Cruises and excursions with the family

Paris can be admired on land, on the water and from the air. Here are some original ways to explore the city.

Paris on land: buses and little trains

Enfants dans un bus panoramique © Fotolia

Sit back on the upper deck of an open-top double decker bus, and enjoy the sights of Paris as you listen to the informative and entertaining commentary, either recorded or live.

City Vision’s Open Tour and Big Bus Paris are two of the most popular options for a sightseeing day out with the family in Paris. Foxity prides itself on its affordable tours and facilities for people with reduced mobility.
Toy trains are an unusual and pleasant way to sightsee and besides, kids love them. Another Paris offers commentated train tours of central Paris districts. Or you could get on the Montmartre funicular, which carries passengers from the foot of Montmartre Hill up to the Sacré Coeur – a charming ride with an authentic feel.

Paris on the water: by boat

Cruise on the Seine, Paris © OTCP - Jocelyne Genri

Strolling along the quays and drifting along the Seine in a boat are leisurely, pleasurable ways to admire the city’s sights, and entirely suitable for children.

The Batobus shuttle boats transport passengers along the river, between the Pont Austerlitz and the Port de La Bourdonnais, chugging past iconic Paris sights such as the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral and allowing you to hop on and off to sightsee at the stops. Children aged 7 to 12 can take part in the Batobus treasure hunt. Armed with an activity book, young sailors must solve riddles as they explore the city and track down a tasty treasure at the final stop.

The Vedettes de Paris and the Bateaux-Mouches offer kid-friendly cruises with commentary, while the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf organize themed cruises, including one specially designed for kids on the mysteries of Paris.

La Croisière enchantée is pleasant and instructive, with storytellers recounting the history of Paris through songs. If you’d like to dine while enjoying your trip along the water, Paris en Scène offers brunches on board and dinner cruises. Finally, Paris Canal and Canauxrama operate charming, educational cruises along the canals of Paris.

Paris from the air: a hot-air balloon

Parc André Citroën - fontaine ballon - Paris - © OTCP - DR

Tethered at the André-Citroën park in central Paris, the Generali France hot air balloon rises to an altitude of nearly 150 metres, offering passengers a bird’s-eye view of the French capital.
The PanoraMagique tethered balloon at Disney® Village is the world’s biggest tethered balloon. This noiseless, eco-friendly balloon uses as little energy as a lift.
Finally, a helicopter flight over Paris is an exciting experience for daring kids. Helipass flies over western Paris, hovering in mid-air over the Bois de Boulogne, the Parc de Saint-Cloud and the Longchamp racecourse.

Another Paris - Le petit train bleu Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Quartier Latin
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Discover another Paris: cultural visits through different districts onboard a little scenic train. You will be welcomed by......

Big Bus Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Porte de Versailles - Commerce
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Bustronome Adhérent

Guided tours
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The Bustronome restaurant: good food and great views. It combines an enjoyable excursion showing star views of Paris with......

Vedettes du pont Neuf Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Notre-Dame - Île Saint-Louis
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Cruise-tours with cultural commentary in English and French on the Seine, the prettiest avenue in Paris. On board these......

Bateaux-Mouches Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Champs-Élysées
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Discover or re-discover the magic of the Seine as you pass by some of the most prestigious historical monuments on one of the 14......

Vedettes de Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Tour Eiffel - Invalides
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Discover the most beautiful tours with commentary in Paris with a sightseeing cruise on the Vedettes de Paris. Board your boat at......

Paris En Scène Adhérent

Restaurant original for its venue or entertainment | On a boat moving on the water
Escale du pont Saint-Michel - Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, 75001
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Starting at €39, accessible dinner and brunch cruises on the Seine. The ideal solution to enjoy a cruise without breaking the......

Foxity Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Louvre

A new discovery tour of Paris with a bus that has a see-through sliding roof to enable passengers to enjoy the capital all year......

Tour In Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Champs-Élysées
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City Sigthseeing Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Louvre

Cette nouvelle société City Sightseeing sur Paris est présente dans le monde entier et permet aux personnes ayant visités......

Batobus Paris Adhérent

Boats
Port de la Bourdonnais, Paris, 75007
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Discover Paris in 9 stops with Batobus: Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, St Germain des Prés, Notre-Dame, Jardin des plantes, Hôtel......

L’Open Tour Paris Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Opéra - Grands Boulevards
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Paris L’Opentour: The best view of Paris… Be guided by our commentaries available in 10 languages. Hop on and off as you please......

Magic Ways Adhérent

Coach operator
  • Saint-Lazare

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Ballon PanoraMagique Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Disneyland Paris
  • 77 - Seine-et-Marne

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Ballon Generali Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Porte de Versailles - Commerce

The biggest hot air balloon in the world! Get a unique bird's eye view of Paris on board the world's biggest air-balloon, from......

Paris Canal Adhérent

Incentive activities | Guided tours
  • La Villette
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From the Musée d’Orsay to the Parc de la Villette Experience the most amazing cruise in Paris! A relaxing and instructive......

Canauxrama Adhérent

Guided tours
  • La Villette
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Come and experience a romantic and unique cruise on the Saint Martin canal for an authentic Parisian experience, between Bastille......

Bateaux Parisiens - Croisière enchantée Adhérent

Guided tours
  • Tour Eiffel - Invalides

Two mischievous elves, Lila and Philou, played by professional actors, take the children along the Seine and tell the story and......

Via City Tour Adhérent

Coach operator | Guided tours
  • Quartier Latin

Founded in 2006 as a transportation company, Via City Tour developed into a trusted travel partner for private and group tours,......