walking tour Mont St Michel

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mont saint michel

on the coastal path of the Mont Saint Michel bay from Granville to Cancale
via Avranches and the Mont St Michel abbey.

Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic "tour de force", having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site. Leaving the abbey, you will follow the shoreline and arrive at the oyster port of Cancale. You will be awed and charmed by the tranquil beauty, the wild vegetation unique to the region and by the thousands of birds nesting and gliding across the bay.

Independent walking holidays.

DATES: April to October.
DEPARTURE: any day of the week. DURATION: 7 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS.
DIFFICULTY: Grade 2 - walks of 4 to 6 hours a day. Some stages could be more 20 km (13/15 miles) and rolling uplands, ascents mainly gradual than steep of up to 500 m. In some areas you will walk on sand. An average level of fitness or some experience with walking is recommended.

itinerary mont saint michel

Day 1 : Arrival at GRANVILLE

Visit of the old city, a military fortress built on a rocky promontory which ends at the Roc headland. Inside the walls, you will find a number of granite houses and the austere church of Notre Dame.
Lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


You will leave Granville by the Herel sailing resort and the Gautier cape. You will follow the coast, along the beaches of St. Pair-sur-Mer, Kairou, Jullouville, and Carolles. You will continue along the Champeaux cliffs, the only high point which dominate the bay and offer splendid views of Mont Saint Michel. You will then descend to St. Jean le Thomas, a very popular seaside resort in summer.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Flowing the coastal line, you will cross vast beaches and sand dunes with sparse vegetation, until you reach Bec d’Andaine. As a pleasant detour, head to the small village of Genêts, where you’ll find a beautiful 12th-14th century church, and to la Pointe du Groin du Sud with open view on the Bay of Mont St-Michel,. You will walk up the mouth of the Sée. This stretch of grassy land, where sheep graze at low tide, will be covered entirely by the sea at high tide.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a charming 2-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Transfered by taxi to Pontaubault, you will begin your hike by walking across the bridge of the Sélune, the same bridge that played a strategic role in the advancement of American troops during WW2. You will follow the coast across vast pasture toward the Pointe de Roche Torin. From there, you will admire the full splendor of Mont Saint Michel. Once beyond the Pointe de Roche Torin, continue along the seawall which protects the polders and their culture. Like all of us, you will be fascinated by Mont Saint Michel obsessive beauty, unable to take your eyes away.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel on the Mount St Michel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


The day begins with a tour of Mont Saint Michel and the abbey. The abbey stands as an architectural masterpiece. Technical daring, finesse and elegance combine and make it worthy of its title of “The Wonder of the Western World”. The visit of the city is full of charm with high ramparts, narrow and twisting streets, hidden corners and a small church. You will enjoy lunch in one of the many restaurants in the village. We recommend trying an omelet at La Mère Poularde, where the recipe and the manner of preparation has been the same for more than 150 years! Towards the start of the afternoon, a taxi will escort you to the Chapelle Sainte Anne, which sits beside the long Dyke de la Duchesse Anne. The 11th century seawall had to bereinforced many times to protect the nearby villages and to transform the once-marshy land into a vast zone of fertile soil. A few mills remain, leaving evidence of their vital role in draining the waters from the surrounding earth.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 2-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)


Today you will enjoy a hike full of contrasts. You will follow a long, fine-sand beaches and pass through small villages growing muscles and oysters: Hirel, Vildé la Marine, Saint Benoît des Ondes. Beyond the cape of Château-Richeux, the landscape is different: granite boulders appear, the coastline becomes jagged, and the coastal path goes up and down all the way to the ports of La Houle and Cancale.
Dinner, lodging and breakfast in a 3-star hotel or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)
*NOTE. Thursday. We are always flexible and if guests would prefer to spend more time in Malestroit and skip Rochefort, or swap Rochefort for Monteneuf that’s fine with us.

Day 7 - CANCALE –Circular walk around Cancale via the Cape of Groin (18 km)

You will leave Cancale and set off into the hinterlands. You will walk through fields of artichokes, cauliflower and other vegetables and continue on through a shallow wooded valley to arrive at the ocean’s waters, and next, to the chapel of Le Verger. You will follow the coastal path to the cape of Grouin, the western extremity of the bay of Mont Saint Michel. You will then return to Cancale, either following the coastal path along the cliffs, or on the beach, highly crowded during the summer months. Lodging and breakfast in the same hotel or Lodging or in a 2-star hotel (budget traveller)

Day 8 - CANCALE.
Breakfast. Transfer by taxi to the St Malo rail station.

  • 2020 walking tour
    mont saint michel

    price per person / twin-share

    single supplement

    solo traveller

  • walks for
    discerning travellers

    1200 Euros / person

    330 Euros

    1885 Euros

  • walks for
    budget travellers

    865 Euros / person

    210 Euros

    1240 Euros

Price includes:

7 nights accommodation in selected 2 & 3-star hotels
7 breakfasts - 5 gourmet dinners
Taxi transfers : Avranches-Pontaubault, Cancale-St malo railway station

These rates do not include:

Lunches, drinks, and sundries , Insurance for cancellation

To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.

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