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Visit one of France’s most iconic attractions on this independent day trip with round-trip transportation from Paris. See the UNESCO-listed Mont St-Michel, known for its unique setting on a tiny island on the Normandy coast. Instead of navigating a series of buses and trains, enjoy a comfortable ride by coach. Explore the village at your leisure with four hours of free time, walk up the hill to the UNESCO-listed Benedictine abbey, and watch the tide rise around the island.

Highlights

  • Independent day trip from Paris to Mont St-Michel
  • Relax on a scenic coach journey through Normandy to one of France’s top attractions
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed abbey independently
  • Wander the village shops and watch the famous tide come in and surround the entire island
  • Round-trip coach transportation and entrance fee included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Some of the restaurants in town tend to close mid-afternoon, so consider eating lunch on the earlier side before exploring the village.

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What You Can Expect

Independent Mont St-Michel Tour with Transport from Paris

See the tower of Mont St Michel on your independent tour from Paris

If you want to see Mont St-Michel on a day trip from Paris, don’t waste time worrying about train schedules or renting a car. Just book this round-trip transportation by comfortable coach that gives you four hours of free time on the island to explore independently.

You’ll leave central Paris in the early morning (departing from 2 rue des Pyramides) for the drive through the Normandy countryside. When you arrive at Mont St-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed village perched on a small rocky island, your driver will give you a brochure with information about sights to see, and then you’re free to wander on your own.

Most visitors make their way up to the top of the hill to visit the Benedictine abbey, once a pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. Legend says the Gothic abbey was founded in the 8th century when the bishop of Avranches received a visit from the Archangel Michael in a dream. The copper statue of Michael slaying a dragon that crowns the abbey is said to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Other features of the abbey to see include the refectory, cloister and ramparts.

Making your way back downhill into the village, perhaps check out shops, eateries, and museums that line the narrow lanes, or wander to a lookout where you can watch the tide going in or out. This fascinating natural feature of Mont St-Michel varies from extreme low tide when the island is surrounded by sand to high tide when the sea rushes up to enclose the village.

When it’s time to return to your coach, relax on the drive back to Paris, where you day trip ends.

Customer Reviews

mness

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I did the independent tour and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I had a great lunch in the village and had plenty of time to climb and then explore the Abbey. It is truly a beautiful place. Be forewarned, the bus ride is very long and may be too much for smaller children. The bus is quite comfortable, but there is no getting around the length of time it takes to get there and get back. I took the metro to the meeting place, arrived at 6:45am and at the end of the day took the metro back to my hotel and arrived a bit after 10pm. I would highly recommend this trip.

darcy a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was perfect, I was traveling solo. Viator it's a excellent company to plan your one day vacation? It was easy, I didn't have to worry about anything. I just enjoy it. I wouldn't change anything. It was very pleasant.

Sol R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Love the journey to the abbey and it's magnificent view!

s.wan926

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We opted for the Independent tour after reading other reviews and were happy with our choice.

Once the bus had parked we took the first shuttle to Mont St Michel. Most of the shops on the laneway were closed, but we were heading for the Abbey so did not mind. The Abbey is spectacular! We were very glad to see it ahead of the bustle of the rest of the crowd. There were no lines to wait in when we entered but as we exited, there definitely were. We had a late lunch at Croix Blanche after wandering the outer walls then slowly made our way back to the shuttle pick up.

We did not feel we had missed out not having a headphone talk while on the bus, or having to wait for the rest of the group having a set lunch. We packed a quick breakfast for on the bus and kept snacks for the journey back.

The pickup/drop off point was extremely convenient and easily to navigate to. Staff are very clear on expectations when to be back at the bus on all pit stops. The bus was clean and seats were comfortable - sitting on the ground level at the table gave us extra space.

An easier way to see a spectacular location. The perfect day trip. Highly recommended!

josevicentejrsantiag ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

a must visit when in France,it is not recommended to go there on your own, best to book on viator when going to Mt st michel .

kaleff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Visiting Mont St Michel was absolutely magical! The independent tour worked out well for us, since it allowed us to go at our own pace and we still had plenty of time to see everything we wanted on the island. There were plenty of options to eat lunch on the island so if you do the independent tour, I would recommend heading to the island to eat. Overall, it was a long, but exciting day!

DELYS H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

absolutely incredible. a must see. to think monks built this by hand with tidal forces .

Teresa Marie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

One of the most beautiful places I was able to visit on my trip to Europe. It is a lot of walking, many stairs, and uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes and if you are traveling in the winter it is very windy. Make sure you know where the bus is going to be for departure time, because the bus that takes you to and from the Abby changes stops in the afternoon without you knowing and it can cause you to miss the bus.

Kirk B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Awesome place, very comfortable bus Paris City Vision, very knowledgeable guide, but could have been a tad longer at the Mont as travel time alone to and from Paris was aprox 8 hours, so when you factor in a quick lunch lunch, you have about five hours to explore, which seems like a lot of time on paper, but when you get there you wish you had more time.

Guy s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Could not have been better! the Bus was super. the in-between stops were appropriate the host was very knowledgeable and accommodating

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