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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

2,142 Reviews
Open daily (access depends on the tides)
Bp 22, Au sommet du village

The Basics

Day trips to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris are popular ways to explore this medieval island in a limited time and without the hassle of arranging your own transportation. Plus, many tours include access to the Benedictine Abbey (Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel) as standard. Mont Saint-Michel is also easy to reach from Caen and Bayeux, both of which offer access to wider Normandy and places such as the D-Day landing beaches of World War II and the coastal village of Honfleur.

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Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
$134.63 per adult
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Wonderful Mont St Michel Tour in September 2021
Wonderful tour! Romain, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history and current operation of Mont St Michel.
Jim, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Bayeux

Worth the trip, take it
MFA, Aug 2021
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
Mont-Saint-Michel is very nice to see and walk around. The windy beach was also fun to spend time on it with the brisk wind blowing all around. The meeting place is immediately in front of Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine, the guide will be standing there but the mini-bus may not have arrived yet. We had Sinis (not sure about the spelling) and he was excellent. Very pleasant and informative. If you have the time, I recommend taking the trip. It is worth it.
A must visit, especially with Adi as your tour guide
Safwat_S, Aug 2021
Mont Saint Michel Full Day Experience from Paris by Private Coach
What an amazing day trip! Mont Saint Michel is a must-visit! Add, our tour guide, was amazing! She made the four and a half bus ride a lot of fun! She gave us a very engaging summary of the history of France, Paris and Mont Saint Michel during the ride. On the way back, she took the time to share recommendations on where to eat and what to do in Paris. She really extended herself. Make sure you book with Adi. The tour was offered by a company called City Wonder. Highly recommended.
MSM is a must-see in France
Beth_K, Sep 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
MSM was our most anticipated stop while is France. I did not disappoint. Adrian is a helpful, experienced and knowledgeable guide. The day was amazing!
Brittany for a day
PBrian_P, Aug 2021
Mont Saint Michel Tour From Paris
Marc is an excellent tour guide and shared so much information about Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, and Dinan. He also pointed out many interesting features and explained a lot of history and facts about Brittany during the drives between the sites.
A really special tour with our excellent guide Adrien.
Nancy_H, Aug 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Adrien was a great guide! He filled us in so much valuable info that really made our trip special. He was so patient in answering all our questions - even the ones not related to our tour. But, the extra special part for us was our visit to an orchard to try the many apple cider products. He allowed us to take our time. Even to the point of extending our time together by 1 hour. My husband said he liked the cider experience as much as our tour to Mont St Michel. Adrien is the best!!
Too Many People
Tissa_S, Aug 2021
Private guided walking tour of Mont Saint-Michel
The app allowed us to take our time and understand the history. Lunch was sufficient and very good. Due to the crowds, we left early and did not stay for the dinner (based on the lunch sure the dinner was fabulous). Would take this self-guided tour again. Organizer did a fabulous job.
MSM tour
DAN_M, Jul 2021
Full Day Tour focus on Mont St Michel from Bayeux with a National guide
Kate was an outstanding guide during the drive and at the monastery. Tour was great and highly recommend!
Mont Saint-Michel tour from Bayeux
KarinaBuch_M, Jul 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Day Trip from Bayeux
Mont Saint-Michel was outstanding. Our guide Gwen was very knowledgeable but a little to detailoriented towards achitecture.
Good guide
Hitomi_N, Jul 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Audio Guided Day Trip with Abbey Entrance from Paris
All of the staff were nice people. The bus was also comfortable. The guide’s explanation was easy to understand.
Wonderful tour of mont st. michel
Sonia_E, Jul 2021
Private Mont-Saint-Michel Tour From Paris by Luxury Vehicle
Excellent and very informative tour. Our your guide, Frederic, was very knowledgeable and very helpful.
Nice rainy day at Mont St Michele
Patricia_B, Jun 2021
Mont Saint-Michel Small-Group Day Trip with Abbey Entrance & Cider Tasting
Antoine was informative, very nice and a good driver! A must see. The rain couldn’t spoil the day. Not much to eat on Mont St Michele for vegans so plan ahead.
Interesting Mont Saint-Michel
Roy_B, Sep 2021
Normandy - Mont Saint-Michel Full Day Tour from Bayeux
We enjoyed a comfortable van ride from Bayeux to Mont Saint-Michel. Our guide led us on a tour all the way up to the abbey and through its many rooms and chapels. Along the way, he gave us a thorough overview of the history and many interesting details. The views are phenomenal! After we exited at the top, we had about 2.5 hours of free time to explore on our own and have lunch. Although the abbey is well worth the visit, the street on the way up and down is lined with overpriced, low quality souvenir shops and restaurants (all similar items and similar menus) which kind of diminished the historical mood/value of the abbey. Our van ride back to Bayeux was quite comfortable especially since we were hot and tired from the many steps up and down. Be aware that you must have good mobility and have a good sense of balance for this tour-lots of uneven cobblestone, steps, and pavement. It’s a workout, Overall, still a must do and well worth the visit.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The parking lot is located on the mainland; a shuttle runs from the lot to a drop-off point close to the entrance to Mont Saint-Michel.

  • The village is full of narrow walkways and steps, so wear comfortable shoes and prepare for crowds.

  • There are no stairs from the parking lot to the entrance, but 350 steps lead from the top of the main street to the abbey.

  • Wi-Fi is available at the tourist office in the village.

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How to Get There

Mont Saint-Michel is located about 220 miles (354 kilometers) west of Paris, roughly four hours away by road. Driving or taking a bus tour is the quickest way to reach the island, but train and public bus options are also available through Caen, Rennes, and Pontorson.

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When to Get There

Mont Saint-Michel’s tourist office is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, while the abbey is closed January 1, May 1, and December 25. As a small island, it’s a popular destination with limited space, so arrive early to avoid the crowds, which are biggest in summer.

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Exploring the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

After paying your entrance fee to the abbey, grab a visitor’s guide for a self-guided tour of the Gothic landmark’s cloister and rooms. Alternatively, guided 75-minute tours in French and English are available year-round; they are included in admission with no reservation required. To hear commentary without a live guide, purchase a 1-hour audio guide for a small fee.

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