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Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2050MS

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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.


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

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Departure Dates:
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:
7:15am (from Pyramides in central Paris)
6:30am (from central Paris hotel)

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 9:15pm

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Standard Tour (50 people)
Code: MS1EN

Standard Tour (50 people) Transportation by motorcoach - maximum 50 people with commentary from your English speaking guide. No hotel pickup or drop off.

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Standard Tour & Hotel Pickup

Standard Tour & Hotel Pickup Transportation by motorcoach - maximum 50 people with commentary from your English-speaking guide. Includes central Paris hotel pickup and drop off.

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Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fee to Mont St-Michel
  • Lunch with one drink
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Additional Information:
  • 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.
Sample Menu: Restaurant Relais St-Michel

Traditional omelette

Main course:
Salmon with rice and vegetables

Blancmange with red berries

One bottle of cider per six people
One bottle of mineral water per six people
One tea or coffee per person
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jack H, November 2014

This was a great experience. I'd been to Mont Saint Michel a few times but it was the first time for my wife, and this was something she'd wanted to do for years. We met at the Viator tour office near the Louvre at 6:45 on a Saturday morning. At check-in we were told that we would get on the bus in thirty minutes, so we walked across the street to a nice cafe for some coffee and pain chocolate. Promptly at 7:15 we were on the bus and soon underway. NOTE: DO NOT TAKE THE SEATS IMMEDIATELY IN FRONT OF THE BACK EXIT. We learned that lesson the hard way. Those seats don't recline and as soon as the people in front us violently reclined their seats, we were squashed flat. Our guide, Emilia, was terrific and thoroughly knowledgeable about the history of Normandy and the abbey at Mont St. Michel. It was a very long day but well worth it. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs. According to my fitbit, we climbed 50 FLIGHTs of stairs, approximately 500 feet. We got to Mont Saint Michel around 11:30 and immediately had lunch at a restaurant at the foot of the causeway leading to the island. It had a great view of the abbey. Lunch was quite good, though I'm a bit underwhelmed by the appetizer. We were back at the bus at 4:30 in the afternoon and were back in Paris around 9:15. There was a 30-minute rest stop both going to and coming back from the destination. All it all, it was a great outing and well-worth the money.

Reviewed by: Garret.choy, November 2014

We'll worth the time, guide was very informative. Lunch was excellent.

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