Mont Saint Michel is...a mount. One might call this common sense but we feel it is important to remind you that the visit of the Abbey requires some step climbing. The guide will make several stops along the way to share anecdotes and give you an insight into the history of the village (and also give everybody the chance to catch their breath). Most people do not have any trouble in reaching the top but please keep in mind that Mont Saint Michel does not have an elevator and this part of tour is not recommended to people who are either disabled or have certain medical issues.
Your guide will accompany you every step of the way during the visit, outside as well within the walls of the UNESCO monument. Furthermore, the guided tour of the Abbey is included in the price of the tour and although the fast-track tickets are not comprised in the cost, the latter can be purchased prior to the tour using the dedicated page on the website of the Centre of French National Monuments.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?
Your tour guide will meet you at the train-station (if you will be travelling to Normandy on the day of the tour) or at your hotel in Bayeux or Caen. The drive from the aforementioned locations to Mont St. Michel takes approximately 1h30'. Accompanied by your guide, you will cover the last 1,5 miles, from the car park to the foot of the mount - either on foot (30' walk at a moderate pace) or by riding one of the free shuttles. After having worked your way through the village, the guide will take you on a private tour of the Abbey (1h30'). The visit will be followed by a quick but well-deserved lunch and, ultimately, a 1h15' drive to Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial. This second part of the experience will have a one-hour duration. From Colleville you will head back to the hotel/train station.
NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
Situated on the bluffs overlooking Omaha Beach, Colleville Cemetery is one of fourteen permanent WWII cemeteries created by the US government in the aftermath of the conflict. Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial was depicted in the critically acclaimed movie 'Saving private Ryan' and is the final resting place for over nine thousand men and women.