Yachts de Paris
From intimate River Seine cruises, through to private functions, dinners and events, the Yachts de Paris has a fleet of boats ready to cater for all your needs within elegant and refined surroundings that are complemented by their partners who provide the gourmet cuisine through to the tableware, etc.
About Yachts de Paris
The Yachts de Paris company first started in 1993, and have become known for their charming and elegant yachts with a refined atmosphere and French gourmet cuisine to match, not forgetting the unrivalled excellence of service, it has made this company what it is today.
And in fact, as of 2015, Yachts de Paris organise and host over 1200 events each year, and welcome over 100,000 passengers each year, and for many, a once in a lifetime experience, which is complemented by the 50 plus permanent employees such as captains, stewards, maitre d’hotels, etc.
But we cannot forget the fact they are partnered with some of the most prestigious names in fine dining, such as Moet et Chandon, Le Notre, Michelin starred chefs, and a menu from a leading artisan who has worked at establishments such as The Ritz.
Also, you will find that the fine china is produced by the company Raynaud from Limoges, the crystal glassware comes from Baccarat, and Ercuis provide table and service accessories, so as you can no doubt tell, this is truly a fine dining experience, which will be accompanied by highly trained staff to make your romantic cruise, reception or event unforgettable.
A bit of history and the yachts
The very first boat in the fleet was the Don Juan II, and then in 1998 came the Paquebot, which is actually the largest boat of its kind in Europe for events. It is a length of 85 metres and constructed in 1946, the Paquebot was redesigned by Olivier Flahault in 1997 in order to cater for dinner cruises, seminars, fashion shows and much more throughout its external decks and large reception areas, which can cater for up to 800 guests at a cocktail reception.
Over the years, Yachts de Paris continued to build up their fleet of boats, with there being eight in total as of 2015, and each of these has its own unique history, and the smallest yacht in the fleet is called the Cachemire.
This boat is 24 metres in length and entering via the helm, you can enjoy relaxing in front of the open fire, or out on deck for the views, and the Cachemire private function yacht can cater for up to a maximum of 12 people for a bespoke luxury lunch or dinner cruise on the River Seine.
Another boat in the fleet is called the Acte III, which was constructed back in 1953 by the Benneti shipyards in Italy, and still has the same Italian styling with authentic panelling, its beautiful slender curves and magical decor. And this is ideal for those small unique family gatherings, as it can seat up to a maximum of 25 guests for a sit down meal, with champagne being served on the after deck.
Victoria is another yacht within the fleet that has a neo-classical charm and warmth with its red silk taffeta drapes, soft carpets and art deco objects that add to an unusual yet luxurious ambience. And Yachts de Paris offer this 40 metre boat with its large upper deck for private receptions of up to 60 people for a sit down French gourmet meal and 80 for a cocktail party.
There are of course other yachts within the Yachts de Paris fleet, like the Don Juan II, but we cannot miss out on mentioning the Mirage, which is known as the avant-garde boat that was designed by Olivier Flahault in 2004. And with its massive windows, DJ area and disco lights, through to plasma screens, you can no doubt imagine that this is the ultimate party yacht for receptions and cocktail parties for up to 220 people, while still enjoying the Paris as the City of Light at night.
Accessing the Yachts de Paris
The Yachts de Paris actually have two different docks on the River Seine, and the first is located at the Port de Javel Haut, which is in the 15th Arrondissement and where you will find the Paquebot yacht moored with views to the Statue of Liberty on the Ile aux Cygnes.
Access to this dock is between the Pont Mirabeau and the Pont de Grenelle on the left bank, and parking is available upon prior request, however, if you are utilising public transport in Paris, then the nearest Metro station is the Javel - Andre Citroen stop serving line 10, or the RER train station is the Javel stop serving line C.
Whereas the main dock for the Yachts de Paris fleet, which is also where you would need to go for the Don Juan II Gourmet River Seine cruise, is located at the Port Henri IV in the 4th Arrondissement, on the right bank close to the Ile Saint Louis island and the Pont de Sully and the Port de l’Arsenal. And this is also the major boarding point for all of their yachts and private events.
Now you may be pleased to know that there is dedicated private parking at the dock, and if you wish to utilise this, then the easiest way to access the Port Henri IV is from the western side of Paris via the Voie Georges Pompidou. Then you take the exit at the Bastille, just after the Pont Marie bridge, following the Celestins dock and on to the Henri IV dock.
However, if you are travelling via public transport in Paris, then the nearest Metro station is the Sully - Morland stop serving line 7, but the Quai de la Rapee Metro stop is the next nearest at approximately 200 metres away and serves line 5. And pedestrian access to the Yachts de Paris can be found at the number 10 post of the Henri IV docks.
But, for your corporate event, additional boarding options can be arranged upon request, and for that ultimate luxury experience, you can even organise Limousine transport to and from your Paris hotel, etc.