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Mont-Saint-Michel Way

Mont-St-Michel to Saintes

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Along with Santiago de Compostela, Mont-Saint-Michel Way or Chemin de Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most important pilgrimage shrines in Europe. This Camino route of approximately 500km, starts at stunning Mont-Saint-Michel and heads South to Saintes, where it joins the Camino de Santiago path coming from Tours and Paris.

The Mont Saint Michel Camino route is divided in two sections: Mont Saint Michel to Nantes and Nantes to Saintes. On the Mont Saint Michel Way pilgrims will set off on their journey across the green countryside of Brittany, visiting the magnificent cities of Rennes and Nantes, also called ‘Venice of the West’. In the second section, you will enter the stunning Pays de la Loire and you discover magical historical buildings such as the castle of Clisson and the ruined abbey in Maillezais. Follow the Mont-Saint-Michel Way to discover all these beautiful places!

Trip highlights

  • Be amazed by Mont-Saint-Michel, a magical and stunning pilgrimage place
  • Cross Gustave Eiffel's metal bridge in Port-du-Roche
  • Travel back in time at the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany in Nantes
  • Taste delicious fresh seafood in Saintes

1 Mont-Saint-Michel

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One of France’s most recognisable landmarks, Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, visited by more than 3 million people each year. The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: On top God, the abbey and monastery; below this: the Great halls, then stores and housing, and at the bottom, outside the walls, fishermen and farmers’ housing.

2 Le Mont-Saint-Michel to Antrain - 22km

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5h30 | +152m / -147m
Almost at the half way point today, you will walk through the village of Pontorson, a perfect place in which you can take your picnic break. Arriving in Antrain you will notice the church of Saint-André, which marks the end of the first stage of your journey.

3 Antrain to Sens-De-Bretagne - 20km

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5h | +216m / -178m
The second section of your walking holiday is pretty short and without difficulties. During this journey you can see a variety of landscapes, woods, small villages and churches. Take your time to visit the Bonnefontaine castle. After 3km, in Les Fossés, you can choose if you want to walk through the forest or pass through the village of Tremblay. In Tremblay take your time to admire the old church of Saint-Martin, built in 1058, destroyed by a fire in 1795 and reconstructed in 1801.

4 Sens-De-Bretagne to Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille - 16km

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4h | +139m / -140m
This third day will be as pleasant as the first ones. In the village of Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille you can visit chapels, a church with its treasure, a castle and its walls.

5 Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille to Rennes - 27km

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7h | +251m / -295m
Today will be a little longer than the previous days, but also without apparent difficulties. The second village on your way, Chevaigné, deserves a visit to the Saint-Pierre church. You will walk along the canal, passing beside the Vallée castle after the village of Betton. At the end of today’s journey you will arrive in Rennes, a historic city full of attractions.

6 Rennes to Le Pont Réan - 20km

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5h | +94m / -115m
Le Pont Réan is a nice village, worth exploring. The mill of Boêl, dating back to the XVII century, is its most famous attraction.

7 Le Pont Réan to Bourg-Des-Comptes - 13km

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4h15 | +238m / -242m
Today’s itinerary is the shortest of the entire way. During the walking day you will pass next to another mill, Le Moulin de la Bouëxière.

8 Bourg-Des-Comptes to Messac - 19km

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5h30 | +146m / -161m
In Guipry, the chapel Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Port dates back to 1644 and deserves a visit.

9 Messac to Langon - 15km

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4h | +143m / -146m
Almost at the end of the stage you will pass next to a nautical base and a manor, built on the opposite side of the canal, which dates back to the XV century. The metal bridge in Port-du-Roche is a Gustave Eiffel’s work, donated to Napoleon III in 1867, disassembled and moved to the banks of la Vilaine river in 1868. For this reason you will notice the imperial “N” as ornament.

10 Langon to Etang de la Roche - 28km

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7h | +233m / -193m
On your way to Etang de la Roche, you will see the chapel “des Lieux Saints”, dedicated to Saint Anne.

11 Etang de la Roche to Blain - 23km

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5h45 | +163m / -174m
The last second stage of this section ends in Blain. Make sure to visit the Groulais castle, dating back to the XII century.

12 Blain to Nantes - 23km

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9h30 | +301m / -308m
During this stage you will leave the canal to follow an old railway. Nantes is Jules Verne’s birth city and the historic capital city of the Dukes of Brittany. The Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint-Paul and the castle of the Dukes of Brittany are the two most famous monuments of this city. There are 38kms between Blain and Nantes, we recommend you walk to Treillieres (22.5kms) and take a local bus into Nantes to avoid the city’s suburbs (fare not included in package).

13 Nantes to Clisson - 35km

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8h45 | +335m / -314m
In Clisson there are several buildings dedicated to saints, such as chapels, churches and a castle. The town and the castle were destroyed in the period of the French Revolution. They were then rebuilt in the early part of the 19th century. There are picturesque parks on the banks of the rivers. The Moine is crossed by an old gothic bridge and by a fine modern viaduct.

14 Clisson to Montaigu - 19km

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5h | +80m / -70m
Montaigu is a village with Medieval origins. The Pavillon des Nourrices is the only last element of the Grand Castle.

15 Montaigu to Saint-Fulgent - 29km

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7h15 | +250m / -219m
Today you will pass through the village of Saint-Georges-de-Montaigu where you can admire the Boisseau bridge, which dates back to the XIII century, the Grand Logis, the square of the church, dating back to 1577, and the Rivière house with the mill, from the XVIII century.

16 Saint-Fulgent to Puybelliard - 25km

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6h15 | +200m / -210m
After almost 5 km you will arrive at the Noue castle. After 5 km more you will find the second castle of the day, the Parc-Soubise castle. Approximately at km 18 you will be in Saint-Vincent-Sterlanges. According to the legend, three angels appeared in the place where you can now find a fountain to remember the story. After 2 km you can visit “Les Roches Baritaud” castle, built for the Chateaubriand family. At the end of the stage, in Puybelliard, the tower dates back to the XII century and deserves a visit.

17 Puybelliard to Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salle - 25km

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6h15 | +292m / -286m
A couple of km after Puybelliard you have the chance to walk through the village La Caillère-Saint-Hilaire and admire the old church with its decorated altar and the tabernacle door painted with scenes from the Apocalypse. At the end of the stage take your time to admire the Plessis-Le-Franc castle.

18 Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salle to Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq - 22km

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4h30 | +211m / -214m
Plan your first stop at Saint-Cyr-Des-Gâts to visit the church and its rare painting of the Apostle Pierre.

19 Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq to Nieul-sur-l’Autise - 14km

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2h | +50m / -133m
At half way, after Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq, take your time to visit the “La Baugisière” castle and its garden. At the end of the stage you will arrive in Nieul-sur-l’Autise where we suggest you visit the abbey, which dates back to 1068.

20 Nieul-sur-l’Autise to Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud - 28km

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7h10 | +107m / -107m
This pretty long stage passes through green landscapes and canals. Two hours after your departure plan a stop right after the village of Maillezais to visit its abbey, which dates back to the X century.

21 Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud to Surgères - 24km

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6h | +134m / -117m
For half of this stage you will follow the main canal “du Mignon” and after Mauzé-sur-le-Mignon the landscape will lightly change. At the end of the stage, in Surgères take your time to admire the Medieval sites in the village.

22 Surgères to Puyrolland - 14km

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3h | +66m / -81m
You will recognize Puyrolland for its Romanesque church.

23 Puyrolland to Saint-Jean-d'Angély - 20km

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4h | +158m / -146m
Saint Jean d’Angély is found in the triangle between Cognac, Saintes and Rochefort. Its city centre dates back to the Middle Ages. The Royal Abbey is in the centre of town and was originally constructed in 817, to house an important religious relic: the skull of John the Baptist. The relic brought great fame to the town. Very little remains of the original abbey as it suffered during the numerous conflicts in the region. The abbey you see today dates back to the 17th century. St Jean d’Angély market days are Wednesday and Saturday and it’s one of the best local markets. It takes place inside and outside the indoor market building, which dates back to the 19th century. The Pilori fountain in the centre of the square dates back to 1546.

24 Saint-Jean-d'Angély to Saintes - 35km

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5h40 | +235m / -250m
Leave Saint-Jean-d’Angély and reach Fenioux where you can admire the lantern of the dead. On the way you can also visit the church of Juicq and the castle of Douet built in the XIV century. You will cross the countryside through beautiful farms and vineyards to arrive in Saintes where you should visit the XI century abbey.

25 Saintes

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Because of its noteworthy gallo-roman, medieval and classical heritage, Saintes is a popular touristic destination, member of the French Towns and Lands of Art and History since 1990. It has several museums, a theatre, cinemas, and hosts numerous festivals throughout the year. A European center of musical research and practice is located in the Abbey aux Dames. Saintes is also known for its other churches: the Basilique Saint-Eutrope and the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre. The Arch of Germanicus, a triumphal arch, was built at the entrance to a bridge and ruins of the Roman amphitheatre can be found on the left bank of the Charente.

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Mont-Saint-Michel - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Antrain - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Sens-de-Bretagne - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Saint-Médard-Sur-Ille - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Rennes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Le Pont Réan - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Bourg-des-Comptes - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Messac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Langon - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Etang de la Roche - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Blain - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Nantes - Standard

This 2* hotel  is situated in the centre of Nantes, next to the SNFC station, north exit, and near the Museum “des Beaux Arts”, The Cathedral St Peter and St Paul, the historic district “du Bouffay” and the castle of the Duke of Brittany.

Clisson - Standard

This accommodation is situated in Saint Fiacre village, near Clisson. The house has a modern design and charming rooms.

Montaigu - Standard

This charming hotel has 23 rooms and a flat with two rooms and a big bathroom to welcome a family or friends and colleagues. The breakfast is served on a continental style buffet. View on the river and the countryside.

Saint-Fulgent - Standard

Located in the village of Saint-Fulgent, this hotel is just 2 km from Saint-Andre-de-Goule-d’Oie and 30 km from Puy du Fou historical theme park. It offers accommodations with free Wi-Fi access and flat-screen TV with Canal +. The guest rooms are simply decorated with bright colours. Each room has a view of the garden and a bathtub or shower.

Puybelliard - Standard

This building is a 19th century château set in the picturesque village of Puybelliard and it features an outdoor swimming pool, a spa bath and a library-bar.

Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salle - Standard

Nice Guest House near the village of Saint-Laurent-de-La-Salle.

Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq - Standard

Owned by Mme Blais is a nice, little guest house in Saint-Michel-le-Cloucq.

Nieul-sur-l'Autise - Standard

Here we have an old guest house with a few nice rooms.

Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud - Standard

This accommodation in Saint-Hilaire-la-Palud is a nice guest house in a relaxing environment.

Surgères - Standard

This accommodation is newly renovated 2,3 and 4 bedroom gîtes situated near the historic market town of Surgères, 29 kilometres from La Rochelle. The gites offers a full range of facilities including a large child safe & heated swimming pool, covered play and entertainment area. The gites are available to rent individually or for groups accommodating up to 32 people. Ideal for all year round use as they are centrally heated and have wood burners for cosy winter evenings.The guest house is provided with a tree-filled garden, a pond and a barbecue. The continental breakfast is served in a traditional dining room.

Puyrolland - Standard

The guest house is provided with a tree-filled garden, a pond and a barbecue. The continental breakfast is served in a traditional dining room.

Saint-Jean-d'Angély - Standard

Situated in the heart of Saint-Jean-d’Angely, This accommodation is steps from Museum of Saint Jean d’Angely. Rooms have city or courtyard views. The 37 guestrooms at Abbaye Royale include windows that open and blackout drapes/curtains. Bathrooms offer bathtubs or showers and complimentary toiletries.

Saintes - Standard

This hotel situated in the centre of Saintes has confortable soundproof rooms and a bar with terrace.

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Mont St Michel

The closest rail station to the island is located in Pontorson. From there for the last 9km to Mont-Saint-Michel you can take a bus. There is also a wheelchair-accessible bus shuttle connection that is dependent on the train schedules, and it will arrive 300 meters from Mont Saint Michel (see www.bienvenueaumontsaintmichel.com).

Rennes Airport 92km: The train from there takes just 1h to Pontorson. There is also the option to take a bus from Rennes direct to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.destination-montsaintmichel.com)

Nantes Airport 201km: From Nantes the train takes 2h and arrives in Pontorson.

Paris 370km: You have many options (see www.aeroportsdeparis.fr). Many companies organizes daily trips by bus to Mont-Saint-Michel (see www.keolis-emeraude.com). If you would better travel by train, you have also two options. You can take a regional train from Paris Saint-Lazare (see www.paris-city-line.com/en/paris-gare-st-lazare-information.htm) to Pontorson, which takes around 4h, and reach Mont-Saint-Michel as before mentioned or you can take a high speed TGV train from Paris Montparnasse (see www.raileurope.com/europe-travel-guide/france/paris/train-station/montparnasse-train-station.html) to Rennes, which takes around 2h, and then choose between the options before mentioned.

 

Nantes

Nantes Airport 10km: Shuttle bus from the airport to the city centre every 30 minutes. See http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/acces/navettes

Paris 385km: From Paris there’s the option to take a high speed TGV train (see en.voyages-sncf.com), which journey lasts around 2h. First take a RER from the airport to Gare de Lyon.
Saintes
La Rochelle Airport 75km:Saintes has a direct train connection to La Rochelle (Gare de la Rochelle-Ville or Porte Dauphine), taking 50min-1h10 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com. There is a local bus (line 7 or line 47 on Sunday) to the airport (every 30min, 15min travel time). The distance between the station “Rochelle-Ville” and the stop (named Place du Verdun) is approx. 2km, while the distance between “Porte Dauphine” and the stop is about 750m.
Bordeaux Airport 125km: The direct train connection between Bordeaux (Gare St.-Jean) and Saintes is regular with travel time is approx. 1h15-1h35 (regional trains and intercities available). See www.voyages-sncf.com. There is a shuttle bus between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See  www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.