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Ophorus Tours - Rocamadour Village Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Rocamadour Village Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

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A Half-Day Tour to the Stunning Village of Rocamadour

Highlights

  • Tour the spectacularly perched Notre Dame chapel
  • Enjoy free time to wander and enjoy the village as you wish
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region

Program & Itinerary

Visit one of the most stunning villages of France located in the Quercy region. Built against a cliff, the architectural organisation of the village represents the French Feudal system that included three distinct orders: The Chivalry, the Clergy and the Peasants.As such, the bottom of the village is composed of the houses where the peasants lived. The middle of the village is where the Sanctuary ...

Visit one of the most stunning villages of France located in the Quercy region. Built against a cliff, the architectural organisation of the village represents the French Feudal system that included three distinct orders: The Chivalry, the Clergy and the Peasants.

As such, the bottom of the village is composed of the houses where the peasants lived. The middle of the village is where the Sanctuary is located and where the Clergy were housed. Finally, the top part of the village, at the peak of the cliff is where the Castle is located, home of the local Lord (Chivalry).

Today, the village still attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world and because of its location on the Way of Saint James, it is now listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat 

Today we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat or vicinity. 

Meet your English speaking local guide, expert of Rocamadour 

Today, meet your English speaking guide who is an expert of the Dordogne and who will go over the itinerary and program of this half day tour with you. Then, board your spacious, comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to Rocamadour. 

Travel in a spacious Mercedes Minivan 

Your private Sarlat Sightseeing Tour will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons normally but on this occasion, the vehicle will only be for you. This allows you to choose the seat that you think best in terms of social distancing while still enjoying the information passed on by your guide.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

Rocamadour - A Picture-Perfect Visit Awaits

Depart for the pilgrimage and fortress village of Rocamadour that has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne. The name of the village probably originates from the association of St Amador or Amadour of whom the relics were discovered in 1166 in the heart of the sanctuary and roca (cliff).

This beautiful village is renowned for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which for centuries has brought pilgrims from every country, among them kings, bishops, and nobles.

Follow your guide and stroll through the streets of the medieval village. You will then reach the steps that will take you to the middle part of the village where the church square is located, Place St Amadour, surrounded by its 7 sanctuaries. The 216 or so steps that make up the Great Staircase takes visitors from the lower part of town to the religious complex. In the middle age, pilgrims would go up the steps on their knees.

Visit the Monastic buildings in the sanctuary

Upon arrival, your guide will introduce you to the sanctuary. Try and find the legendary sword of Roland, named Durandal, that is embedded in the cliff. The sword landed in Rocamadour as Roland, the nephew of Charlemagne, threw it from the battlefield so that no one would ever be able to use it again.

Once you have reached the sanctuary, visit the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, part of an extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex. Inside, your guide will certainly talk to you about the Black Madonna statue that was carved from a walnut tree in the 12th century.

Hanging from the ceiling are a number of ship models, given by thankful survivors that were saved from shipwrecks by calling upon the Black Madonna. Each time a ship was saved it is said that the miraculous bell, also located in the Chapel, would ring once.

Facing Notre Dame chapel, admire the beautiful frescoes that represent the Annunciation and Visitation and that date back to the 12th century.

Enjoy some free time for personal discovery

After the visit of the sanctuary, you will have some free time to visit on your own. If you make your way out of the sanctuary at the same level it will be possible for you to reach the Castle that is located above the Sanctuary. The Castle itself cannot be visited but it is possible to follow the remparts for stunning views over the Alzou canyon.

Another option is to make your way down back to the village and take some time to stroll through the main street and shop for local souvenirs. There are a number of arts & crafts shop that make for perfect presents.

After your free time, we will head back to Sarlat.

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  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • 10:00 am
    or 03:00 pm

    Guided visit of Rocamadour Villages and its sanctuary

  • 11:15 am
    or 04:15 pm

    Free time for personal discovery in Rocamadour

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - Rocamadour Village Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Rocamadour Village Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Rocamadour Village Private Half Day Trip From Sarlat

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 4 hour Private Rocamadour Tour 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 involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda, 24200

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surrounding area (circle of 30 kms 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

1 reviews
  • Ana Cristina A. G

    12, Oct 2016

    Fue muy linda la excursión y la guía 10 puntos. Muy interesante todo lo que vimos y además muy confortable el vehículo en que nos transportaron . La excursión...
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Included

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour village and sanctuary
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). 
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