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ABOVE: The Vedettes du Pont-Neuf pier at night. INSET BELOW: A daytime cruise.

Vedettes du Pont-Neuf

photoMost of the Seine River's sightseeing fleets operate from piers near the Eiffel Tower and Trocadéro. The Vedettes du Pont-Neuf are a conspicuous exception: They depart from a pier on the Ile de la Cité, within easy walking distance of locations in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th arrondissements.

One-hour sightseeing cruises operate year-round, with a good selection of day and evening departures in all seasons. The company's standard boats have 350 to 550 seats, although one vessel--the Sisley--seats only 72 passengers (50 in restaurant configuration).

Walk-up ticket prices for sightseeing cruises were a bit higher than competitors' fares the last time we checked, but you can save four to five euros by booking on the Web.

Location:

The Vedettes du Pont-Neuf pier and snack bar are at the western tip of the Ile de la Cité, where a staircase leads down from the Pont-Neuf bridge.

Departure times and prices:

www.vedettesdupontneuf.com

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