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Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

1. Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Discover one of the world's first UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a visit to Mont-Saint-Michel abbey. Explore the site with a self-guided tour aided by an information booklet and learn the fascinating history of the site entirely at your own pace. The worship of Saint Michel was introduced on the holy mount in 708 and it became one of the most important places of medieval pilgrimage. Benedictine Monks began building an abbey here in the 10th century.   The abbey has withstood the assaults of man, time, and the elements. The heroic resistance of the mount to English attacks during the Hundred Years’ War (14th and 15th centuries) made it a symbol of French national identity.  Monks left the abbey in 1790 and it was listed as a historic monument in 1874. The whole site has been returned to its former glory thanks to ongoing restoration work.

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From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

2. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint Michel Tour

From Paris, board a private bus to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the bus for a return journey to Paris.

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Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

3. Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

Depart Paris and travel by luxury air-conditioned coach to the amazing fortified city of Mont Saint-Michel off the Normandy coast. Sit back and relax and get stunning views of the countryside along the way. Stop for a break at a nearby village that dates back to the days of the Normans, and stroll the winding streets and narrow pathways to find the best views of the bay. Continue to the mouth of the Couesnon River, where Mont-Saint-Michel was built on an islet just a few hundred meters from the mainland. Explore the fantastic architecture and remarkable monuments of the walled city at your own pace. Climb along the ramparts to make your way up to the abbey at the top of the town. Built in the 11th century by William of Volpiano, the monument has played a vital role in the history of the commune and feudal society it represents. Depart Mont-Saint-Michel in the late afternoon and drive back to Paris to get dropped off at the starting point.

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From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

4. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

On this full-day tour from Paris you will discover Mont Saint-Michel, a traditional Norman village. On the drive through Normandy, your guide will recount the rich history of the region marked by invasions, first by the Romans and then the Barbarians, before the region was fought over in the Hundred Years’ War. You will have lunch in the restaurant Relais St Michel, facing the Mont Saint-Michel. You will then tour the famous Abbey and admire the Gothic buildings built on top of each other over the centuries, such as the Cloister and the Monks’ dining hall. You will then be free to stroll around the village and let yourself be taken back to the medieval atmosphere in its narrow paved streets.

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Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

5. Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

Explore the village of Mont Saint Michel, located on a picturesque tidal island, with a licensed local tour guide. First, meet your guide and take the shuttle bus to the village, where you will learn more about its history during a 2-hour walking tour. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the village along the Grande Rue on the way up to the Abbey. See the parish church of Saint-Pierre, surrounded by a cemetery, housing a silver statue dedicated to Saint-Michel. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and a stunning panorama over the bay. Choose to include an entrance ticket to the Abbey, to explore it at your own pace.

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From Paris: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

6. From Paris: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

Discover one of the most unique settlements in France on a day trip from Paris to the mountainous city island of Mont St-Michel on the Normandy coast. Transfer from Paris by comfortable minibus or van, and then enjoy some free time on arrival at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rising from the sea or sand (depending on the tide), the town is known for its soaring spires, imposing ramparts, and steep streets. Crowned by the fortified Abbaye du Mont St-Michel (dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel), Mont St-Michel remains little changed since the Middle Ages. Explore the village at your own pace, and the interior of the abbey (where Benedictine monks still hold early morning mass) by audio guide. Hear stories of the legends of a unusual jewel of France. Normandy is also known for it’s wonderful apple production and you’ll make a special stop to taste some of the famous Cider Pommeau and Calvados.

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Private Mont Saint-Michel Family Walking Tour

7. Private Mont Saint-Michel Family Walking Tour

See the highlights of the fortified village of Mont Saint-Michel, built on an 83-meter high cliff of pure granite. Learn the history of the settlement, from 708 AD when the Archangel Michael is said to have made an appearance and ordered a monastery be built on top of the rock. Enter the medieval village and walk to the abbey listening to stories about the island's history along the way. Discover how it became a strategic stronghold for the Bretons and French, and how it resisted invasion from the English during the Hundred Years' War. Go to the historic dungeons, and discover a mix of religious and military architecture in different styles.

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From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

8. From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

The Mont Saint Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, and sees some of the biggest tides in Europe. The first church was built on the mount in 709 at the request of Archange Michael. The construction of the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey as we know it today was finished in the 13th and 14th centuries. Those hundreds of years of architectural prowesses have left us with a magnificent monument, now referred as the “Wonder of the Western World” and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Travel with a friendly driver and professional English-speaking guide from Bayeux to the Mont Saint Michel, which you will access via shuttle across the bridge in accordance with local requirements. Head to the very top of the mount and enter the abbey. The history of its construction will be explained in detail, while you marvel at stunning views of the surrounding bay. After visiting the abbey, explore the town at your own pace and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family. Your guide will suggest some great restaurants for lunch, suitable for all budgets. At the end of the tour, your chauffeur will take you back to your original meeting point in Bayeux.

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Paris: Small Group Tour to Mont St-Michel & Honfleur

9. Paris: Small Group Tour to Mont St-Michel & Honfleur

Your day trip begins with a pick-up from your hotel or apartment in Paris for the drive (about 4 hours) to Mont St. Michel. On board the spacious minibus, you will have access to Wi-Fi and educational tablets to prepare you for your visit. Your driver-guide will also be available for any questions you may have. UNESCO listed Mont St. Michel is known for its striking perch on a tiny rock island off the coast of Normandy. On top of the island stands a medieval abbey, where you can admire views of the bay. Accompanied by your guide, stroll through the steep, narrow streets of the village and perhaps tasting some local specialties at the bakery (at own expense). In the afternoon, continue your day tour to the town of Honfleur, where you can explore the cobblestone streets and enjoy the harbor setting, a source of inspiration for painters like Claude Monet. Check out sights like the Old Port, Place St. Catherine and the Bell Tower. Your day trip ends with a return to Paris for your hotel drop off.          

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From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

10. From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

Discover the historic D-Day Beaches on a 2-day trip around the stunning French regions of Normandy and Brittany. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Paris - Caen (Meals: D) Take the Normandy motorway and make your first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, enjoy a view of the newly built Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge. Take free time for lunch once in Honfleur, then continue to the beaches of Normandy and pass by the landing area at Omaha Beach. Visit the American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, stop off in Arromanches, and then continue on for dinner and an overnight stay at Novotel Caen (or similar). Day 2: Caen - Paris (Meals: B) Leave Caen in the direction of Saint-Malo located in the Brittany region. Take a guided tour of the town, including a walk along the ramparts and the cathedral. After free time for lunch, depart for Mont-Saint-Michel, the frontier between the Brittany and Normandy regions. Continue your afternoon with a guided visit of the abbey and free time for strolling and shopping, before returning to Paris.

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What people are saying about Mont Saint-Michel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,910 reviews

It’s a long bus ride but it is well worth the trip. Saint Michel’s is quite spectacular in person. I am so glad I went just bring some reading material on the bus round trip about 9 hours.

Everything was on time. The tour guide was informative and engaged us with the myths and legends of the Mont St Michel. The transportation was comfortable. Highly recommended

Really unique place to see! Wished we could have spent more time at the location but it is a long travel day.

Everything went on time like clockwork. One of our best day trips to date!

Amazing trip! Beautiful views and informative tour guide!