A one day trip from Paris to Mont St. Michel and Brittany.
Spend the day exploring Brittany, visiting Dinan, Saint Malo, and the historic abbey at Mont Saint Michel.
Price: $155.00 per person (tour and abbey ticket only), $309.00 with 2nd Class Rail, and $409.00 with 1st Class Rail.
Tours run from March through October on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lunch is not included, but ample time is provided at Mont St. Michel. Tour group is eight people maximum.
Mont Saint Michel Tour Itinerary
Start the day with a relaxing train ride from Paris Gare Montparnasse to the northern coast of Brittany. Upon arrival in the town of Saint Malo your driver will be waiting to take you on a tour of Brittany's emerald coast and Mont Saint Michel.
First Stop: Saint Malo
The walled city of Saint Malo retains a medieval atmosphere, with cobbled streets and half timbered houses. The dramatic Brittany tides, highest recorded in Europe, (a 30 foot gain in as many minutes!) can be experienced at the sea wall or with a walk along the flats at low tide.
Second Stop: Mont Saint Michel
A medieval monk was visited by a seemingly impossible vision from the archangel Michael. The angel instructed him to build a monastery atop a rock formation along the Brittany/Normandy coastline. Many centuries later, Mont St. Michel, as it now stands, was completed. Mont St. Michel is the second-most-visited site in France, after the Eiffel Tower. A true historic gem.
Final Stop: Dinan
Along the river Rance, just a few miles from St. Malo, is the preserved medieval village of Dinan. Dinan was an important trading post during the Middle Ages. Today it is filled with charming cafes and shops.
You’ll finish the day in Rennes, boarding the TGV for a quick two hour ride back to Paris.
Your train leaves Paris Montparnasse station at 7:08 am, bound for St. Malo, and arrives back in Paris at around 10:05 pm. By taking rail from Paris directly to Saint Malo (and back from Rennes), our tour cuts out about five hours of driving time. This allows for more time on the ground in Brittany and Mont St. Michel.
Why us Instead of the Bus?
Other companies offer tours from Paris to Mont St. Michel typically by the bus load (up to 50 people per tour!). Our tours are all eight people per group maximum and hosted by a Brittany native.
The bus tours often are run concurrently in different languages. Our tour is in English only.
As noted above, our tour saves time as a considerable amount of driving time is eliminated.
Why we love Mont St. Michel - When a medieval monk has a vision to build a monastery on a rock cut off by high tides, and actually gets it built, well, you have to see it. We climbed the 250 steps up and took in an amazing view. That fast-advancing tide is almost like an optical illusion, and I'll never forget almost getting caught in it when we walked the tidal flats further up the coast. - Laura