The Mont-Saint-Michel, just a few hours away from Paris, is famous for its medieval abbey perched on a rocky outcrop in its equally famous Bay of Normandy. With PARISCityVISION, you can take advantage of your time in Paris to explore this unique, historic monument on a guided tour departing from Paris.
Some tourist destinations seem to free themselves from their frequentation, preserving the very essence of their soul from the high influx, escaping millions of tourists and the passing of time to offer each visitor a virgin beauty of any depredation. Mont-Saint-Michel, which is a day trip from Paris, is one of those timeless sites. It is a moving dive in time, the confrontation between men and a nature that gives an impression of end of the world.
Only 224 miles from Paris, Mont-Saint-Michel is the second most visited tourist site in France with 3.5 million visitors every year, 20,000 of whom flock to the Benedictine abbey every day during summer! Sometimes an island, sometimes a rock stranded in the middle of a sea of sand, it is the central character of a painting which is reconstructed hour by hour, when the ocean waves come to join the rivers the Couesnon, the Sélune and Sée wandering between sandy expanses and salt meadows where, for centuries, flocks of sheep have passed by. It is said the tide can go as fast as a galloping horse when the Channel assaults this marvel sculpted by nature and transformed by the fervor of Men.
Despite the huge influx of people, getting there with PARISCityVISION is a sure way to fully explore it with a guide that won’t pass up any details; you’ll learn loads about the abbey’s history and surrounding bay whose tides add to the site’s inherent, mystic nature. Once your coach will get there, you will take a shuttle crossing the bay on a surprising bridge, or you can choose to walk in order to discover it more progressively. Parking lots for cars, shuttles, bridge, those improvements saved this natural marvel from silting up and allow you to keep enjoying this magical place.
As far as the memory of men goes, spirituality has always been very strong in these wild and secluded lands.
Its geographical location, between sky, sea and land, already fascinated our distant ancestors: it would have hosted, long ago, Druidic worship practices and a pagan rock would have been ripped by Aubert on Mount Tombe.
But the notoriety of the place rests on its very vivacious spiritual life. From the early Middle Ages and the beginning of the eighth century, the former Mont-Tombe hosts a first oratory dedicated to the archangel Michael who gave his name to the place and takes the name of Mont-Saint-Michel-au-péril- de-la-Mer. The prestige of this first religious monument is reinforced by the legend that surrounds its construction: the Christian implantation on this exceptional site would have been desired by the archangel in person, appearing in a dream to the Bishop Saint-Aubert and marking him on the forehead to testify the mystical character of his dreams.
If, among the countless visitors who go on an excursion to Mont-Saint-Michel, from Paris or the rest of France, few can testify of a fiery faith and go there for religious reasons, the majesty of the abbey , based on successive constructions spread over several centuries, contributes very strongly to the popularity of the site. The statue of Saint-Michael slaying the dragon, gilded with fine gold and high off base of more than 4.6 meters with its wings, still culminates today at more than 156 meters above the sea, skimming the clouds.
Its geographical location, which places it on the border between the duchies of Normandy and Brittany, has made this rocky island a strategic stake of importance. Its ramparts, built in the 13th century, then reinforced and modified several times, protected it from attacks. Besieged in 1424 during the Hundred Years War, the Mount will withstand attacks for ten years, the battle masterfully led by Montois Louis d'Estouteville in 1434 permanently put the Mountsafe from the English assaults that will give up to take this stronghold by force. Its prestige as a religious centre waned with the Reformation, and when the French Revolution broke out there were scarcely any monks still living there. At that time, the abbey was closed and converted into a prison. The prison closed in 1863 and the site became a historic monument in 1874.
Among the remains of these troubled times, you can still see the fortified outer wall. The architecture as a whole, fully contributes to the medieval atmosphere of the place.
Discover our offers and book a round-trip day by coach departing from Paris.
Admire the Normandy countryside during your journey and arrive at Mont-Saint-Michel relaxed and ready to eat lunch -- with a view of course! You’ll discover the 8th century abbey and its history, as well as its abbatial church and its island, registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a guide-interpreter who will take you around by foot. You’ll then be able to wander around freely, exploring the rocky islet and its ramparts, take photos and admire the view over a beautiful landscape. The bay is famous for its spectacular tides that set the tempo of local daily life. The town is very lively with its restaurants, such as the famous Mère Poulard, its shops and stores.
Making a reservation with PARISCityVISION means guaranteeing a fabulous day, all services included for a set price that includes transport, lunch at an onsite restaurant and the abbey visit in 7 languages. The opportunity to soak up the Norman culture while visiting Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris: more than just a tourist excursion, a real enchanted parenthesis during your holidays in France.
You can also opt for an offer that includes transfers to and from your hotel by minibus.
Even if you stay in Paris for a short period of time, don’t miss out on this visit to Normandy. If you go for the 2-day discovery tour that’ll take you not only to this exceptional site, but also to the towns of Saint-Malo, Rouen, Honfleur and the D-day beaches with a night at a 3-star hotel, you’ll learn all about Normandy’s history, architecture and famous landmarks.
Heritage lovers can also opt for sightseeing tours in the footsteps of the rich heritage of France: discovering turnkey tours including visiting the castles of the Loire and Mont-Saint-Michel from Paris and reliving the splendors of the History of France, from Middle Ages to Renaissance.
Experience an exceptional day at Mont-Saint-Michel with a guided tour from Paris. After a lunch with a breathtaking view of the Mont, stroll through the picturesque streets of this majestic rocky peak. Take a ticket to enjoy a guided tour of the Benedictine Abbey perched on top of the Mont.
Roam freely in Mont Saint-Michel. Discover the village and its picturesque streets and shops, visit the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey with an audioguide, taste local specialties and enjoy a superb view of the bay.
Two days for a guided tour of the Mont Saint-Michel and its abbey, including a sight-seeing tour of the Châteaux of the Loire Valley: Langeais and Chenonceau. Enjoy a nice wine tasting at Chenonceaux. Accommodation included, transport by bus from Paris.
A day visit to Mont-Saint-Michel in complete freedom, starting from Paris. Discover the village and its narrow streets at your own pace, and enjoy a unique view of the bay. Make use of the included entrance ticket to visit the unmissable Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel and its magnificent cloisters.
A 3-day sight-seeing tour to discover the Châteaux of the Loire and Mont Saint-Michel, between Normandy and the Loire Valley: the château of Langeais, Clos Lucé, the gardens of Villandry, Tours, the châteaux of Chenonceau, Cheverny and Chambord.
Enjoy a two-day tour of Normandy with an experienced guide. Discover the charming towns of Rouen, Honfleur and Saint-Malo. Visit the unmissable Mont-Saint-Michel. Follow in the footsteps of the Allied landing on the beaches of Normandy.
Discover the legendary Mont Saint-Michel and its bay. Take a 3-day trip to walk on the landing beaches of Omaha Beach and Arromanches, visit Rouen, Honfleur and Saint-Malo, and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley at Langeais, Chenonceau and wine tasting.
4-day organized tour visiting the châteaux of the Loire: Langeais, Clos Lucé, Villandry, Chenonceau, Cheverny, Chambord… Discover the Normandy landing beaches, trip to Honfleur, Rouen, Mont Saint-Michel and Saint-Malo.
Enjoy a full-day minibus trip from Le Havre with a licensed tour guide. Your trip will begin with the famous The Mont-Saint-Michel bay, you will have the chance to visit the Abbey with the morning light. Then, discover the charming port of Honfleur on the way back.