Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket
- Duration: 2 hours
Antoine was excellent! Very friendly and professional. We had a small group, 5 people which was nice. We went on January 3rd, and in the morning it was pretty empty which was wonderful!! It’s truly an astounding sight to see. However around 2- the crowds came and its very narrow, hard to walk, the restaurants filled up. Antoine said this was considered slow! He said in busy season- everyone marches slowlyyyy up the narrow street all bottle necking. If you get anxiety in crowds or small spaces, I would only go in a slow season. I’m so glad we got to experience it though. My favorite part was walking up to it, so surreal. Couldn’t put my camera down. Oh! To get away from the crowds, navigate to the wall ramparts, the walk is relatively empty and peaceful. The crepe place recommended to us by a friend “la sirene”, a hidden gem...not so hidden anymore. It’s upstairs from a souvineer shop with a big line. Overall lovely tour. Antoine was great!!! Thank you thank you !!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the excursion to Mont Saint Michel. I rarely do these mass tourist trips but there was a transportation strike in France and no options. At least 3 buses arrived at the same time at the meeting address and I credit the very competent tour staff with quickly working through a long line of tourists to issue individual tickets. A sidewalk staff directed people to the correct bus which minimized confusion. Our bus had a guide and 2 drivers. Excellent! Instructions were clear and organized, the driving safe and the condition of the bus clean and comfortable. The breaks were adequate with just the right number of great coffee vending machines. The Mont was more than just a stunning view. It was interesting architecturally and historically. There were plenty of crannies to explore and paths to wonder. All in all the entire trip exceeded my expectations. Helped by a sunny dose of weather for the end of December.
It was not mentioned in the instructions that you have to queue in Paris City Vision office to exchange your voucher for ticket that indicates your bus number. Mont San Michel is a fantastic place. Too crowded though. Would love to stay longer to contemplate but the trip takes 5 hours one way giving just enough time to finish the guide map and taste the local dishes the island has to offer. Some passengers weren't punctual enough that caused some delay in going to the island and back to Paris.
we had an excellent lady guide, Mrs Gaëlle Lotton, who not only knew the History of the place perfectly well, but also how to tell it in an entertaining and interesting way. Despite the Covid-restrictions in place, we enjoyed our visit thoroughly (the more so as for once there were less people around, the masses of tourists during the summer normally being somewhat overwhelming)
Excellent tour. The guide was brilliant, very informative and helpful. The day is well organised considering it’s a very long day, with a great tour up to the abbey. I definitely recommend to take the guided tour as you will learn the history. A great trip!