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  • Our day trip includes an exclusive low-tide walk out into the bay of Mont Saint Michel
  • Includes access to Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
  • Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of Mont Saint-Michel village
  • Traveling by high-speed train rather than bus, we dramatically reduce travel time
On this luxury day trip, you’re going to explore the history of this much-coveted rock; from the heights of the monastery to the marshes of the floodplain that surround it. And with transport by high-speed train, you’ll spend more time in the Mont than you would on any other day trip from Paris. There is truly no more complete tour on the market.

Your day starts at Montparnasse train station in Central Paris. Here you’ll meet your expert guide and a group of max 18 fellow travellers, and hop on the first high-speed train out of the city. Doing 200 mph, it will take you only 1.5 hours to get to Rennes, plus an extra hour and twenty minutes on a private minibus. Most tours from Paris go by bus, which takes an arduous 5.5 hours each way (more in bad traffic). That means most visitors only get 4 hours in Mont Saint-Michel, while you’ll enjoy a full 7 hours.

The order of this tour depends heavily on the tides coming into and out of the bay. Most visitors never explore the sand here, but you will. Led by a specially-trained naturalist guide, you’ll kick off your shoes and walk out onto the tidal flat to discuss the unique nature and environment surrounding Mont Saint-Michel and even see a bit of the dreaded quicksand that used to trap pilgrims trying to cross the bay. Don’t worry, your guide won’t let you get stuck, but they will show you how to get out of it. This is also where you will get the most stunning views of the village and monastery, so make sure to bring a camera.

Back in the village, you’ll enjoy a two-hour tour of the Medieval city streets and fortified walls in which your guide will give you the colourful history of this tiny, but strategically-important community. From Irish monks and Bretton bishops to English Barons, French kings, and countless religious pilgrims; seemingly everyone in Western Europe has, at some time or another, wanted a piece of this little rock. Once you head inside the monastery, you’ll understand why.

After a break for lunch (with plenty of recommendations from your guide for where you can enjoy the local speciality omelettes) you’ll head inside the Abbey to soak in the Gothic architecture and its history. Your guide isn’t able to follow you in but they will brief you on the building’s history and what to keep an eye out for before you go inside with your audio guide. Because it was used as a prison after the French Revolution, you can see stark reminders of human captivity, like a human-sized “hamster wheel” that was operated by prisoners to haul goods up the hill.

At the end of the tour, hop back on the bus, then train, for the journey back to Paris.
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“We had rain, sun and cold weather but our guide Ferret made the day perfect for us. We had a great time exploring the abbey and the bay. The train and bus ride to the Abbey was very comfortable.”
what’s included
  • High-speed trains and private minibus transfer to and from Mont Saint-Michel
  • Private minibus transport
  • Skip the line ticket to Abbey with audio guide
  • Small groups of 18 people
what's excluded
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-Up/Drop-Off
Tour details
Availability Every Wed, Fri & Sat
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 hours
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Paris, France/ Paris, France
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Gratuities to guides are appreciated but never obligatory. Please note that the tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure. Please note, the order of sites visited will depend on the tides. In cases of unusually high tides, a tour of the bay will not be possible. The tour of the bay will be done barefoot; it is recommended, therefore, that you bring a small towel and a bag or backpack in which to put your shoes during that section of the tour. A jacket is highly recommended, even in the summer. While exploring the bay, guests will, at times be wading through sand, clay, and water, that reaches their ankles. In warmer months they will be barefoot. In colder months, boots will be provided. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests with mobility impairments, wheelchairs or strollers on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Cancellation Cancellations:
- For cancellations made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Full refund.
- For cancellations made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No refund can be provided.

Amendments:
- For amendments made more than 72 hours prior to tour commencement: No amendment fee, pending availability.
- For amendments made within 72 hours prior to tour commencement: Amendments subject to a amendment fee per person, per tour, pending availability.

Late Arrivals & No Shows:
- No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no shows after tour commencement or departure.
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