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The "Old Paris" Christmas tea time cruise on the canal Saint-Martin

PRICE : 23.00€ / pers

An unusual Christmas cruise in the heart of the "Paris of Parisians"

Description of the cruise

pain d'épice et vin chaud


  • gingerbread with honey,
  • mulled wine or hot chocolate
  • and seasonal sweet treats.
  • From the Port de l'Arsenal to the Bassin de La Villette.

    From the LEDOUX Rotunda, towards the Villette park (Cité des sciences, Géode, Zénith, Cité and Musée de la Musique) and as far as the Paris-Arsenal marina (Opéra de la Bastille, Colonne de juillet), you'll discover this canal with its tranquil stretches of water punctuated by locks, lined with plane and chestnut trees and spanned by romantic footbridges. Is there a more “exotic” and seductive city walk in Paris?

    During this cruise, the past, present… and future of several districts merge to form fascinating pages of history, of an unusual and mysterious Paris, which are told to you in the course of the water. You'll relive the tragic events, but also the most delightful anecdotes.

    Perhaps you'll spare a thought for the 504 victims of the Three Glorious Years who lie beneath the July Column… But also for the mummy that Bonaparte brought back from Egypt and which, mistakenly, is also there.

    You'll travel in the company of the Knights Templar, the Mona Lisa and other characters who have made the history of Paris, both great and small.

    What a pleasant way to pass the century-old Crimean Lift Bridge, the four double locks and the swing bridges.

    You'll discover the “atmosphere, atmosphere” of Paris, so dear to the great Arletty, and follow in the footsteps of Marcel Carné, who made the Canal Saint-Martin a “film location”.

    Between each commentary from our guide... the music and songs of Paris.

    Book your cruise using the calendar opposite, with available dates and departures highlighted. Click on the desired date and then select the departure.
    Please note: if only one departure is available, the departure time and point are indicated below the calendar.

    Tickets can be purchased on board the boats (subject to availability) or from our sales office at the full price of €23 per adult.

    Highlights of your cruise

    • Discover the Canal Saint-Martin and beyond with an expert guide
    • Pass through 4 double locks, 2 swing bridges, 1 lift bridge, and the mysterious underground vault that is inaccessible on foot
    • A delicious Christmas snack: gingerbread with honey, hot drink, seasonal sweet treats.

    Practical Informations

    • Duration of the cruise : 2h30
    • Live Comments :
    • Departure : - Departure from the Port de l'Arsenal: pedestrian access opposite 50 boulevard de la Bastille - 75012 PARIS / Metro: BASTILLE

      - Departure from the Bassin de la Villette: opposite 13 quai de la Loire - 75019 PARIS / Metro: Jaurès

    Map of the itinerary

    Boarding point

    Port de l'Arsenal

    Disembarkation point

    Le Bassin de la Villette