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Time14 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 6 more

Overview

Travel from Paris to Mont St.-Michel on this day trip that includes round-trip transport, lunch, and a guide. On a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island village, you’ll see its hilltop Benedictine abbey and learn about its medieval history. You’ll also have free time to walk around the village on your own to explore the shops and admire views of the bay before returning to Paris.
  • Full-day tour to Mont St.-Michel from Paris
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Normandy to one of the most iconic attractions in France
  • Learn about the history of the famous abbey
  • Get free time to explore the backstreets of the village island of Mont St.-Michel
  • Lunch and round-trip coach transport included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

It's a long drive from Paris to reach this wondrous place, but totally worth it! If you can, be sure to climb to the top of the historic abbey for the best views.
Your day trip to Mont St.-Michel starts as you depart central Paris by coach in the early morning for the approximate 3.5-hour drive west to the Normandy coast.

When you arrive in the medieval village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its unique location on a tiny rocky island, you’ll begin your visit with an included lunch. (See the Itinerary for a sample menu.) Then follow your guide on a walking tour, climbing up narrow lanes to the top of the village. Hear about Mont St.-Michel’s history as a pilgrimage destination in the Middle Ages and its renowned abbey, which, according to legend, was founded in the eighth century when the bishop of Avranches received a vision of Michael the Archangel.

Arriving at the abbey with your guide, admire its cloister, refectory, and ramparts, and look out at the sea below, hearing about the extreme tides that surround the island. After your tour ends, you're free to wander up and down the streets of the village on your own to explore more. Perhaps shop for gifts and souvenirs, visit a museum, or just admire views of the Atlantic.

Your total time at Mont St.-Michel is approximately four hours. You’ll then return by coach to Paris, where your day trip ends.

Itinerary

Sample lunch menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Starter:
Traditional omelette

Main course:
Salmon with rice and vegetables

Dessert:
Apple Pie

Drinks:
One bottle of cider per six people
One bottle of mineral water per six people
One tea or coffee per person

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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a
, Oct 2018

We began early in the morning, as it is about a 5 hour trip out to Normandy from Paris. The bus was comfortable and they did stop at the 2 hour mark so we could use a restroom. We made it to our restaurant by noon and had a delicious lunch! Be sure to indicate that you're vegetarian or vegan when you sign up for the tour. They were quite accommodating. After a wonderful lunch, we took a shuttle bus to the base of Mont Saint Michel. From there, you'd better be able to climb and walk up hundreds of steps! It was worth the climb, I can tell you! Our tour guide was very patient and allowed for breathing breaks between sections of stairs and hills. She was very well-informed and presented a thorough explanation of the history of the former monastery. We had about 30-40 minutes at the end to browse the gift shops, something that was quite plentiful on the descent of the hill. Don't stop for long, as the bus will leave promptly at the appointed time! Allow yourself enough time to take the shuttle back to the restaurant's parking lot so you can get back on the bus. We, again, stopped at the 2-2.5 hour mark for restrooms and a bite to eat heading back into Paris. We opted for the taxi ride back to our hotel, but the metro is convenient and if you can read, you can get yourself back to your hotel without any trouble. I highly recommend this tour! Thank you to Marion and Elisabeth for being such wonderful guides.

d
, Oct 2018

Nice time at MtMichael trip to and from was long and boring. It would ave been nice to have WI-Fi or a video of some sort concerning the destination. Bus ride took 4 hours each way.

K
, Sep 2018

What a day!! So much fun driving thru the Normany countryside on the way to Mont St. Michel-- We had a very nice lunch at a restaurant with a scenic view of the site before taking a shuttle bus across the bridge and then headed up on foot. The long climb takes you to the top but there are breaks along the way to learn the history. The end of the walk back to the shuttles take you thru the cute cottages around the base where there are lots of shops and places to get snacks and drinks for the long drive back to Paris. It takes about 4.5 hours each way but the bus stops half way each way for bathroom and drink breaks at a nice large highway stop. Nice clean buses.

C
, Sep 2018

Rushed to be on time for departure only to find ourselves waiting for the bus. The bus's air conditioning system must have been on since we nearly froze. We mentioned how cold we were, but nothing was done and we were forced to buy coats at the first rest stop. The staff then turned on the heating system in the bus! We had wasted money on a now unnecessary expense.

M
, Sep 2018

Long day, but worth it. We had Viator pick us up at our hotel, and return us in the evening, which worked great. Excellent guide for the day, including explanations about everything. Very glad we decided on this excursion.

t
, Sep 2018

So disorganized I am not even sure where to begin. They tell us to wait in line 5 to get on the bus but none of the lines are numbered. We left late because the guide forgot the microphones. Finally got to Mont St Michele were we had a lunch. By the time it was over not much time to explore. The shuttles were full so the guide stated we would need to walk. We started walking and the guide hoped on the shuttle and told us to meet her at the first stop. We get to the first stop... We are not the last group walking but no guide to be found. We have no map and ended up entering the wrong enterence for the Abbey. After walking a half hour realized this and walked back to other enterence but not enough time to walk to the top before having to leave so headed back to the bus.... Ended up leaving 35 minutes late due to others not returning on time. Of would have known we could make the full bus wait we would have had time to go to the Abbey. Big waste of the money.

a
, Sep 2018

Well organized, the bus has bathrooms if needed, they stop on way there for rest stop at gas station with lots of bathrooms, and on way back to paris. Hosts were helpful and tour was a wonderful way to spend the day and the right amount of time.

j
, Sep 2018

Castle of Mont Saint-MIchelElisabetth a great tour guide from the moment we got on the bus in Paris.You better be ready to climb and descend hundreds of steps.Worth it but the steps would make me think twice about doing it again.Mont Saint-MIchel and it’s Abby are amazing.

M
, Sep 2018

Visiting Mont St. Michel was a dream come true. It's quite a journey to get there, but well worth it. I'm feeling incredibly lucky!

d
, Aug 2018

Must see if you have the time to travel to Normandy, France. Our tour bus, drivers and guides were spectacular. Beautiful abbey and great photos.


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