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

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

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 will take you on a narrated walking tour of the exquisite Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most revered wonders of Europe. You'll then have free time to explore the village at your leisure to browse shops and watch the incredible spectacle of the bay’s tide rising and surrounding 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.

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What You Can Expect

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

See the cloister garden at the Mont St Michel abbey

You’ll be picked up from a central Paris meeting point or your hotel (depending on option selected) in the early morning to begin your full-day adventure to Mont St-Michel. Sit back and enjoy the views on the long coach drive north through the beautiful Normandy countryside.

Arrive at Mont St-Michel in the late morning for your guided walking tour of this iconic attraction, perched on a rocky island amid a vast bay and encircled by stout ramparts and battlements. After fueling up with lunch and refreshments (included), follow your expert guide on a walk to the top of the hilly village, where you’ll then travel back in time as you enter the fascinating abbey.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Mont St-Michel was a major cultural and pilgrimage center during the Middle Ages. 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.

See the abbey’s remarkable cloister and refectory, and view how the ramparts have been added to support the Gothic monastery over the centuries. You’ll also hear about this attraction's most well-known and alluring feature: the extreme tides. At low tide, the island can be surrounded by bare sand for miles, but at high tide — barely six hours later — the water swells up and fills the bay, surrounding the entire island.

After your tour, you’re free to wander the village around Mont St-Michel on your own. Walk around the abbey's ramparts, browse the shops along the main street, visit the island's museums, and watch the sea rush in from the Atlantic and surround Mont St-Michel at high tide.

You will spend approximately four hours at Mont St-Michel before departing on your relaxing drive back to Paris.


Sample Menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Traditional omelette

Main course:
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

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

magnifique.. a must see.. enjoyed it so much one of the unforgatteble days in my life..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Breathtakingly beautiful experience! Worth the trip from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour! Guide shared much info.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour with an exceptional guide.

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