While in the heart of Paris, this time, Mark came up with the idea to do a Seine River Cruise.

It was pretty warm in Paris while we were there and both the girls were really struggling with walking around the city. Both Mark and I were struggling with the ‘How long are we going to walk for?’, ‘I am hot’, ‘Where is the drink?’, Can’t we just go back to the hotel so I can play Minecraft’? being constantly thrown at us as we made our way around! For some reason, it can get really warm in the heart of Paris very quickly. I find the heat is a different type there and I am not sure why.  I feel it radiated off the footpath and off the buildings and makes it boiling! It still doesn’t make me love it any less, though!

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Boat rides in Paris are a great way to see the city This picture appears courtesy of www.batobus.com

We had started our day at Notre Dame when we came across the information board about the river cruise. The fact that the BATOBUS cruise was a hop on hop off service suited us well. BATOBUS stops at 8 locations along the Scene River giving you access to the most popular sights in the heart of Paris. The boat stops at The Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des Plantes/Cité de la Mode et du Design, Hôtel de Ville, The Louvre, Champs-Elysées and Beaugrenelle. Would a boat trip be good in Paris with kids,

Batosbus takes in all the sights in the heart of Paris



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Image courtesy of www.batosbus.com


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Cruises on the Seine are very popular with families

Batobus is centrally located along with all the sights hotels and hostels in Paris. We went down the stairs to the riverside and saw the type of boat we would go on. Instantly being that close to the water it cooled down a fair bit so the girls started begging to go on the boat. It would take us to all the places that we wanted to go and it was a type of transport we had not used in Paris before. Mark went in to buy the tickets and then we waited for the boat!

A hop on hop off river cruise Paris is a great way to see the city

While we waited there was a little vending machine in the ticket office I bought some special treats for the girls and a cold drink just in case there was none were available on the boat. There was a toilet in the office but none on the boat itself. So I herded the girls into the toilet before we got on. We didn’t have to wait long for the boat to come to collect us. There is a boat every 25 minutes during the low season and every 15 to 20 minutes during the high season.

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Plenty of people got off at our stop and we had no problems getting a seat altogether. The girls loved watching Notre Dame slowly glide past us as we set off from the dock. The boat was very spacious and you would have no trouble getting a pram onto the boat but I am unsure what the rules and regulations would be to have it on there. You could sit at the front of the boat in the open air but when we boarded all the seats were taken. We sat in the enclosed section of the boat which was all glass so it was warm in when the boat was stationary. Once the boat started moving down the river the breeze it made was so refreshing.

The girls loved the Paris Seine River Cruise

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seine river hop on hop off sightseeing cruise in Paris was a hit with the kids

You could see so much of the city from the boat and views we had not seen before. The camera got a real work out while we cruised around!  We got off at The Louvre stop and walked up the Champs Elysee to the Arc Triomphe. We caught the metro a few stations to the Trocadero metro stop. If you get off here it provides you with one of the top views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from above it. We strolled downhill over the bridge and gazed up at  this amazing iconic structure that is synonymous with all things Paris

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Batobus is the best Seine river cruise


While we waited for our boat to come back, the girls had the chance on sit on the edge of the Seine and dip their feet into the river so they could cool down. Watching them sit and eat an apple on the banks of the River in my favourite city was a real treat! It was a memory I am unlikely to forget.

What will all day cruising the heart of Paris cost you

Batosbus Paris Prices

BATOBUS PASSES Passes are valid for one day or several consecutive days:

• 1 day: €16 (€7 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €10(1))

• 2 days: €18 (€9 for children less than 16 years old, Privilege rate, €12(1))

• Annual(2): €60 (€38 for children less than 16 years old)

“PARIS À LA CARTE” PASSES “Paris à la Carte” passes can be used at the 8 Batobus stops and on OpenTour buses with their 50 stops (4 circuits)

:• 2-Day Pass: €45 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)

• 3-Day Pass: €49 (€20 for children less than 12 years old)

Get your Batobus Tickets


Explore the sights of Paris at your own pace with a 1-day or 2-day pass to the Batobus shuttle service along the River Seine, and jump on and off at 8 strategic stops to see sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre, and more. Cruise through the heart of Paris, admiring landmark monuments along the river bank from the comfort of a glassed-in boat. Then, stop to explore further at leisure.

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We spent the whole day getting on and off the boat at different stops around the city. From exploring museum’s to monuments to iconic Parisian neighbourhoods. Batobus was great for family travel moving along through the heart of  Paris. The kids loved it, we loved it,

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