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Sarlat-la-Canéda

Sarlat Small Group Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

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A Two-Hour Exploration of Sarlat’s Untouched History

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

Program & Itinerary

Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the town's most representative of 14th century France. Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to 18th century.Today, your licensed tour guide will come and meet you at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda. ...

Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the town's most representative of 14th century France. Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to 18th century.

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat

Today, your licensed tour guide will come and meet you at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda. If you are not based in Sarlat, we will suggest a convenient meeting point where you will be able to meet.

Begin your guided walking tour of Sarlat

Follow your guide on a 2 hour walking tour and discover all the main sites the town has to offer. This charming small town of France boasts some of France's best preserved medieval architecture. This is probably why the town of Sarlat is used as the setting for many movies. The latest being the "Last Duel" by director Ridley Scott and featuring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver due to screen in October 2021.

Visit the most important landmarks of the town with your guide including:

Lantern of the Dead: The Lanterne of the Dead or Lanterne of the Moors is a small stone tower located behind the Cathedral. Historically, these Lanterns indicated the location of a cemetery. They are called Lanterns because of the small openings at the top of the building where a light was exhibited at night. The legend has it that the Lantern of Sarlat was built in honor of the passage of Bernard de Clairvaux in 1147.

Another interpretation of the is that the Lantern is an interpretation of the dome of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem as it was represented since the 4th century: a circular tower, with a door on the first level and a second level topped by a canopy with 12 columns.

Saint Sacerdos Cathedral: The diocese of Sarlat was created in 1317. This is when the old Romanesque Abbey became the Cathedral of Sarlat. Renovations took place in 1504 but the works took a lot of time due to low finances, wars and pandemics. Even though some of the Romanesque parts of the Church remain, the Cathedral is mainly Gothique or northern influence. The bell tower dates back to the 12th century and is the oldest part of the building with the bulbed belfry at the top being more recent as it was added in the 19th century.

Saint Mary church & covered market: The construction of the Church dates back to the middle of the 14th century and was consecrated in 1507. By 1794 the church is abandoned and is transformed into a bakery, a postal office and is finally sold in 1805. In 1834 the town of Sarlat buys back the land and the church will be renovated. In 2001 the Church is transformed into a covered market.

Jean Nouvel, a famous French Architect, was commissioned by the town to transform the church into a market. By using material such as steel & glass, the architect rethought the whole building. See the two impressive doors that lead the way to the small nave that remains. The grey color used by Nouvel reminds the Lauzes tiles that cover the traditional houses of the Dordogne. After the visit, why not take the elevator located within the church to admire Sarlat from above.

La Boétie House: Built in 1525 in the Italian Renaissance style, it is the birthplace of writer, judge and philosopher Etienne de la Boétie. The main architectural features of this Private Mansion is the façade include large mullion windows framed by pilasters that are carved with large medallions. The house was classified as a Historical Monument in 1899.

On Wednesdays and Saturdays mornings, your guide will also point out all the main specialties that one can find in the Sarlat Market.

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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 - Sarlat Small Group Private Guided Walking Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

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. 

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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