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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Rocamadour village half-day tour

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to Rocamadour village half-day tour

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Visit The Incredible Village Of Rocamadour on this small group shared half day trip from Sarlat. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the village including the visit of the Sanctuary. Admire this unique sight and enjoy some free time.

Highlights

  • Tour the spectacularly perched Notre Dame chapel of Rocamadour
  • Enjoy free time to wander and enjoy the village as you wish
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region
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Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of one of France's most stunning villages, nestled in the Quercy region. This architectural marvel is built against a cliff, symbolizing the hierarchical structure of the French Feudal system. Explore the village and witness the distinct orders that governed society: the Chivalry, the Clergy, and the Peasants.The village's lower section is home to the peasants' ...

Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of one of France's most stunning villages, nestled in the Quercy region. This architectural marvel is built against a cliff, symbolizing the hierarchical structure of the French Feudal system. Explore the village and witness the distinct orders that governed society: the Chivalry, the Clergy, and the Peasants.

The village's lower section is home to the peasants' houses, while the middle part houses the Sanctuary, where the Clergy resided. At the pinnacle of the cliff lies the Castle, the residence of the local Lord representing the Chivalry.

An Expert English-Speaking Guide Awaits

Embark on your half-day Rocamadour adventure by meeting your English speaking local guide, an expert of the Dordogne region. They will provide an overview of the itinerary and program, ensuring a memorable journey ahead. Step into our spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, and let the exploration begin.

Rocamadour: A Picture-Perfect Pilgrimage

Prepare to be captivated as we make our way to Rocamadour, a village famous for its pilgrimage sites and fortress. Nestled in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, the village derives its name from the association of St. Amador or Amadour, whose relics were discovered in the heart of the sanctuary in 1166, and the Occitan term for rock, "roca."

Wander through the medieval streets alongside your guide, reaching the steps that lead to the heart of the village. As you ascend the Great Staircase, comprising around 216 steps, imagine the devout pilgrims of the Middle Ages climbing on their knees.

Visit the Monastic Buildings in the Sanctuary

Upon arrival, your guide will introduce you to the sanctuary, guiding you to discover its hidden treasures. Seek out the legendary sword of Roland, known as Durandal, embedded in the cliff. According to legend, Roland, Charlemagne's nephew, threw the sword from the battlefield to ensure it could never be used again.

Explore the renowned Notre Dame Chapel, a remarkable 13th-century complex. Your guide will share the story behind the Black Madonna statue, carved from a walnut tree in the 12th century. Marvel at the ship models hanging from the ceiling, offered by grateful survivors saved from shipwrecks after calling upon the Black Madonna's protection. Listen for the ringing of the miraculous bell, said to toll once for each ship saved. Facing Notre Dame chapel, admire the breathtaking frescoes depicting the Annunciation and Visitation, dating back to the 12th century.

Personal Discovery and Stunning Views

After the sanctuary visit, savor some free time to explore Rocamadour at your own pace. If you exit the sanctuary at the same level, you can venture to the Castle located above. Although the Castle itself is not open for visitation, you can stroll along the ramparts, relishing the panoramic views of the Alzou canyon.

Unforgettable memories await you in Rocamadour, a village steeped in history and spirituality. Join us on this half-day tour and immerse yourself in the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reserve your spot now and embark on an extraordinary journey through time.

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  • 09:00 am

    Meet your guide at Place Pasteur Bus Stop in Sarlat la Canéda

  • 10:00 am

    Arrive in Rocamadour, walking tour of the village

  • 11:00 am

    Free time for personal discovery

  • 01:00 pm

    Drop off in Sarlat, end of the tour

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Rocamadour village half-day tour
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Rocamadour village half-day tour

Know before you book

Please note that in regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own.
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  • Half day trip from Sarlat France
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get reduced price 
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

Place Pasteur 24200 SARLAT-LA-CANÉDA

Departure

Your driver/guide will be waiting for you in front of the bus stop Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Canéda.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

5.0/5 (2 reviews)
  • Lynne Johnson

    23, May 2023

    Benoit provided us with a wonderful introduction to the history and culture of the Dordogne. Thank you. We will recommend you!
  • benedicte milward

    19, Oct 2022

    What a great afternoon. Martin was a wonderful guide. Very reliable on the history of the places we visited, his driving was perfect. He even planned...
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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

Excluded

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

FAQ

  • 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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