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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: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

2. From Paris: Guided Day Trip to Monet's Garden in Giverny

Explore the beautiful village and home in Upper Normandy where the Impressionist artists, Claude Monet spent the last 40 years of his life. Visit the charming village of Giverny, and discover why it proved such a source of inspiration for Impressionist artists. Following your transfer from Paris, look inside the house where Monet lived and worked. Set within an exquisite valley of the River Seine, the gardens and surroundings formed a great part of the subject matter for his paintings after he moved there in 1883. Once you have seen the rooms where the artist lived with his family, stroll through 2 unique gardens that Monet designed and modified throughout his life. See more than 100 different types of flowers, and intertwined foliage in Monet’s Flower Garden. Then, feel as if you have stepped into one of his paintings in the Japanese Garden. Go to the lake full of water lilies, and get a better appreciation of why Monet used this garden as the inspiration for over 250 of his paintings.

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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.

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.

The experience was as explained. I would suggest to get the guided tour so you would know more about the history of the place.

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.