Le Mont Saint Michel and Mont Dol

Tour Number

Activity Level

407576


Categories

Adventure / Active, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
Le Mont St Michel is an awesome sight from afar or nearby, with its medieval climb through timber framed dwellings. To reach the Abbey requires negotiating several steps, so a certain degree of fitness is required, but there is plenty to see at lower levels.

Maximum travelers: 8

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (advanced)

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).

Itinerary

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.

Transportation

I currently use three vehicles, a Renault Traffic 9 seater, 7 seater Peugeot, These vehicles are air conditioned and the Peugeot is a good size for getting into tight parking spots in peak times. A more luxurious vehicle can be provided upon request.
I also use an Alfa Romeo 166 for couples or up to 3 guests. It is a 3 litre V6 with cream leather seats, with air condition and it is a very chic way to see the sites!

What’s Included

My service as your private guide for all the tour.

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.

What’s Extra

- Museums entrance fee
- Lunch.

Restrictions

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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Message Graham O.

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