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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.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to magical Mont St-Michel from Paris
  • Lunch and round-trip coach transport included
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Normandy to one of the most iconic attractions in France
  • Learn about the history of the famous abbey on a guided walking tour
  • Enjoy free time to explore the backstreets of the village island of Mont St-Michel

Why Our Insiders Chose 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.

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What You Can Expect

Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip including Local Lunch

See the cloister garden at the Mont St Michel abbey

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 8th 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, changing its landscape from water to sand. After your tour ends, you are 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

Customer Reviews

Courtney S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

What an awesome trip. It is definitely a long day - and a lot of stairs to climb, but the views and the tour were worth it. It is a 4 hour drive to the Mont Saint-Michel parking lot, where you then board the shuttle bus to the town. Lunch was actually really great. Another poster said they had salmon and as I do not like salmon, I was a bit worried about it - but we had some sort of white fish prepared Normandy Style with cream and butter, with rice and veggies. It was delicious.

Then we toured the abbey and finished with time on our own before heading back, just as the description said. We stopped once during the drive each way to get a snack and go to the bathroom, so you can get some dinner as you don't get back to Paris until after 9pm. We happened to be coming past the Eiffel Tower at 9pm exactly and caught the light show, which was a really great addition to our awesome day trip.

mZbreeZe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

overall, a very well organized trip! the coach ride was very long but comfortable. corinne, the tour guide is very knowledgeable indeed. despite the unfortunate gloomy weather, it didn't dampen our mood to witness and explore such a magnificent medieval architecture. only downside of the entire trip is the lunch which was provided which I really didn't enjoy considering after so many hours on the road, the highlight upon arrival was really at least a satisfactory meal!... the selection could have been better!

Suzi Mildern Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Spectacular! Loved this day. Be warned its a long day but VERY worthwhile. Walking through Mont Saint-Michel was a highlight of our trip. Observing the lifestyle of the monks and walking along the board walk. Highly recommend.

Robin O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A long day but well worth the trip, as always guide was excellent.

Handy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The lunch package this tour gave us is really good. The trip itself in overall is great. Highly recommended..

Roz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Long drive, but oh so well worth it! I am so glad I saw this place!

Cedric R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The trip to Saint-Michel was truly breathtaking. Truly a full day excursion from Paris, but such a rewarding excursion to Normandy. Sweeping views of the surrounding countryside and sea from a variety of outlooks within the abbey, at a fortification with an amazing history. Great guides, and smooth travel. I highly recommend this trip!!!

WPagan529

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

What a magical place! You will not regret visiting it! Dress comfortably.

Hannah O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was great! If you have a full day free and want to get away from the city to see some beautiful countryside, this is the tour for you. You will take about a 4.5 hour bus ride there, so be prepared for that! We definitely recommend selecting the option that includes lunch. It was nice knowing that it was taken care of, and the lunch spot has an incredible view of Mont St Michel while you're dining. Our tour guide was excellent and really gave us all the wonderful history and use of each room in the abbey - something you definitely don't get in an unguided version. It rains here every day, so bring an umbrella and also be prepared to walk and climb all the way to the top - there's no elevator, but trust me, the climb is worth the view!

Robert A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was a long bus ride from Paris but worth the trip. We chose the option of having lunch and a guide. The meal was good and service fast. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided a good commentary.

I would recommend taking this trip, but bring along some snacks. The stop coming back was a road side rest area. The food options were very limited.

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