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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

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

HEATHER L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very pretty place however the ride was too long

Isaiah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was worth the trip. Although we toured the abby independently, yet our tour guides and drivers were all very helpful. The coach was comfortable and relaxing. Thank you for conducting this tour. Highly recommended.

ssabs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really enjoyed this tour, specifically how self guided it was!

The coach was great to travel in and we were given lots of good information from our guide before arriving at Mont St-Michel! We had the perfect amount of time to explore the town, the abbey, have lunch and leisurely walk back to the bus. There were also audioguides available to rent at the abbey for anyone who wanted more info as well!

Definitely would recommend this tour, especially for people who like the self explore and see sites at their own pace!

Cindy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I highly recommend this tour if you're trying to get to Mont St-Michel from Paris. It's a 5-hour trip each way, and there's no mass transit other than buses because it's so remote. Our bus driver made stops about halfway through each way, at a very nice rest stop type area where there were plenty of restrooms and lots of choices for drinks and food. Along the way, the guides that were with the tour gave us some history of the site.

Once at the bus parking area, a tram was available to take us to the main entrance. Some of those on the bus were taking the guided tour, but we were signed up only for the independent tour, and honestly, I feel like we got to see more at a more leisurely pace. I'm sure the guide offered some interesting tidbits and history, but I did my own research online before we went so we could explore at our own pace, and by doing so, we didn't waste time at the lunch that was scheduled for the tour group. We had plenty of time to see it all and we didn't feel rushed. I had time to walk the ramparts and look for photo ops, while my husband had a cold beer.

I highly recommend that you walk quickly past the numerous stores and street vendors at the bottom of the hill and head straight for the Abbey at the top. The crowds at the top get very overwhelming late in the afternoon, and you won't be able to see nearly as much. After you see the Abbey, you can then take a leisurely stroll back down, enjoying the sights as you go. Do take time to notice how quickly the tide rushes in around the island.

This company was higly organized, professional, and on time. Much better than several others that we worked with in our 3-week European vacation. I highly recommend them and this tour.

muhammadnaumanchught ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Good tour. Would recommend this one over the more expensive ones that include lunch and a guide. You have the freedom to have lunch on your own instead of a fixed menu and you can get audio guides reasonably cheap at the abbey. And you can climb at your own pace in case you have issues doing so together with a group. Also, the Guide did give info along the way in the bus, we separated from the group once off the bus, since we had not paid for that part of the guided tour and lunch.

Diana L M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect! I have longed to see Mont Saint-Michel for twenty years, so I finally opted for this rather long day trip. It was fantastic!
The bus is comfortable and the French countryside is beautiful.
Do not do lunch-rent audio guide and lunch on the battlements. Perfect time to visit, eat, shop.

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