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Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

1. Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

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: Full-Day Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour

3. From Paris: Full-Day Guided Mont Saint Michel Tour

Visit Mont Saint-Michel on a guided day trip from Paris. Discover the highlights with your guide before taking an audio-guided tour of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Enjoy some free time after to explore on your own. From Paris, board a private bus to the island of Mont Saint Michel. On the journey, listen as your guide provides interesting stories from the history of the abbey. Follow your guide on an orientation tour to ensure you see the most important attractions, including the hilltop Abbey of Mont Saint Michel. Enjoy a few hours at your leisure to explore the abbey and soak up the splendor of its interior with an audio guide tour, or stroll in the picturesque streets. Choose from a variety of lunch options ranging from dining rooms with rustic meat to sophisticated restaurants with bay view terraces specializing in seafood. Or, stop by one of the Mont Saint Michel's creperies to feast on galettes (buckwheat pancakes) with Normandy cider. In the late afternoon, board the bus for a return journey to Paris.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Audio-Guided Tour

4. 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 constructed over centuries and discover sloping stairways behind hidden doors as you uncover its history. 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 your entry to the abbey, and then start your audio tour on your phone. Travel back in time to when monks lived within these walls according to their scriptures. Enjoy picturesque ocean views from the towers of the castle. Follow the audioguide up and down winding staircases and through hidden doors into long halls and secret dungeons from the Middle Ages. Immerse yourself in stories of holy knights and pious pilgrims in the realm of kings and jesters.

Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

5. Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

Explore the village of Mont Saint Michel, located on a picturesque tidal island, with a licensed local tour guide. First, meet your guide and take the shuttle bus to the village, where you will learn more about its history during a 2-hour walking tour. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the village along the Grande Rue on the way up to the Abbey. See the parish church of Saint-Pierre, surrounded by a cemetery, housing a silver statue dedicated to Saint-Michel. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and a stunning panorama over the bay. Choose to include an entrance ticket to the Abbey, to explore it at your own pace.

Mont Saint-Michel: 4 Museums Entry Pass

6. Mont Saint-Michel: 4 Museums Entry Pass

A visit to the four museums of Mont Saint-Michel lift the veil on the great men, mysteries, secrets and legends of this unique place. Discover the mysterious story of Mont Saint-Michel through visiting its 4 museums.  The first, the Maritime Museum where you can discover the biggest tides in the world and the Mont Saint-Michel major environmental project. After, you will visit the Historical Museum Sound and Light. Here, you will learn about the monks who built the Abbey and the prisons of Mont Saint-Michel. You can visit the special exhibits such as the collection of ancient weapons, medieval instruments of torture, the body sucked down into the quicksand, louis XI's iron cage and the oubliettes. Then, you will visit the historic house of Bertrand Du Guesclin, a Breton knight and French military commander during the 14th century, and his wife, Tiphaine de Raguenel, a famous astrologist who used to read the destiny of the world in the stars. Here, you can visit special exhibits viewing period furniture, a bridal chamber, a medieval chastity belt, armor worn by Bertrand du Guesclin and Tiphaine de Raguenel's study. The last museum is the Archeoscope, which reveals the mysterious history of Mont Saint-Michel. An unforgettable experience in a timeless setting at the crossroads of history and legend. This unique show uses highly sophisticated technology to enthrall you in the world of magic and religion.  These museums will perfectly complete your visit of Mont Saint-Michel.

From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

7. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

On this full-day tour from Paris, you will discover Mont Saint-Michel, a traditional Norman village. On the drive through Normandy, your guide will recount the rich history of the region marked by invasions, first by the Romans and then the Barbarians, before the region was fought over in the Hundred Years’ War. You will tour the famous Abbey and admire the Gothic buildings built on top of each other over the centuries, such as the Cloister and the Monks’ dining hall. You will then be free to stroll around the village and let yourself be taken back to the medieval atmosphere in its narrow paved streets.

From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Small-Group Mont St Michel Tour & Cider Tasting

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Mont Saint-Michel

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,104 reviews

My guide Michael was very knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. From the start of the day, when my train from Paris arrived late, to the end of an action packed day, he went out of his way to ensure I had an excellent day.

The tour was easy to book and easy to find! Our guide was kind, knowledgeable and funny. We learned a lot, got to rest and were impressed with her ability to give a tour in three languages at once!

Skilled guide and driver. Clear and friendly with all information. Approximately 30 min break midway on the bus trip. Good places for a break with food, many coffee machines and plenty of toilets.

Fabulous tour. We appreciated the guide and learning about the history of Normandy along the way in addition to the informative tour of the Abby.

Mont Saint Michele was beautiful! Would love to go back….hopefully one day.