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

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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

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 eighth 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.

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

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

Customer Reviews

Nathan A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My brother and I did the self-guided tour. If you choose the same, be sure to bring your own earphones/headphones for the audio pen! For those of you with Apple Lightning EarPods / wireless accessories, those will not work because the audio pen only accepts accessories with 3.5mm audio jacks.

The bus left at 7:15AM sharp, and was very prompt about departures in general. If you go on this tour, be sure to not be late! Don't worry about food or toilets along the way there were two pit stops total one outbound, one inbound, each with quick bites like baguette sandwiches and pastries as well as very accommodating restrooms. Everyone is required to leave the bus during these pit stops, but I wouldn't be too worried about leaving inconsequential items behind--the bus is locked during the break. During the first break everybody brought all their stuff off, but by the second stop nobody really cared, and there was stuff littered all about the seats. At the first pit stop, we got the menu combo meal which comprised of a baguette sandwich, dessert pastry, and drink for under 10. If you want to keep costs down like we did, you can eat the pastry for breakfast/snack, and then save the baguette sandwich for lunch at the Mont.

Once we arrived at the parking area, those of us who chose the self-guided tour were free to proceed to the Mont. There is the option of a tram comes every half hour, moves fairly slowly, usually pretty crowded from what we saw, or you can walk directly to the entrance. If you don't mind the distance, I would recommend the latter, as a crowded tram will obstruct the beautiful view of the Mont. It is also better to walk on your way back to the bus if there isn't a tram in sight 20-30 minutes before your departure time. You do not want to be waiting on the bridge 10 minutes before your departure even if the tram were to appear right there and then, you'd never make it. Adjust this recommendation according to your own abilities, comfort levels, and time constraints

Once you reach the base of the Mont, you will have two choices: proceed into the entrance, or walk out on the sand AT YOUR OWN RISK. You will be warned more than once that the tide can sweep in very quickly, and there is danger of quicksand these warnings are certainly to be heeded, however us and many other small groups were able to safely navigate the area NEAR THE CHAPEL/BRIDGE without any protest from other guides or security personnel. I would not recommend venturing closer to the water for the above safety concerns. You won't get a better photo op of the Mont besides the bridge, which has a high tendency to be polluted with offloading trams and walking people. Whether you choose to walk on the sand or not, be sure to do it at the beginning and not when you've reached the top my brother and I burned valuable time changing our minds at the top.

Once you've reached the Abbey, choose the line for existing ticket-holders, which was to the left when we were there. Our Kanken backpacks were accepted in, as well as the food/drink within YMMV with other-sized backpacks and food not obfuscated by a bag. A quick stop at the ticket window to the left, and you're all set to explore the Abbey!

...that should be it. Though we were not part of their tours, the guides were still very helpful and friendly to us, and the trip overall was pleasant. Thanks to Viator and ParisCityVision for helping me and my brother realize a long-time bucket list destination!

Susan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved this tour. Worth every moment at this magical site. Would definitely recommend.

edb27

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing tour! While the trip was an all-day trip it was very organized and very informational. Our tour guides gave us a ton of information which really made the whole experience simply amazing!

tracie.jones

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This was a wonderful day and very easy to navigate the island and all of the historic areas to visit. Great choices for lunch or dinner in every budget. Thank you for a safe trip.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

3 hour bus ride to Mont St. Michel was OK but the brief 1/2 hour rest and coffee stop was not long enough. Women had to wait 20 minutes to use the restroom. Other tour buses crowded rest stop. No rest and no breakfast. Plan ahead to eat before you get on the bus. They did not want hot drinks on the bus. Took self guided tour and ate apart from the group. Best thing we could have done. Moved along quickly on the tour with provided guide book.

Sreebala91

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Beautiful Abbey worth your visit. The bus tour was well organized. The luxury bus made the long trip less tiresome. We had enough time to do an independent tour of the Abby and eat lunch. The village is very quaint and delightful to walk through.

Aruna R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing!

maryam_4952000

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

every thing was so good and on time. we spent 4 hours there. i recommend visiting Mont St.Michel to everybody.
the audioguide was useful. only unfortunately the weather was foggy and we could not take good fotos.

jennifer m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This really is an amazing site and a well deserved inclusion on the list of Unesco sites. Plenty of time was allowed in which to see the abbey and get lunch. The only downside is the distance from Paris. It's a very long day, but we were very glad we did it and would recommend this tour. We did the self-guided tour and were glad to have done it. We were able to pace the tour as we wanted rather than following a guide. The only thing I quibble with is the listening guide given to us from Paris City Vision downplayed the purpose of this abbey which was making copies of the Bible. They mentioned it more as an aside and I don't think that's fair to what actually happened and made the tour less interesting because of it. We do recommend this tour and it was very enjoyable!

Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was great, the bus was very comfy. Things were well organised and the information given to passengers during the trip and on arrival was clear and easy to follow. I enjoyed it very much and so glad I booked this tour. Would definitely book with them again.

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