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Ophorus Tours - Mont Saint Michel & Abbey Discovery: Guided Tour from Bayeux

Bayeux

Mont Saint Michel & Abbey Discovery: Guided Tour from Bayeux

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Embark on a Mont Saint Michel day trip to one of France’s most iconic monuments! From Bayeux, depart with your guide and reach the Mont Saint Michel village. Follow your guide on a walking tour & visit the Abbey of Mt Saint Michel.

Highlights

  • An Island Adventure For A Day
  • Visit France's most picturesque UNESCO world heritage site
  • Admire & visit a remarkable gothic jewel - Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of Normandie
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Program & Itinerary

Join us for an extraordinary Normandy tour and meet your English-speaking driver/guide, a local expert on the captivating region of Normandy. Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, be greeted by our friendly guide holding a sign bearing the tour name and the iconic Ophorus logo. You can easily recognize our guides as they proudly wear nominative badges.Once acquainted with your guide, they ...

EXPERIENCE THE ENCHANTING MONT SAINT MICHEL WITH OUR EXPERT GUIDE

Join us for an extraordinary Normandy tour and meet your English-speaking driver/guide, a local expert on the captivating region of Normandy. Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, be greeted by our friendly guide holding a sign bearing the tour name and the iconic Ophorus logo. You can easily recognize our guides as they proudly wear nominative badges.

Once acquainted with your guide, they will provide a detailed overview of the day's program and itinerary of this Mont Saint Michel day trip. Step into our comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and embark on a memorable journey to visit the mesmerizing Mont Saint Michel.

Enjoy comfort and engaging commentary during the drive as all our vehicles are equipped with an onboard P/A system, ensuring that everyone, including those seated at the back of the van, can hear the guide's insightful commentary throughout the journey.

TRAVEL TO SOUTHERN NORMANDY

Prepare to discover the remarkable Gothic jewel, Mont Saint Michel, one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France. Situated just 1 kilometer off the coast of Normandy and Brittany, in the English Channel, it rests in a bay renowned for some of Europe's largest tides. A connecting bridge to the mainland, which occasionally gets flooded during high tides, adds to its unique allure.

MONT SAINT MICHEL ABBEY

Mont Saint Michel Abbey is a prime example of the transition from Romanesque to Gothic architecture in the middle ages. The complex showcases the technical and artistic mastery of mediaeval architects. The construction of the Abbey is particularly notable for its adaptation to the challenging conditions of the mount – built on a rocky, uneven island with limited space.

The history of Mont Saint Michel began in 708 AD when, according to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to Bishop Aubert of Avranches, instructing him to build a church on the rocky islet. The earliest church was a simple oratory.

In the 10th century, Benedictine monks settled on the mount, leading to the establishment of a Romanesque abbey. This period saw the first major phase of construction, where a pre-Romanesque church and several monastic buildings were erected.

The Romanesque phase of the Abbey began in earnest in the 11th century. The construction involved massive underground crypts and chapels to support the weight of the Abbey above and to deal with the uneven and unstable rock foundation. The church was expanded with the addition of the nave, transept, and choir. The iconic West façade, with its two towers and the northern façade of the nave, was also part of this phase.

The 13th century marked a significant shift towards Gothic architecture. This period is known for the construction of the Merveille ("Marvel"), a set of buildings on the north side of the rock. The Merveille includes two three-story buildings, housing the monk's cloister, refectory, guest rooms, and storerooms.

Mont Saint Michel During Hundred Years' War: During the Hundred Years' War, the abbey was fortified. The construction of military structures like the "Châtelet" (small castle) entrance and the "Boulevard" terrace was completed to defend against English attacks.

In the 15th century, the Romanesque choir of the Abbey church collapsed and was replaced by a Flamboyant Gothic structure. The 17th century saw some modifications with the addition of classical elements.

The Abbey was used as a prison during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era, leading to some degradation. Restoration works began in the 19th century and continued into the 20th century, led by notable architects like Viollet-le-Duc. These efforts restored much of the Abbey to its former glory and ensured its preservation.

VISIT THE MAGNIFICENT BENEDICTINE ABBEY WITH YOUR GUIDE

Centuries of architectural brilliance have bestowed upon us a magnificent historic monument now celebrated as the "Wonder of the Western World" and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Follow your tour guide on a captivating walking guided tour of the Abbey, delving into its fascinating history and architectural marvels. Don't miss the opportunity to capture breathtaking views of the surrounding bay.

During your day trip to Le Mont Saint Michel and its bay, our friendly English-speaking driver/guide will escort you from Bayeux to the site. Access to Mont Saint Michel is facilitated by a shuttle and the bridge, in accordance with local requirements. Please note that the walk to the Abbey can be challenging if you have walking difficulties as it requires to climb around 350 steps.

EXPERIENCE THE VIBRANT VILLAGE OF MONT SAINT MICHEL

After exploring the Abbey, enjoy some free time to wander through the town at your leisure. Take home souvenirs for your loved ones from the charming local shops. Our guide will provide recommendations for excellent restaurants suitable for all budgets, ensuring a delightful lunch experience.

If you desire an indulgent treat, the renowned La Mère Poulard restaurant is a must-visit. Famous for its unique "omelette soufflé" recipe, it is a culinary delight worth experiencing during your visit of Mont Saint Michel day tour. Keep in mind that the restaurant's popularity with visitors may require a significant amount of waiting time.

We highly recommend this extraordinary opportunity to explore the enchanting island of Mont Saint Michel with our expert guide. Reserve your place now and be part of this unforgettable journey through Normandy's captivating history and beauty.

If you wish to organise your tour of Mont Saint Michel from Paris, we highly recommend you arrive in Bayeux the day before your tour date.

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  • 08:20 am

    Meet your Guide at Place Québec in Bayeux

  • 08:30 am

    Depart from Bayeux towards Mont Saint Michel

  • 10:30 am

    Visit of Mont Saint Michel Abbey

  • 12:00 pm

    Free time for lunch and personal discovery in the village of Mont Saint Michel

  • 03:00 pm

    Depart from Mont Saint Michel back to Bayeux

  • 04:30 pm

    Drop of at Place Québec in Bayeux

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Ophorus Tours - Mont Saint Michel & Abbey Discovery: Guided Tour from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Mont Saint Michel & Abbey Discovery: Guided Tour from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Mont Saint Michel & Abbey Discovery: Guided Tour from Bayeux

Know before you book

  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Normandy Day Trip from Bayeux available all year round
  • Day Trip to Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour involves climbing stairs, you must be in good physical condition
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros
  • Every traveler, including childrens, must have a booked seat as per legal requirements, and carrying childrens on your lap is not allowed.
  • Please specify the age of the child when booking so we can provide an appropriate car seat if needed. 
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get reduced price 
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour

Meeting point

Place de Québec 14400 Bayeux

Departure

Pick up at Place de Québec, at designated Tour Operator pick up and drop off point. Guide will have a sign with company logo and tour name. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.8/5 (71 reviews)
  • Jennie Yager

    05, Apr 2024

    We had an excellent tour of Mont Saint Michel, our tour guide Charles was very knowledgeable and added some humor into the tour as well which was much...
  • Christopher

    19, Oct 2023

  • Roxanne

    15, Oct 2023

    Learning the history, seeing the architecture, and the views, enjoying local lamb for lunch! Our guide, Valentin, was very knowledgeable, he answered...
  • Okshita

    13, Oct 2023

    Wonderful tour guide, very informative. The meeting point in bayeux was central and we were able to walk to it. After that the tour guide took care of...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Visit of Mont Saint Michel and it's abbey
  • English-speaking driver & guide, Experts in Normandy
  • Travel in modern, comfortable & fully equipped minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks 
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you pick up at hotels on your Normandy shared tours?

    All our scheduled/shared tours have a precise departure location that is mentioned on your voucher in each city. If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Bayeux?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a day trip from Bayeux?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
  • Who conducts these Normandy shared tours from Bayeux?

    We mainly employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments such as Mont Saint Michel and so on. 

    For some tours, such as the day trips from Bayeux dedicated to WWII, passionate guides that were history teachers, ex servicemen will be with you to explain the details of the battles that raged. All our guides are first and foremost very skilled drivers and all of them speak impeccable English.
  • Is Bayeux the ideal town and departure point for Normandy D-DAY tours?

    If you are looking to experience Normandy in the best possible way, then our day trips from Bayeux make for an ideal departure point. The charming small town of Bayeux has a large number of options when it comes to accommodation and dining. Moreover, the historic medieval city centre as well as the famous Tapestry are part of the best things to do while in Bayeux.
  • Will we have some free time for personal discovery of Mont Saint Michel?

    Yes, after the morning guided visit of the Abbey, the rest of your time at the Mont Saint Michel is for you to enjoy. You can either stay a bit more at the top of the Mount or decide to make your way back down slowly. On your way, don't hesitate to take some of the smaller side streets that are less crowded and that can lead to some stunning views over the Bay.
  • How difficult is it to reach Mont Saint Michel Abbey?

    Mont Saint Michel as the name points out, is a mount and the Abbey is located at the top of the Mount! There are roughly 350 stairs that you will need to climb to reach the Abbey - around 200 stairs are in the village itself and the remaining 150 are within the Abbey. Therefore, if you have reduced mobility then the safer option is to stay in the village. This tour is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
  • Is lunch included on this shared full day trip from Bayeux?

    No, we never include lunch on our shared tours. However, please note that you will have a sufficient amount of free time to have lunch in the village of Mont Saint Michel. There are a very large number of choices when it comes to eating from snacks, sandwiches to local retaurants and brasseries.
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