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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.


Address: France
Hours: Open daily (access depends on the tides)
Admission: Free
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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux

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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, then enjoy time to explore independently.
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  • 8 hours
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US$137.33
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Normandy - Mont Saint-Michel Full Day Tour from Bayeux

Normandy - Mont Saint-Michel Full Day Tour from Bayeux

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Explore one of Normandy’s most impressive UNESCO–listed attractions on this comprehensive Mont Saint-Michel tour from Bayeaux. With round trip travel from Bayeaux included, visit the abbey as your guide sheds light on its history and construction. Learn of the diverse uses to which Mont Saint-Michel has been put down the centuries, and admire panoramic coastal views. You’ll also have free time to explore the site at your leisure.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$121.71
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Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux

Private Day Tour of Mont Saint-Michel from Bayeux

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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US$823.89
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Full Day Tour focus on Mont St Michel from Bayeux with a National guide

Full Day Tour focus on Mont St Michel from Bayeux with a National guide

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You only have a few days to visit the great sites of Normandy. You came to visit the DDAY landing but you have heard of Mont St Michel. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel located in the town of Bayeux. From this meeting you will be transported into the universe of the Middle Ages. This period of history is very rich in Normandy and Mont St Michel is undoubtedly the most beautiful symbol. Your certified guide will make you discover all aspects and will reveal all the secrets of his famous Abbey. From this Abbey you will overlook one of the most beautiful and largest sea bay in the world. Its appearance and colors change every moment making it a unique place in the world.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$131.58
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US$131.58
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Private Mont-Saint-Michel Tour From Paris by Luxury Vehicle

Private Mont-Saint-Michel Tour From Paris by Luxury Vehicle

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Enjoy a VIP, full-day private excursion to Mont Saint Michel from Paris. Travel comfortably in a high-end luxury vehicle with a multilingual chauffeur. Follow a customizable itinerary, with activities and locations tailored to meet the needs of your group. Tours include skip-the-line, no-wait admission tickets to the famous hilltop Abbey.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$791.12
Price varies by group size
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US$791.12
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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

From 708 with Aubert's dream, Bishop of Avranches to the 20th century, Mont Saint-Michel keeps all its mysteries. From the Romanesque abbey, to the Gothic and Classic architectures, Mont Saint-Michel makes you go through the centuries, wars and revolutions. Past, present and future merge at Mont Saint-Michel
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.88
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Private Mont Saint Michel Tour From Bayeux

Private Mont Saint Michel Tour From Bayeux

A trip to one of France’s most iconic monuments. Experience one of the most emblematic historical sites of France with your own personal guide. > Take in panoramic views of the Normandy coastline as you travel > Admire & visit a remarkable gothic jewel – Mont Saint-Michel abbey > Enjoy some free time for personal discovery
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$851.97
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Private guided shuttle to Brittany American Cemetery and Mont Saint Michel

Private guided shuttle to Brittany American Cemetery and Mont Saint Michel

This tour is a unique combination of the Brittany American Cemetery near St James, where we will pay our respects to the fallen and then you will have free leisure time at the Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site to soak up cultural and religious history. Please note that I will not be guiding at the Mont Saint Michel.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$742.43
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Mont Saint-Michel hours of operation?
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Mont Saint-Michel hours of operation: Open daily (access depends on the tides). Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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