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Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Paris

Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
Destination: France, Ile de France and Paris, Paris
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Overview

Take a full-day tour from Paris to one of the most popular attractions in France, the fairytale island of Mont St-Michel off the coast of Normandy. Your guide will take you on a narrated walking tour of the exquisite Benedictine abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most revered wonders of Europe. You'll then have free time to explore the village at your leisure to browse shops and watch the incredible spectacle of the bay’s tide rising and surrounding the island.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included


What You Can Expect

You’ll be picked up from a central Paris meeting point or your hotel (depending on option selected) in the early morning to begin your full-day adventure to Mont St-Michel. Sit back and enjoy the views on the long coach drive north through the beautiful Normandy countryside.
Arrive at Mont St-Michel in the late morning for your guided (depending on option selected) walking tour of this iconic attraction, perched on a rocky island amid a vast bay and encircled by stout ramparts and battlements. After fueling up with lunch and refreshments (included), follow your expert guide or at your own pace (depending on option selected)  on a walk to the top of the hilly village, where you’ll then travel back in time as you enter the fascinating abbey.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, Mont St-Michel was a major cultural and pilgrimage center during the Middle Ages. Legend has it that the abbey was founded in the 8th century, when Aubert, the bishop of Avranches, was visited by the Archangel Michael in a dream. To this day the abbey is still crowned by a gilded copper statue of Michael slaying a dragon, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.
See the abbey’s remarkable cloister and refectory, and view how the ramparts have been added to support the Gothic monastery over the centuries. You’ll also hear about this attraction's most well-known and alluring feature: the extreme tides. At low tide, the island can be surrounded by bare sand for miles, but at high tide — barely six hours later — the water swells up and fills the bay, surrounding the entire island.
After your tour, you’re free to wander the village around Mont St-Michel on your own. Walk around the abbey's ramparts, browse the shops along the main street, visit the island's museums, and watch the sea rush in from the Atlantic and surround Mont St-Michel at high tide.
You will spend approximately four hours at Mont St-Michel before departing on your relaxing drive back to Paris.

You must select at least one Tour option :
  • 7.15AM With a guide and have the Abbaye Ticket and lunch included with a departure from our central located agency
  • 6.30AM With a guide and have the Abbaye Ticket and lunch included with a departure from any hotel or residence inside Paris ( Zip code must start by 75)
  • 7.15AM With a return ticket Only to Mont St Michel at your own pace including Abbaye entrance Ticket with a departure from our central located agency


Itinerary

Sample lunch menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Starter:
Traditional omelette

Main course:
Salmon with rice and vegetables

Dessert:
Apple Pie

Drinks:
One bottle of cider per six people
One bottle of mineral water per six people
One tea or coffee per person

Cancellation Policy

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.


Inclusions

  • You must select at least one of the tour option :
    1. 7.15AM With a guide and have the Abbaye Ticket and lunch with one drink included and a departure from our central located agency
    2. 6.30AM With a guide and have the Abbaye Ticket and lunch included with one drink and a departure from any hotel or residence inside Paris ( Zip code must start by 75)
    3. 7.15AM Return ticket Only to Mont St Michel at your own pace including Abbaye entrance Ticket  and free time for lunch with a departure  from our central located agency
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fee to Mont St-Michel
  •  Departure Details.     
  • You are entitled to a pick up if the voucher above show the mention: “6:30am Pickup “
  • If your voucher have the mention “7.15am Guided” you have NO pick up.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will spend approximately 4 hours at Mont St-Michel; the journey from Paris is between 4 and 5 hours each way
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, including a number of steps and uphill paths to get to the abbey.
  • Not recommended for anyone with mobility difficulties
  • Good walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour takes place all year round and in all weather conditions. Please dress appropriately.
  •       Departure Details.     

  • You are entitled to a pick up if the voucher above show the mention: “6:30am Pickup “
  • If your voucher have the mention “7.15am Guided” you have NO pick up.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

Pyramides, central Paris

Hotel pickup available from centrally located Paris hotels (ZIP codes 75001-75020) if this option has been selected

Departure Time

Standard tour departs from central departure point at 7:15am.
Tour with hotel pickup departs at 6:30am.

Duration

14 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 9:15pm

Tour Options

7.15am Guided in English

Code: MS1EN

Standard Tour (50 people). Transport by motorcoach - maximum 50 people with commentary from your English speaking guide. No hotel pickup or drop off. Departs at 7:15am. 7:15 AM
6.30am Pickup & English Guide

Code: MSFEN

Standard Tour & Hotel Pickup. Transport by motorcoach - maximum 50 people with commentary from your English-speaking guide. Includes central Paris hotel pickup and drop off. Departs at 6:30am. 6:30 AM
7.15am Return Ticket Only

Code: TG15

Transportation by coach & Ticket only. No hotel pickup or drop off. 7:15 AM

User's Reviews

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joseg3200

The tour was great, it was an all day event, but they made the trip very informative and did not miss a step. The only thing I would recommend is that they pick a different food for lunch.

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Jillianthetravelller

We we paid extra for pick up from our hotel, which was well worth the extra as it was a 6.30am pickup. We were taken to the Paris City Vision bus depot which was a very well organised company. This day tour was a huge day trip, but well worth doing. The drive was enjoyable, with a stop along the way. Our French Lunch was included when we arrived, which was just lovely. We then caught the shuttle bus with our guide who took us up every step and hill there was, I’m sure! We were not young, but handled the hills and steps quite well. It was an amazing place to visit, with a feeling of being in a totally different world. We had a little free time at the end and had to meet our guide back at the first stop from the shuttle bus. We became a little lost on our own finding our way down from Mont Saint Michele, but made it out and finally caught the shuttle bus back to our bus! It was a long drive home, but a good rest. We had a stopover on the way home, which was welcomed! We were given a taxi voucher when we arrived back to the depot, and our taxi had been booked and waiting for us! This made it so easy to get back to our hotel after a very long day. This is a very memorable day trip, well worth doing. Just a beautiful place to visit!

Image - 22 Oct 2018 -

bebopbasschick

Next time we come to Paris, we are totally doing this tour again. It’s that amazing!! A must! They fed us very well and took good care. Our guide spoke good English and was very knowledgeable.

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allharry

We began early in the morning, as it is about a 5 hour trip out to Normandy from Paris. The bus was comfortable and they did stop at the 2 hour mark so we could use a restroom. We made it to our restaurant by noon and had a delicious lunch! Be sure to indicate that you're vegetarian or vegan when you sign up for the tour. They were quite accommodating. After a wonderful lunch, we took a shuttle bus to the base of Mont Saint Michel. From there, you'd better be able to climb and walk up hundreds of steps! It was worth the climb, I can tell you! Our tour guide was very patient and allowed for breathing breaks between sections of stairs and hills. She was very well-informed and presented a thorough explanation of the history of the former monastery. We had about 30-40 minutes at the end to browse the gift shops, something that was quite plentiful on the descent of the hill. Don't stop for long, as the bus will leave promptly at the appointed time! Allow yourself enough time to take the shuttle back to the restaurant's parking lot so you can get back on the bus. We, again, stopped at the 2-2.5 hour mark for restrooms and a bite to eat heading back into Paris. We opted for the taxi ride back to our hotel, but the metro is convenient and if you can read, you can get yourself back to your hotel without any trouble. I highly recommend this tour! Thank you to Marion and Elisabeth for being such wonderful guides.

Image - 27 Sep 2018 -

Ken W

What a day!! So much fun driving thru the Normany countryside on the way to Mont St. Michel-- We had a very nice lunch at a restaurant with a scenic view of the site before taking a shuttle bus across the bridge and then headed up on foot. The long climb takes you to the top but there are breaks along the way to learn the history. The end of the walk back to the shuttles take you thru the cute cottages around the base where there are lots of shops and places to get snacks and drinks for the long drive back to Paris. It takes about 4.5 hours each way but the bus stops half way each way for bathroom and drink breaks at a nice large highway stop. Nice clean buses.

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