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My wife and I loved the trip. We enjoyed all of the sites we visited and found the guide Dominique to be very knowledgeable with a lot of insight. We have only one comment. The hotel in Caen was uncomfortable since the air conditioning in the room could not be lowered below 25C. Since it was very hot at the time of our trip, this led to an uncomfortable night.
I highly recommend this tour if you're trying to get to Mont St-Michel from Paris. It's a 5-hour trip each way, and there's no mass transit other than buses because it's so remote. Our bus driver made stops about halfway through each way, at a very nice rest stop type area where there were plenty of restrooms and lots of choices for drinks and food. Along the way, the guides that were with the tour gave us some history of the site.
Once at the bus parking area, a tram was available to take us to the main entrance. Some of those on the bus were taking the guided tour, but we were signed up only for the independent tour, and honestly, I feel like we got to see more at a more leisurely pace. I'm sure the guide offered some interesting tidbits and history, but I did my own research online before we went so we could explore at our own pace, and by doing so, we didn't waste time at the lunch that was scheduled for the tour group. We had plenty of time to see it all and we didn't feel rushed. I had time to walk the ramparts and look for photo ops, while my husband had a cold beer.
I highly recommend that you walk quickly past the numerous stores and street vendors at the bottom of the hill and head straight for the Abbey at the top. The crowds at the top get very overwhelming late in the afternoon, and you won't be able to see nearly as much. After you see the Abbey, you can then take a leisurely stroll back down, enjoying the sights as you go. Do take time to notice how quickly the tide rushes in around the island.
This company was higly organized, professional, and on time. Much better than several others that we worked with in our 3-week European vacation. I highly recommend them and this tour.
Really enjoyed this tour, specifically how self guided it was!
The coach was great to travel in and we were given lots of good information from our guide before arriving at Mont St-Michel! We had the perfect amount of time to explore the town, the abbey, have lunch and leisurely walk back to the bus. There were also audioguides available to rent at the abbey for anyone who wanted more info as well!
Definitely would recommend this tour, especially for people who like the self explore and see sites at their own pace!
Wonderful tour! It is a great way to see the French countryside in a short amount of time. The hotels we stayed in were very comfortable. Our guide was very nice and gave us lots of great history about the areas we were in. I highly recommend the tour!
It was worth the trip. Although we toured the abby independently, yet our tour guides and drivers were all very helpful. The coach was comfortable and relaxing. Thank you for conducting this tour. Highly recommended.
The trip was well-organised and although it was a long way by coach the journey was comfortable with an interesting commentary. we enjoyed lunch with a wonderfu view of Mont St Michel and then a very interesting guided tour. The free time in the village was quite short but long enough as we didn't want to do any shopping -except for an ice cream. We would have appreciated more information about where to get the shuttle for the return over the causeway as this was not at all clear. Altogether I would highly recommend this trip.
Doing what: Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip
The bus transportation was first class. Was not happy with the pickup point because there were no bathroom facilities available. Going on a 4 hour bus ride it is necessary to have them available. The tour guide was pleasant and soft spoken. Nice! The stop on the way was clean and had many eating options. However, on the return trip the stop was quite limited in options. After a long day, we were hungry and disappointed.
It was a very good tour. Very Informative. The fact that we had to change buses twice was a the reason why I wont give it five stars.
Overnight stay was in a good hotel. Included meals were good and tasty. We had the option to eat chicken both times. Not sure how many options will be available for Vegetarians.
Long bus ride, but the scenery was absolutely stunning.
The trip was great. Well organized even when we had a breakdown of the bus. They found a replacement quickly. Our guide was very knowlegable. Our only problem was we were in the back of the bus and it took a long time to exit. She was sometimes well on her way before we were out. Otherwise, a wonderful trip. We met lots of fun people.
Good option to book this tour while in Paris. You can go at your own pace. Just get visitors guide at the entrance of the abbey so you will know the explanation behind all the rooms inside.
This was such a comprehensive two-day tour of the Normandy area, we don't see how much more could have been included. Our tour guide was so informative and responsive to questions. She was just super. We were also pleased with the overnight hotel and dinner. Good job.
Good guide. The restaurant for lunch serves the worst food in France. Cold, under-cooked salmon, served by a surly and disinterested staff. Ironically, the guides ate steak while seated at another table. It look nearly 5 hours to reach Mont Saint-Michel. Good tour followed by wading through thousands of people shopping at the worst and most over priced gift shops. The 5.5 hours back to Paris. A long trip for a 43 minute tour. Not a good value.
Doing what: Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip
It was really crowded. I wanted to see the high tide come in, but we left before it did. Every stop we made the women's restroom line was ungodly long. We also left so early that most of us didn't get to eat breakfast. It was either buy something to eat or use the restroom for most of the women. I heard that the meal that came with the higher priced tour wasn't very good and the lady that did the tour rushed through everything really quickly. I did luck out and go to La Mere Poulard for lunch. It was delicious. That was probably the best part of the trip.
Not enough time at the D-Day sites. This was my prime purpose and there was so little time allowed.
Good tour. Would recommend this one over the more expensive ones that include lunch and a guide. You have the freedom to have lunch on your own instead of a fixed menu and you can get audio guides reasonably cheap at the abbey. And you can climb at your own pace in case you have issues doing so together with a group. Also, the Guide did give info along the way in the bus, we separated from the group once off the bus, since we had not paid for that part of the guided tour and lunch.
Excelent tour, grat guide and comfortable all the time
This a two-day whirlwind sampling tour. Highly recommended. Pascal, our guide, was knowledgeble, informative and courteous. She communicated clearly what our schedule was so we could manage our free time don't miss the bus. She handled the wandering millenials with aplomb. No more searching for the millenials after the first stop. The bus was comfortable. No travel segment was too long so we could stretch and attend to our personal comfort. There is a lot of walking. Mont St. Michel, at 80 meters above sea level, entails a lot of steps. The lunches on our own in Honfleur and St. Malo were excellent, breakfast included in the tour was very good, the included dinner was Ok, but not up the French standard. The wine extra was reasonable and good. The room was comfortable despite some technical issues the hotel had with the master lock system. The trip back to Paris was slow because it was the end of the long weekend. The Thursday-Friday trip might be better during peak tourist season. We left wanting to explore Normandy/Brittany on our own with more time.
This was a great trip, the guide was fantastic. This company really has there trips down to an art, every detail planned down to the moment. I would highly recomend this company and any of there trips !!
Loved the tour. Our guide Helene was fantastic. It was a great experience.
Incredible experience, we spent 1 month in Europe and i think this tour tops most of the other tours we took. lots of climbing but gives you plenty of time to climb the island, we had the lunch included with our tour, but i think the option without the lunch will give you a lot more time to explore on your own and opportunity to try the food in the little restaurants in the island.
Doing what: Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip
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