Normandy UNESCO sites

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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.

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: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

3. 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.

From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

4. 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.

Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour

5. Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour

Discover the history of Mont-Saint-Michel, from the Hundred Years' War to the French Revolution, on a fascinating walking adventure. Join your private guide to discover the area and take in the stunning Romanesque architecture perched on top of the cliffs contrasting with the surrounding marshland. Arrive in Normandy and meet your guide outside the castle for a trip back in time as you walk around this outstanding site, dating back to the medieval era. Make the most of your guide's knowledge and expertise to customize your experience to your specific needs. Explore the many wonders of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the option to visit the historic abbey, which served both as a pilgrimage site and a prison back in the day.

From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

6. From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

Discover the historic D-Day Beaches on a 2-day trip around the stunning French regions of Normandy and Brittany. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Paris - Caen (Meals: D) Take the Normandy motorway and make your first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, enjoy a view of the newly built Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge. Take free time for lunch once in Honfleur, then continue to the beaches of Normandy and pass by the landing area at Omaha Beach. Visit the American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, stop off in Arromanches, and then continue on for dinner and an overnight stay at Novotel Caen (or similar). Day 2: Caen - Paris (Meals: B) Leave Caen in the direction of Saint-Malo located in the Brittany region. Take a guided tour of the town, including a walk along the ramparts and the cathedral. After free time for lunch, depart for Mont-Saint-Michel, the frontier between the Brittany and Normandy regions. Continue your afternoon with a guided visit of the abbey and free time for strolling and shopping, before returning to Paris.

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

7. 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.

Mont St Michel Private Full Day Tour from Cherbourg

8. 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.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Full Day Tour from Caen or Bayeux

9. Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Full Day Tour from Caen or Bayeux

Enjoy a guided day trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its coastal, Gothic splendor. Start your day with pickup in Caen or Bayeux at 9 AM, or straight off the train from Paris. Your knowledgeable, expert guide will tell you the story of the island during your journey before arriving at Mont-Saint-Michel by 10.30 AM. Take time to visit the village and explore its ancient cobblestone streets. Head to the top to discover the Abbey in all its glory. Look in wonder at a structure dating back to 708 AD. Pause for a delicious gourmet lunch in the island's best restaurant. Enjoy a walk on the bay, admiring the view of Mont-Saint-Michel from the ground. Next, experience an afternoon visit to Avranches and its medieval manuscripts, and stop at the bell-making factory in Villedieu les Poêles. Finally, sit back and relax for your journey back to Caen, Bayeux, or your train, arriving back at around 7PM.

From Le Havre: Mont Saint-Michel Private Full-Day Tour

10. From Le Havre: Mont Saint-Michel Private Full-Day Tour

Explore Mont-Saint-Michel and the surrounding area with a local guide and learn the fascinating medieval and Christian history of the region. Enjoy the convenience of a private tour with pickup and drop-off in Le Harve. The excursion starts with hotel or port pickup in Le Harve at 9:00AM. Drive approximately 2 hours to Mont-Saint-Michel, while your guide shares stories about the area. The start time can be adjusted to adapt to your ship's schedule. Once on the island, visit the village and wander through its ancient cobblestone streets. Next, discover the abbey on the sea, created in 708 AD for Archangel Michael. Enjoy views from the top and feel the history of this unique location. After the visit, sit down for a gourmet lunch at the best restaurant of the island. Depending on the weather and the tides, your guide may take you on a walk along the bay to admire the abbey from the ground. If time permits, the guide will stop for a quick tour of Villedieu les Poêles, a unique church bell factory that has made bells the same way since the 16th century. Here, learn the history of the very factory that made the bells of the Abbey of Mont-St-Michel. Return to Le Havre at 7:00 PM or the time that fits your ship's schedule.

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Tour was very well organized but nobody was holding the sign written Parisvision in front of Pullman hotel. The stop at the gas station was 30 minutes (enough to grab a bite and use the washroom) and the time for the tour at St Michel was enough to see everything . The audio guide tour was really good and informative

Book your tour with Get Your Guide. Mont Saint Michel bus tour with self audio guide option is best to see the abbey at your own pace. Our Guide Victor is excellent. Thank you for making this trip memorable.

El lugar es hermoso! Si se tiene solo un tiempo limitado es un gran tour, recorres en tu propio tiempo y conoces a tu paso, si se tiene más tiempo recomendaría quedarse una noche y esperar la marea.

Take the tour bud to mint st michel? Perfect a king of time. Steven, our guide, was great.

No frill package to Mont Saint Michel , love this place !