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    Visit the unique underground monuments of Saint Emilion including the Monolithic Church. Private tour with you own English speaking guide. Children under the age of 10 are free. If you have children over the age of 10 please purchase the corresponding tickets in the extras section.

    If you want to visit the monuments during your full day wine tour, please select the "BORDEAUX PRIVATE FULL DAY WINE TOUR TASTING FEES FOR 2 WINERIES"
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Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Guided Walking Tour Private

Saint-Émilion

Saint Emilion Guided Walking Tour Private

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Uncover the Magic of Saint Emilion Village near Bordeaux France on a 2 hour walking tour with a local expert, licensed tour guide. Visit the unique Underground Monolithic Church, the Tour du Roy as you stroll the medieval streets.

Highlights

  • Discover the Highlights of This UNESCO World Heritage village
  • Private Tour of the Famous Underground Monolithic church
  • Perfect for Those Who Love Enchanting Small Villages
  • English speaking licensed guides, local experts
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Program & Itinerary

Join your licensed tour guide at the village in front of the Saint Emilion tourism office for an immersive 2-hour walking tour of Saint Emilion village. This picturesque village has earned the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site classification and offers a wealth of captivating facts, anecdotes, and unique experiences. Ideal for a delightful day trip, Saint Emilion is easily accessible from Bordeaux ...

Explore the Enchanting Saint Emilion: Cultural & Historical Walking Tour

Join your licensed tour guide at the village in front of the Saint Emilion tourism office for an immersive 2-hour walking tour of Saint Emilion village. This picturesque village has earned the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage site classification and offers a wealth of captivating facts, anecdotes, and unique experiences. Ideal for a delightful day trip, Saint Emilion is easily accessible from Bordeaux by train or car.

Discover the Fascinating History of Saint Emilion

Delve into the captivating history of Saint Emilion, a French medieval village that exudes unique charm. Born in Brittany in the 8th century, Emilian, a Benedictine monk, rose from humble beginnings to become the financial steward of the ruling count. Unfortunately, jealous rivals falsely accused him of thievery, seeking to discredit him in the eyes of his master. Seeking solace, Emilian retreated to a serene forest where he carved out a cave and dedicated his life to God. After performing numerous miracles and spreading goodness, the place he called home was named Saint Emilion in his honor following his passing in 767.

Visit the Enigmatic Underground Monolithic Cathedral

Embark on your half-day tour by exploring the renowned underground monolithic church, Saint Emilion's most famous monument. This awe-inspiring structure stretches an impressive 125 feet in length, 66 feet in width, and 36 feet in height. From the outside, one can only catch a glimpse of a few windows on the facade and a towering Gothic steeple reaching an astounding 174 feet. Carved out of solid rock, this monumental church, inspired by Benedictine monks, stands as Europe's largest monolithic cathedral.

As our licensed tour guides have the privilege of guiding visitors inside the monolithic church, you will embark on a private guided tour exclusively for you and your group. Upon entering, you will be greeted by a long gallery leading to an altar oriented towards the west, deviating from the Christian tradition of eastward orientation. The understated ornamentation contrasts with the valuable insights waiting to be discovered.

Following the exploration of the underground church, follow your guide through the enchanting narrow streets of the village. Marvel at the unique 68-meter-high bell tower, a testament to Saint Emilion's rich history, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Ascending the 96 steps is a rewarding challenge, as it grants you a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area, one of the most stunning vistas to behold.

Discover Other Notable Monuments

During your tour, your knowledgeable guide will point out other significant monuments, such as the Tower of the Kings, where the local wine brotherhood announces the commencement of the harvest each September. You will also visit the Collegiate Church with its captivating cloister, as well as the Cloitre des Cordeliers, where you can savor the local sparkling wine known as Crémant de Bordeaux.

Indulge in the World of Saint Emilion Wines

No visit to Saint Emilion is complete without a glimpse into the world-renowned Bordeaux wines. Learn about the prestigious Jurade and its connection to the history of Saint Emilion wines. In 1199, when John 'Lackland' ascended the English throne, he granted Saint Emilion the status of a free and independent commune through the 'Falaise Charter.' This charter allowed the town to be governed by a mayor, twelve Jurade members (the town council), and twelve advisors elected by notable individuals in the community. With vast powers, including the administration of justice, the council also regulated wine production and sales, and ceremoniously announced the beginning and end of grape harvests.

As you explore Saint Emilion, consider indulging in a wine tasting session featuring the renowned Saint Emilion wines or other exquisite wines from the Bordeaux region. Your expert guide, well-versed in all aspects of Bordeaux wine regions, can organize a personalized wine tour within the village, offering a delightful sensory experience.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty, rich history, and world-class wines of Saint Emilion on this unforgettable walking tour.

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  • Meet your guide at your hotel, accommodation or dedicated meeting point in Saint Emilion

  • Follow a 2-hour guided walking tour of Saint Emilion

  • Optional private visit of the underground monuments (entrance fees not included)

  • Optional wine tasting session in the village (tasting fees not included)

  • End the tour in the village of Saint Emilion

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Ophorus Tours - Saint Emilion Guided Walking Tour Private

Know before you book

  • Underground monuments tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • Optional wine tasting can be purchased during booking process
  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Group size of 2 to 15 participants maximum
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

1 rue du clocher 33330 Saint Emilion

Departure

Guide will meet you at your hotel, AirBnB in Saint Emilion or at a dedicated meeting point to be confirmed at time of booking.

Return

Tour ends in Saint Emilion village after the guided tour.

Reviews

5.0/5 (2 reviews)
  • N/A

    05, Jul 2023

    This was an excellent experience, our guide was engaging and knowledgeable about the wine production process.
  • Steven

    16, Nov 2021

    Wife and I met the wonderful Veronique in front of our hotel. She took us on a 2 hour walking tour of St. Emilion. Wonderful history lesson with amazing...
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Included

  • 2-hour Guided walking tour of St Emilion
  • Services of a licensed English speaking guide
  • Visit of underground monuments (optional)
  • Wine tasting session in the village (optional)

Excluded

  • Entrance fees & tasting fees
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

FAQ

  • Where will we meet our licensed tour guide?

    Your guide will meet you directly at your hotel or accommodation in Saint Emilion village. If you are coming from outside, we will set a convenient meeting point for you, usually in front of the Saint Emilion tourism office. The end of your guided walking tour in Saint Emilion will take place in the village.
  • Is your Saint Emilion Walking Tour adapted to everyone?

    Our Saint Emilion walking tour involves an important amount of walking. Saint Emilion being a medieval village, it still retains a large number of cobbledstone streets that are difficult to walk on. Therefore we strongly advise that you book this tour only if you are in a good physical condition. This tour is certainly not adapted to persons who have walking difficulties and it is not wheelchair accessible. You will also need to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Is the price per person or per group?

    The pricing for our walking tours is per group of minimum 2 persons to maximum 15 persons.
  • Can we adapt the tour to fit our wishes?

    Aboslutely, since this is a private tour we will customize the walking tour to your wishes. Let our team of travel professionals know what are your main points of interest and they will designe the tour accordingly. We have already made it possible for you to include an optional wine tasting session in the village as well as the entrance tickets to the underground monumnets if you would like to include any of these on your private tour.
  • Is this Guided Walking Tour of Saint Emilion only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese.
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