Fantastic day in Normandy and Britanny at one of the worlds most popular destinations
Known as Mont Tombe, from the Roman name Tumba, Le Mont St Michel is a granite outcrop, a tidal island, that was formed 525 million years ago in the Cambrian period. The first community was formed by an Irish Hermit. But it was the Bishop of Avranches (Saint Aubert) who in 708 had a dream that God came and asked him to build a church on Le Mont, so in 709 it was begun.
It came under the control of the Bretons in 867, but William Longsword, Rollons Heir, annexed it in 933.
Over the centuries the church became the beautiful Gothic monument that is seen today, with eventually the Gold Archangel at the summit. It, along with Mont Dol plays a major part on the Bayeux tapestry and it was one of the turning points in the 100 years war, never being taken by the English, St Michel being the protector of France, the favorite saint of Joan of Arc and the Dauphin (Charles VII).
This tour takes us through the spectacular regions of Normandy and Brittany, separated largely by the Couesnon river, this has been a disputed boundary for hundreds of years between the rival dukes.
The celebrated bay is home to the famous salt marsh sheep.
The Mont St Michel is a natural Island, but has an unusual tidal system, partly due to its location at the estuary. As we approach it looms impressively in its glory and is easy to see why it was chosen.
Entering onto 'Le Mont', we climb up a narrow cobbled street, as far as the Abbey and can descend via the ramparts and see the whole bay. It is possible to lunch here in true style.
We can then visit Mont Dol, a similar inland granite outcrop, housing an ancient chapel. famously portrayed on the Bayeux tapestry. This has a truly spectacular panorama of the region.
Finally, we can visit Avranches, there is the Home of the Benedictine manuscripts from the Abbey of MSM and at the botanical garden we can see yet another super panorama of the bay.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the port, hotel, railway or bus station in Bayeux area and nearby. Please contact me for more details.
End location: At Cherbourg, Caen, Bayeux, Le Havre, St Malo, Honfleur, Carpiquet, Dinard.
Duration: 8 hours
The pick up location might affect the duration of the tour. It depends how far you are located from our starting point.
Luxury 7 Seater and luxury saloon car.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euros - The museums entry fee is not normally included, as it's impossible to know which ones to book and how much time we'll have, i.e. if it rains heavily, it might be that we'll spend more time inside.
Not normally permitted to give official guided tours in the Abbey of Le Mont St Michel, it is restricted to their personal guides.
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We fell in love with Graham and his gracious manner. He had quite a task taking us 3 hrs from our ship to the American Cemetery in St. James. We had a great lunch at a French cafe and then off to Le Mont St. Michel and then the mad rush back to the ship. I would recommend Graham to be your guide to fulfill your trip. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.