From 28 July to 15 September 2021, you can set off on a free cruise in the Ile-de-France region thanks to an initiative titled ‘Mercredi, j’ai bateau’ (Wednesdays on the water).
With themes ranging from impressionism and industrial architecture to the history of guinguettes (open-air cafés), street art and local flora, these cruises provide an unusual take on Paris and are a good way to discover picturesque (but sometimes little-known) culturally rich locations.
Cruise to the Marne riverside at Nogent-sur-Marne - 2hr30
Wednesday 1 September 2021
Board the boat in Paris at the foot of Pont Neuf and step off at the charming Joinville-le-Pont port. On this 2hr30 cruise, you will follow in the footsteps of well-to-do 19th century Paris families seeking a nature break and entertainment. You will sail along the Bibliothèque Nationale de France district and see the amazing Chinese hotel Chinagora and then come to the bucolic landscape of the Marne. There is much to see along the banks of the Marne, including venerable open-air cafés such as the well-known Chez Gègène, historic rowing clubs and holiday villas. Once you’re there, why not enjoy a picnic in the midst of nature, give kayaking a try or hire a bicycle and go for a ride.
Morning 10am-12.30pm :
Afternoon 2pm-4.30pm :
Cruise with commentary from Paris to Sèvres or vice versa : 1hr30 cruise
Wednesday 8 September 2021
See everything there is to see in western Paris! On this cruise from Paris to Sèvres or vice versa, you will go past iconic Paris landmarks: the Jardin des Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, the Pont Alexandre III, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the Parc André Citroën, etc. Then the boat heads for the Hauts-de-Seine department, passing the Île Saint Germain and the monumental ‘Tour aux Figures’ sculpture by Jean Dubuffet, and then the Île Seguin, which has a rich history and now hosts the magnificent music venue La Seine Musicale. The cruise offers a glimpse of the architectural heritage on the banks of the Seine as well as the biodiversity that thrives along the famous river.
Available slots (4 trips)
10am to 11.30am (departure from Paris)
11.30 to 1pm (departure from Sèvres)
2pm to 3.30 (departure from Paris)
3.30 to 5pm (departure from Sèvres)
Departure/arrival : Paris Canal, at the foot of the Musée d’Orsay, facing 23 Quai Anatole France- 12 Port de Solférino/Sèvres stopover, Port de Sèvres, facing the Ile Seguin
From Paris to Sèvres :
From Sèvres to Paris :
Round trip on the Marne (Paris / Val-de-Marne) - 4hr30
15 September 2021
Why not discover the Seine from eastern Paris? Set off on a circular commentated cruise to Nogent with an about-turn downstream from the Île aux Loups. Starting from the Île de la Cité, the cruise takes in the striking green building housing the Cité de la Mode et du Design, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France district and the former factories on the riverbanks bearing witness to Paris’s industrial past. The scenery changes to pastoral on reaching the Marne and your guide will tell you about the history of the holiday villas, the 19th-century open-air cafés known as guinguettes and the area’s sailing clubs. The cruise combines natural beauty with the history of industrial Paris and contemporary architecture.
Cultural cruise around the Île-Saint-Denis : 2hr30
Wednesday 25 August 2021
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Board the boat from the 6B, a former strip of industrial wasteland in Saint Denis, now a venue for artistic creation hosting many cultural events. Sail along the towns of Saint Ouen, Saint Denis, Epinay-sur-Seine, Gennevilliers and Villeneuve la Garenne. You will pass the bucolic Île Saint Denis hosting a natural reserve and many bird species, and then the future Olympic village. You will learn all about the preparations for the 2024 Paris OIympics, and about the Port de Gennevilliers sheltered dock. Your guide will also relate the history of river transport and describe the trades and the craft that once plied these waters.
Departure from 6B at 2pm, tour around the Île Saint Denis, return to 6B at 4.30pm
Cruise of the 25 August 2021 :
Cruise of the 15 September 2021 :
Cruise between Parc de la Villette and 6B – 2hr30
15 September 2021
This cruise commentated by the guide and architectural historian Sébastien Radouan starts from the Canauxrama pier at Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement. You will sail along the Canal de l’Ourcq and learn about its amazing history as well as that of the northern Paris canals. Then you pass through the Flandres lock to reach the Canal de Saint Denis, the first canal in the vicinity of Paris, dating to the 19th century. There are many art and heritage sites waiting to be discovered in northern Paris, among them the Olympic village, an abundance of street art, and wastelands converted into cultural venues, such as the 6B.
Departure Parc de la Villette at 10am, arrival at the 6B at 12.30pm
Street art cruise on the Saint-Denis canal - 2hr30
15 September 2021
Climb aboard the Canauxrama boat at Parc de la Villette, enjoy a drink at the bar and sail along the Canal de Saint Denis on a discovery of Street Art Avenue. Since 2016, local and international artists have been invited to create new artworks each year along this avenue running along the canal. The 2hr30 cruise, which goes through several locks, highlights urban artworks by 30-odd street artists. They use a variety of techniques – spray paint, acrylic paint, stencils and collages – to transform the banks of the canal into an art display. You will admire works by artists such as Seth, Zest, Telmo Miel and Tarek Benaoum, as well as a huge 1,000-m2 fresco created by 20-odd artists for the Auber Graffiti Show.
Departure at 5.30pm, return at the parc de la Villette at 8pm