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Paris by night tour advice

I will be in Paris for just two days very soon and am trying to decide how to best take in the city alight in the evening. I'm leaning towards a boat tour, but am also considering a biking or walking tour. I would love suggestions from those of you who have tried any of the above and in particular I'm looking for boat tour company recommendations.

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The Bateaux Mouches boat tour was very cool at dusk. I think it would beat walking since it covers more area.

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I agree with Eric, but there's no reason why you can't do both-have a nice walk just before dinner and a river cruise. Get an early seating (7-7:30) at a nice restaurant after your walk, then hit the boat. Timing is everything for sunset and for Eiffel lighting:

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Alyssa I took the Fat Tire Bike tour.. after having visited Paris for many years.. decades really.. but took a friend who really wanted to try the bike tour and bribed me by saying her treat. So glad i did it.. it was fun.. and it INCLUDES a boat tour! Best of both worlds . Not hard I was middle aged when I did it and not a biker.

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the eiffel tower lights begin to "sparkle" at 8pm and do so on the hour every hour thereafter 'til midnight or whenever. a boat ride on the river gives a beautiful view of this and the other monuments and buildings. they are lit at night. i'd wait 'til at least 8pm to see the tower sparkle. i think the ride was about an hour, not sure. sometimes the line is very long. you can buy a ticket for a specific time and then show up for that, rather than waiting.