Mont St-Michel is one of France’s most memorable sites—a remarkably preserved Benedictine monastery set on an island just off Normandy’s shores. To help you plan your trip to this UNESCO-listed wonder, here are some options for visiting from Paris.
Visiting with a guide means you’ll have chance to learn about the monastery’s fascinating history and ask questions while taking a walking tour of the island. Transport and entrance fees are typically covered, and some tours also include lunch. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people, or choose a tour that offers some free time to browse the shops or explore on your own.
Independent Tours with Transport
Independent tours offer the best of both worlds. Enjoy a hassle-free trip with comfortable roundtrip transport from Paris, then take in the historic monastery at your own pace, with plenty of time to shop for souvenirs or enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
There’s plenty to see around the Mont St-Michel, and a 2- or 3-day trip means you can take in nearby attractions. Perhaps tour Normandy’s WWII battlefields, memorials, and D-Day beaches; visit the walled port-city of Saint-Malo; or marvel at the fairytale castles of the Loire Valley. Multi-day tours typically include accommodation, meals, and entrance fees.
Things to Know
- Mont St-Michel is about 225 miles (360 km) west of Paris—about a four-hour drive
- Day tours from Paris typically last about 14 hours given the travel times, so prepare for a long trip.
- Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.
- Some tours provide hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees.