From Le Havre: Paris Highlights with Seine River Cruise - the Best Shore Excursion

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Duration (10-11h) Check availability to see starting times
Language English
Free Cancellation up to 24h in advance


  • Enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise on the river Seine past the main sights of Paris
  • See Paris's most iconic sights such as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe
  • Enjoy a comfortable pick-up and drop-off directly at the cruise ship
  • Listen to stories of Paris from a passionate local professional tour guide
  • Admire the imposing Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris and all of France
  • Stroll down Champs-Élysées - most famous avenue in the world




A day trip to Paris is the perfect way to make the most of a cruise ship stopover in the port of Le Havre. Enjoy a comfortable bus ride into the city and join your guide on a panoramic tour of the city's main sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame and much more.

You will be welcomed in front of the cruise ship terminal and board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus to embark on a journey through the beautiful Norman countryside. 

The journey from Le Havre to Paris takes approximately 3 hours.

When you arrive in Paris, the obligatory stop, opening up the Parisian atmosphere, will be the most famous monument in the world: the Eiffel Tower! Here you will meet a passionate local guide who will bring the city to life with his captivating stories and historical insights.

Then embark on a spectacular panoramic bus tour of the City of Lights. You will pass at the backside of the majestic Les Invalides, a sacred military site that houses the tomb of Napoleon, one of the world's most famous generals. Admire the façade of the Louvre.

Admire the twin towers of the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, whose catastrophic fire held the world's breath in 2019, but today stands as a monument to the will of the French people.

End your tour by heading up the Champs-Élysées, the most famous fashion avenue in the world. Visit the towering Arc de Triomphe, from which you will descend to take photos and, if time permits, take a break for a snack and a quick shopping spree on the Champs Elysees. 

At the end of the tour, your guide will bid you farewell and you will be transported back to the cruise ship port in Le Havre.

See the French capital during one of its most historic moments: the 2024 Olympics! Adapting the tour to the ship's schedule gives you the opportunity to make the most of the time available and relieves you of the worry of getting back to port on time. The tour provides pick-up directly from the port and delivery to your destination with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the day.


What’s Included?

  • Pick up and drop off at the port of Le Havre
  • 1-hour scenic Seine River Cruise past main sights
  • In Paris: friendly and passionate local guide (please note there will be no guide present on the bus during the journey, the guide only joins in Paris)
  • Modern, air-conditioned shared bus transportation
  • Guided sightseeing tour of the city
  • Brief stop for a quick lunch (Depending on the docking times of your ship and traffic conditions, the duration of the tour may be amended on the day to ensure that you do not miss your ship.)
  • Gratuities are welcome if you enjoy your tour. We recommend 10% for guides, and 5% for bus drivers
  • Entrance fees (none will be required during your tour)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Time for shopping or a sit-down meal

Meeting and Pickup

After you come out of the terminal, head out of the security gate of the cruise port. It is about a 3 minute walk, 1000ft / 300m. Our greeters will be just outside the gate with VEXPERIO signs.



1. Port of Le Havre

Your adventure to Paris starts at the Le Havre cruise ship port. Our welcoming team will meet you right outside the terminal. From there, you’ll hop on a cozy, air-conditioned bus for a three-hour ride through the picturesque Norman countryside.

We coordinate our tours with the cruise ship schedules to ensure we start on time and get you back well before your ship leaves.

This year, with the Summer Olympics in Paris, the city is buzzing with excitement! To make your visit more pleasant and avoid the crowded streets, we've added a scenic cruise on the Seine River. This boat ride gives you a fantastic view of major Parisian sights like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, all from the comfort of your seat, away from traffic.

We've tailored this tour so you can experience the best of Paris without any hassle.

2. Eiffel Tower

Once we reach Paris, we'll stop at the dock for the river cruise, just a short walk from the iconic Eiffel Tower. Here, your guide will greet you and share interesting stories about the tower, Paris, and French history.

We'll take a brief walk, just 1-2 blocks, bringing you closer to the tower for some great photo ops. The Eiffel Tower is an emblem of French culture and engineering, standing as a proud monument that is bound to impress.

Please note: 

  • This tour does not visit the Eiffel Tower inside. Due to the extensive security measures, the line to the Eiffel Tower can take several hours. You will have a photo opportunity from the river cruise, and from a distance of about several hundred yards.
  • Time permitting, we will walk a bit closer to the Eiffel Tower for a photo stop at the famous "Rue de Universite" - one of the most picturesque and photographed perspectives of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Guests should be comfortable with walking for up to 20 minutes at a time. While we strive to accommodate everyone, the unique conditions of the Olympics mean the tour may not be suitable for individuals with severe mobility restrictions. Alternatively to the walk, you can wait for the group to return at the bench by the river cruise dock.

3. Seine River

Next, enjoy a captivating 1-hour river cruise starting near the Eiffel Tower. Glide through the heart of Paris and see the city's architectural wonders from a unique perspective on the water. Admire the grandeur of the Louvre, home to thousands of art pieces, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

4. Louvre Museum

While on the river cruise, you'll pass by the Louvre and get a wonderful view of its large classical buildings. From your spot on the Seine, you won't see the modern glass pyramid, but you will enjoy the view of the historical façade and the extensive complex stretching along the riverbank.

As you move past the Louvre's western wing, you'll see its Renaissance and Baroque style architecture. The detailed stonework and statues on top of the building are particularly impressive from the river. This angle lets you fully appreciate the size and historical importance of the Louvre, which was once a royal palace before it was turned into a museum.

5. Musee d'Orsay

During your cruise, you'll also get a great view of the Musée d'Orsay. The museum building was originally a Beaux-Arts railway station built for the 1900 World's Fair. From the river, you can admire its grand front, which includes large arched windows and detailed decorations. This view emphasizes the architectural elegance of the museum. Although you'll only see the outside, it's important to know that inside, the museum hosts the world's largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. This spot was transformed from a train station into a key site for art lovers.

6. Cathedral Notre-Dame

If the river’s water levels are favorable, the cruise will also approach the Notre Dame Cathedral. From this angle, you'll see the cathedral's iconic Gothic façade, including the twin towers and the stunning rose window. The reflection of Notre Dame in the Seine adds to the beauty of the view, allowing you to appreciate the architectural details without the usual crowd.

Please note that reaching Notre Dame on the cruise depends on the river's water level. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds if the cathedral is not accessible on your cruise day.

7. Grand Palais and other sights from the Seine

During your Seine River cruise, you'll get a close look at many notable Paris landmarks. One standout feature is the Pont Alexandre III, with its elaborate design and golden sculptures of winged horses, a reflection of the Belle Époque's luxury. As you continue, you'll pass by the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, facing each other across the street. These buildings are famous for their breathtaking architecture and cultural exhibits, particularly the Grand Palais with its large glass dome. The cruise also takes you by the Île de la Cité, the historical core of Paris, where you'll see both the imposing Notre Dame Cathedral and the Palais de Justice. Nearby, the Conciergerie stands out, a medieval building that once was a royal palace and later a prison during the French Revolution. This cruise offers a wonderful opportunity to see these iconic sites from a unique perspective, highlighting the rich history and architectural grandeur of Paris.

8. Place de la Concorde

Moving further along the Seine, the Place de la Concorde comes into view. From the river, you can see the Luxor Obelisk rising prominently at the square’s center, flanked by graceful fountains and grand buildings. This square is one of the most significant and beautiful public spaces in Paris.

9. Arc de Triomphe

After the river cruise, our bus will bring you to the Arc de Triomphe. Here, our knowledgeable guide will explain the history of this grand monument. Commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate his military victories and the French army, the Arc de Triomphe is 50 meters high and adorned with detailed sculptures and reliefs that capture important moments in history.

10. Champs-Élysées.

Located at the end of the renowned Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe is surrounded by theaters, cafes, and luxury stores, adding to the vibrant atmosphere of Paris. The Champs-Élysées has been a symbol of French elegance and style for centuries, attracting visitors from around the world. If time allows, you’ll have some free time to shop for souvenirs or grab a quick bite.

Please note that free time at the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées depends on traffic, special events, the docking times of your ship, and other factors. If your tour is affected by these factors, or your free time is shortened, we cannot offer a refund. For those interested in exploring independently, consider our "Paris on Your Own Tour" which is a simple transfer to the French capital and back, without a guided tour or a cruise.

11. Port of le Havre

After a day full of exploration, our coach bus will take you comfortably back to your ship, leaving you with lasting memories. With over ten years of experience organizing shore excursions, we prioritize your comfort and peace of mind. Our tours are carefully planned around your ship's schedule to ensure a stress-free experience. We handle all logistics from pickup to drop-off at the port, allowing you to relax and immerse yourself in the adventure.

Choose between this guided sightseeing tour or our "Paris on Your Own" round-trip transfer, designed for independent exploration. Let us make your Parisian journey unforgettable, creating memories that you will cherish forever!

Cancellation Policy

  • For groups of 1-6 people: free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.
  • For groups of 7+ people: free cancellation up to up to 7 days ahead. From 6 days in advance to 48 hours in advance, a 50% fee will apply.
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours ahead or no-shows result in no refund.

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Important Information

  • Discover Paris during the Olympics 2024 with us! While we're excited about the vibrant atmosphere, please note that our itinerary might adjust to match the city's dynamic pace. Due to the exceptional nature of the event, we may need to amend our routes to give you the best experience. But do not worry! Trust our experience as expert locals. Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime excursion to see Paris in one of its most historic moments.
  • Please note guests should be comfortable with walking for up to 20 minutes at a time. While we strive to accommodate everyone, the unique conditions of the Olympics mean the tour may not be suitable for individuals with severe mobility restrictions.
  • This tour is not suitable for passengers with mobility scooters or traveling with wheelchairs. Only light, foldable wheelchairs can be accommodated. Private tours with wheelchair-adapted vehicles can be arranged.
  • Normally, the tour lasts 11 hours. On the following days, the tour lasts 10 hours:
    September 12, 2024, 8:30: Oceania Marina
    October 9, 2024, 7:30: Norwegian Star (10 hour tour)
    October 14, 2024, 8:30: ms Rotterdam
  • Eiffel Tower: please note this tour does not visit the Eiffel Tower inside, which, due to security measures, can take up to several hours of waiting in line.
  • Free Time: The free time at the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées is subject to traffic, special events, docking times of your ship, and other circumstances. If your tour does not permit for free time due to these circumstances, or your free time is shortened, we will not be able to provide a refund. If you prefer a tour focused on self-exploration, please consider our "Paris on Your Own Tour":
  • River Cruise: the boat cruise includes an audio-commentary. To enjoy it on the outside deck of the boat, please bring your own headphones.
  • Notre Dame: please note the river cruises only go to the Notre Dame if the water levels are not too high. We cannot guarantee the cruise on the date of your visit will be able to reach Notre Dame.
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