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Day Trip to Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris

1. 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: Giverny Day Trip with Audio Guide or Live Guide

2. From Paris: Giverny Day Trip with Audio Guide or Live Guide

Enjoy a half-day trip to the former home of Claude Monet, one of the most famous painters of French Impressionism. Located in the tiny hamlet of Giverny on the banks of the River Seine, 50 miles west of Paris, the house and gardens were bequeathed to the Académie des Beaux-Arts by his son in 1966. They were opened as a public museum in 1980 following large-scale restoration work. Depending on the option you choose, your tour will either be guided, audio-guided or at your own leisure.  Depart Paris and travel by comfortable air-conditioned coach. As there is no direct public transport to Giverny, this is the ideal way to get there. You will drive via the western districts of Paris and take the Normandy motorway as far as Bonnières. After crossing the River Seine at Vernon, continue to Giverny through the wooded plateaus of Eure. Giverny attracted several Impressionist painters in the 19th-Century, most following the lead of the movement’s founder, Claude Monet, who lived there for 43 years. Visit the Master’s house, where the spectacular colors and enchanting garden were designed like a work of art. Be dazzled by the flowerbeds and plants and get a sense of the artist’s feelings and inspirations as you stand in front of the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the delightful water garden.

Mont Saint Michel Abbey: Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

3. Mont Saint Michel Abbey: Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Take advantage of your visit to Mont Saint Michel to visit its magnificent abbey, a majestic monument that dominates the bay and for which pilgrims have been coming for nearly a thousand years to pray. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Mont Saint Michel is a true architectural jewel. Its bay, its fortifications, its village and of course its magnificent abbey at the top of which culminates a statue of Saint Michel form a unique ensemble in the world. Thanks to your ticket for the abbey, you will have quick access to the interior of this major pilgrimage center built in the 10th century by Benedictine monks. You will also have a digital audio guide available directly on your phone. This app will allow you to learn more about Mont Saint Michel as a whole, from the history of the site to its various monuments to the cultural activities that take place there.

Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Le Havre

4. Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Le Havre

In this full-day tour from Le Havre port -town you will be picked up and dropped off at your convenient time with fresh coffee and croissants. You'll spend a full-day on the Normandy WWII sites. First, you'll be in Ste Mère Eglise, the iconic village of the US Airborne, to understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in preparing the success of this day. You'll visit the Airborne Museum where your guide will explain you in the utmost details the exhibit. Then, you'll head for the hedgerow country where you'll see these terribles natural fences where so many German soldiers could hide and kill during the battle of Normandy. On Utah beach, your guide will explain you why this beach could be so quickly and successfully taken. You'll then enjoy a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies, where your guide will explain you in details the battle which took place there 77 years ago. After lunch you'll head for the Pointe du Hoc where you'll see many of the German WWII bunkers taken by the US 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, at the Normandy American Cemetery, you'll have to time to visit the site and the Memorial before attending the ceremony of the colors. If time allows you'll also see the Longues sur Mer battery, the last WWII German battery, whose big 150mm guns where shooting on D-Day. You'll be back at your pier at the time that fits your ship's schedule. ( the itinerary will be adapted to your timing of course )

From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

5. From Paris: Day Trip to Giverny & Versailles

Take a fascinating excursion to 2 of the most impressive symbols of French culture, and discover the complex and rich history behind their walls. Start your excursion from Paris to Giverny with an audio guide or a guide (depending on option selected), a quaint village in Normandy that attracted several impressionist painters throughout the 19th century. See the home of Claude Monet, and be inspired by the touch of color and charm that influenced his work. Explore the colorful garden whose lilies, weeping willows, and flowerbeds are a vivid reminder of his masterful works. You will then enjoy a traditional lunch before visiting the stunning site of the Palace of Versailles. You will discover the masterful combination of classic and baroque architectural styles. Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens, walk by the hall of mirrors, and visit the Grands Appartements to get a sense of the grandeur that surrounded King Louis XIV. You will return back to Paris at around 6.00 pm.

From Paris: Giverny Audio-Guided Tour

6. From Paris: Giverny Audio-Guided Tour

The departure will be at 7:45 AM from a centrally located agency. It will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach the idyllic location, the lovely Norman village of Giverny. Discover the place of inspiration where Claude Monet, master of the Impressionist movement, created his most beautiful works. By visiting the artist's house and gardens, still in its original look, let yourself be carried away by Monet's imagination. Enjoy the vibrant colors as you listen to your audio guide and make your way through the two gardens which are an exceptional work of art in themselves. When crossing the Japanese bridge inside the water garden, you won’t miss the famous water lilies and the majestic weeping willows decorating the charming pond. In the paths of the Clos Normand (the Norman enclosed plot), the flower beds will dazzle your eyes with their endlessly varied colors and will lead you to daydream and romanticize. Stride along the streets of this charming little village, and stroll through the painters' and sculptors' galleries. Complete your day by visiting the museum of impressionism which has one of the most beautiful collections of Impressionist works.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Audio-Guided Tour

7. 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.

Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

8. Paris: Giverny & Versailles Small Group or Private Tour

Visit Claude Monet’s house and its magnificent gardens in Giverny. Be dazzled by the beautiful flowerbeds and see the famous water lilies and weeping willows in the water garden. Afterwards, explore the quaint village that attracted several Impressionist painters. Visiting Sainte-Radegonde Church where the artist is buried, and stop for a drink in a local coffee shop. Continue on to Versailles Palace visit the Sun King’s home – one of the most important French artistic achievements of the 17th century. A captivating guided tour will reveal the history behind this majestic Palace of Versailles. Here you will witness classic and baroque architectural styles. Explore King Louis XIV’s court and get lost within the magical Hall of Mirrors. Visit the outstanding designs at Grands Apartments and the beauty of the French gardens designed by Le Nôtre. Everything in Versailles inspires elegance, perfection and harmony: a genuine 17th century masterpiece and symbol of the Sun King’s absolute power.

From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

9. From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

Visit the beaches of Normandy that keep the memory of fallen heroes alive. Depart on a full-day tour from the port town of Rouen. Learn about the events that took place in Normandy, from the D-Day landings to the Battle of Normandy, from an expert guide. Make your first stop at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the village of the US Airborne Division. Understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in the town's liberation. The site still bears traces of the Battle of Normandy. Visit the Airborne Museum where your guide will explain the details of the exhibit. Then, head for the hedgerows to see the natural fences where many German soldiers hid to accomplish their mission. Next, see one of the two American landing zones in Normandy, Utah Beach. Learn how this beach was so quickly and successfully taken on D-Day of the invasion. Stop for a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies. Listen to the details of the deadly 1944 battle which took place at this spot. After lunch, head to the Pointe du Hoc. See the many German bunkers and machine-gun posts that were taken by the US 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, honoring American troops who died in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Attend the ceremony of the colors to remember those who lost their lives while bringing World War II to an end. If time allows, you'll also see the Longues-sur-Mer battery, the last WWII German artillery battery, whose 150-mm guns were operational on D-Day. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers at a time that's convenient for you. Enjoy refreshments like fresh coffee and croissants. You'll be dropped back at your pier-hotel at the end of the tour. The itinerary will be adapted to fit your schedule.

Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Paris

10. Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Paris

Start your day with some coffee and croissants and a visit to Pegasus Bridge, the first village and house liberated on D-Day. Then continue onto Juno Beach to learn all about how 12,000 Canadians achieved to take this area in just a few hours during WWII. Next, at Arromanches, discover the scale and the numbers of the Normandy Campaign with actual footage from the battle. Take a break with a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies, where your guide will explain in detail how the battle which took place there 77 years ago unfolded. After lunch, head to the Pointe du Hoc where you can see many of the German WWII bunkers taken by the US Second Rangers Battalion. Finally, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and memorial before attending the ceremony of the colors.

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4.5 / 5

based on 87 reviews

The place is worth the time and $. Make sure you wear warm clothes in the winter, the mont is very windy. The tour guide was really nice!! Be prepared to stay more time in the bus than in the mont. Go straight to the top when you get there because it gets chaotic around the restaurants and if you wanna eat there, be prepared to wait on the line for a few minutes. Get the shuttle, it doesn’t take that long to wait, I walked there in the morning and it was also very beautiful. Just be balanced and you’ll have a great time.

excellent experience, the right opportunity for a trip "out of town" from Paris, the bus trip, albeit long, allows you to see the French countryside and Normandy in particular. Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a special place to see at least once in a lifetime. In December there is a low turnout and you can visit calmly. (for the organizers, a quick stop at Omaha beach would have been interesting, since it's more or less down the road).

Mont Saint-Michel is an awesome historical place to visit and it’s extremely scenic. We had about 3hours to spend there which included a guided tour as well. During this 3 hours, we managed to have a late lunch as well as shopped for some souvenirs. However, do note that the total traveling time (by coach) to and fro from Paris is approximately 8hours, with two 30mins rest stop.

It was incredible. The trip of a lifetime. Nothing can prepare you for the first time you see Mt. St. Michel from a distance.

Comfortable bus, bus driver was very gentle, an amazing guide, and a marvelous place to visit. Loved it all.