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

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

See the cloister garden at the Mont St Michel abbey

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.

Itinerary

Sample Menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Starter:
Traditional omelette

Main course:
Salmon with rice and vegetables

Dessert:
Blancmange with red berries

Drinks:
One bottle of cider per six people
One bottle of mineral water per six people
One tea or coffee per person

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A lot for one day, but it was a wonderful experience. The english-speaking guide was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent trip to a memorable destination! Large tour bus was comfortable for the long ride from Paris.
The only very minor issue is that the lunch which is included in the trip was a fixed menu with no choices. The main course was salmon, which I found delicious, but not everyone likes fish. A few people in the group who were allergic to fish got an alternative meal after assuring the guide that they are truly allergic and don't simple dislike fish!, which seemed to be unnecessarily rigid I wish the restaurant could be a bit more flexible. Otherwise, an excellent trip - well organized, interesting guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderfull

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely breathe taking. Loved this place!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Breathtaking, awesome, magnificent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was amazing!!! Thank you very much!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wow! What a great day. This tour is a must if you have a spare day in France. Just be careful with the lunch meal, it is a set menu so no choice, we were served salmon and 4 people on our table didn't eat fish. We also would've liked a bit of time to visit the little shops in the townsite. Mont Saint Michel is wonderful and worth the long walk to the top.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing site, highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

If you are in France, Mont Saint Michel is a place you have to visit! The place itself is amazing! We took the tour from Paris, it took about 5 hours to get there but we stopped once. I was with my mother and we selected the option with lunch included, the lunch was ok. Since summer is a very busy time, we were 50 persons in this tour with 3 different languages. The guides were able to manage all people perfectly, and we all came back safe. The free time after the visit is enough to spend som time in the stores and see the town. Please be prepared with umbrella, tennis and shorts since you never know how the weather will be the day of the visit. If you are overweight or have some health problems, please consider this before taking the tour because you have to walk a lot and do a lot of stairs. The service from the provider was excellent, I really recommend this tour.

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