Mont Saint-Michel, a wonder near Paris
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most fascinating places to be in Paris neighborhoods. It is also known as a wonder of the West. Plus, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. But what is Mont Saint-Michel? It is a small island located between Grouin and Champeaux, in Normandie.
It is such a special place because there are lots of legends about it. Just think that it is so called because Archangel Michael appeared 3 times. That is why you can visit the church in its honor, built by bishop Aubert. In addition, when you go there, you can admire the show of the tides. Actually, Mont Saint Michel is not a small territory with just the abbey and the bay. There are interesting museums too.
Here I propose various way to visit this unique place very close to Paris.
You can go to Mont Saint-Michel to Paris by bus or train. I strongly recommend choosing the train or an organized tour so you will be sure of not wasting your time.
Mont Saint-Michel, best 1 day tour solution
When you are in Mont Saint-Michel, you can decide to join a one-day tour to be sure of visiting everything. For example, if you choose to book for this one day tour, you will:
- go to Mont Saint-Michel and go back to Paris by bus (with AC);
- an entrance ticket to the famous Mont Saint Michel abbey;
- Audio guide. This can be in Spanish, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Portuguese.
The full tour lasts 14 hours. The departure meeting point is at 2 Rue des Pyramides in Paris. You can go there by metro. After that, you will enjoy your day in Mont Saint Michel without any other thoughts. Another thing that I like a lot about this 1 day tour solution is that you will have a pass that allows you to avoid queues.
Mont Saint Michel, private tours
Once you are in Mont Saint-Michel, you can also take part to a private tour. The tour I recommend is for families or a group of four people. By booking this private walking tour you will walk in the traditional streets of the islands with a local guide. Plus, you will visit the abbey too. What I like about this way of visiting this Mount is that you are with locals, so you take advantage of information that only them know. The local tour guides speak English, French or Spanish. If you choose this solution, you can meet your designed guided at the entrance of Mont Saint Michel.
Another one that I like is the private walking tour in the bay. It costs less money and it lasts 3 hours. By taking part to the private tour in the bay, you will have a local guide too. The ones that do this one speak English or French. By booking this tour or simply going on the bay of the mount, you will enjoy a stunning view barefoot! You will experience different kinds of sand. Just think that some of it is quicksand! Plus, you will discover a lot about the nature side of Mont Saint Michel.
If you are skeptic about private tours, just read the comments about these experiences! All the people who did these ones are still enthusiastic.
Saint-Michel, Abbey ticket and Museum Pass
To visit Mont Saint-Michel abbey, I strongly recommend booking your ticket in advance. By doing this, you will be sure to go straight to the abbey, without any queue. Clicking here you will buy your ticket in advance and you will have a brochure in your languate. Actually, the brochure is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. Plus, if you change your mind, you can cancel it 24 hours before the day you have booked for.
If you would like to visit the other museums of Saint-Michel mount, see if the 1 day museum pass is what you need. Buying this you will have free access to the following museums:
- Museum of the Sea and Ecology;
- Historical Museum;
- Logis Tiphanie.
Pay attention: if someone of your group is under 18, they enter for free even without the museum pass!