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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.

Mont Saint Michel Abbey: Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

2. 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.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Audio-Guided Tour

3. 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 Le Havre & Honfleur: Mont Saint-Michel Self-Guided Tour

4. From Le Havre & Honfleur: Mont Saint-Michel Self-Guided Tour

Enjoy a self-guided trip to Mont Saint-Michel to explore the culture and heritage of this picturesque village. Meet your driver at the cruise terminal in Le Havre or Honfleur and relax during the 3-hour drive to Mont Saint-Michel. From the guest parking area, a free shuttle bus will take you to the village itself.  Walk across the famous bridge and reach the entrance to the village. Take your time to wander through the narrow streets, browse local boutiques, and discover the heritage of this incredible place. Ride the shuttle back to the parking lot, where the driver will meet you to transport you back to your cruise ship.

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4.6 / 5

based on 754 reviews

A fabulous place, as soon as you enter the city, the feeling that you are on Diagon Alley from Harry Potter. The Abbey itself also delights both in scale and atmosphere. Highly recommend.

the abbey is beautiful. It's worth climbing all those stairs! watch out for anyone who had trouble walking!

The experience was smooth and hassle free, easy to get in and no waiting in long queues

Simply impressive and absolutely recommendable to make a trip there.

I was able to enter without problems on the reserved date and time.