch and dinner cruises on the River Seine to cater for all budgets, and as an added benefit there is a bar, and even those that are hard of hearing can now still enjoy the commentary provided.
The Sightseeing Tours on the River Seine
The Sightseeing Cruises with the Vedettes de Paris are one hour tours that start at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at their dock on the Port de Suffren and travel along the River Seine in the heart of Paris, before returning to the starting point. And you can chose between the regular Sightseeing Cruise or the Paris by Night Tour all depending upon what you fancy, and these are a cost of €14 as of 2014.
However the Vedettes de Paris also offer what is known as a Pleasure Cruise, which is the same duration, yet you have the option of a French Crepe, which is one of the specialities of French cuisine, a glass of champagne or a glass of kir wine. And these are known by the names of The Sweety Cruise, the Sparkling Cruise or the Aperitif Cruise, which are a cost of €19 for adults or €11 for children under the age of 12 and commentary is available in French, English and Spanish.
This company also offer a sightseeing tour on the River Seine called the Snacking Cruise, which means that while you are onboard and listening to the commentary provided, which is available in French, English and Spanish, you can enjoy a sandwich or a hot dog accompanied by a fresh drink. For adults this is a cost of €21 and €13 for children under the age of 12 as of 2014, however, by adding an additional €2 to the price you can also have a dessert such as fruit or a muffin.
Dining with Vedettes de Paris and the Dinner Cruises
The first choice you have is for a Sightseeing tour lasting one hour and enjoy a meal on board their restaurant at the dock or on the terrace brasserie. And you can choose between an appetizer and main course or a main course and dessert plus a choice of a glass wine, beer or soft drink, all for the cost of €32 as of 2014. However, for children under 12 they can have a hamburger and French fries plus a soft drink along with the cruise for only €12.
When it comes to the dinner cruises, you will actually board at a different point, which is right by the Musee d’Orsay at the Marina de Paris dock for the Gourmet Dinner Cruise on the Vedettes de Paris.
This is a charming two hour evening dinner cruise on the River Seine with a French gourmet meal that provides an assortment of starters such as Scallops on a bed of fresh tomato with basil crumble and Duck Foie Gras with a red fruit chutney. This would be followed by a main course with a choice such as a chicken leg with thyme juice, sweet potato and baby vegetables or a Hake fillet, polenta with olives and sundried tomatoes accompanied with a creamy crustacean sauce.
Then there are some delightful and very tempting desserts to choose from, however there is also a dedicated Vegetarian option plus you can also add a cheese platter for an additional charge of €6 as of 2014.
This particular dinner cruise is a cost of €90 per adult and €35 for children under 12 and departs at 9.15pm virtually every day of the bar, bar on national French holidays and other specific days such as Valentines Day, Bastille Day or New Years Eve.
A Champagne Tasting Cruise
You will board one of the boats from the Vedettes de Paris and within the Panoramic Lounge at the front of the boat, you will be able to taste a variety of champagnes plus learn about these from an experienced sommelier, while also admiring the many monuments that you pass by while on the River Seine cruise.
The cruise and champagne tasting lasts one hour and operates on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6pm, however during the summer months these normally run daily at 6.30pm and are available in both French and the English language, and are a cost of €55 per adult as of 2014.
Additional information on Vedettes de Paris River Seine Cruises
Since the middle of 2008 the cruise commentary is accessible to the hard of hearing by utilising hearing aid adapters that are available at the ticket booth on the dock when you purchase your ticket.
However, on the Vedettes e Paris boats named the Paris Iena, the Paris Trocadero and the Paris Etoile, there are also Subtitles showing for the cruise commentary that are available on a plasma screen, which is located in the main lounge, so you can still get to learn about the famous landmarks in Paris you will pass.
They also have several partners where you can get discounts to enjoy places such as the Musee du Vin Wine museum, the Batostar, bus tours with Foxity, the Musee de la Marine, CineAqua the Aquarium de Paris and the Paris-Story. You just have to make sure you keep your Vedettes de Paris cruise or sightseeing tour ticket as proof to get the discount.