Paris along the water

A relaxing break on Paris’s mythical river is a must for a simple boat trip, a lunch, or a dinner. Take a look at our pick of companies that have made the Seine and the canals of Paris a playground for trips, private-hire events, and team-building activities!

No doubt about it, the Seine offers some of the most spectacular views of Paris. A relaxing break on Paris’s mythical river watching the capital's emblematic monuments slip by in the course of an excursion, or a dinner, daytime, or evening, is a must for every visitor.

A snapshot of companies that have made the Seine and the canals of Paris a playground for trips, private-hire events, and team-building activities!

At the quayside!

At the quayside but still on the water? Everything is possible! Plan your event at Fluctuart, the Péniche Le Marcounet or Gustave.

The first urban art centre in Paris, Fluctuart is a floating platform with a surface area of 1,000 m² spread over 3 levels, below the Pont des Invalides. Creative, flexible, and innovative, this venue also offers several outdoor spaces for private hire: the rooftop, and terrace on the quayside (in summer). The spaces are totally transparent and give visitors a clear view of the Seine The rooftop offers unforgettable sunset views…

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Péniche le Marcounet - Vue globale 3, Paris

Plan an event on an authentic barge, in the historical centre of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, just below the Pont Marie! Spacious, bright, and comfortable, the main room of the Péniche Le Marcounet, offers 90 m² of flexible space to suit your event. Guests can enjoy a magical panoramic view opposite the Ile Saint Louis, from the heated and comfortable terrace of the Upper Deck (65 m²). The outdoor terrace on the quayside (open from May to October) is made up of 250 palettes: an eco-friendly terrace with a collection of plants from flora of the dunes.

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Le Gustave - Vedettes de Paris - Rooftop vue Tour Eiffel, Paris

The  Vedettes de Paris cruise company has opened Gustave, a new pontoon for events ! Modern and beautifully designed, this floating space for use as an events venue provides a unique setting by the water, opposite the Eiffel Tower and Trocadero. Receptions, seminars, cocktail receptions, or meetings for up to 230 guests can be organized on the glassed-over upper deck and on its 360° terrace, or in the 100 m² VIP room on the lower deck, ideal for seminars and evening events.

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TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITIES ON THE WATER

Several companies offer to pep up your activities and provide a new perspective on team building:

Performances Net - Dragon Boat, Paris

Performances-net offers many original activities in prestigious and historic places for groups of up to 1,000 people. Through its Nautiques Événements brand, various fun and outdoor activities are offered like rowing or rafting challenges, or the famous ‘Dragon Boats’ regatta - a team-building activity par excellence. In teams of 8 or 18 people, enjoy a unique opportunity to discover this ancient sport originating from China on a 250-metre stretch, to the rhythm of drumming. A prize-giving ceremony with a cocktail party or a themed evening function, rounds off the day.

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ParisDuckTour® offers an unusual one-of-a-kind experience. Climb aboard this amphibious bus for an original sightseeing experience: a minibus tour, a boat tour, and a guided tour, with commentary along the way including historical and anecdotal information. Make the ParisDuckTour a part of your event: the minibuses are luxurious and comfortable (from 12 to 24 people). The pick-up point can be adapted to the location of your convention.

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Marin d'eau douce - Canal, Paris © DavGemini

Marin d’eau douce offers a catalogue of friendly and varied cruises along the La Villette canal basin, the Canal Saint Martin, the Canal de l’Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Denis, for groups of 20 to 200 people. You can rent an electric boat for a boat trip or enjoy a more challenging activity such as a treasure hunt, a nautical rally, or an orienteering course!

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RESTAURANTS ON THE WATER

Some restaurants have chosen the Seine as their address! Plan your event with an elegant lunch or dinner cruise while enjoying the most beautiful monuments in the French capital.

Ducasse sur Seine - Table vue tour Eiffel, Paris

The Ducasse sur Seine cruise invites you to rediscover the architecture of Paris and pleasures for your tastebuds, on the water in an exceptional setting. The restaurant boat is perfectly suited to bespoke events: several spaces are available for full- or partial- private hire like the reception space Le Carré situated on the upper deck (up to 20 guests, ideal for business lunches or small celebratory events) and at the centre of the vessel, the chef’s table hosts up to 12 guests in a private setting. For larger events, the main deck and terrace of the ship are fully available for receptions of 45 to 102 guests.

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Capitaine Fracasse - Diner croisière, Paris

Entirely renovated, the Capitaine Fracasse offers a unique and friendly experience. In a vessel with large windows on the sides and front, your dinner cruise takes place in a cosy atmosphere. The cuisine is modern and refined, and the dinner cruise has a gourmet menu with a tasting selection, a dish of your choice and a sweet dish. The boat is available for private hire to get your employees together or to organize a corporate event, from 120 people for a lunch and 210 people in the evening. The Capitaine Fracasse is moored on the Ile aux Cygnes, under the Bir Hakeim bridge in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

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CLASSICS

For bespoke events on the river Seine or the canals of Paris, rediscover classic operators: private hire, catering, trips ... various options and formats are available for a successful event on the water.

Step on board for a lunch or a dinner on the Bateaux Parisiens, whose pier, at Port de la Bourdonnais offers a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower. The fleet has 13 boats: 5 ‘restaurant’ boats and can seat from 110 to 340 people and 8 boats for sightseeing trips with seating for 100 to 600 people. The company offers Lunch or Dinner cruises featuring traditional cuisine and musical entertainment.

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Bateaux Mouches - Le Club Intérieur  , Paris © OTCP

Discover or reacquaint yourself with historic Paris on a boat cruise with the Bateaux Mouches. These boats with avant-garde design have two decks and are covered, heated and air-conditioned or in warmer weather, uncovered to enjoy the view. The fleet has a total of 15 boats: all glass covered and bright and airy; 9 boats for sightseeing trips, 6 ‘restaurant’ boats including 4 boats for receptions with rooms hosting up to 550 people seated and 800 people for a cocktail reception.

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La Marina by Paris Seine - Dîner croisière tour Eiffel

With its offering of bespoke events, the Paris Seine - Bateau Restaurant, situated in the area of the Village Cour Saint-Emilion, invites you to come aboard one of its panoramic boats, in the layout of your choice. The company has 4 boats with capacity ranging from 30 to 200 people. Over lunch or dinner, admire the capital’s famous monuments and superb bridges all lit up at dusk. The Marina de Paris serves sophisticated dishes using seasonal ingredients, on a choice of 3 types of cruises.

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Yachts de Paris - Excellence © Nicolas Buisson

Another Seine cruise stalwart is Les Yachts de Paris. On its fleet of 8 magnificent yachts, the company can welcome aboard up to 800 passengers, sailing from Port Henri IV or Port de Javel. Private hire events and tailor-made packages can be organized in its superb lounges to the client's requirements. Catering is by the upscale Paris caterer Lenôtre. Les Yachts de Paris offer spaces with new eco-friendly design at the quayside: the open-air Nework lounges, and the Barge Liberty, in the west of Paris, opposite the Statue of Liberty, as well as the Atelier on the Quai Henri IV.

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Paris Canal - Bassin de la Villette Canal Saint Martin | 630x405 | © OTCP

Paris Canal has 3 boats for your groups of 10 to 200 people from three different boarding points: one situated below the Musée d’Orsay and the other two in the La Villette canal basin and park. Enjoy a 2hr30  cruise on the Canal St Martin or an full day outing on the Paris canals: Iles des Impressionnistes, the Grande Boucle de Paris, Guinguette, Cité de la Sciences, Parc de la Villette ... Several services are available for corporate clients: entertainment, floral decoration, and catering.

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 Green River Cruises, Bateau hommes, Paris

See Paris from the Seine on a private cruise with Green River Cruises on a pontoon boat (12 passengers), imported directly from the United States. These comfortable and luxurious boats offer breathtaking views and an ideal space for a lunch, dinner, or outdoor after-work event. For a pleasant corporate meal with your clients, opt for the 1hr30 Eiffel Tower cruise; for an aperitif with colleagues, choose the 2hr cruise as far as the Statue of Liberty or the 3hr trip that cruises past the 5 islands along the Seine arriving at Ile Seguin.

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