Mont Saint Michel

10.5 hours | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre) | L E H - 1 3 0
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:
Legend tells that Archangel Michael called upon a local bishop and told him to 'build here and build high,' the inspiration for the towering masterpiece of Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO historical monument. The dramatic abbey, a celebration of Norman architecture, is crowned by a 500-foot tower. The beautiful 13th-century Gothic cloister affords panoramic views of the surrounding waters and thundering tides. The abbey has been used for many purposes over the years; during the French Revolution it was a prison. After a renovation in the 19th century, the monastic community ensured the continuation of its spiritual presence. Access to the mount requires climbing narrow stairs that date back to the Middle Ages.
What you will see along the way:
As you approach Mont Saint-Michel, the towering masterpiece seems to appear and disappear from view as you wind along the village streets and Mont Saint-Michel Bay.
Photo opportunity:
The waters around Mont Saint-Michel are famous their extreme tides. The seasons and the gravitational pull of the moon impact the high tides, which can reach 50 feet (15 m). Capture a memory of these thundering waters, which at high tide make the mount a veritable island and at low tide reveal miles of sandy beaches surrounding the historic site.
Shopping:
In the medieval town, shops brim with mementos, keepsakes and regional specialties, such as traditional butter cookies, copperware and pottery.

Lunch:
Local culinary delicacies include lamb, seafood platters, and fluffy omelets - the island's specialty - all accompanied by Muscadet wine. Lunch at your own expense.

Special Notes:

THIS TOUR IS NOT AVAILABLE TO PASSENGERS EMBARKING OR DISEMBARKING IN LE HAVRE.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Drive to Mont Saint Michel

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
03:00

Transfer from parking area to Mont Saint Michel (by shuttle and on foot)

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30

Guided walking visit including inside visit of abbey, church and cloister

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
02:00
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
400
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Free time for independent visit & shopping

Time at site:
01:30
Free time at site:
90

Transfer back to parking area (by shuttle and on foot)

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
00:30

Drive back to Le Havre

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
45
Travel time:
03:00