- 8 hours
- Mont Saint-Michel
- Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel
- Normandy coastline/countryside
- Private Car Service for the duration of the day
- Expert Historian guide
We will meet our guide and driver in Normandy. We normally meet at Bayeux but depending on the accommodation location, our pick up may vary. We’ll make our way together to the commune of Mont Saint-Michel where our expert guide will lay the foundations for the historic narrative of the island, the abbey, the architecture, and its religious importance. We’ll enter the medieval village through mighty defensive walls as we discuss the Hundred Years War (14th century). We’ll wind our through narrow streets and up steep stairs as we get closer to the vast abbey. On arrival, we’ll note the gravity-defying structure and learn about the various techniques and styles used to achieve this Gothic wonder. As we visit the interior, we’ll discuss the transformation of the space over time from a place of worship to a prison in the French Revolution.
Your website won't allow me to book more than 7 people for this tour. Can I book for a larger group?
Contact us to discuss your group size and needs and we will inquire with our car provider about larger car options.
I’m coming from Paris. Can you pick me up there? Please see our Mont Saint-Michel Excursion from Paris tour.
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Alain grew up in Brittany and has always had a passion for the Celtic art and history of his native region. He has been leading tours in both Brittany and Normandy for the past fifteen years and he specializes in the area's WWII history, especially the D-Day landing beaches. In his free time, Alain loves to read about French history in general and of the Renaissance period in particular. He also has experience guiding in the Loire Valley and in Paris. Alain looks forward to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with travelers that are curious to learn more about the rich history of his homeland.
Armed with an Engineering degree from his native Britain, Colin came to France in 1981 having fallen for a French girl. He then fell into the cauldron of Norman history and has been drinking it in and sharing it ever since. D-day and the battle of Normandy is a favourite theme of visitors to the region, especially Anglo-Saxon visitors, but Normandy is steeped in history, from the Roman occupation through the Viking settlements, William the conqueror and the hundred years war. Colin guides on all these themes as well as the rich architectural heritage in such towns as Rouen, Mont Saint Michel and Bayeux. His passion is to learn always more on Normandy.
Claire has worked 13 years at the Memorial Museum in Caen, including 8 years as the project manager and tour guide for the D-Day excursions organized by the museum (from 1990-2003). She has also been in charge of the guided-tours department of the Bayeux Tourist Office for another 8 years. Since 2011, Claire has been working as a certified national tour-guide and lecturer leading a variety of tours in Normandy. Her expertise in the history of WWII is enhanced by her personal experience ( her family lived in Caen, Normandy during the war and her grandfather was a member of the French resistance). Devoted to her birthplace, Claire enjoys sharing her passion for historic heritage and Impressionism with the curious travelers.