Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel

Discover the secrets and the History of one of the most emblematic monuments of France… Your Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel takes you on a pleasant walk through the secrets of the Abbey and the Mount

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel - View from the Ocean - France History

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel - View from the Ocean

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel: History

Mont Saint Michel was used in the 6th and 7th centuries as an Armorican stronghold of Romano-Breton culture and power, until it was ransacked by the Franks.

The first monastic establishment was built in the 8th century. 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 is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry which commemorates the 1066 Norman conquest of England.

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.

Engraving © Photo. R.M.N. R. G. OjŽda

Engraving © Photo. R.M.N. R. G. OjŽda

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel: take the Tour

Discover the Abbey, the Saint Pierre church, the mount, the bay… From emblematic highlights to lesser known locations, your Private Guided Tour takes you to the discovery of Mont Saint Michel’s history. Your Private Guide will share with you the many stories and legends of this mysterious tidal island…

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel - 1900s post card - France History

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel - 1900s post card

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel : details

Your Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel lasts 2 hours.

If you are located in Paris, it takes a day trip. If you don’t have your own vehicle, we can also organize transportation with a private limousine or van.

Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to monuments.

Save time & money: we complete your Private Guided Tour with recommendations for the best neighboring restaurants, hotels and exhibitions, in order to provide a unique experience.

You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and regional habits.

Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel : book now

Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).

Please contact us for booking your Historic Private Guided Tour of Mont Saint Michel

…or to offer it to a friend !