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Mont Saint-Michel & Saint Malo

Friday 06 October | 18h00 to Sunday 08 October | 21h30
Mont Saint-Michel
, Mont Saint-Michel, France

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Coach pick-up point:
Place Schuman, Louise, Gare du Midi
Includes:
trip by 4* coach, on-board drinks and snacks, guided abbey tour, entrance fees Mont Saint-Michel Abbey, 2 nights in 3* hotel (double or twin room), great group of international people, a lifetime memory
Optional:
guided special access abbey tour, guided bay walking tour, visit to Saint Malo, dinner, single room
Child ticket available:
Please contact us
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SUPERB WEEKEND PROGRAM

 – Afterwork departure on Friday
– Visit Mont Saint-Michel with a guided tour (or Saint Malo if you visited the island)
– Witness super spring tide of 12,85 meters encircles the island (VERY RARE!! This is also for the “Saint-Malo group” that returns in the late afternoon)
Full moon over Mont Saint-Michel, with island being lit up as on picture
BONUS visits to Bayeux, Honfleur and Amiens (fantastic historic places!)
Fun international group (ages usually 30-65) with many newcomers
Great for solo travellers, room sharing offered

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Mont Saint-Michel is on the bucket list of many expats in Brussels. But since it is far away and without good public transportation connections, basically the only way to get there is by car. Therefore Expat Club is organising a convenient weekend trip with a luxury coach from Brussels and with many really nice fellow expats. This allows you to relax, meet new friends and enjoy a fantastic program with special guided tours that you would not be able to arrange on your own. This trip will be mega special, because the high tide is “super high” and will make the island an actual island again, which happens only a few times per year (out of 2 x 365 tides per year!). Also, since it is full moon we will be at Mont Saint-Michel at one of the most magical moments. 

If you have already been to Mont Saint-Michel (eventually with Expat Club) you may want to join again as we now stay in Bayeux (not Caen), offer the option to travel with us to Saint Malo (exceptional coastal city in Bretagne), and added Honfleur and Amiens to the schedule. Still, you would be able to see the high tide at Mont Saint-Michel at night! Compare it to returning to Wimbledon if you have already been there, but this time to see the Men’s Finals 🙂

For this trip we arranged rooms in a good 3* hotel at just 5 walking from the centre of Bayeux. It is a small but historic city in Normandy, not far from the D-Day landing beaches. It is known for the beautiful Cathedral as well as the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This is “an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.” (source: Wikipedia)

 

© SteveMcsweeny - iStockphoto

© SteveMcsweeny – iStockphoto

OUR TRANSPORTATION
We depart on Friday evening at 18h00. The actual time and departure point(s) will be communicated about one week before the trip. We will be travelling with a 4* luxury bus with reclining comfort seats, foot rests, air-conditioning, an on-board toilet, and a DVD-system with at least three flat screens. Along the outbound trip way you will be served some drinks and snacks. 

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The impressive Mont Saint-Michel from a distance

DAY 2 (SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER) – BAYEUX & MONT SAINT-MICHEL OR SAINT MALO
On the second day we first explore the city of Bayeux in the morning. You can visit the famous 70 meter long tapestry, the Cathedral or the impressive British Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of soldiers that didn’t survive the history D-Day landings.

Next we drive to Mont Saint-Michel (about 1,5 hours). It is a beautiful highway through the Normandy hills. When we get closer to the sea you will have a first spectacular view from the highway. The close we get, the more impressed you will be with the magic of this centuries old sit of pilgrimage. We park the bus a few kilometers from the island on the main parking, and from there we will take the shuttle bus towards the entrance of the village. If you have already been to Mont Saint-Michel, you can also stay in the bus and continue with us to Saint Malo (read below)

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At Mont Saint-Michel we will be making a guided tour through the mysterious abbey with a professional guide (included). You will see the main church and the many halls, smaller rooms and corridors. The guide will tell us about the long history of this mysterious place. You will be amazed with this complex and how old certain parts actually are. We will also (optionally) make a guided bay walking tour of 1,5 to 2 hours during which you can see the island from below and the other side. It is super fun and definitely doable for everyone with a normal (or slightly below normal) condition.

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Wade knee-deep through the water | © aterrom – Fotolia.com

Guided bay walking tour (optional)
To discover more about the area around the island, and to see the “Mont” from below and the back side (not often seen on photographs), we organise a guided bay walking tour by a licensed expert guide. Venturing out on your own on these mud flats is not only tricky due to the rivers that cross the bay (to find your way), but also dangerous because of the many areas with quick sands and the incredibly fast rising of the tides. That is why we work with an official guide (20+ years experience) who is in constant contact with rescue services. So no worries, you’re in safe hands!

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View on the abbey from Village

Guided Abbey Tour: behind closed doors (yet to be confirmed)
How cool would it be to enjoy a guided tour with one of the few official abbey guides (not a regular guide) who takes with him or her a set of keys that opens virtually any door in this magnificent structure? This is exactly what Expat Club did in June of this year and we requested the same for our trip in October. This is a highly EXCLUSIVE TOUR that will take us to the hidden places that regular visitors cannot go to! We will see the hidden chapels and underground passageways and get a good understanding of the history and wonder of this place. We will also hear about the nasty things that happened here, because the abbey was certainly not only used for studies and prayers, and become a prisoner for just a few minutes (a rather unpleasant feeling…).

A regular guided tour is already included in your package. If you would like to join this behind closed doors tour you can indicate this during checkout. The price will be €15 per person. The amount will not be added to your totals, but you can pay this in cash during the day itself.

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View on the village walls

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Mont Saint-Michel armour

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No pain, no gain. We have to climb up (slowly though!)

You have made it! | © rimbeaud - Fotolia.com

You have made it! | © rimbeaud – Fotolia.com

Nave of Church of Abbey | © giumas - Fotolia.com

Nave of Church of Abbey | © giumas – Fotolia.com

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by Pir6mon (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

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Beautiful stained glass windows

The Cloisterie

The Columns of the Abbey with an exceptional view over the bay

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The mysterious halls and corridors | © Linda Meyer – Fotolia.com

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© Olivier Rault – Fotolia.com

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We will be walking around and away from Mont Saint-Michel | by Fabos (assumed, own work), via Wikimedia Commons

After the guided abbey tours we will spend some more time to enjoy the souvenir shops and stunning views, as well as to drink a glass of local wine (or whatever you prefer) before we witness one of the most spectacular natural phenomena: the tidal wave.

The tidal wave & high tide
It is said the high tide arrives with the speed of a galloping horse! That’s up to 30km per hour, which you clearly cannot outrun, and certainly not on the muddy sands. You can see it coming closer and closer from far away, until it fully encircles the island… if the tides are high enough of course.  On 7 October we are super lucky as the water reaches a whopping 12,85 meters, enough to flood the road to the island. The wave comes in at 19h14 and the high tide is at 21h14.

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Museums
Besides the Abbey, Mont Saint-Michel has 4 small museums that are worth visiting. You can visit them on your own. Each museum takes just about 20-30 minutes. We recommend you buy tickets on the spot.

  • Archeoscopea show to discover the construction of this fabulous monument and its sacred history.
  • Museum of History: old collections ( weapons, paintings, sculptures, watches), prisons and dungeons, the 19th century periscope which reveals the bay.
  • Maritime and Ecology Museum: discover the tides, the bay and the massive building site to restore the maritime character of the Mont Saint-Michel.
  • Tiphaine’s House: discover the 14th century residence that Bertrand Duguesclin had built in 1365 for his wife Tiphaine (furnitures, paintings, tapestries).

Individual entrance fees are €9 per museum, but you can get a pass for 4 museums that give you 50% discount on the entrance fees. So you just pay €18 instead of €36. You can also pay for 2 museums and pay just €12 instead of €18.

The famous restaurant (and biscuit maker) La Mère Poulard | by ugo3ugo32001 (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The famous restaurant (and biscuit maker) La Mère Poulard  | by ugo3ugo32001 (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Dinner
We have dinner in one of the famous restaurants on Mont Saint-Michel overlooking the bay. Our group dinners are a great way to meet new people and have fun. Reservation for dinner (€30, including drinks, wine/water/apple juice/coffee/tea) is required and you can indicate your meal preference during checkout (including vegetarian). This is one of the busiest evenings of the year as many people will stay for the high tide.


Optional visit to Saint Malo (free)
If you have already been to Mont Saint Michel, you can optionally join us to Saint Malo, which lies a bit to the West of Mont Saint-Michel in Bretagne. This walled city lies right on the ocean side. It is a major tourist destination with many very old buildings and other structures. We’ll be spending a few hours here to visit attractions like the Aquarium, the Saint Malo museum and one of the forts. This is all optional, so you can decide on what you would like to do, but usually we walk around with the group to visit several spots, have a drink somewhere and enjoy some time in the harbour. We will return in the late afternoon to Mont Saint-Michel to be on time for the spectacular flood wave. As said above, if you have already been at the island, you are now returning for the big “Wimbledon Men’s Finals”.

DAY 3 (SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER) – HONFLEUR & AMIENS
This day we return to Brussels, but with so many nice places along the way, we decided to make two extra stops, namely in Honfleur and Amiens. In both places you will have free time to walk around, do some souvenir shopping, and have some food. It’s a perfect way to break up the trip back to Brussels.

Stroll along the old harbour of Honfleur that lies in de Delta of the Seine River. Have a coffee or lunch in one of the many bars and restaurants and witness the small (fishing) boats come and go from the docks.

The lovely city center of Amiens with its impressive Cathedral | © pictarena – Fotolia.com

WHO IS COMING TO EXPAT CLUB TRIPS?
Expat Club trips are great for expats of all ages and backgrounds.  Belgians with an international outlook are of course also more than invited. We welcome couples, singles, small groups of friends, and we regularly welcome families. They all have an international background and jobs in the EU institutions, NGOs, small and big companies, or are entrepreneurs and freelancers. Membership is not required, although it provides some nice benefits.

TRIP COSTS
The basic trip fee includes:

  • transportation by 4* luxury coach
  • snacks & drinks on-board on the outbound journey
  • accommodation in the 3* Campanile hotel in Bayeux, including breakfast
  • entrance fees for the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey
  • guided abbey tour (to be confirmed)

The following items are optional:

  • single room
  • guided bay walking tour
  • dinner
  • entrance to Mont Saint-Michel museums (buy at the spot)
  • cancellation insurance

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CHILD TICKETS
Please contact us if you would like to bring your family. The trip is certainly very nice for children from about 4 years of age, but we want to make sure you will get the right room.

HOTEL – CAMPANILE BAYEUX
This is a 3* hotel with clean rooms with single rooms (one large bed), double rooms (one large bed for 2 people) and twin rooms (2 single beds). We may also have 1 or 2 larger family rooms or connecting rooms. If you travel alone, you can choose between a single room (one large bed) or a twin room (2 separate beds) and we will help you find you a room partner to avoid the single-supplement.

ROOM SHARING
If you travel alone you can prevent the high single room surcharge by sharing a “twin room” (with 2 single beds) with someone who is in the same position. We offer male or female rooms and we can introduce you to all the other ladies or gentlemen who are also searching for a room partner. This means we do not assign you to a room, but you choose yourself. So if you prefer this option, just select it during checkout. It is a perfect way to lower your costs and to meet another friendly expat.

COMMENTS & SPECIAL TERMS

  • The trip will be carried out by one of our trusted coach partners.
  • This trip is carefully planned. Still, all timings are indicative and may change if required by circumstances.
  • The trip is sold as a package. You cannot go with your own transportation or arrange your own accommodation. If there are specific things that you do not want in the package, please let us know and we may consider a small discount.
  • You are personally responsible for getting a good travel insurance that covers you for any unforeseen emergencies and medical expenses during the trip. 
  • You are personally responsible for using the hotel room in an appropriate way. Any missing or broken items will be billed after the trip.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for long delays that influence the program (e.g. missed guided tours), neither can Expat Club be held liable for weather-related cancellations or any other unforeseen events that influence the course of the trip, including, but not limited to technical problems with the coach, strikes, weather etc.
  • Expat Club cannot be held liable for personal injuries during the trip, such as, but not limited to, things that happen during the guided bay tour. Joining this trip is at your own risk.
  • If you do not find a room partner on your own, we will find one for you (male/male, female/female). During the outbound trip we will connect you with others in the same position. If you decide to take a single room during the trip, then you will have to fully pay for it yourself.
  • If you book a double / twin room and your travel partner cancels, you will have to pay the single room supplement.

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