Bassin de la Villette (La Villette Basin) Tours
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Once a port for industry and trade, the Bassin de la Villette is now a Parisian hub for travelers looking to explore the arts and culture that make the City of Lights so unique. A popular youth hostel, three-star hotel, famous restaurants and plenty of live performance venues draw travelers to Bassin de la Villette, where it’s possible to escape the hustle of Paris streets and relax into the scenic waterway.
While this destination is worth a visit any time of year, the summer’s month-long Paris-Plage festival is among the best reasons to make a stop. Seaside banks become almost resort like as local rolls out deck chairs and floating wooden cafes pass by selling strong coffees and warm pastries. Public picnic areas and classic dance floors draw locals and tourists out of doors to pass summer nights swaying in the ocean breeze.
Bassin de la Villette is within walking distance of the Riquet and Laumiere Metro stops.
Address: Paris, France
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Bassin de la Villette (La Villette Basin)
See Paris’s iconic landmarks and lesser-known gems from the water on this 2.5-hour combo cruise down the River Seine and Canal Saint Martin. Glide past riverside monuments like Notre Dame and the Louvre, and then explore a side of Paris many tourists miss as you float through the tunnels, bridges and locks of the city’s historic canal system. Live onboard commentary from your guide illuminates the story of these picturesque waterways built by Napoleon. Choose from several daily departures to suit your sightseeing schedule.
If dinner in Paris isn't romantic enough as it is, simply throw a dinner cruise on the Canal Saint Martin and the River Seine into the mix. This cruise will take you through Paris's beautiful waterways as you dine on a three-course meal, complete with a delectable dessert. Live commentary along the way adds local flavor and education to this fabulous evening activity.
Enjoy a night on the town with a local in the French capital’s Mouffetard district on this 2.5-hour Paris experience. Meet your host, a local Parisian, and discuss your venue tastes and preferences. Then, head to some of the bars and restaurants that fit the bill in the bustling Mouffetard district. Choose from classic wine cellars and buzzing bars, laid-back cafes or chic cocktail joints. During your evening, visit at least four different venues and enjoy personal attention from your host on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
Discover Paris far from the tourist crowds on a private full-day tour with a local guide. Go off the beaten track in distinctive neighborhoods such as Le Quartier de la Butte Aux Cailles and Belleville, stopping at cafes and shops that locals love. Your guide shares details about life in the French capital and passes by landmarks like Palais Garnier, Canal Saint-Martin, and Bassin de la Villette.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
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What's the best way to experience Bassin de la Villette (La Villette Basin)?
The best ways to experience Bassin de la Villette (La Villette Basin) are:
- Seine River Cruise and Paris Canals Tour
- Dinner cruise Seine & Canal St Martin from Bassin de la Villette : Guinguette
- The Paris (almost) no one knows about
- The Local Paris Experience: an off-the-beaten-track adventure!
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