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Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie

Sarlat-la-Canéda

A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie

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A Wonderful Jaunt Through the Quercy Region on this full day trip from Sarlat to Visit the villages of Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie. Visit the Sanctuary, Saint Marie's Chapel. Stroll through the medieval village of Saint Cirq.

Highlights

  • A Wonderful Jaunt Through the Quercy Region
  • Take in Spectacular Rocamadour, Set on a Gorge Overlooking a Valley
  • Visit St Cirq Lapopie, Renowned to Be the Most Beautiful Village in France
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region
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Program & Itinerary

Embark on a memorable small group full-day private tour, starting with a convenient pick-up from your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver guide, who will provide you with the program and itinerary for the day. Step into your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, and get ready to discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rocamadour ...

Explore Rocamadour and Saint Cirq Lapopie: Captivating Small Group Tour

Embark on a memorable small group full-day private tour, starting with a convenient pick-up from your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda. Meet your knowledgeable English-speaking driver guide, who will provide you with the program and itinerary for the day. Step into your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, and get ready to discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Rocamadour and the captivating Quercy region of France.

Discover Rocamadour Village with an Expert Guide

Our journey begins as we head towards the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour, nestled gorgeously above a tributary of the River Dordogne. This charming village derives its name from the association of St Amador or Amadour, whose relics were discovered in the heart of the sanctuary in 1166, giving rise to the name "roca" (cliff).

Prepare to be enchanted by Rocamadour's historical monuments and the revered Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which has attracted pilgrims from all corners of the world for centuries, including kings, bishops, and nobles.

Accompanied by your expert guide, wander through the medieval streets of the village, reaching the steps that lead to the middle section, where the church square, Place St Amadour, awaits, surrounded by its seven sanctuaries.

Ascend the Great Staircase, consisting of approximately 216 steps, an iconic path pilgrims once climbed on their knees during the Middle Ages. As you ascend, listen to captivating stories and historical anecdotes from your guide.

Explore the Monastic Buildings in the Sanctuary

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, your guide will provide an introduction to its significance. Keep an eye out for the legendary sword of Roland, known as Durandal, embedded in the cliff. According to the legend, Roland, Charlemagne's nephew, threw the sword from the battlefield, ensuring it would never be wielded again, and it miraculously landed in Rocamadour.

Step inside the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of a remarkable 13th-century chapel complex. Your guide will share the story of the Black Madonna statue, a magnificent walnut tree carving from the 12th century. Admire the ship models suspended from the ceiling, offered by grateful survivors who attributed their rescue from shipwrecks to the Black Madonna's intervention. Legend has it that the miraculous bell in the chapel would ring once for each saved ship.

Marvel at the exquisite 12th-century frescoes depicting the Annunciation and Visitation, adorning the walls of Notre Dame chapel. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore at your leisure, taking in the atmosphere and charm of Rocamadour.

Stroll Through the Enchanting Saint Cirq Lapopie

Continuing our full-day tour, we make our way to the delightful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, renowned as the most beautiful village in France. Its strategic position on a steep cliff 100 meters above the Lot River has contributed to its exceptional preservation, making it akin to an open-air museum.

Recognized as the "Most preferred village of the French" in 2012, Saint Cirq Lapopie has captivated visitors from around the globe. It gained popularity among artists after Post-Impressionist Henri Martin discovered its charm, and writer André Breton made it his home.

Upon arrival, join your guide for a leisurely walk through the historic part of the village, preferably starting from the bottom and ascending towards the top, offering numerous opportunities for breathtaking photos. Marvel at the architectural wonders dating back to the 13th to 16th centuries, as you immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of this remarkable village. Take advantage of some free time to further explore and savor the beauty of Saint Cirq Lapopie.

Return Journey to Sarlat

As our unforgettable tour comes to a close, we reluctantly depart from Saint Cirq Lapopie and begin our journey back to Sarlat. Experience the magic of Rocamadour, immerse yourself in the allure of Saint Cirq Lapopie, and create lasting memories on this captivating small group tour. Book now for an unforgettable exploration of these extraordinary destinations.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour and its sanctuary

  • Free time for lunch and personal discovery in Rocamadour

  • Visit of the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie
Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie
Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie
Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie
Ophorus Tours - A Private Day Trip From Sarlat to Rocamadour & Saint Cirq Lapopie

Know before you book

  • Dordogne Tour available from April to October
  • 9 hour Rocamadour & St Cirq private day trip from Sarlat
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda Sarlat

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surrounding area radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Sarlat.

Other possible pick up locations :
  • Montignac
  • Les Eyzies de Tayac
  • Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

5.0/5 (1 reviews)
  • amhappytotravel

    06, Jun 2021

    We met Marion our Tour Guide and driver at the Place Pasteur bus stop which was a short walk from our Best Western Hotel Le Renoir. Our first stop was...
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Included

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour and Saint Cirq Lapopie
  • English-speaking driver guide, Expert of the Dordogne
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks & wine tasting fees
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Sarlat private tours?

    Yes, absolutely, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat. We can also pick you up within a radius of 30kms (20 miles) around Sarlat at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your private tours from Sarlat?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
  • Who conducts these Dordogne private tours from Sarlat?

    We only employ fully accredited, licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of the National Prehistory Museum, guided walking tours in villages such as Rocamadour, visit of historical monuments and so on. In the Dordogne, all our guides are experts in History & Culture. All have a large experience in Paleolithic Art and conduct tours in both Caves & Castles.
  • How strenuous is this tour?

    Rocamadour is a medieval village. This implies that there are cobblestone streets that can be difficult to walk on. Also, the sanctuary is located in the middle part of the village and to reach it implies that you will need to climb stairs. However, there is a possibility of taking an elevator but this will be at your own expense.

    Saint Cirq Lapopie is also a medieval village; however it is possible to stay in the middle of the village for those who have walking issues. Most of the streets in the village are easy to walk on.
  • How many steps will we have to climb in Rocamadour?

    Once you have visited the village, you will arrive in front of the Great Staircase. This is the main pilgramage way to arrive at the sanctuary. There are about 216 stairs to climb so this can be challanging for some persons. Howere, there is an option to take an elevator for those that have walking issues or that feel that the climb will be too strenuous. The return price for the elevator is under 4€ at time of writing (11/2020).
  • What are the top attractions to visit while in Rocamadour?

    First of all, you will be with your own guide that will introduce you to this marvellous village. During your guided walking tour, discover the sanctuary where you will visit the different chapels, admire the Black Virgin and breath taking views. You will then have time for personal discovery & lunch. This free time will allow you to stroll the medieval streets, shop for local souvenirs or have a relaxed coffee break.
  • Is lunch included on this private tour from Sarlat?

    No, we never include lunch on our private full day tours from Sarlat. If you would like to include a lunch in a local restaurant don't hesitate to reach out and our travel advisors will take care of your restaurant reservation. Also, don't hesitate to ask your guide in the morning for recommendations.
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