ARHEAD TOURS

Reliving history together since 2012

2-in-1 TOUR: MONT SAINT MICHEL & OMAHA BEACH

The Abbey of Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is a 240ft high granite mount rising in the middle of the Bay with the same name. Crowning the mount is the Abbey dedicated to the Archangel the history of which spans almost a thousand years. It is regarded as the second most visited place in France after Paris while the tides measured in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel are the highest in Europe and amongst the highest in the world (in 2015 the flood tide reached an amplitude of over 40 ft!).


(see the page dedicated to MONT SAINT MICHEL for details)

This is the place that came to be known as "the best imitation of hell the American troops had to go through" during the Second World War. The German bunkers remind the visitor how the former turned the beach into a killing zone whereas the 300-yards of open sand unveiled by the sea at low tide give a hint about how difficult a proposition this proved to be for the first men to come ashore that fateful morning. Learn about the German strategy, its strengths and weaknesses, and how the American troops managed to overcome all difficulties at "Bloody Omaha". Right when the odds seemed to be against them!

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial  - Situated on the bluffs overlooking "Omaha Beach", Colleville Cemetery is one of fourteen WWII cemeteries created by the US government after the end of the conflict. Final resting place for more than nine thousand men and women,  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was depicted in the critically acclaimed movie "Saving Private Ryan" and welcomes each year over a million visitors of different nationalities. 

What to expect?


Your tour guide/driver will pick you up at the train-station (if you will be travelling to Normandy on the day of the tour) or at the hotel/B&B in Bayeux or Caen. The drive from the aforementioned locations to MSM takes about an hour twenty minutes. Accompanied by your guide, you will cover the last 1,5 miles from the parking lot to the mount, either on foot (30' walk at a moderate pace) or by traveling on one of the free shuttles. The main part of the tour will begin upon reaching the foot of the mount. The visit of the village and abbey will span approximately 2 hours. This will be followed by a quick but well-deserved lunch after which you will head to the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. This second leg of the tour has 1,5-hour duration. The guide will bid you farewell upon drop off either at Bayeux/Caen train-station or the address where you have been picked up at in the morning.


IMPORTANT! Mont Saint Michel is...well, a mount! Although this should be self explanatory, visiting the Abbey requires a bit of step climbing. The guide will make several stops along the way in order to share with you anecdotes about life in the village over the centuries and thus allow everyone to catch their breaths. Although most people won't have any trouble in reaching the top, keep in mind that there is no elevator on Mont Saint Michel and this part of tour is not recommended to people who are either disabled or have certain medical issues.


The fast-track tickets and the guided tour of the Abbey are included in the cost of the tour. The guide will accompany you every step of the way ready to answer any questions you might have.


Depending on the season the order in which you will visit these places may be reversed to suit the opening hours at the American Cemetery.


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