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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
  • 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
  • Lunch and round-trip coach transport included

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

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

Sample lunch menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Starter:
Traditional omelette

Main course:
Salmon with rice and vegetables

Dessert:
Blancmange with red berries

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

Customer Reviews

Ashley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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

Tom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Beautiful ride through the countryside and a enjoyable tour of story book Abbey.

Claire S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We loved this destination and was great to get out of the city for a day. Lunch included was excellent with great views. Would have like a little more free time after the guided tour however that would have made it an even longer day. It was a long day with a lot of it on a coach but we were OK with that as well - a day off from walking the city.

Megan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a must do for me! Absolutely beautiful place. Be aware that its a long drive from Paris and there are a lot of stairs, but again...totally worth it.

Tom W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Long day but worth it if your looking for a change pace from the Paris streets.

Marcia P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fabulous! I and #39;d been wanting to experience this since learning French in high school. Quite overwhelming.

Eleanor Zahra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great place to visit. I loved every bit of it despite it was windy and cold when i visited this place. The tour guide rep was passionate about this place and provided comprehensive explanation in English and Spanish. I was impressed by how she provided comprehensive guidance in two languages .

Cathleen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide Juliette was terrific!

Wendy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

To start with it is a long day, a lot of time on the bus but when you get there it is amazing, it was great going with a guide so you get all the information about Mont St Michel, you also get free time to wander on your own. A long day but a good day, you can always sleep on the bus.

howardtopher United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a fantastic tour. The 4 hour bus ride from Paris is long, but the visit to Mont Saint-Michel was well worth it. The tour guide did a great job telling us about the history of the abbey and leading us through. We got tons of great pictures. I definitely know just how out of shape I am after climbing to the top of this place. My fitness tracker said it was 34 flights of stairs to get to the top.

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