Visit a Romanesque Masterpiece - Sauve Majeure Abbey

Bordeaux Isn’t Just Wine - Discover This Incredible Piece of History

Explore the Majestic Ruins of the Sauve Majeure Abbey

Head off the Tourist Trail to Wander the Medieval Village of Saint Macaire

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details


Low Season: 390€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
1 Dec 2017 to 14 March 2018

High Season: 510€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
15 Mar 2018 to 31 Oct 2018


Available all year round, on request, except May 1st, Dec. 25th, Jan. 1st


8 hours.

Trip Style:

Private Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. For larger groups please contact us.

Meeting Point:

Pick up at hotel or ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call.
Tour returns to original departure point.


Pick up and return at hotel or ship
Services of an English licensed guide
Private visit of the Sauve Majeure abbey
Guided walking tour of Saint Macaire village
Transportation in a recent, comfortable and fully-equipped Mercedes compact van
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board


Tasting fees, entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Personal insurance & expenses
Gratuities for the driver/guide

Dig into the History of the Bordeaux Countryside

You have arrived in Bordeaux and wish to discover something else than just the wines? Then this tour might be just for you! The Sauve Majeure abbey is one of the most beautiful of the Aquitaine region, its majestic ruins gracefully displayed in a peaceful setting. Follow your guide on this personalized visit and listen to the tale of those who, in the 12th  c. sculpted some of the most admirable and surprising capitals.

A masterpiece of Romanesque art, La Sauve-Majeure Abbey, founded in 1079, is now a UNESCO World Heritage site as part of the Ways of St. James. Beloved by pilgrims, this former Benedictine abbey, retains some magnificent remains within its ruined church, as evidenced by the choir’s remarkable historiated capitals. Beautifully kept, their carved details depict biblical, fantastical and plant motifs. Original sin, Daniel in the lions’ den, Samson’s life, the temptation of Christ, the sacrifice of Abraham, the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist and a battle of mythical creatures are among the narrative scenes you can admire at La Sauve-Majeure.

After Lunch, Visit One of Our Favourite ‘Hidden Secret’ Villages

After lunch, head towards the village of Saint-Macaire that lies far from the tourist routes. This medieval village, built on a rocky mount, is a remarkable urban area as it possesses a large number of buildings classified as Historic Monuments. Once arrived in the village, follow your guide on a walking tour. Discover the ramparts and their monolith columns, the remains of the Cloister and the main square of the village surrounded by arches and houses that date back to the 13th – 16th century, the highlight of your tour. After some free time in the village for personal discovery return to Bordeaux, and to your ship.

This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

Good to Know

  • Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
  • Maximum 8 persons, for larger groups contact us.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Possible languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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