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Side Trip to Bayeux and Mont Saint Michel


I am booked on an early September My Way France tour. Before the tour, I would like to take about 4 days to travel and see the sights in Bayeux and Mont Saint Michel. Do you have any recommendation as to the sequence of itinerary? Should I go to Mont Saint Michel first or Bayeux first? I will arrive in Paris in the morning and intend to travel directly to either cities. Also, for Bayeux, do you have any recommendation as to where to stay or a tour/tour guide that I can book for the excursion to Normandy? Thank you!

Posted by
9929 posts

Bayonne is in southwestern France. Do you mean Bayeux in Normandy?

Posted by
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You're right, Andrea. It was Bayeux. I realized my mistake and was just coming back to correct it. Thanks!

Posted by
1450 posts

You can take a train from Paris to Bayeux. I stayed at Hotel Reine Mathilde and was very happy.
I then suggest booking a full day tour with Overlord tours. They also offer a one day trip to MSM.

Posted by
2036 posts

Neither of these are easy/direct to get to from Paris CDG, if this is where you are arriving to. You will need to make one or more transfers. Expect it to take about 6 hours to get to Bayeux. A few hours longer for MSM.

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I had this exact self pre tour planned for 2020 and had to cancel it all :-( Still have to reinstate my plans, but this is what I had planned:
Day 1 Arrive CDG,
Flat rate taxi to Gare St Lazare (cheaper option Roissy Bus/walk, but taxi plops you directly at station),
Train to Bayeaux (try to get direct, otherwise transfer in Caen),
I booked Hotel Churchill, but several other good options.
Days 1-3 Bayeux Tapestry museum (combo ticket includes small WW2/Normandy museum at edge of town and another small home/art museum). Bayeux Cathedral also on my list to see.
Day 3 I had pre booked Hotel Churchill's shuttle day tour (link on their website) to MSM. Arrives with the tourist hoards, but if you're travelling alone and don't want to rent a car, it seemed the logistically easiest way to visit.
Day 4 flex and/or return to Paris (I had goofed when counting days upon arrival so had an extra day, but a flex day could come in handy if MSM is closed for special event, or if you want to add Normandy Beaches tour.)
Bon Voyage!

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324 posts

When in Bayeux, check to see if there's a light show behind the cathedral. If so, don't miss it. It was truly spectacular!

Posted by
9929 posts

I second the recommendation for Overlord tours. Taking the shuttle to MSM from the Churchill is the easiest way to go if you aren’t driving.