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

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Reopening in September 2024

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canal st Martin 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 delicacies.
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  • gingerbread with honey,
  • mulled wine or hot chocolate
  • and seasonal delicacies.

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.


  • Departure from Bastille/Port de l'Arsenal: at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (arrival at Bassin de la Villette)
  • Duration of the cruise : around 2h30
  • Live commentary in French and English
  • See the map of the cruise

Meeting Point

Meeting directly at the boarding point

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Our offers can be customized for a group from 8 people and more - For more informations : Contact our Groups Department

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