Your private guide will pick you up from your Caen hotel in the morning. Travel 1.5 hours by minivan through Normandy to the coast, where you’ll see Mont St-Michel perched on a rocky island amid a vast bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly one of Normandy's — and France’s — most spectacular attractions.
When you arrive, your guide will lead you on a walk along the narrow cobbled streets to the top of the village. Learn about the history and symbolism of the 8th-century abbey as you visit its interior and explore the surrounding ramparts, built during the Hundred Years War.
After your guided tour, you’ll have free time to browse the local shops, visit the island's museum, or have lunch at one of the village’s many restaurants. Take in the incredible views over the bay, and watch for the tides coming in and surrounding the island.
If time permits, you may be able to visit another town or attraction, for up to one hour, before heading back to Caen. Specify in the Special Requirements section, at the time of booking, which place you would prefer: St-Lô, Balleroy, Avranches, Abbey of Cerisy, Villedieu les Poeles or Bayeux.
See why St-Lô is nicknamed the Capital of the Ruins, witness the trademark style of Louis XIII in Balleroy, or learn about the birth of Mont St-Michel in Avranches, overlooking the bay. Or you can choose to learn about the Roman history of Bayeux, observe one of the best examples of Norman architecture at the Abbey of Cerisy, or discover the esteemed copper craftsmanship in Villedieu-les-Poêles.
You’ll then head back to Caen to conclude your full-day tour.