Paris is one of the most iconic cities in the world so it should come as no surprise that it is highly popular on the cruise circuit with thousands of cruise goers visiting the French capital every year.
The bustling metropolis with its cosmopolitan makeup and rich history is home to some of the most important sites in the whole of Europe and it enjoys a fantastic European culture. Going on a cruise from Paris can really open your eyes to the history of the city and the country in general and it provides many opportunities for some fabulous excursions..
Listing all the various things to do in Paris would take pages upon pages of writing to even touch on the surface and there are whole books dedicated to sightseeing in the city.That being said, Paris is not just the likes of the Lourve, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or the Arc de Triomphe but rather it has so much more to offer visitors even if these are, by and large, the most famous and most visited attractions.
If you have seen these before then why not do something a bit different? For example you can visit many important locations of the French Revolution.
When the people embarked on this social and political upheaval they probably didn’t realise what a lasting effect it would have on France, Europe and the World however it changed the course of history to some degree and a lot of the original locations still remain.
The Place de la Concorde where King Louis XVI was beheaded is still there as are other places such as Les Invalides and,to a certain extent, the Bastille which is symbolic of the starting of the revolution although not much of the original structure remains.
Walking along the Seine and visiting the countless number of café’s littered along its legendary banks is another worthwhile activity. The relaxed nature and café culture is important and intrinsic to Parisian life and, if you are feeling intellectual, then a visit to the Café de Flore in Saint-Germain where philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir spent their days is a great place to have a typical Parisian café experience.
Getting around Paris is easy with the Metro System
Getting around Paris is simple enough and many places can be reached on foot depending on how much time you have although if you are limited or want to see a lot in a short space of time then the metro system is efficient and covers the city including all the tourist spots.
A cruise that starts or includes Paris will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most important sites in the world.
If you haven’t visited before then look for the main excursions – Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysees etc… however for something different, immerse yourself in the café culture of the city and soak up the traditions and history of this famous city before you set off down the River Seine.