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Batobus Itinerary: Seine River Cruise and Paris sightseeing

Cécile Meir
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Paris is so versatile that there are endless things to see and plenty of wonderful ways to explore the exciting City of Lights. One of the most charming ways to discover the capital of romance is by using the Batobus. The Batobus is a shuttle along the Seine with 9 stops at strategic hotspots in the city. You may buy a pass for one or two days to the Batobus, and this will allow you to board the shuttle as much as you wish, from 10:00 to 19:00.

The Batobus provide you with a magnificent view of the city landmarks, splendor, and spectacular architecture, from an unusual angle. The shuttle is open, with glass windows, and offers a lovely river cruise together with the ability to visit many of the city's attractions.

This itinerary gives you the opportunity to reveal the city in an unforgettable way and exhibit the most iconic landmarks along the Batobus route. Also, with the provided map, you can easily navigate your way from Paris' main attractions to the Batobus stops.

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18 places  

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Champ de Mars

From Eiffel Tower to École Militaire, Champ de Mars is a magnificently designed urban green lung in Paris. As a central and large open space, Champ de Mars was chosen as the location for part of the French Revolution's celebrations and hosts the Expositions Universelles, Paris's famous World's Fairs. The place, which was open in 1780, is always bustling, full of Parisians and tourists who wish to enjoy the green lawns and superb view of the Eiffel Tower. It is an ideal place to absorb Paris's vibrant atmosphere, have a picnic, or just wander around in one of Paris's best areas.
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Eiffel Tower

 +33 892 70 12 39
  Champ de Mars, 5 Av. Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
La tour Eiffel is more than just a landmark, it's Paris itself. Monumental, full of charm, elegant, romantic, and with outstanding architecture. Built by Gustave Eiffel's company and named after him, the tower was inaugurated in 1889 for Paris World's Fair, Exposition Universelle. The tower was built to mark and honor the 100th year of the end of the French Revolution. While the beginning was controversial, Eiffel Tower becomes one of the most famous and visited monuments in the world. The Eiffel Tower is hypnotizing, it's catching the eye and has a mesmerizing view from above. Therefore, it is most recommended to visit the 2nd and 3rd floors of the tower, to see a breathtaking view of Paris, especially after dark.
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Batobus Tour Eiffel

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Port de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris, France
After visiting the remarkable Tour Eiffel and the surrounding, go to the Batobus Tour Eiffel stop and travel along the Seine to your next destination.
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Batobus - Invalides

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
The Invalides Batobus stop provides you with access to the nearby iconic Les Invalides. After ending your tour, you will easily be able to return to the Batobus and sail on.
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Les Invalides

 +33 1 44 42 38 77
  129 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
Les Invalides is a beautifully designed 17th-century complex and landmark in Paris you should not miss. Originally, it serves war veterans and includes a hospital. Today the imposing place is mostly known for Dôme des Invalides, a royal church with a winsome golden dome that serves as Napoleon's last resting place. The place also contains Musée de l'Armée, Musée de l'Ordre de la Libération, and Musée des Plans-Reliefs, all related to France's military history.
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Batobus - Invalides

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Quai d'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
The Invalides Batobus stop provides you with access to the nearby iconic Les Invalides. After ending your tour, you will easily be able to return to the Batobus and sail on.
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Batobus - Musée d'Orsay

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Musee D'Orsay, 9 Pl. Henry de Montherlant, 75007 Paris, France
Take off at Batobus - Musée d'Orsay. View Paris' wonders, and especially the magnificient Musée d'Orsay. Then return, and enjoy and absorb Paris's beauty while sailing at the Seine to your next destination.
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Musee D'Orsay

  Musee D'Orsay, 75007 Paris, France
Part of the D'Orsay Museum's charm is the building, which used to be a railway station (Gare d'Orsay). The remarkable building itself looks like artwork and is a splendid decoration to the masterpiece this museum contains. And like some of the iconic landmarks in Paris, the Musee D'Orsay building, then Gare d'Orsay, was ready just in time for the 1900 Paris Exposition (Exposition Universelle). The lovely museum located on the bank of the river Seine has many wonderful French artworks from the middle of the 19th century to the beginning of the 20th century. D'Orsay Museum also exhibits a fantastic collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings. Gauguin, Cézanne, Renoir, Manet, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh if to name a few, are among the remarkable artist this museum display their masterpieces.
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Batobus - Musée d'Orsay

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Musee D'Orsay, 9 Pl. Henry de Montherlant, 75007 Paris, France
Take off at Batobus - Musée d'Orsay. View Paris' wonders, and especially the magnificient Musée d'Orsay. Then return, and enjoy and absorb Paris's beauty while sailing at the Seine to your next destination.
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Batobus - Saint-Germain-des-Prés

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  3 Quai Malaquais, 75006 Paris, France
Take off at Batobus - Saint-Germain-des-Prés stop, to visit one of Paris's most charming and enticing quarters.
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés

  Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 75006 Paris, France
Stroll around the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter which is full of wonderful Romanesque architecture and iconic places. The lovely neighborhood is covered with alluring galleries, charming passages, delicious pastries, and some of the great chocolate shops in Paris. Do not miss the marvelous Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Café de Flore and Musée Eugène Delacroix.
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Église Saint-Sulpice

 +33 1 46 33 21 78
  2 Rue Palatine, 75006 Paris, France
An impressive 17th century Roman Catholic Church and one of the largest in Paris. The place also received international fame when the Church was mentioned in the bestseller book "The Da Vinci Code", by Dan Brown.
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Luxembourg Gardens

 +33 1 42 34 20 00
  75006 Paris, France
Jardin du Luxembourg, spectacular gardens that are full of flowers, statues, lawns, and sitting areas. The enticing gardens were ordered by Queen Marie de Medici, widow of King Henry IV, in 1612, to surround Luxembourg Palace. Today, the gardens are open to all and the Palace becomes the house of the French Senate. It is a must-visit place in Paris and represents well the love of the French to nature, aesthetic and preserving the past.
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Panthéon

 +33 1 44 32 18 00
  Pl. du Panthéon, 75005 Paris, France
An exceptional neoclassical building, the Panthéon was formed as a church dedicated to Paris's guardian saint, Saint Geneviève. However, when the place constructions end, the place changed its original course due to the French Revolution and become the last resting place of outstanding and extraordinary French people. Among the notable people that are buried at the Panthéon you may find Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Marie and Pierre Curie and Emile Zola.
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Sorbonne

  Sorbonne, 75005 Paris, France
La Sorbonne is a prominent university in France and one of the very firsts in the world. The beginning was very modest, the university was founded in 1253 by Robert de Sorbon, a Theologian who established the College of Sorbonne. The College developed into a fine university and reputable and respectable research institution with more than 55,000 students. It is situated in the splendid Latin Quarter and since its roots reach up to the 13th century, the university has a very special character and wonderfully elegant architecture.
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Shakespeare and Company

 +33 1 43 25 40 93
  37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris, France
Magnificent English bookstore with a rich history and enchanting bohemian atmosphere. The store is located near Notre Dame Cathedral and was opened by the American George Whitman in 1951 in a 17th-century building that used to be a monastery. The bookstore becomes a central spot in Paris's cultural life with many famous writers that visit the place, such as William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Julio Cortázar, and Henry Miller if to mention a very few.
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Notre Dame

  Notre Dame, Paris, France
Notre-Dame de Paris is a Gothic Catholic cathedral church and one of the most famous icons of Paris and faith. The Cathedral was built during the middle-ages and has a very long history which entwined with Paris history. It became an icon, also thanks to brilliant Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" which excites the imagination of readers since 1831. Unfortunately, the place burned in April 2019 and is undergoing a massive reconstruction. Despite this, the Cathedral and its surrounding are still very much worth watching.
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Batobus - Notre-Dame

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  21 Quai de Montebello, 75005 Paris, France
End your journey at the Notre Dame area, then return to the Batobus - Notre-Dame shuttle, and sail on to wherever you wish to go.
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Batobus - Jardin des Plantes

 +33 825 05 01 01
  Quai Saint-Bernard, 75005 Paris, France
Take a short ride on the Seine, and see more of thrilling Paris and the city's incredible architecture, from a different angle.
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Batobus - Hotel De Ville

  34 Voie Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris, France
Take off at Batobus - Hotel De Ville and get prepared for a wonderful experience of visiting the remarkable Hôtel de Ville and its marvelous surrounding.
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Hôtel de Ville

 +33 1 42 76 40 40
  Pl. de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris, France
Situated in the 4th arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine, Paris city hall is another display of outstanding French architecture. The site, in its various incarnations, is the seat of the Paris City Council and serves the Parisians since the 14th century. The former Hôtel de Ville was burned during the Paris Commune days and the current palatial neo-renaissance building was constructed in the late 19th century.

The large public square in front of the city hall was originally named Place de Grève. In past days, it officiates as a central gathering place and where executions were carried out. Since 1830 the name of the square has changed to Place de l'Hôtel de Ville and is frequently used for demonstrations by the locals.
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Sainte-Chapelle

 +33 1 53 40 60 80
  10 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Sainte-Chapelle is a fine example of a French medieval Gothic chapel. It was a royal chapel, part of Palais de la Cité which serves the kings of France until the 14th century. The small chapel has magnificent architecture and is world-famous for its stunning 13th-century stained glass windows. Those stained glass windows made Sainte-Chapelle a very popular place. Especially during the days when the sun is shining through and the church is lit by beautiful colors and leaves the visitors with an unforgettable experience.
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Pont Neuf

  75001 Paris, France
A historical monument in Paris, Pont Neuf is the oldest stone bridge across the River Seine that still exists today. Originally invited by Henri IV, the bridge was constructed, with some serious pauses, from 1578 to 1607. Magnificent during the day but even more at night, when the bridge arches are lighted up, Pont Neuf is another world-famous icon of Paris that you should not miss.
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Pont des Arts

  Pont des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
Pont des Arts is a magnificent stone bridge that connects the two banks of the River Seine. The bridge gained world recognition when lovers from all over the world used to bind love locks with their names to the bridge. It is one of many proofs that Paris is the most romantic city in the world.
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Louvre Museum

 +33 1 40 20 50 50
  Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
The Louvre Museum is considered one of the most prominent art museums in the world and maybe even the most important of them all. Without any doubt, this is the largest museum in the world and it won't be an exaggeration to say that the Louvre Museum is absolutely incredible. You can spend an entire day at the museum and still not be able to see it all. The museum has countless masterpiece artworks, including, of course, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, probably the most known painting in the world. However, the Mona Liza is far from being the only famous attraction of the Museum.

20 must-see masterpiece artworks in the Louvre


Any summary will underestimate the value of the Louvre. But if to mention only a fraction of what the visitors can see at the Museum, then here is a recommended list of the 20 must-sees while in the Louvre.

Mona Liza, painted by Leonardo da Vinci
The ancient Greek sculpture of Venus de Milo
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, the Hellenistic sculpture of the goddess of victory, Nike
The Great Sphinx of Tanis
Sleeping Hermaphroditus sculpture
Sarcophagus of the Spouses
The Raft of the Medusa, painted by Théodore Géricault
The Wedding at Cana, painted by Veronese
Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, sculpture by Antonio Canova
Dying Slave, sculpture by Michelangelo
Virgin of the Rocks, painted by Leonardo da Vinci
The Lacemaker, painted by Johannes Vermeer
Woman with a Mirror, painted by Titian
Liberty Leading the People, painted by Eugène Delacroix
The Coronation of Napoleon, painted by Jacques-Louis David
Louis XIV, painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud
The Card Sharp with the Ace of Diamonds, painted by Georges de La Tour
Ship of Fools, painted by Hieronymus Bosch
Death of the Virgin, painted by Caravaggio
The French Crown Jewels

The Louver Palace


The Louver Museum resides in the Louver Palace, which is a masterpiece of majestic architecture meeting art. Built near King Philippe-Auguste's (Philippe II) medieval fortress from the year 1200, the Palace had a modest beginning. It was established in 1546 when King Francis I, asked to build a better royal palace residence in a renaissance style, at this location. The connection of the Louver to the arts was right from the start since Francis I was an avid patron of art and had a passion to collect it. Actually, it was Francis I who invited Leonardo da Vinci to France, where he spent his last three years. Francis I was also the one who originally purchase the Mona Lisa and this is the reason why the brilliant painting is in France and not Italy.

Years went by and the Louver Palace expanded and refurbished with each monarch adding another personal layer of splendor to the grandiose Palace complex. Louis XIII and Louis XIV who ruled in the 17th century had contributed greatly to the Palace's expansion and its art collections. The Museum opens to the public during the French Revelation and during the Napoleon regime, only part of the Palace was for his personal use.

The Palace is artwork for itself and an example of extraordinary architecture. It is recommended not to miss the following:
Galerie d’Apollon, a sumptuous golden gallery that was created by Louis XIV, to strengthen his image as the Sun King.
The lavish Napoleon III Apartments.
The Mobilier des résidences royales, 18th-century royal furniture collation.
The Salle Mollien, the red rooms contain beautiful and large paintings such as The Coronation of Napoleon.

It is most recommended to plan your visit in advance to make sure you'll be able to view the most must-see artworks. Also, make sure you buy your tickets online in advance to save precious time.
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Batobus - Louvre

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France
Go on to the Batobus - Louvre stop, sail and view the spectacular urban landscape of Paris from a different angle.
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Batobus - Champs-Elysées

 +33 1 76 64 79 12
  Port des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France
Take off at the Batobus - Champs-Elysées stop and navigate your way among some of the most beautiful treasures of Paris.
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Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III is one of Paris's iconic landmarks and maybe the most gorgeous bridge in the city. As nearby Grand Palais and Petit Palais, Pont Alexandre III was built for 1900 Exposition Universelle (Universal Exposition). Impressive sculptures with touches of gold are scattered along the bridge together with splendid Art Nouveau lamps. Pont Alexandre III's central location, and the view of some of Paris's architectural wonders when you cross it, make this bridge a must-see.
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Grand Palais  (Closed temporarily)

 +33 1 44 13 17 17
  3 Av. du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France
Just like the Petit Palais, the Grand Palais was built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (Universal Exposition). The building which has a captivating dome made of glass consists of Nave, National Galleries, and Palais de la Découverte. The National Galleries exhibit fantastic exhibitions, and Palais de la Découverte is used as a science museum. During the years, Grand Palais serves France and the Parisians in main national and international events belonging to the art and education realms. Grand Palais shows, once again and without doubt, French architecture and arts excellence.
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Petit Palais

 +33 1 53 43 40 00
  Av. Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris, France
Wonderful building with enchanting architecture that was built for 1900 Exposition Universelle (Universal Exposition). Today, the place is home to Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, which has a fantastic collection of notable French and other European artists' artworks. The Petit Palais is located near to the Grand Palais, which together provides another glimpse of the alluring French architecture.
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Place de la Concorde

  75008 Paris, France
Place de la Concorde is a central square in Paris, famous for its beauty, striking obelisk, and winsome fountains. The square is approximately 19 acres and was creatively designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Since 1836 the Square contains Luxor Obelisk, which was given as a gift from Egypt and is more than 3,000 years old. The magnificent fountains, Fontaine des Mers and Fontaine des Fleuves, were constructed in 1840, and since then they are a source of pride and joy for the Parisians. During the French Revolution, the square was witness to many noble and royal executions, including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Today, the square is one of Paris's beloved spots and attracts many tourists from all over the world.
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Champs-Élysées

A world-famous avenue, synonym to luxury, splendor, fashion, and opulence. The 1.9 kilometers splendid avenue is full of grandiose stores, beautiful gardens, and fancy restaurants and cafes.
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Arc de Triomphe

 +33 1 55 37 73 77
  Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France
Arc de Triomphe is one of France's most notable symbols. It is located in Place Charles de Gaulle and is connected to the famous avenue, Champs-Élysées. Designed by Jean-François Chalgrin and inaugurated in 1836, Arc de Triomphe is approximately 50-meter high, 22 meters wide, and about 45 meters long. The impressive arc was established to respect the fallen French soldiers. Those who died during the Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, and those who fought for the country during those turbulent times. Every day, at 18:30, you will be able to see the flame of remembrance, as a tribute of the French nation in honor of its fallen soldiers.
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