River Seine Sightseeing Cruise in Paris
Highlights - Cruise upon the Seine in the heart of Paris - Exceptional views of the bridges and monuments of the capital - Unique comments from an English and French speaking guide The first landmark you can admire not long after raising the anchor is the Louvre Museum. Its construction begun in 1204 and didn’t finish until 1858, which you can see from the differences in its style. Originally, it was a royal castle before it was turned into a museum in 1793, and became notably one of the most beautiful museums in the world. A little further downriver, you will find the Place de la Concorde, the place of the execution of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution. In the centre of this same square stands the Luxor Obelisk, which was brought back from Egypt in 1836. Then you will sail under the Pont Alexandre III, the most ornate and elegant bridge in Paris. It has a single arch of 110 in width, and has in its centre a representation of the arms of St. Petersburg and two Nymphs symbolizing the Neva River. A few meters away is the great symbol of the capital, the Eiffel Tower, created by the engineer Gustave Eiffel for the Universal Exhibition of 1889. The Tower is 320.75 meters high, weighs 6400 tons and is considered a technological masterpiece. During the cruise, you will have the opportunity to observe from a unique perspective the Musée d'Orsay, which houses magnificent impressionist paintings by great artists such as Renoir and Monet. Glance at the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a fine example of the Gothic art, richly decorated with beautiful sculptures and gargoyles. Before your journey comes to an end, you will pass through Pont-Neuf (New Bridge), which, despite its name, is the oldest standing bridge in Paris. Completed under the Reign of Henry IV in 1606, it was the first bridge in the capital to be built with stones.