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“We loved it - started at Bastille/Arsenal at 2.30pm”
Review of Canauxrama

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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Canauxrama offers cruises on the canals of Paris, the Seine and the Marne. Sail on the Saint-Martin Canal and discover the Paris of Parisians passing under the Bastill's vault, four double locks, two swing bridges and the centenary Lift Bridge of Crimea to go to the "Parc de la Villette". For one day cruise, discover the smallest navigable of France canal: The Ourcq, with a unique entertainment: a horse will draw the boat. Or go on the Seine river that inspoired impressionists to Chatou near "la Maison Fournaise" or on the Marne River and its famous Guinguettes!
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Canal St. Martin on the last day of autumn was stunning but our favourite part was being underneath Bastille in the Vault du Temple. The tunnel is narrow, dark and atmospheric and is nearly 2km long. Then you arrive at your first set of double locks (out of 4 sets) and it takes some time to get through but is still interesting with the water pouring through the sluices and the gates working. Perhaps not fast paced enough for a younger audience but we love locks and canals and this was a great way to see a completely different side of Paris. Canauxrama ran a great cruise and provided an information leaflet we could take with us in addition to French and English commentary along the way.

4  Thank Dianna C
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

If you prefer quiet intimacy in Paris,there is no better way,then to explore the network of inner urban canals. If you feel frisky apres your flight,join me for a cruise of canal St-Martin. Meet me at Quai Musee d'Orsay and we will cruise past a parade of monuments including the Louvre,Institute of France,the spires of Notre-Dame Cathedral and pretty Ile Saint-Louis.before we curve into the entrance to Canal St-Martin.
As you see,the initial section takes us through an eerily-lit tunnel passing under Place de la Bastille, at the end of which, we will emerge from the tunnel to discover the most romantic "boulevard" in Paris. Here lies the magic of Canal St- Martin....... three km of pure floating poetry. Reflected in the water are old sway bridges,half moon bridges, all flanked by the abundant foliage of gorgeous horse-chestnut trees.
I promised you, didn't i, to show you a part of Paris that is not commercial and uncrowded . So what do you think?
The canal winds through a series of 19th century locks and reveals an enchanting suburb of Paris, which is receiving a refreshing sweep of gentrification. Ooohh- look, we are passing under the raised Crimea Bridge to land at La Vilette Park ,where the Science museum,the Geode and the enchanting gardens await.
If you fly in the afternoon,we can take the tour stating from here and ending near the Musee d'Orsay.
I am so glad you have chosen to come down for le week-end. Au revoir,cheri.

4  Thank Eli B
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This trip was very scenic and the barge was comfortable. Unfortunately, no English was spoken. The promotional material was in English which would lead one to believe that there would at least be some printed material describing the passing scene. There was none. The narration was also all in French. The narrator spoke English and offered to point out things on the return trip. This was very limited because he had to tend to other duties and there was singing and dancing by the other passengers, making it impossible to hear. There was only one other English speaking tourist aboard. The tour was made up of French groups and families who were having a wonderful time and it was impossible not get caught up in the whole thing. It was a pleasant day with beauti'ful scenery which would have been much more so if we could have understood what we were seeing.

2  Thank RCTCalifornia
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This review concerns the Canal St. Martin tour. Given other reviews, I was prepared to be fine with the slow pace and waiting for the 4 double locks--even brought a book to read. What was unanticipated was the extremely loud music that played constantly when there was no narration. The seats were excruciatingly uncomfortable. The narration was in both French and English but the French version was considerably more detailed than the English so I felt I got short shrift on that, plus not being able to read quietly and simply enjoy floating on the canal. Not fun.

2  Thank William S
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We did the afternoon trip along the Saint Martin canal, leaving the L'Arsenal port near Bastille at 2:30 and heading off up river.
I'm not sure what we had in mind but the reality turned out to be somewhat different.
The trip lasts for around 2 hours but actually only goes for a few kilometres, most of the time, in fact nearly all of it, you sit waiting for one of numerous locks to fill and open, interesting enough, but not fascinating.
There's no buildings of any particular note along the route, although the commentary tried to make something of the facade of a hotel that featured in some obscure French art house movie that nobody had heard of.
It's a pleasant enough way to fill a few low impact hours, if you want to rest your museum heavy legs for a while or need something to do before the plane leaves, this is for you.
Other reviews have mentioned a night tour with a singer, this may be more interesting, depending on your views of being sung at.
As an extra note, we were told by the booking office that there would be snacks onboard, and while this is true, don't expect to be able to buy lunch, they have a few chocolate bars and tea and coffee.

2  Thank Mr_rossduncan
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