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The Complete Small Group Paris to Mont St Michel Day Trip & Exclusive Bay Tour

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14.5 hrs

Max 18

Why take this tour?

The monastery and island commune of Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most jaw dropping sights in France. Perched atop a sheer granite bluff in the middle of a flooded tidal bay, it has been a coveted spots for kings, popes, and invaders since at least the 8th century. Now you can visit it on this complete Paris to Mont St Michel day trip using high speed trains and private buses to drastically shorten the normal traveling time.

Take a high speed train to enjoy more time than anyone else in Mont Saint-Michel.

This exclusive Paris to Mont St Michel day trip by high speed train starts early in Montparnasse train station, where you'll meet your expert guide and small group of maximum 18 other travelers. Then you'll zip up to Rennes in just 1.5 hours. From there you'll hop a bus for an hour and twenty-minute ride to your destination. Most tour groups take 5 hours to get from Paris to Mont St Michel. Our combined travel time of roughly three hours means you'll be crossing the bay into the fairytail village of Mont Saint-Michel when most other day trippers are just over halfway there. With 7 hours on the ground, you'll spend much more time in this lovely village and its surroundings than anyone else.

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This exclusive Paris to Mont St Michel day trip by high speed train starts early in Montparnasse train station, where you'll meet your expert guide and small group of maximum 18 other travelers. Then you'll zip up to Rennes in just 1.5 hours. From there you'll hop a bus for an hour and twenty-minute ride to your destination. Most tour groups take 5 hours to get from Paris to Mont St Michel. Our combined travel time of roughly three hours means you'll be crossing the bay into the fairytail village of Mont Saint-Michel when most other day trippers are just over halfway there. With 7 hours on the ground, you'll spend much more time in this lovely village and its surroundings than anyone else.

When you arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mont Saint-Michel, your guide will have already checked the day's tide times and you'll take advantage of the low tide to do something else that no one else will have the opportunity to enjoy: kick off your shoes and step out into the actual bay to enjoy a full tour from a local naturalist. You'll learn all about the unique geology that formed the base of the village as well as the unique wetlands that surround it. You'll also get to see some of the infamous quicksand that was once the scourge of pilgrims crosssing the bay and get a demonstration from you guide on how to get out of it. Don't forget to bring a camera; the views of village and abbey are second to none.

When you return to terra firma you'll enjoy a 45-minute tour of the ancient streets and fortified city walls as your guide fills you in on the tumultuous history of this religious commune. Because of its location, Mont Saint-Michel has been important to everyone from Kings and Bishops to countless religious pilgrims. Your guide will regail you with stories about terrible sieges, savage battles and how the sea itself was often the biggest deterent to anyone trying to get in.

You'll break for lunch around midday. It's not included in this Paris to Mont St Michel day trip, but your guide will give you plenty of restaurant recommendations - don't miss the famously fluffy omelettes, they are a local specailty.

After lunch you'll head inside the Abbey to learn about a religious history dating back over 1,000 years. The abbey hasn't just hosted monks, though. Inside you'll see beautiful gothic architecture along with much grimmer touches, like a human 'hamster wheel' that was used by convicts imprisoned in the abbey after the French Revolution to haul goods up the cliff sides. The highlight of the building is it's highest tower, which, on a clear day, afford you 360-degree views for miles around the bay and surrounding countryside. It's not hard to see why so many have wanted to control this tiny rock throughout the centuries.

At the end of the tour you'll hop back on the bus to Rennes and, from there, catch another high speed train back to Paris. You'll arrive back in Montparnasse at 9.00pm having seen an done more than anyone else taking a Paris to Mont St Michel Day trip.

  • Sites Visited
  • Mont Saint-Michel Village
  • Abbey
  • Mont Saint-Michel Bay
  • Tour Includes
  • High-speed trains to and from Mont Saint-Michel
  • Private minibus transport
  • Tickets to the Abbey
Your first view of Mont Saint-Michel is a doozy
Your guide will give you the history of the commune
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The attraction was great! Glad we chose to go by train as there still was not enough time to enjoy it all. Would have liked to had less time spent on the beach and some free time for the shops or more time in the Abby. Our tour guide did a good job.


FAQ

How should I dress for this tour?
This tour takes you out onto a sandy/marshy area. In order to do this, you will be required to take off your shoes and get your feet wet. Although the water will never go past your ankles you should still wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet/sandy.