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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. 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. 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.

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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.

    Our tour guide Addy did a very good job conducting our tour. Very outgoing and interested in the people on the tour. The bus was very up to date and the drivers did a great job.

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

    3. 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.

    The time spent on the tour was rushed and did not have time to appreciate all that the Mont Saint Michel had to offer. It would be so much better if the coach journey started earlier in the morning and then left the Mont later in order to get the best experience possible. Especially when paying nearly £300 for 2 people to only get 2hrs in the Abbey.

  • Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

    4. 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. Explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the village and learn more about the various uses of Mont Sant Michel throughout the centuries. Walk 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.

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

    5. 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 ...

    Olivier was wonderful guide. Insightful and knowledgable. He also was very helpful and listened to our needs. We were very happy to choose this way of visiting Mont-Saint-Michel!

  • Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

    6. 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 b...

    Great day! Paris city Tours were punctual and professional. Exactly as described. Took about 4-4 1/2 hours to drive to Mount St Michel and back. Had around 4 hours to spend exploring. Great amount of time. Fun day!

  • 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.

    we had an excellent lady guide, Mrs Gaëlle Lotton, who not only knew the History of the place perfectly well, but also how to tell it in an entertaining and interesting way. Despite the Covid-restrictions in place, we enjoyed our visit thoroughly (the more so as for once there were less people around, the masses of tourists during the summer normally being somewhat overwhelming)

  • 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 visitin...

  • Mont St Michel Private Full Day Tour from Cherbourg

    9. Mont St Michel Private Full Day Tour from Cherbourg

    Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-Saint-Michel. Visit the Abbey, the village, walk on the bay of the Mont St Michel, and enjoy a delicious lunch in the best restaurant on the island. Take a boat trip to the island and hear from your driver guide, the story of the Mont St Michel and its meaning for Christians and European history. Visit the village and its ancient cobblestone streets, once on the island. Head to the top to discover the Abbey created in 708 AD for Archangel Michael. Enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch in the best restaurant on the island. Walk on the bay if the weather and tides allow, to admire the Mont St Michel from the ground. Heading back to Le Havre (if time allows), stopping in Villedieu les Poêles to discover this unique church bell factory, making church bells the same way since the 16th Century. Disembark to Cherbourg at the end of the trip.

  • 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, and stop for lunch too. 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 castle and learn about the...

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What people are saying about Mont Saint-Michel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,150 reviews

We were able to stay in Mont Saint Michel for about 4 hours and we were able to fully enjoy it. The galette shop recommended by Guyto was also delicious. Everything went on time and it was a very solid tour. Although it is an English tour, the audio guide of the monastery was able to be borrowed in Japanese, so it was easier to understand.

Our tour guide Addy did a very good job conducting our tour. Very outgoing and interested in the people on the tour. The bus was very up to date and the drivers did a great job.

Our guide is very attentive, in order it is a long journey but it is well worth it.

Wonderful experience and our guide Isabella fantastic !! And very helpful

The tour as a whole takes a lot of strength, but is definitely worth it.