Normandy & Mont St. Michel Photo Tour

Duration - One or two full day options
Type of Tour – Private
Meeting Point – Your Hotel (Paris, Rouen, Deauville, Caen, Bayeux, or Saint-Lo)
First Photographer – €800
Additional People – €90
Overnight Supliment (optional) – €500

A professional photographer will accompany you on a private photography focused day trip through Normandy from the ancient Abbeys along the Seine or the D-Day Beaches and finish at Mont Saint-Michel. Private transportation to and from Paris, lunch or dinner included.

Explore the rugged coastline of Normandy, camera in hand, to capture the essence of this region. From Rouen to Omaha Beach, and Mont Saint-Michel, make sure you get the perfect photos.

The Normandy coast is fraught with history and charming ambience. Medieval towns litter the countryside of Camembert and Calvados with a rich history. The Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO world heritage site, is the focus of the region with its gothic monastery punched high on its rocky island. The haunting Omaha beach was the launching point for the D-Day invasion. Rouen, dominated by its medieval cathedral was the site of the execution of Jean d’Arc. Furthermore, throughout the region, food and drink are omnipresent, from Crepes, Camembert and Oysters, to Cider and Calvados. No matter what your Interests are, Normandy has them all.

Each tour is crafted to the skills and interests of the participants. On your journey you can expect:

  • Professional Photographer Guide

  • Photography technique, skills and critique

  • Private transport to and from Paris or Normandy

  • Lunch or dinner included

Whether you are starting off, are a hobbyist, or have years of experience, our team of professional photographers will find superb photographic opportunities for all kinds of interests, from the cultural, landscape and war history points of view, we have you covered. There is so much to see, we can’t do it all, so let us know what interest you most. Below is a few of our favourite itineraries, and you can see more detailed descriptions at our Normandy Locations page. 


Culture focus

From Paris, stop off at one of the ancient Abbeys along the Seine or the Rouen Cathedral: where they executed Jean d’Arc. Stop off in the beautiful Honfleur or Bayeux and explore the medieval towns before jumping across to Mont Saint-Michel to capture the gothic cathedral pierced above the rocky island at sunset.


D-Day focus

From Paris, head to the remains of the Mulberry Harbours at Arromanches-les-Bains. Make a stop at the Omaha Beach, the most famous D-Day landing beaches, and attend the haunting American War Cemetery. Jump across to Mont Saint-Michel to capture the gothic monastery pierced above the rocky island at sunset.

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St. Michel focus

Head directly to Mont Saint-Michel to give yourself time to explore the island and the surrounds and get up close with a tour of the Abbey itself.  At dusk, we will find the perfect vantage points to shoot the gothic church during sunset and twilight before returning to Paris.

*This tour is available as a 15h round trip from Paris, 14h from Rouen, 12h from Deauville, Caen, Bayeux, Saint-Lo. It includes pick-up and drop-off direct to your hotel. Mont St. Michel is 366 km (277mi) from Paris, so there is considerable travel time during this tour, with a minimum of eight hours round trip from Paris. For a more enjoyable shooting experience, we recommend you sleep overnight in Bayeux which is less than half the distance. We are more than happy to arrange hotel and train tickets from Paris to Bayeux at request. Or if you would prefer to sleep near Mont Saint Michel we can arrange this and shoot the sunrise together before parting ways.

We recommend a tripod and 200 mm lens for this tour. Each tour is private, containing only your party. It is customisable to maximise your shooting interests and best use of your time.

Overnight Option

As the travel time of about 8 hours can be taxing, we strongly recommend staying overnight in Mont Saint Michel. This will give us more time along the route to shoot more of Normandy and will provide us with the opportunity to shoot the Abby at sunset and the more favourable sunrise. Please look at our Normandy Destination guide for more details.

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Reviews for Normandy Photo Tours


Incredible photo workshop ★★★★★ 

I've been with Alexander for two days; in Paris and Mont Saint Michel. He taught us from the beginning to the end. I've learned a lot from him that I can use in real life. Alexander was really funny and helpful. If you are looking to learn how to shoot beautiful photos, then this is where you going to learn!

- via Trip Advisor

Highlight of my trip ★★★★★

I was taking another tour of France and wanted to stay longer at Mont Saint-Michel for sunset and evening pictures. Aperture was very flexible in making arrangements that fit for me. Alexander took me to a lot of great photo locations and made a lot of good suggestions for composition, etc. This was the highlight of my trip to France.

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