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Mont Saint Michel
2-hour guided tour of the village and abbey of Mont Saint-Michel 165€ (group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person (abbey entrance fees chargeable to the customer, 9€ by adult, free of charge for the under 18s and the under-26s from the European Union, 9€ for the non-European 26s)
2h guided tour (one part on the ramparts and the other in the inner Saint-Malo) 165€ (group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person
2h guided tour of the medieval city centre of Dinan 165€ (group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person
PRIVATE TOURS IN VEHICLE
The following prices include the guide and vehicle from 1 to 4 people with suitcases, from 1 to 6 people without suitcases: Private Tour Half a day (up to 4 hours): 380€ Private Tour Full day (up to 8h): 535€
Welcome on the Normandy Brittany Tours website which I had pleasure creating and which I hope will convince you to come and discover our beautiful and unique region: the Mont-Saint-Michel bay.
My name is Claire Collin and I was born in Avranches, city of the famous bishop Aubert at the origin of the foundation of Mt-St-Michel. I grew up in Pontorson (a small town, 5 miles away from Mont Saint Michel), surrounded with the legends of this “Marvel” and with the rhythm of the most important tides in Europe in this immense bay.
I took a degree in languages and foreign civilizations (French, Spanish, English, and German), I finished my studies with a 6 months’ work placement in Madrid. I stayed there for 10 years and hold different roles in logistics, marketing and communication.
One day, as I was showing some Spanish friends la Pointe du Hoc, I decided that it was time I went back to ‘my country’. On this sunny day in October 2009, the scenery profoundly moved me and made me realize how much I loved my region and wanted to become one of its ‘ambassadresses’.
I then moved back to France and resumed my studies to become a national and interpreter tour guide. I graduated as a tour guide in September 2011 (recognized by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture) in French, English and Spanish. Today, I am now back living in Pontorson right in the middle of “Basse-Normandie” and “Brittany”. I offer circuits in minibus as well as my usual guided tours.
Aboard my 9 seater minibus, I will make you fall in love with our beautiful region. All bookings can be customized to suit your needs. The Mt-St-Michel bay, the landing beaches, Granville, Saint-Malo, Dinan, Cancale, Rennes. Let me guide you!
If you simply want to visit a monument or a particular spot in any of the towns mentioned above, Normandy Brittany Tours will also answer your needs. I can indeed join you at an agreed meeting point in any city to show you around.
Don’t wait any longer and make your booking now!
Normandy and Brittany will charm you!
D-Day Landing Beaches
Are you visiting the Mont-Saint-Michel region, and would like to explore the surrounding area?
You can easily go to the East and West each of which has got its charms, using Normandy Brittany Tours’ services. You can hire a guide and a vehicle for a half day (4 hours) or a full day (8 hours).
Private Tour Half a day (up to 4 hours): 380€
Private Tour Full day (up to 8h): 535€
Including the guide and vehicle from 1 to 4 people with suitcases, from 1 to 6 people without suitcases
“Cheops of the Occident, Pyramid of the seas” according to Victor Hugo, the Mont-Saint-Michel is a “Marvel” which stands in the middle of a huge bay.
Classified as a “Historic Monument” in 1874 and as a “World Heritage” site by Unesco in 1979, this major tourist centre welcomes more than three million people a year. Only a third of visitors to the Mount actually make it to the abbey with its many famous steps!
Mt-St-Michel gave its name to the bay of Mt-St-Michel, which is also classified by the Unesco as a World Heritage. The bay of Mt-St-Michel is the theatre of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe. The distance between high and low tide can reach 15 metres during spring tides. The sea rushes back towards the coast “at the speed of a galloping horse,” as the saying goes.
- GRANVILLE, is nicknamed the “Monaco of the North” because of its rocky promontory. It is an attractive seaside resort with a rich maritime past and present.
- Former corsair city, Granville was also an important cod-fishing centre from 16th to 20th Nowadays it is well-known for its fishing port and marina. The view at the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel from the “old city” is beautiful. This historical city centre contains mansions and main residences of the rich Granville’s ship-owners. The walk by the sea called “Le Plat-Gousset” next to the Casino is appreciated by the inhabitants (a little more than 12,000 in Granville) and by the visitors.
As for the famous “Belle Epoque” villa called “Rhumbs”, it was the childhood house of Christian Dior. It is situated on top of a hill next to the sea. In this unique museum dedicated to the famous fashion designer, you will enjoy a ten years exhibition of fashion models of “haute couture”.
The landscape gardens, laid out by Christian Dior’s mother Madeleine, is one of the rare artists’ gardens of the beginning of 20th that are still being preserved today. Finally, we cannot speak about Granville without metionning its carnival, famous for its spontaneity, its lively and “good-natured” spirit.
To get to this attractive city, the most beautiful road is the coast one. The view at the Bay of Mt-St-Michel from the cliffs of Champeaux is just magnificent.
The major sites that marked our history and are only 1h30-2h from Mt-St-Michel by minibus are the following ones:
- Utah Beach and its museum, Sainte-Mère-Eglise and its Airborne museum, Sainte Marie du Mont, the first village liberated on the 6th June 1944
- Pointe du Hoc, one of the key features of the German defensive fortifications which were threatening Utah and Omaha beaches. On the morning of 6th June 1944, the American 2nd battalion of Rangers commanded by Colonel Rudder, managed to take control of the German guns and destroyed them. Omaha Beach, the American cemetery of Colleville, the German cemetery of la Cambe
- The German artillery battery in Longues-sur-mer, the museum of the artificial Mulberry harbour in Arromanches
- Sword beach and Pegasus bridge in Bénouville/Ranville
After this tour in Basse-Normandie you will certainly be tempted by Granville’s main rival: SAINT-MALO!
- SAINT-MALO is also a corsair city famous for its prestigious maritime past, its explorers such as Jacques Cartier, and its cod-fishermen. Its inner city and its ramparts are major sites.
Due to the colour of its granitic houses, it is a “grey city”. Nevertheless it is bright thanks to the emerald of the sea which surrounds it. Its beaches are key sites and water sports are practised there. As for festivals and transatlantic races, they made the reputation of Saint-Malo and get it moving!
The next ’Transat Route du Rhum’ (Transatlantic race which links Saint-Malo with Point-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe) will take place from November 4th. As far as the “Route du Rock” is concerned, it gathers pop rock music stars and new talents every year.
- CANCALE, called “The capital of oysters”, is at the same time a sea resort, a small fishing port and an oyster centre, only 15 km from Saint-Malo.
The National Council of Culinary Arts awarded it a special label: «Remarkable Site of Taste» for the quality and fame of its oysters as well as for the tradition of gastronomy maintained by recognized and distinguished head chefs.
Cancale produces annually 5.000 tons of hollow oysters and 1.000 tons of flat oysters. With a pronounced iodine and salt flavour leaving behind a hazelnut after-taste, the oyster of Cancale is a famous dish.
If you come to Cancale, after tasting a good meal, you will have the chance to admire the landscapes and picturesque views while walking on the coast trail. You will also observe the architecture so specific to the port “of la Houle” and to the village, architecture linked to the activities at sea. In the “fish farm” you will see the work of the oyster farmers, the gardeners of the sea. You will also have the possibility to go to the “Pointe du Grouin”, which is a rocky headland of about forty meters high. There, the views of the Mont-Saint-Michel bay are just exceptional.
- DINAN, situated 30 km from Cancale and Saint-Malo, is a beautiful city especially known for its festival of ramparts which takes place every couple of years. In addition to its classified medieval surrounding walls, the city can be proud of 115 half-timbered houses dated from 15th to 18th
Its Jerzual Street is outstandingly maintained and it became one of the most important centres of attraction of the city. Workshops of former days have been replaced with artists’ studios, craftsmen’s workshops and by restaurants. At the end of the street you can find the Jerzual port full of restaurants with splendid views of the Rance river and the viaduct which crosses it. Dinan is also well-known thanks to celebrities who passed or lived there such as Bertrand Du Guesclin, Auguste Pavie, and Chateaubriand.
- RENNES is the administrative centre of Brittany, only 50km away from Dinan. Mecca of the crowning of the dukes of Brittany, theatre of the great moments of the Breton and French history, Rennes testifies of the inheritance of the Celts and Gallo-Roman times.
If you enjoy strolling down streets and looking at the architecture, Rennes is the ideal place. The medieval streets and squares lined with the largest number of restored and coloured half-timbered houses in Brittany are full of character. The city has 2 royal squares and a town hall which were built by Jacques Gabriel. He was the architect of the France royal squares in 17th. In summer it’s surprising to see the illuminations of the parliament of Brittany built by Salomon de Brosse in 17th. And if you want to find a haven of peace away from the busy streets, the Thabor is the ideal park. There right in the centre of the city you can find a rose garden, a botanical space, an English and a French garden.
With about 60 000 students Rennes vibrates all year long through the rhythm of its festivals and fest-noz (classified as immaterial heritage by the UNESCO in 2012). The most famous are respectively the “Transmusicales” and “Yaouank”.
SMALL GROUP TOURS IN MINIBUS
SAINT-MALO STOPOVER VISITS
Are you on a cruise and you fancy visiting Mont-Saint-Michel during your stopover in Saint Malo? Then, why not join us in a minibus tour driven by your own tour guide who was born within a stone’s throw of this Western wonder!
- After an hour’s drive you will arrive at Mont Saint-Michel. The driver/tour guide will guide you through the village and abbey.
Price for a 5h30/6h guided tour (including transport times from and to St-Malo Port): Village and abbey of Mt-St-Michel:
80€/adult – 75€/child or student (entrance fees to the abbey of 8€/adult not included) Lunch not included Nb: a minimum of 4 people are required for a trip to take place
- You can also opt for a guided tour of Saint-Malo after touring Mont-Saint-Michel.
Price for a 7h30/8h guided tour (including transport times from and to St-Malo Port): Mt-St-Michel & St-Malo (one part in the city centre, the other on the ramparts):
100€/adult – 95€/child or student (entrance fees to the abbey of 8€/adult not included) Lunch not included Nb: a minimum of 4 people are required for the day trip to take place
MONT SAINT MICHEL
“Wonder of the Western World”, the Mont-Saint-Michel is surrounded by a magnificent bay, which is the theatre of the greatest tidal ranges in Europe. Classified as a “Historic Monument” in 1874 and as a “World Heritage” Site by Unesco in 1979, this major tourist centre welcomes more than three million tourists a year. Only a third of visitors to the Mount actually make it to the abbey with its many famous steps! Come and be part of the brave who climb to the top!
Rates 2-hour guided tour of the village and abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel in French, English, Spanish and Japanese (abbey entrance fees chargeable to the customer, 9€ by adult, free of charge for the under 18s and the under-26s from the European Union, 9€ for the non-European under-26s) 165€ (group/school group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person Individuals, please contact me through the “Contact” page
The view of the sea and the inner Saint-Malo from the ramparts is just magnificent. The beaches surrounding the city are a place for delectation both for the town‘s inhabitants and its many visitors. Saint-Malo is an active commercial port, and it is the 1st Breton port for the passenger transportation from or to Portsmouth, Jersey, Poole, and Guernsey. It is also famous for its marina. In 2020 the transatlantic race will take place between Quebec and Saint-Malo. It commemorates the 1st trip of Jacques Cartier in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. All the more reason to come and visit this illustrious city with a qualified and enthusiastic guide!
Rates 2h guided tour of Saint-Malo (one part on the ramparts and the other in the inner Saint-Malo) in French, English and Spanish 165€ (group/school group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person
The medieval city is known for its “festival of the ramparts” which takes place every couple of years. The city has loads to offer with its 115 half-timbered houses dating 15th to 18th centuries. As for its Jerzual port area, it is full of restaurants with a beautiful view at the “Rance” river and the viaduct which crosses it. It is also famous for the celebrities who spent time or lived there such as Bertrand Du Guesclin, Auguste Pavie, and Chateaubriand.
Rates 2h guided tour of Dinan in French, English and Spanish 165€ (group/school group 30 people max), 3€ per additional person
Former corsair city, Granville was also an important cod-fishing centre from 16th to 20th centuries. Nowadays it is well-known for its fishing port and marina. The view at the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel from the “old city” is beautiful. This historical city centre contains mansions and main residences of the rich Granville’s ship-owners. The walk by the sea called “Le Plat-Gousset” next to the Casino is appreciated by the inhabitants (a little more than 12,000 in Granville) and by the visitors. As for the famous “Belle Epoque” villa called “Rhumbs”, it was the childhood house of Christian Dior. It is situated on top of a hill next to the sea. Finally, we cannot speak about Granville without mentioning its carnival, famous for its spontaneity, its lively and “good-natured” spirit.
Rates 1h30 guided tour of Granville in French, English and Spanish 155€ (group/shoolgroup 30 people max), 3€ per additional person