If you are visiting Paris, a cruise to the Seine River should be on top of your list. The riverbanks are lined with beautiful harbors and crossed by several bridges; both old and new. The best way to cruise the Seine is viathe famous Bateaux Parisiens; glass-covered boats where you can have a good view of Paris. These boats are available in Quai Branly, near the Eiffel Tower.
Notre Dame de Paris
One of the beautiful monuments along the Seine is the Notre Dame, a Catholic Cathedral built during the thirteenth century. Because of its breathtaking interiors, it is considered a Gothic Art masterpiece in Western Europe. The cathedral's two towers provide a magnificent view of the whole city. Aside from Catholic mass, the cathedral is also a regular venue for religious and cultural concerts.
Gustave Eiffel was a French Engineer who built the Eiffel Tower in 1887. He built it to demonstrate how modern steel engineering works during the 1889 Paris World Exhibition. The structure's wonder lies in the fact that the pressure exerted by the 7,300-ton tower on the ground is only equivalent to that of a chair with a man sitting on it.
The Louvre Museum can be found inside the Louvre Palace that dates back to 1190. It is considered to be one of the best art museums in the world; housing the famous Mona Lisa and several first class paintings from all over the world. A collection of ancient Egyptian pieces are also displayed. You can also go shopping for souvenirs in the palace's underground shopping center. After touring the museum, you can relax at the nearby Tuileries Garden.
Jardin des Plantes
On Seine's left riverbanks is Jardin des Plantes. It was built in 1626 as a royal garden for Louis XIII. It was opened to the public in 1650 and is now the most popular botanical garden in France. The National History Museum is also located within the garden's perimeters. A small zoo for children is also available.
Cinemas, cafes, luxury retail stores and chestnut trees line the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Elysees. The avenue is considered to be the most expensive real estate strips in Europe. Rents are also especially high on the northern part due to more exposure to sunlight. You can do all the shopping that you want along the upscale stores in the avenue.
Although the palace is not open to the public, you can visit the palace's fully manicured garden and courtyard. A large sculpture of 280 black and white truncated columns by Daniel Buren can be found in the palace's grounds.
Another must-see attraction on a Seine River cruise is the Orsay Museum. It's museum inside a grand railway station. Aside from paintings, the museum houses other forms of art like photographs, architecture, sculptures and engravings. Several works of Van Gogh are displayed. As of now, there are more than 5,000 pieces of art inside the museum.