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Mont Saint-Michel: Entry Ticket to Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

1. Mont Saint-Michel: Entry Ticket to Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

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. The abbey is located at the top of the village of Mont-Saint-Michel. The abbey is located at the top of the village of Mont-Saint-Michel. Due to its location at the top of the rock and the large number of steps, the site is difficult to access for disabled people and strollers.

Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

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

Travel through Normandy on the way to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a day trip from Paris aboard an air-conditioned bus. Choose to go alone, with a live guide, or with an audio guide. Discover the UNESCO-listed island and its Gothic abbey. Learn of its fascinating history and legendary stories. Depart Paris and travel through the French countryside by an air-conditioned bus 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 dating 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. Spend the afternoon exploring the remarkable monuments of the walled city, classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1979. Take time to discover the rocky islet at your own pace. Climb along the ramparts to make your way up to the abbey at the top of the town. Visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with an included entrance ticket. this Benedictine building has played a vital role in the history of the commune and the feudal society it represents. Marvel at this magnificent example of Gothic architecture from the early 13th century. Admire views of the surrounding bay before leaving Mont-Saint-Michel in the late afternoon. Be driven back to the French capital to get dropped off at the starting point.

From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Day Trip with a Guide

3. From Paris: Mont Saint Michel Day Trip with a Guide

Visit Mont Saint-Michel on a guided day trip from Paris. Discover the highlights with your guide before taking an audio-guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Enjoy some free time after to explore on your own. From Paris, board a private coach 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 coach for a return journey to Paris.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Audio-Guided Tour

4. Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Audio-Guided Tour

Listen to a guided tour on your phone as you stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Immerse yourself in this religious site that was constructed over centuries. Find sloping stairways behind hidden doors as you uncover its past through content on the app. Make your way to the fairytale castle with a scenic walk across the bay as the outline of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey grows on the horizon. Buy a ticket to the abbey and start your audio tour on your phone. Travel back in time to when monks lived within these walls and lived according to their scriptures. Enjoy picturesque ocean views from the towers of the castle. Follow the audio guide up and down winding staircases and through secret doors into long halls. Uncover dark dungeons from the Middle Ages. Immerse yourself in stories of holy knights and pious pilgrims.

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

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

Discover the traditional Norman village of Mont Saint-Michel on this full-day tour from Paris. Drive through Normandy as your guide will tell you about the region's rich history, first invaded by the Romans and then by barbarians before the region was contested in the Hundred Years War. Visit the famous abbey and admire centuries-old Gothic structures such as the cloister and the monks' refectory. Have the chance to wander through the village, taking in the medieval atmosphere of its narrow cobbled streets.

From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Walking Tour with Abbey Ticket

8. Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Walking Tour with Abbey Ticket

Embark on an unforgettable journey with our exclusive Private Guided Tour of Mont St Michel – a mesmerizing experience like no other! Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site as our expert guide leads you through the cobbled streets, sharing captivating tales and hidden secrets. But that's not all – your adventure includes an exclusive ticket to the famed Abbey, allowing you to explore its ancient halls and panoramic views. Discover the mystique of Mont St Michel in the company of a knowledgeable guide, ensuring a personalized and insightful experience. Book your private guided tour now, and let the magic of Mont St Michel unfold in front of your eyes!

From Bayeux: Full Day Guided Tour to Mont Saint Michel

9. From Bayeux: Full Day Guided Tour to Mont Saint Michel

Discover 13 centuries of history with our experienced guides. On the list of Unesco World Heritage Sites since 1979, Mont-Saint-Michel is an incredible master-piece of architecture surrounded by the beautiful seascape of one of the largest bays in Europe. Your guide will first present you the village on the island, where shops and restaurants have existed for 1000 years. Then you will climb to the top of the rock where you will visit the different rooms of the abbey and you will have the chance to understand what was the life of a monk in the "City of Books", through different wars over centuries. Also, your guide will explain to you the slow construction of the abbey, from its pre-romanesque times to the French revolution, and the use of the different rooms of the abbey.

From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

10. From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

Escape the busy city of Paris and immerse yourself in the French countryside on this 2 day trip. The tour departs the city and crosses the western districts of Paris along the Normandy motorway to reach your first destination. At Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy a fascinating guided visit of the abbey’s interior and marvel at the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the building. Spend some free time exploring the rest of the abbey and surrounding village. After the abbey, head towards Château d’Angers for your overnight stay. Check into your 4-star hotel for the night and relax before the second day of the tour. On the second day, wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin your journey to the breathtaking Loire Valley. Upon arrival in the valley, visit the Castle Langeais passing by Cunault and Saumur along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the Chenonceau and Chambord castles and learn about the rich history of the people who lived here. Finally, on the return to Paris, marvel at the stunning landscape of the countryside as you travel.

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This trip was great and exceeded our expectations. Our guides (Ifi and James) were very nice, helping, and made the trip fun and entertaining. It’s organized in a way that makes the time from Paris to Mont Saint Michel go by really fast and you get to see the beautiful French countryside during the bus ride. Would definitely recommend if you have limited time in France, but want to include Mont Saint Michel in your itinerary.

Our guide Manuela was terrific. So knowledgeable and kind. It was a long trip to Mont Saint-Michel (about 3.5 hrs) but the bus took a break and the scenery was beautiful. Only complaint was that there was no restroom on board as was advertised and the heat was broken in the bus. It was a cool ride. Otherwise would highly recommend!

The trip was everything I hoped it would be. From the start till the end was awesome. Thank you Get Your Guide for a wonderful day out For the comfortable transport and for a day well spent. So much I fell asleep immediately.

Excellent service and attention, the guide was very good, dedicated and attentive to the doubts we had. Very good command and knowledge of the place and its history by our guide. Thank you

Super good!!!! Since my reservation did not include the guide, that's why I gave one star because it doesn't apply to me.