Fantastic fun – Wonderful! everyone should experience it because there is no words to explain &our guide was very good educative fun co-operative.
Mont Saint Michel Shore Excursion
Discover the iconic Mont Saint-Michel
Visit France's most picturesque UNESCO world heritage site
Admire & visit a remarkable gothic jewel - Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
Pick up and drop off at ship
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€750 total price – From 2 to 7 people maximum
Approximately 9 hours
Private full-day shore excursion from Saint Malo
Minimum 2 people, maximum 7
Larger groups please contact us
* If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship in Saint Malo
- Small group option – maximum 7 people per group
- Bottled water in the vehicles
- Transportation in A/C vehicle
- Itinerary can be customized
- Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
- Personal insurance & expenses
- Meals, drinks unless mentioned in program
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
* Please note that it will be possible for you to book entrance fees to museums or attractions adapted to this tour during the booking process.
Come with us on a Normandy private Shore Excursion from Saint Malo and take a trip to one of France’s most iconic monuments!
The Mont Saint Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy, on the English Channel, and is one of the best Normandy private tours you can choose. It is located about 1 kilometer from the shore and sits in a bay that sees some of the biggest tides in Europe. A few years ago, it was linked to the mainland by a bridge that gets flooded during high tides a few times a year.
The first church was built on the mount in 709 at the request of Archangel Michael. A couple of hundred years later, a small group of Benedictines settled there permanently and the church was enlarged. The first monastery was carved in the rock in the 11th century and gradually got bigger and bigger over the following centuries. In medieval times, it quickly became an important destination for pilgrims, just like Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Completion of the abbey took hundreds of years
The construction of the abbey as we know it nowadays was finished in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the grand chancel was replaced in the 15th century. Those hundreds of years of architectural prowess have left us with a magnificent monument, now referred to as the “Wonder of the Western World”. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. During your Mont Saint Michel day trip, you will start by traveling from Saint Malo Cruise Port to the Mont Saint Michel, which you will access via a shuttle and the bridge in accordance with local requirements. While on the road, make sure to take it all in and observe the beauty of the Normandy coastline. Your group will be transported in a private vehicle adapted to the number of people present.
Once we reach Mont Saint Michel, you will have sufficient time to tour on your own. You can reach the abbey itself, at the very top of the mount. Please note that this is a challenging climb as it is done on cobble street stones. If you do decide to visit the abbey, the history of its construction will be explained in detail and while you are there, make sure to snap some pictures of the amazing views on the surrounding bay!
The Mont Saint Michel is also a lively small town, boasting dozens of shops, restaurants, and museums
Another option is to explore the village at your own pace and bring back some souvenirs for friends and family. Your guide will suggest some great restaurants for lunch. Of course, if you still have some questions about the history or the architecture of the Mont Saint Michel, your private guide will remain available for you. This Mont Saint Michel private tour can take in small groups of 2 to 7 persons maximum. The tour takes place in a fully equipped A/C minivan. An English-speaking driver/guide will be with you all day and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Good to Know
- English speaking tour
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies
- Prices are per group
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour
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