Mont Saint Michel Tours

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The medieval island village of Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits right off France’s Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Couesnon River. Crowned by a Gothic abbey that sits atop the rocky isle, Mont Saint-Michel rises dramatically from the tidal flats of the bay, creating one of the country’s most recognizable images. It’s a must-see for history buffs and those interested in religious sites, and visits are often combined with tours through the region of Normandy.
 
The Basics
Visiting Mont Saint-Michel on a day trip from Paris is a popular option for travelers who are short on time and would rather not drive themselves. The village’s Benedictine abbey (Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel), named after the archangel Michael, is the main attraction in the area, and its entrance fee is included in some tours. Some visitors with more time to explore spend a few days in the Normandy town of Caen or Bayeux for easier access to the island and a chance to see other northern France attractions such as the D-Day landing beaches of World War II and the coastal village of Honfleur.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The parking lot is located on the mainland, 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the island; a shuttle runs from the lot to a drop-off point 440 yards (400 meters) from the entrance to Mont Saint-Michel.
  • The village is full of narrow walkways and steps, so wear comfortable shoes and prepare for crowds.
  • There are no stairs from the parking lot to the entrance or along the paved main street of the village (although it does climb quickly), but 350 steps lead from the top of the main street to the abbey. There is no elevator.
  • Wi-Fi is available at the tourist office in the village.

How to Get There
Mont Saint-Michel is located about 220 miles (354 kilometers) west of Paris, roughly four hours away by road. Driving or taking a bus tour is the quickest way to reach the island, but train and public bus options are also available through Caen, Rennes, and Pontorson.

When to Get There
Mont Saint-Michel’s tourist office is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, while the abbey is closed January 1, May 1, and December 25. As a small island, it’s a popular destination with limited space, so arrive early to avoid some crowds, which are the biggest in summer.

Exploring the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
After paying your entrance fee to the abbey, grab a visitor’s guide for a self-guided tour of the Gothic landmark’s cloister and rooms. Alternatively, guided 75-minute tours in French and English are available year-round; they are included in admission with no reservation required. To hear commentary without a live guide, purchase a 1-hour audio guide for a small fee.


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Address: France
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Hours: Open daily (access depends on the tides)
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Admission: Free
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Shuttle Service to Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux

Feast your eyes on the magnificent island-monastery Le Mont Saint Michel, one of France’s most iconic postcard images, on this full-day trip from Bayeux. This small-group tour includes round-trip transport by air-conditioned minibus and four hours of free time to explore independently. Visit the world famous Abbey and cloister on an audio tour (not included), climb the winding cobblestone paths to the 92-meter lookout point, or spend time exploring the shops and restaurants of the medieval citadel.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Full Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Cherbourg

See the world-famous Mont-Saint-Michel, and don’t worry about navigating big crowds, on this private, full-day tour from Cherbourg. Following hotel or port pickup, you’ll travel via air-conditioned minivan to Le Havre, where your guide will meet you and share coffee and croissants. From there, continue onwards to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy an omelette lunch at La Mère Poulard, the island community’s popular bistro (own expense) before visiting the Abbey, seeing the sights, and learning more about its history.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

Soak in the incredible beauty and background of one of France's most recognizable landmarks, Mont Saint-Michel, while leaving Bayeux behind. Your day trip begins with a coastal drive to the UNESCO-listed site: a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey that sits atop a rocky bay perch. Explore its ramparts while an expert guide fills you in on Mont Saint-Michel's remarkable history and heritage. You'll have time to tour the onsite museum independently and stroll the neighboring village's cobbled streets, marveling at its traditional homes and walking atop its fortified wall.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux

Enhance your experience of one of France’s most iconic attractions on a private full-day tour of Mont St-Michel from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, cruise along the picturesque coast of Normandy and take an insightful walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder of Mont St-Michel. Discover the quaint cobbles and charming architecture of the village on an independent stroll and choose to visit either Avranches, the Abbey of Cerisy St-Lô, Balleroy, or Villedieu-les-Poêles before returning to Bayeux in your luxury vehicle.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Private Tour of Historical Normandy Sites from Bayeux

The Allied landings of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy were among the most memorable events of WWII, and thousands of visitors return to the battlefields each year to pay their respects. This private full-day tour from Bayeux will help you trace the path of the American soldiers, with a customized itinerary that takes in sites such as Omaha beach, Utah Beach, Brecourt Manor, and the Normandy American Cemetery, as well as optional extras like the UNESCO-listed Mont Saint Michel.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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