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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 $125.51
Skip the Line: Normandy Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, Mont-St-Michel, Day Trips
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Skip the Line: Normandy Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Discover the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with its unique medieval architecture and religious history. Explore this UNESCO world heritage site by visiting the ...  Read more

Location: Mont Saint-Michel, France
Duration: Flexible

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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux, Bayeux, Attraction Tickets
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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 $109.14
Mont St-Michel Tour from Paris by Minibus, Paris, Day Trips
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Mont St-Michel Tour from Paris by Minibus

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Travel from Paris to Mont St-Michel on a minibus tour limited to just eight people to provide a small-group experience and reduced transfer time, compared to ...  Read more

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

From USD $174.62
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 $70.94
Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Le Havre, Le Havre, Bus Services
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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 $584.99
Paris Small-Group Day Trip to Mont St-Michel and Honfleur, Paris, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Paris Small-Group Day Trip to Mont St-Michel and Honfleur

Enjoy a full-day tour from Paris to the Normandy coast with a professional guide. Take a tour of Mont St-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the ...  Read more

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

From USD $381.99
The Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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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 $184.45
Private Full-Day Tour of Mont-Saint-Michel, Caen, Day Trips
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Private Full-Day Tour of Mont-Saint-Michel

Discover one of France’s most stunning attractions during this 10-hour, full-day tour of Mont-Saint-Michel. The UNESO World Heritage Site draws millions of ...  Read more

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

From USD $600.27
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Mont Saint Michel Full Day Tour from Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel is a rock dedicated to Saint Michel in a huge bay with a majestic Abbey. On board a vehicle of 9 seats with your professional and experience ...  Read more

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

From USD $76.40

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