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  • Address: France
  • Hours: Open daily (access depends on the tides)
  • Admission: Free

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Mont Saint Michel

The slender towers and sky-scraping turrets of the abbey of Mont Saint Michel are one of the classic images of northern France. Rising from flat white sands, the abbey sits atop a small island encircled by stout ramparts and battlements, connected to the mainland by an old causeway. 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.

The bay around Mont Saint Michel is famous for its extreme tides. Depending on the season and the gravitational pull of the moon, the difference between low and high tides can reach 50 feet (15 m), although the Mont is only completely surrounded by the sea during seasonal equinoxes. Regardless of the time of year, the waters sweep in at an astonishing rate; at low tide the Mont can be surrounded by bare sand for miles around, but at high tide, barely six hours later, the whole bay is often entirely submerged by the sea.

Practical Info

Despite the huge tides, Mont Saint Michel is never cut off from the mainland - the causeway is always accessible but check which car park you should use. A local bus takes 15 minutes from Pontorson on the mainland to the Mont or one hour from St-Malo. Trains come up from Paris to Caen, then from Caen to Pontorson.

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Mont Saint Michel Guided tour from Paris and Abbey Entrance Ticket, Paris, null
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Mont Saint Michel Guided tour from Paris and Abbey Entrance Ticket

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A guided tour, specially designed to discover, in one day, the Mont Saint-Michel's marvels. Transportation from Paris by bus. Entrance and visit of the Abbey ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.32
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

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Discover the jewel in Normandy’s crown and one of France’s most iconic landmarks on this Mont Saint-Michel day trip from Bayeux. Take in panoramic views over ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.20
Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour from Paris by Minibus, Paris, Day Trips
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Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour from Paris by Minibus

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A minibus guided tour, with only 8 participants, especially designed to discover, in one day, the Mont Saint-Michel's marvels. Transportation from the center ...  Read more

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

From USD $182.71
Shuttle Service to Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Shuttle Service to Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux

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Hop on board a shuttle bus from Bayeux to Le Mont Saint Michel and get transported in complete comfort to France's second most visited tourist hot spot. A ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.23
The Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Bus Services
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The Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Paris

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The Mont Saint Michel is unique in the whole world! It is a mountainous island with a medieval village built up around it and crowned by a beautiful fortified ...  Read more

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

From USD $181.57
Paris Small Group Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel and Honfleur, Paris, Day Trips
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Paris Small Group Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel and Honfleur

Enjoy a full-day minibus excursion from Paris with a professional local guide. Your trip will begin with a guided tour of Mont Saint Michel. You'll then visit ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $399.68
Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen, Caen, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Caen

Private tour in a luxury mini-van with your own guide all day to Mont Saint-Michel. Your guide, a specialist of the marvel of Europe will introduce you to the ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $628.07
Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Le Havre, Le Havre, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Le Havre

In this private 9 hour tour, you will go in a luxury mini-van with your own guide and visit the Mont Saint-Michel. Your guide, a specialist of the marvel of ...  Read more

Location: Le Havre, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $612.09
Small Group Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel and Honfleur from Le Havre, Le Havre, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Small Group Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel and Honfleur from Le Havre

Enjoy a full-day minibus excursion from Le Havre with a professional local guide. Your trip will begin with a guided tour of Mont Saint Michel where ...  Read more

Location: Le Havre, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $319.75
Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

Explore the Mont Saint Michel in this 9 hour private tour, in a luxury mini-van with your own guide, a specialist of the marvel of Europe and who will ...  Read more

Location: Cherbourg-Octeville, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $612.09

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