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

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

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.

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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.


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 October 2015

Excellent tour with an exceptional guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was a long day trip, departing Paris at 7.30am and arriving back in Paris at around 7.30pm. The travel time was about 4 hours each way but it was comfortable, with coffee stops, and a pleasant drive through Normandy. We stayed 4 hours in Mont Saint Michel in excellent weather, including lunch. The area was breathtaking and, in case you're wondering, this was the structure that inspired the Disneyland castle that is so well known the world over, especially among the children. I recommend this as a must see place but, if you are elderly and have difficulty walking, then I do not suggest that you climb up the monastery but merely go half way and just explore the medieval village town and shops surrounding the monastery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I would take this tour 100 times over. It was a highlight for me. We had a good guide and the experience was beyond believable. What a great place to visit. The bus ride was comfortable. The bus was large with lots of leg room. The guide was knowledgable and the scenery was fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour. Worth the long day of travel.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a very good trip. Mont Saint Michel has always been on my bucket list and this trip provided my first opportunity. It was well worth the expense.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very impressive and a well managed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was fantastic. My only complaint was the morning pick up. We opted to be picked up and transported to the bus station. Initially we expected to be picked up by a tour employee or bus. At our hotel lobby, a taxi driver was present but when we asked him if he was here for the tour, he said no. So we continued to wait. Later, he must have called Viator because he approached us with a sign with our name and then we knew to ride with him. In the taxi, he angrily argued with us for not riding with him initially. I told him I asked him if he was for the tour and since he said no, that is why we did not ride with him. Very rude man! This gave me a bad impression of the pick up service!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Only issue was the travel time to and from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Whilst a very long day trip it was so worth it ! Mont St Michel is awesome and magical all at once . The guide we had was knowledgeable and entertaining - and friendly and helpful which counts for a lot ! The Normandy countryside through which we travelled was very attractive but in the end it was the sheer power of the Mont that made the whole thing worth while - I would highly recommend ensuring you get to see this site and can understand why it is one of the most visited in Europe

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