Guided Tour to Mont Saint Michel from Paris

Guided Tour to Mont Saint Michel from Paris

*Rs 7100 per person

Experience an exceptional day at Mont-Saint-Michel in the company of a professional guide. Discover the history and the riches of this “Wonder of the West” through the enthusiastic commentary of the guide.

  • RATES & CONDITIONS

  • Rate is as from, PER PERSON, in Mauritian Rupees :

    Adult

    Child (03-11 years old)

    child under 03 years old

    7,100

    5,900

    FREE

    Rate Includes :

    • Admission to the abbey

    • Lunch with drinks

    • Services of a tour guide

    • Transport to and from Paris by air-conditioned coach

    • Transfers to and from your accommodation in Paris depending on the tour selected*

    *Supplement may be charged if hotel is not in the city center.

    Rate Excludes : 

    • International or domestic flights

    • Travel insurance

    • Meals not mentioned in the package

    • Drinks and personal expenses

    • All other service not mentioned above

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Mauritius

TOUR LOCATION

Mont Saint Michel [2] (often written Mont St Michel, with other variations) is a small UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.

Mont Saint Michel was ransacked by the Franks, thus ending the trans-channel culture that had stood since the departure of the Romans in AD 460. Before the construction of the first monastic establishment in the 8th century, the island was called "mons tumba". According to legend, the Archangel Michael appeared to St. Aubert, bishop of Avranches, in 708 and instructed him to build a church on the rocky islet. Aubert repeatedly ignored the angel's instruction, until Michael burned a hole in the bishop's skull with his finger. The saint's skull, with hole, can be seen in St Gervais churche in Avranches. The mount gained strategic significance in 933 when William "Long Sword", William I, Duke of Normandy, annexed the Cotentin Peninsula, definitively placing the mount in Normandy. It appears on the Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the 1066 Norman conquest of England: Harold saves Norman knights from the quicksands in the tidal flats during a battle with Conan II, Duke of Brittany. Norman Ducal then French royal patronage financed the spectacular Norman architecture of the abbey in subsequent centuries. In 1065, the monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel gave its support to duke William of Normandy in his claim to the throne of England. It was rewarded with properties and grounds on the English side of the Channel, including a small island located to the west of Cornwall, which was modeled after the Mount, and became a Norman priory named St Michael's Mount of Penzance. During the Hundred Years' War, the English made repeated assaults on the island, but were unable to seize it due to the abbey's improved fortifications. Les Michelettes – two wrought-iron bombards left by the English in their failed 1423–24 siege of Mont-Saint-Michel – are still displayed near the outer defense wall. When Louis XI of France founded the Order of Saint Michael in 1469, he intended that the abbey church of Mont Saint-Michel be the chapel for the Order, but because of its great distance from Paris, his intention could never be realized. The wealth and influence of the abbey extended to many daughter foundations, including St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. However, its popularity and prestige as a centre of pilgrimage waned with the Reformation, and by the time of the French Revolution there were scarcely any monks in residence. The abbey was closed and converted into a prison, initially to hold clerical opponents of the republican régime. High-profile political prisoners followed, but by 1836, influential figures – including Victor Hugo – had launched a campaign to restore what was seen as a national architectural treasure. The prison was finally closed in 1863, and the mount was declared a historic monument in 1874. The Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay were added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1979, and it was listed with criteria such as cultural, historical, and architectural significance, as well as human-created and natural beauty. [

Please note:

• Those with reduced mobility should note that the climb up to the abbey can be tiring • Comfortable shoes and warm clothing are recommended in Winter • On-site visit duration: 4h30

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Validity : Until 31 December 2019.

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