Mont Saint Michel Day Trip from Paris

Visit France's most Picturesque Island and Medieval City in a Small Group

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 4 Reviews · 14.00h 25 max · Paris, France

Looking to get out of Paris on an exciting day trip? We have the perfect experience for you. Make your experience more memorable in our small group with your fun and knowledgeable tour guide who will spend the day with you. There will never be a dull moment, as you learn fascinating stories about the history of Mont Saint Michel and Normandy. Private Transport & Admissions Included.

  • Round trip Transport in Private Bus
  • Stunning Interior
  • Majestic Views
  • Medieval Pilgrimmage Site
  • Local, French Cuisine
  • Free time to Explore

This full-day tour outside of Paris is an adventure you definitely shouldn't miss. The magical abby-crowned island of Mont Saint-Michel is by far one of the most iconic sites in all of France. Not only will you have a guided tour of the site, but also ample free time to do some exploring on your own as well.

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip Description

This full day adventure includes:

  • Round trip transport in climate controlled bus

  • Admission to Mont Saint Michel's Abbey

  • Small Group of max 25 people

  • Fun & Knowledgeable, English Speaking Guide

The Adventure Begins

Rise early to board your private bus from Paris. Once you’ve settled into your seat in the early-morning, you’ll have the chance to catch up on sleep, before we stop for a mid-route pit stop during which you can stretch your legs and pick up some breakfast should you wish.

As we approach the magnificent island, which depending on the tides is either encircled by water or by mud flats, your knowledgeable guide will prepare you for what is to come by providing some background information on the awe-inspiring UNESCO-listed island. Listen to interesting anecdotes about the history of this abbey, the island and the surrounding region of Normandy, whose stunning scenery should be visible through the windows of the bus.

Medieval Island Mont Saint Michel

The island is strategically placed between Normandy and Brittany. Due to the hundred years war between England and France, the island's importance became even more prominent as a stronghold and defensive structure. The island would serve as a military stronghold for the region, warding off British attackers during recurrent sieges.

Upon arrival on the island, your guide will show you around during an orientation tour that will ensure you manage to see all the most important attractions, leaving you outside the most famous of them all, the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. After getting to grips with the layout and major points of interest, you will have a few free hours to explore by yourself at a sightseeing pace that matches your desired speed and stamina. You might want to soak up the splendor of the abbey interior with an audio guide tour or simply stroll the wonderfully picturesque streets in search of the perfect photo opportunity.

Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

Mont Saint-Michel abbey began humbly enough in the eighth century, when – citing orders from Archangel Michael himself – bishop Aubert built a church on this small and secluded rock island. The church was later expanded during the medieval era, becoming more and more vertiginous with every addition, and attracting an increasingly large number of pilgrims.

During the French revolution, the monks were kicked out of the monastery and the area became a prison for refractory priests. In 1811, a decree declared that the abbey would hold common law prisoner and some political prisoners like Armand Barbés and Auguste Blanqui.

Sit-down or Lunch on the Go

You may also want to sit down for lunch at an establishment of your choosing. Options range from wooden rafter-adorned dining rooms serving rustic meat-focused fare to sophisticated restaurants with bay-view terraces where seafood from the surrounding waters takes center stage. For a more casual and characteristically Breton meal, stop by one of Mont Saint-Michel’s crêperies and feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) paired with Normandy cider. Your guide will recommend restaurants to quell your cravings and match your budget.

In late afternoon, re-board the bus for the return journey to Paris, which will see passengers back in the City of Lights well in advance of bed time. This fabulous tour of Mont Saint-Michel offers a hassle-free way to explore the island during a day trip from Paris with plenty of free time ensuring you don’t have to adhere to a rigid sightseeing schedule.

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Wonderful Day
15 September 2021
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Emily Crider

Years ago, I saw a picture of a fairytale-looking castle that was built on an island surrounded by water. After doing some research about France, I discovered that this picturesque island is Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France. It is so surreal-looking that the Disney movie Tangled modeled their fictional kingdom off of this real life fairytale castle. Being a four hour drive away from downtown Paris, this is definitely pushing the limits of a Paris “day trip.” But I really wanted to see this mythical looking tidal island in person, so we booked a Mont Saint-Michel day trip with The Tour Guy. The coach bus was really comfortable and made the trip seem short. Our guide did a great job explaining France and Mont Saint-Michel’s history on the bus, and we were very thankful to have transportation provided for us because the island feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere! In the abbey, we had an audio guide that explained the church’s history. Throughout the day we learned that Mont Saint-Michel became a place of worship all the way back in 708 AD! Over the centuries, it withstood several sieges and became a prominent place for religious pilgrimages. The island itself is actually an entire village stacked onto a relatively small area. Like most places in medieval times, the working class occupied the lower areas, the knights lived in the middle, and the church was built all the way at the top. It was amazing getting to wander the narrow streets, stroll through the abbey, and walk on the tidal ground surrounding the island. Walking around the grounds, I felt like we were transported back in time. It was an amazing experience getting to see this magical island – I’m so glad The Tour Guy offers a day trip so that we didn’t have to worry about the details of getting there and could just fully enjoy it!

Hassle-free tour of a beautiful destination!
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It was nice having everything taken care of and being able to see this amazing beach castle on a day trip from Paris! We'll be coming back in a few years.

Beautiful!
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One of the most stunning places I have ever been. Would go back in an instant!

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