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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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

fabulous!!!!!!!! a lot for one day but left us wanted more! excellent english guide. super bus. great food t our stop..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour guide and beautiful views!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was my favorite day in France. I was worried there wouldn't be enough time at the abby but it did not feel rushed. I recommend it and bring a light rain jacket with you.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Beautiful trip but the lunch was my favourite. Next time I would plan to eat in the town instead

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour of Mont St. Michel. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and was very helpful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were extremely pleased with our tour to Mont Saint Michel. This is a marvel of medieval architecture and history. Our trip was in early June 2015. We picked up our tour bus at the travel office. You go inside the office with your voucher to obtain the bus tickets. The staff is very organize and will direct you to the line for your bus. The bus ride is long but it does stop at a very nice rest stop coming and going where you can stretch your legs, purchase snacks and use the rest rooms. We had lunch before taking a shuttle bus with our guide to the island. The restaurant was very clean and the staff was efficient in serving the large group. Although it is a fixed menu, the food was fine not great. For a first time visit, we highly recommend the guided tour to hear the long and incredible history of the Abby which makes the trip more meaningful. Also a guide can efficiently escort you through this immense structure. Sufficient time is allowed to see the Abby and free time to visit some of the small shops the streets were crowed with tourists. The weather was lovely, so we walked on the promenade about 20-25 minutes to return to the tour bus. However, you can take the shuttle. The shuttles can have long lines and fill up quickly. Just plan appropriately to get back to the bus in time for departure. This was a great trip that was very well organized!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Lots of steps but well worth it. Wonderful guide!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

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