Mont St. Michel, off Normandy’s coast, is a fairytale island that’s easily amongst the popular attractions in France. On this full-day tour to Mont St. Michel, from Paris, visitors will enjoy a guided walking tour of Benedictine Abbey. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring wonders. After touring the exquisite site, spend your free time watching the tide as it rises to circle the island.
- Full-day tour to magical Mont St-Michel from Paris
- Enjoy a scenic drive through Normandy to one of the most iconic attractions in France
- Learn about the history of the famous abbey on a guided walking tour
- Enjoy free time to explore the backstreets of the village island of Mont St-Michel
- Lunch and round-trip coach transport included
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
It's a long drive from Paris to reach this wondrous place but totally worth it! If you can, be sure to climb to the top of the historic abbey for the best views.
Recent Photos of This Tour
- En el Monte de Saint MichaelPhoto by: rbbmail
- Mont Saint MichelPhoto by: Anonymous
- St Mont Michel from distancePhoto by: Anonymous
- Magical Mont St. Michel!Photo by: Millisa J
- Mont saint michelPhoto by: Ilya S
- Mt. St. MichelPhoto by: VENKAT GIRIDHAR V
- little town belowPhoto by: STEFANIE S
- the village belowPhoto by: STEFANIE S
- narrow climb to the topPhoto by: STEFANIE S
- What a first impressionPhoto by: STEFANIE S
- Saint Michel, NormandyPhoto by: Egija B
- Saint Michel from distancePhoto by: Egija B
- Saint Michel AbbeyPhoto by: Egija B
- View from Mont Saint MichelPhoto by: Marty L
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- Stairs and More StairsPhoto by: Marty L
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- On Top of Mont Saint MichelPhoto by: Marty L
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- Mont Saint MichelPhoto by: Marty L
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- Cloisters at Le Mont Saint ...Photo by: Margaret G
- Inside the abbeyPhoto by: Jack H
- Mont Saint MichelPhoto by: Jack H
What You Can Expect
This full-day adventure leaves from Paris in the early hours of the morning. You’ll depart from either a central meeting point or directly from your hotel in a luxury coach. You can relax and take in the views of the Normandy countryside on the four-hour drive out to Mont St. Michel. Upon arrival, you’ll be served lunch and your expert guide will orient you on the history of the island.
Here, on this rocky, wind-battered island surrounded by ramparts and battlements, you’ll take an uphill stroll en route to the fascinating abbey. After its founding back in the 8th century, this UNESCO World Heritage site was a pilgrimage center for much of the Middle Ages. According to legend, the abbey was founded after the Archangel Michael visited Bishop of Avranches in a dream, and in a tribute to the triumph of good over evil, there’s still a copper statue today of Michael slaying a dragon.
When touring the abbey, learn how ramparts have been added to support the aging Gothic monastery, and stroll past areas from centuries ago, such as the remarkable cloister and refectory. In addition to touring the abbey itself, you’ll have the chance to look outside at the famously volatile tides. In the span of only six hours, Mont St. Michel can be completely transformed from a rock surrounded by sand—to an island encircled by sloshing waves at the peak of the high tides.
Since the tide can take a while to rise, pass your free time by perusing the shops of the small, historic village, or absorb even more of the island’s history at one of the village museums. In total, you’ll spend approximately four hours exploring Mont St. Michel, before boarding a coach for the relaxing drive to the Paris city lights.
Sample Menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel
Salmon with rice and vegetables
Blancmange with red berries
One bottle of cider per six people
One bottle of mineral water per six people
One tea or coffee per person
magnifique.. a must see.. enjoyed it so much one of the unforgatteble days in my life..
Breathtakingly beautiful experience! Worth the trip from Paris
The tour was very organized. The guide was very knowledgeable about Mont-St-Michel and was very engaging. However, I recommend that you practice with the stairmaster before going to this trip.
Our guide had a wonderful sense of humour which added sparkle to this long sojourn. Mont Saint Michel is worthy of a visit... we were fortunate to go out of season and appreciated less tourists. The only negative was when we returned to the company depot and had to wait for a taxi ride back to our hotel, due to lack of communication.
This trip was awesome! It was easy to find the pick up point, and the motor coach was comfortable. We stopped once on the way to MSM and once on the way back for snacks/restroom break. Once we got to MSM, we sat down to a meal of omelettes, salmon, brocolli, apple cake and apple cider which were all very good. The tour of MSM was awesome! Our tour guide spoke fantastic English and made sure we we didn't lose our way. I wish we had had more free time to do more shopping, but otherwise, the time allotted was adequate. My mother is 60 enjoyed the tour immensely. Even though the hike up to the abbey was tough, she made it. I would absolutely recommend this tour. MSM is magical!
After a number of trips to France we finally got to Mont Saint Michel, and although the coach trip from Paris was long, it was well worth it. Special thanks to our guide Corinne? who achieved the right balance between providing pure historical information and entertainment.
Great tour! Guide shared much info.
Beautiful trip, great tour guide too. Interesting drive through countryside to reach Mont Saint Michel. We were there with full moon and if we could have waited until later in the evening, could have seen those magnificent tides in action. Such a pity. Lots of stairs, and beautiful views. Would not recommend for elderly or those unable to climb several flights of steep steps at once.
Mont Saint Michel has always been one of my favorite places to visit. And, this tour was no disappointment. The next time I wouldn't do the lunch, and would right on ahead to the Abbey and eat n one of the local restaurants.
Excellent tour with an exceptional guide.