The Abbey of Mont St Michel receives over 3 million visitors annually.
There is a way when you first approach the Abbey, your mind cannot comprehend how such a 'rock' could last over the centuries. Perhaps that is why it is called by many, the 8th Wonder of the World.
It sits in the bay -- The Baie du Mont St Michel -- an area of French coastline that is the waters of the Englisih Channel. Terrific storms, gale force winds, roar through here. The tides are some of the highest in the world.
Construction? Began in the 900s. It is over 1,000 years old.
It is said when the tides move in, it sounds like the thunder of horses ... the Abbey becomes isolated and completely surrounded by water ... and people come to BE on the rock for this experience. It is magic.
Others like to 'pilgrimage' across the sands from the continent -- this is available with a guide who knows the waters and the shifting sands.
It is magnetic for too many reasons to count.
And the region is spectacular.
We have lived in the Baie du Mont St Michel for over nine years. We've watched the rhythm, the ebb and flow of the tides, the tourists, the accommodations that fill and empty seasonally ...
We've listened to stories of people who come from far away just to see the splendor of the Mont ... others who come for a quick weekend from the UK ... all who come are drawn.
Whatever that draw is for you, the Abbey and the region of the Baie du Mont St Michel is an absolute pleasure.
In fact, it is second to Paris as a French attraction.
If you are wanting to visit Mont St Michel and tour the region, this tour itinerary is for you.
This region of the Normandy coast, right on the Brittany border, has a treasury of history in every town.
In this tour you have many options with two historic destinations included.
It will take you from the Abbey, then heading west to the other side of the baie so you can truly experience the flavors of France in the old fishing village of Cancale -- then further west again into Brittany where you can walk the cobblestone streets and shoreline of the fortress city of San Malo.
This tour begins with ushering you into the region. Given it is a 3-hour drive west from Paris, or a slightly quicker ride via the TGV or fast train to Rennes, your Day 1 begins mid-afternoon with arrival by car, either 'on the rock' itself of the Abbey, or nearby in accommodations you choose, in the environs of the Baie of Mont St Michel, and culminates on Day 3 with the ancient fortressed city of San Malo.
We provide you a list of recommended B&B and hotel accommodations to choose from for your stay here at Mont St Michel, and will give you a list of great restaurants you might enjoy, from a fresh and delicious crepe and galette restaurant packed with locals to fine chateau dining 20 minutes away.
On Day 2, wake up fresh in the morning to a full breakfast, and then spend a day on ‘the rock’ taking in the stunning World Heritage Site of Mont St Michel … or perhaps a walk along the polders of the baie … perhaps a guided pilgrimage tour across the sands. All of these possibilities are provided to you.
Choose your dining experience from our list or find your own, and return for a restful slumber in the countryside.
On Day 3 after breakfast, set off along the coast road for Cancale, an ancient fishing village, then onward to the formidable San Malo.
All recommended restaurants and accommodations are listed in the appendix for you.
And, you may email me with any questions as you explore this itinerary, at email@example.com.