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Paris River Cruise: Which of the 2 options is better?

Paris River Cruise: Which of the 2 options is better?

Jul 29th, 2012, 05:25 AM
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For travel around town, buy carnets of tickets that can bu used on the Metro AND the Paris buses. Very easy to use and using the buses does allow you to see more of the city and learn your way around. Rather than worry about the cost and restrictions of Batobus, skip it and use Paris' public transportation.

You can print out individual bus line routes that show all the stops for that line. Before you go, take a look at the site and figure our which buses run near your hotel and go from there. Very easy way to travel.
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Jul 29th, 2012, 06:47 AM
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Yes denisea, I intend to buy the carnet of 10 tickets..would prefer the buses as you said..helps in seeing the town while traveling..
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Jul 29th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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Rather many years ago I took Bateaux Mouche. They served an excellent lunch. And took my picture (good quality photo except for my withering glance). Don't know if lunch is still an option, but I enjoyed that along with the view.
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Jul 29th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Have no idea what you mean. You don't use the cruises as transport of any kind; it's just a cruise to see sights from the river level. I don't know why anyone would do it twice, once in the day and once at night. That would be a waste of precious time in Paris. And I don't know what you mean by "pass." For the cruises, you pay a set fee, and that's that. I must be missing something.

Oh, and I would heartily endorse skipping any boat cruise that offers a meal, whether lunch or dinner. You can always do much better taking the cruise, then going nearby for a meal. The food onboard is always completely mediocre, and if you're on a huge boat you can't see anything while you're eating.
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Jul 29th, 2012, 02:40 PM
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This map is a great source for information on bus and metro routes:


And this page for bus/metro itinerary planning:

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Jul 29th, 2012, 10:39 PM
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Shanna, glad you enjoyed. I am not good at eating while doing something else, especially a timebound cruise, which I would like to spend soaking in the views. Anyway I have dietary constraints, making it logistically unpleasant to tie together to the cruise.

StCirq, what I meant was I could take batobus daily hop on hop off pass, but instead of hopping on and off, just use it to sit and enjoy a roundtrip journey a la typical river cruise. Anyway, that chapter is closed as I learnt it would take too long sitting in there while the boat stops at every stop.

MaineGG, thanks. Yes I am using the same website for planning routes. Tripomatic is great too, not so much for metro connections, but overall itinerary.
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Jul 30th, 2012, 03:54 AM
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Definitely Option #2 We really enjoyed our trip on the Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. You get to sit either on top or inside and you see much more. Enjoy your trip.
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Aug 1st, 2012, 08:26 AM
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floridapugmom, thanks for feedback and wishes. I am going ahead with the second. Would utilise the internet discount for sure!
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