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  • Hours: Open daily (access depends on the tides)
  • Admission: Free

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Mont Saint Michel

The slender towers and sky-scraping turrets of the abbey of Mont Saint Michel are one of the classic images of northern France. Rising from flat white sands, the abbey sits atop a small island encircled by stout ramparts and battlements, connected to the mainland by an old causeway. Legend has it that the abbey was founded in the 8th century, when Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, was visited by the Archangel Michael in a dream; to this day the abbey is still crowned by a gilded copper statue of Michael slaying a dragon, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.

The bay around Mont Saint Michel is famous for its extreme tides. Depending on the season and the gravitational pull of the moon, the difference between low and high tides can reach 50 feet (15 m), although the Mont is only completely surrounded by the sea during seasonal equinoxes. Regardless of the time of year, the waters sweep in at an astonishing rate; at low tide the Mont can be surrounded by bare sand for miles around, but at high tide, barely six hours later, the whole bay is often entirely submerged by the sea.

Practical Info

Despite the huge tides, Mont Saint Michel is never cut off from the mainland - the causeway is always accessible but check which car park you should use. A local bus takes 15 minutes from Pontorson on the mainland to the Mont or one hour from St-Malo. Trains come up from Paris to Caen, then from Caen to Pontorson.

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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Visit one of the most iconic attractions in France on this private day trip to Mont St-Michel from Caen. Located just off the coast of Normandy, this UNESCO ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.59

Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

This private tour from Bayeux takes you to one of the most iconic attractions in France, Mont St-Michel, just off the coast of Normandy. Take a narrated ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.57

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 520 Reviews

Take a full-day tour from Paris to one of the most popular attractions in France, the fairytale island of Mont St-Michel off the coast of Normandy. Your guide ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $227.18

Independent Mont St-Michel Tour with Round-Trip Transport from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy convenient round-trip transport from Paris to one of the most revered wonders of Europe, the fairy–tale island of Mont St-Michel, off the coast of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $167.04

2-Day Normandy, Saint Malo and Mont St Michel Tour from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

This two day tour will take you to the heart of the Normandy and Brittany regions of France.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $507.81

3-Day Normandy, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

This three day tour will take you to three contrasting French regions where you will see some of the country's most famous landmarks and spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $755.04

2-Day Mont St-Michel and Loire Valley Castles Tour from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Discover the regions of Normandy and the Loire Valley on this 2-day tour from Paris. Visit iconic Mont St-Michel and then venture through château country ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $547.91

12-Day Tour of France from Paris: Normandy, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Provence, French Riviera, Monaco and Burgundy

This epic ‘Tour de France’ shows you the country’s highlights over 12 incredible days. Traveling by comfortable coach with an expert guide, venture round-trip ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 days (approx.)

From USD $4,002.38

4-Day Normandy, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Chateaux Country

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

This four day tour will take you to three contrasting French regions where you will see some of the country's most famous landmarks and spectacular countryside.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,022.31

3-Day Tour from Paris to Poitiers: Normandy, Mont St-Michel, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes and Loire Valley

Starting in Paris and ending in Poitiers, this 3-day tour takes you to the beautiful regions of Normandy, Brittany, Poitou-Charentes and the Loire Valley for ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $828.54

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