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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

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.

doloresmendoza53

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Tour guide was very informative. You should warn potential visitors that it is a steep climb requiring stamina. The lunch was not that great but salad was good. It would have been great to have WIFI on the bus as it was a long ride both ways.

Mark P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An awesome day out - not to be missed!

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The trip was well-organised and although it was a long way by coach the journey was comfortable with an interesting commentary. we enjoyed lunch with a wonderfu view of Mont St Michel and then a very interesting guided tour. The free time in the village was quite short but long enough as we didn't want to do any shopping -except for an ice cream. We would have appreciated more information about where to get the shuttle for the return over the causeway as this was not at all clear. Altogether I would highly recommend this trip.

Norman R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

great scenery and sights.

Hank F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Incredible experience, we spent 1 month in Europe and i think this tour tops most of the other tours we took. lots of climbing but gives you plenty of time to climb the island, we had the lunch included with our tour, but i think the option without the lunch will give you a lot more time to explore on your own and opportunity to try the food in the little restaurants in the island.

Ashley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Worth the drive. Magnificent place. Knowledgeable guide, comfortable bus and great experience.

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