Hiking from Mont Saint Michel to Jersey
Hiking trip details : From Mont Saint Michel to Jersey
With more than 3 million visitors per year, Mont Saint Michel is the third most visited tourist site in France after the Eiffel Tower and the Château de Versailles. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island emerged from anonymity with the establishment of Benedictine monasteries in the 13th century and the construction of the abbey. This masterpiece of Gothic architecture, built on three levels on the mountainside, attracts crowds of pilgrims from all over Europe. Food lovers will be delighted by the local gastronomy: oysters, cider, galettes, salt-meadow lamb...
The seaside walk starts in Pontorson, a village straddling Normandy and Brittany. There, you can follow the river Couesnon on foot through green meadows and polders to find the path that leads to Mont Saint-Michel, the highlight of the walk.
Saint-Michel, on the edge between past and present
In the village, a dozen monks of the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem still live there, like a link between the present and the past. A past that is omnipresent in the medieval streets and byways that give any walk a strong historical connotation: the walls, the ramparts of the city, the scriptorial of Avranches, a library with an impressive collection of nearly 4000 religious books. Located in the bay, the eco-museum presents a picture of the geology, as well as the island's fauna and flora. It also presents the human interactions that are harmful to the preservation of the environment.
The thrill of Jersey's cliffs
The other stages of the Normandy walking tour will then take you to Dol-de-Bretagne, Cancale the oyster village, the Pointe du Grouin, Rozel from where you can admire the harbour and the bay below and finally the Baie de Grève de Lecq, the famous beach which invites you to relax.
After the ferry to Saint Malo, the Normandy trip ends with a stay on the island of Jersey. The impressive cliffs that rise around the beach create a strange feeling of being out of time.
DAY 1 : Arrival in Pontorson
The small village of Pontorson is located on the border between Normandy and Brittany, 9km from the bay of Mont Saint Michel.
Night in Pontorson.
DAY 2 : Pontorson to Mont Saint Michel
Distance : 12km
From Pontorson, you will travel up the river Couesnon, the natural border between Normandy and Brittany. On your way you will find charming little villages. When you reach the coast, you will find the Mont Saint Michel and its perched monastery. Your hotel is located opposite the Mont.
Nuit in Mont Saint Michel.
DAY 3 : From Mont Saint Michel to Dol de Bretagne
Distance : 13km / 17km / 21km
Goodbye Normandy, hello Brittany ! You will cross the Couesnon and progress westwards through the polders, arable land reclaimed from the sea thanks to an ingenious drainage system. As you progress, the landscape will give way to green, slightly undulating pastures before reaching the pretty villages of Roz-sur-Couesnon and Sainte-Broladre.
You will finally reach Dol-de-Bretagne where you will spend the night. The town has a magnificent cathedral and you will be charmed by its half-timbered houses.
Night in Dol de Bretagne. (dinner included)
DAY 4 : Dol de Bretagne to Cancale
Distance : 15km (taxi) / 20km
The first stop of the day is Mont-Dol and its beautiful church. Then, you will follow oyster beds along the coast before reaching the small fishing village of Cancale. The town is famous for its oysters. It is even said that Louis XIV had a hundred of them brought to him every day.
Your hotel is ideally located on the harbor.
Night in Cancale.
DAY 5 : Cancale to Jersey
Distance : 4km / 8km
In the morning you can walk to the Pointe du Grouin and enjoy the view over the bay. If you are lucky, you may see sea lions and dolphins. A taxi will pick you up in the afternoon to take you to Saint Malo to catch the ferry across the channel to the port of Gorey on the island of Jersey.
Night in Gorey (Jersey)
DAY 6 : Loop through Rozel's harbor
Distance : 17km
Today we are heading for Rozel! You will be amazed by the panoramic view of the harbour and the bay, which will only get more beautiful as you go up. Rozel harbour and its stone buildings will amaze you. It is also the perfect place for a quick lunch break.
Night in Gorey (Jersey)
DAY 7 :Loop through Grève de Lesq
Distance : 13km
Today you will follow the coastline towards Lecq Bay, the most famous beach in the north of the Island of Jersey. The surrounding cliffs protect this golden sandy beach. The walk is easy and you will have several options for your return to your hotel.
Night in Gorey (Jersey)
DAY 8 : End of the tour in Jersey or extra day
You will take the ferry to Saint-Malo.
If you wish to extend your stay, several options are available to you: Saint Malo, the Mont Saint Michel... Don't hesitate to mention it when you make your booking request.
Our 15 years of experience has enabled us to build strong relationships with all our hotel partners. Some of them have become true friends and we have a real trust in them.
Their priority is to make your stay unforgettable and carefree.
And because everyone has their own budget, we offer you different categories of accommodation.
One thing is certain, from small family accommodation to large 5* hotels, a warm welcome is always reserved for Normandie Rando clients.
Because we organise sporting holidays, we attach great importance to breakfasts.
All the establishments we work with offer a varied and copious breakfast made up of fresh and local products.
You stay in small family-run 2* or 3* hotels.
The welcome is always friendly and the rooms simple but with all the comfort.
We know that a walking or cycling holiday requires a good rest between each stage and the bedding is always of high quality.
You stay in 3* or 4* hotels.
The rooms are spacious and the hotel offers many services.
The bedding is of very good quality and the decoration is well thought out.
You stay in a 4* or 5* hotel.
The establishments are often part of the historical heritage (old houses, castles...)
The rooms are very spacious and have all the necessary equipment.
The bedding is excellent.
Comfort accommodation starting from 925€
Single room supplement : 280€
You do not wish to benefit from our luggage transport service ?
Discount of 140€(cannot be combined with the "group traveller discount")
Solo traveller : 190€ supplement
Group traveller (more than 4 persons) : 50€ discount
All prices, discounts and supplements are per person.
The list of hotels included in your stay is available on request via our contact form.
Included in the tour price :
- 7 nights in standard, comfort or luxury accommodation with breakfast and daily tourist taxes.
- 6 days of hiking.
- Luggage transfers in between each steps.
- Round trip ferry tickets
- Detailled tour explanations, advices...
- Travel documents : roadbook, detailled maps and GPX tracks (on demand)
- 1 dinner
Non included in the tour price :
- 6 dinners
- Lunches and drinks
- Entry fees and tickets for cultural and historical sites.
- Transfers back and forth between the ferry station in Jersey to your hotel. (bus or taxi)
- Travel insurance.
- Single room supplement.
How to get there ?
Coming by train from Paris :
Paris - Pontorson: 3h30 via Rennes
Coming by car :
A 13 then A 84
Free parking lot in Pontorson private garage in your hotel: 5€/night
How to go back ?
Getting back to Paris by train :
St Malo - Paris : 2h50 (direct train)
Get your car back at the end of your tour :
Bus Saint Malo - Pontorson
Private transfer from Saint Malo to Pontorson : 110€ (140€ on sundays and public holidays)
8 days/7 nights
From 925.00€Book your stay
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