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Paris Cruises

The City of Lights needs little introduction, widely renowned for its art, culture, fashion and cuisine. You can spend your time in classical bistros and bijoux boutiques in neighbourhoods like Montmartre, visit world-famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, or soak in centuries of fine art in museums like the Louvre and Pompidou Centre. You can easily while away a morning simply wandering from one bakery to the next, with the drool-worthy patisserie on show, or admire the equally scrumptious designs in Paris’s designer emporiums from Chanel to Givenchy.

Paris

What You Need To Know About Paris

What are the can’t-miss sights in Paris?

It’s impossible to visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower, whether it’s just a passing glance or a journey to the top. Built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889, it’s a symbol of the city with spectacular views. Enjoy a promenade down the broad Champs-Elysees, one of the world’s most glamorous shopping avenues leading its way up to the monumental Arc de Triomphe. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum, the gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral, and the pristine white stones of Sacre-Coeur at the top of Montmartre Hill. Pere Lachaise Cemetery is worth a wander to see the tranquil gravestones of the likes of Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde.

How can you reach Paris from the cruise terminal?

River cruisers moor at the docks along the Seine, most arriving at either Port de Grenelle next to the Eiffel Tower or the Port de Javel Bas. Both are within walking distance from many of Paris’s key attractions, as well as the RER Line C commuter-rail line and Paris Metro. You’ll be arriving along the Left Bank of Paris, a short journey by Metro from the museums and gardens of the Right Bank. Charles de Gaulle airport is also close at hand with a switch from Line C to Line B at Notre Dame Cathedral. Headed to Versailles? Simply take the train in the direction of Versailles-Chateau.

Parking facilities around the cruise terminal

Parking in central Paris can be difficult to find, but you’ll have your choice of street parking and underground car parks near the river. Street parking is divided into two zones, and you can expect to pay €4 per hour in the centre and €2.40/hour on the outskirts, usually with a two-hour maximum. For longer term stays during your cruise, choose an underground secure garage near the Eiffel Tower for access to Port de Grenelle. You could also look for parking in the suburbs for lower rates, taking public transport into the centre.

PARIS - DID YOU KNOW?

Paris is undeniably one of the world’s best cities for shopping. Boulevard Haussmann is where you’ll find sleek, sprawling department stores like the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps Haussman. Both offer a treasure trove of French designers at all price points. Visit the antiques galleries along Quai Voltaire by the Seine, or browse through trendy concept stores in Le Marais.

The Louvre is certainly top-tier in the rankings of world museums, but the d’Orsay is also well worth a visit particularly for any fan of Impressionist paintings. You’ll see works from Monet, Manet, and more, along with classical portraits in a converted train station.

The Latin Quarter is the place to go for architecture enthusiasts, showcasing an array of styles from the Gothic-Renaissance construction of St-Etienne du Mont church or the grandiose nature of the Pantheon. Afterwards, have a nosey around the quarter’s amazing food markets, stacked with cheese and produce.

If you have the time for a little trip outside the city, take the train journey to Versailles to see the beautifully ornate designs of its famous Chateau. Built for the Sun King Louis XIV, its gardens alone are well worth the visit with their elegant fountains and green hedgerows.


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