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Ophorus Tours - Step Back in Time: Private Walking Tour of Medieval Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Step Back in Time: Private Walking Tour of Medieval Sarlat

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Explore Sarlat's hidden history on this private 2-hour walking tour. Discover the charming center, marvel at Saint Mary's Church, and stand beside the Lantern of the Dead - all with a knowledgeable licensed tour guide by your side.

Highlights

  • Visit Sarlat’s Historic Architecture, Dating as Far Back as the 12th Century
  • Admire the Lantern of the Dead and Discover Its Unique Legend
  • Admire one of the most beautiful Organs of France in St Sacerdos
  • Hand-Picked Licensed Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
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A Medieval Gem: A Private Walking Tour Through Historic Sarlat Imagine stepping back in time and wandering through a town seemingly untouched by the modern world. This private two-hour walking tour invites you to explore the captivating town of , nestled in the heart of the region. Here, time seems to have stood still, allowing you to marvel at a remarkable collection of buildings and houses dating ...

A Medieval Gem: A Private Walking Tour Through Historic Sarlat

Imagine stepping back in time and wandering through a town seemingly untouched by the modern world. This private two-hour walking tour invites you to explore the captivating town of Sarlat, nestled in the heart of the Perigord Noir region. Here, time seems to have stood still, allowing you to marvel at a remarkable collection of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

Your expert guide will be your companion on this journey through Sarlat's rich past. As you stroll through the charming town center, you'll be captivated by the town's outstanding medieval architecture, a testament to its historical significance. This perfectly preserved cityscape is one of the reasons why Sarlat has become a popular filming location, with movies like "The Last Duel" showcasing its timeless beauty.

One of your first stops will be the intriguing Lantern of the Dead, a small stone tower shrouded in history. Your guide will share the various theories surrounding its purpose, from serving as a cemetery marker to symbolizing the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Next, you'll find yourself standing before the imposing Saint Sacerdos Cathedral. Originally a Romanesque abbey, it was transformed into a cathedral in the 14th century. Explore its fascinating blend of architectural styles, where remnants of Romanesque design mingle with the influence of Gothic architecture. The 12th-century bell tower is the cathedral's oldest element, while the distinctive bulbous belfry was added much later in the 19th century.

Continuing your exploration, you'll encounter the remarkable Saint Mary's Church. Its story is a testament to Sarlat's adaptability. Originally built in the 14th century, the church served its religious purpose for centuries before undergoing a series of transformations in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was even used as a bakery and a post office! Today, 

Saint Mary's Church boasts a unique second life as a vibrant covered market. Here, the innovative design by renowned architect Jean Nouvel seamlessly blends the church's historical elements with modern materials like steel and glass. Don't miss the two imposing doors leading to the small remnants of the original nave, and be sure to take the elevator within the market for breathtaking views of Sarlat from above.

As you delve deeper into the town, your guide will introduce you to La Boétie House, a stunning example of Italian Renaissance architecture. Built in 1525, it was the birthplace of Etienne de la Boétie, a renowned writer, judge, and philosopher. Admire the mansion's impressive facade, adorned with large mullion windows and intricately carved pilasters.

And if you join the tour on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, you'll be treated to a delightful bonus! Your guide will transform your stroll into a delicious adventure, pointing out the mouthwatering specialties offered at the bustling Sarlat Market. From regional cheeses and cured meats to fresh local produce and handcrafted sweets, the market is a sensory feast that captures the essence of Dordogne's culinary heritage.

This private walking tour is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Sarlat's history. So, lace up your walking shoes and prepare to be transported to a bygone era. Book your tour today and experience the magic of this truly captivating town!

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

  • 2 hours Private guided walking tour of Sarlat with your personal, licensed tour guide

  • End of your Sarlat guided walking tour

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Ophorus Tours - Step Back in Time: Private Walking Tour of Medieval Sarlat

Know before you book

  • 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 30 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
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
  • 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 at a dedicated meeting point to be confirmed at time of booking.

Return

Sarlat city Centre. 

Reviews

5.0/5 (1 reviews)
  • Michelle R

    07, Jul 2019

    Our guides for the Sarlat region were excellent! They were knowledgeable, articulate and clearly "passionate" about their subjects. We went to the archaeological...
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Guide will meet you at your hotel, accommodation or meeting point in Sarlat
  • Services of an experienced, licensed tour guide
  • 2 hour guided walking tour

Excluded

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks
  • Any entrance fees or tasting fees
  • Gratuities for your guide

FAQ

  • Where will we meet our licensed tour guide?

    Your guide will meet you directly at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat. If you are coming from outside, we will set a convenient meeting point for you. The end of your guided walking tour in Sarlat will take place in the city center.
  • Are your Sarlat Walks adapted to everyone?

    Our Sarlat walking tours involve an important amount of walking. Even though our walking tours tend to stay on easy to walk sidewalks and streets, the city of Bordeaux still has some 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.
  • 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 design the tour accordingly. Your guide is also ther on the day of the tour to make suggestions if you have specific visits you would like to include.
  • Is this Guided Walking Tour of Sarlat only available in English?

    No, our talented, in-house multi lingual guides will be happy to conduct the tour in French, Spanish, German or Italian depending on availability at time of booking.
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