Saint-Emilion

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Once an important medieval town, Saint-Emilion is now a beautiful medieval village surrounded by a worldwide known vineyard.

It was founded in the 8th century by an ermit called Emilian. The little village soon became a huge pilgrimage site around his tomb, and a stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Four abbeys were founded in a few centuries, among which the largest underground church of all Europe and an underground copy of the Anastasis chapel in Jerusalem, both carved in limestone alongside even older catacombs. It is now possible to get an oveview of the village from the top of the bell tower or the top of the 13th century keep.

The vineyard around Saint-Emilion was planted by the Romans in the 1st century and supplied the English court for three centuries during the Middle Ages. In 1999, it was the first vineyard in the world to be listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

And don't forget to taste the local speciality (which you can only find there) : the macaroon of Saint-Emilion !

 

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TOUR N°1 : UNDERGROUND MONUMENTS ONLY :

During this underground guided tour, I will show you to the origins of the medieval village.

Intdoors walking tour including : saint Emilion's hermitage, catacombs, the copy of the Anastasis chapel in Jerusalem and the largest underground church of all Europe.

 

Practical information :

* Length : 45min

* Price : 114€*** + 8 to 9€/person to enter the underground monuments

* Starting point : place du marché (in front of the monolithic church)

I need to make a reservation for the underground monuments. Be careful to ask early enough or it may not be possible to enter.

 

My advice after the tour :

Why not visit a winery ?

 

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TOUR N°2 : VILLAGE ONLY :

During this guided tour in the narrow streets of the village, I will tell you about the history of the place and show you the main monuments.

Outdoors walking tour including : the Augustinian church and cloister (if open), a part of the medieval ditch, the two 19th century wash houses, the remains of the Dominican and the Ursuline abbeys, the Franciscan cloister (if open), the remains of the Cardinal castle, the only remaining gate in the town wall...

For small groups only, it is possible to climb on top of the 13th century keep and/or the bell tower (for each monument : 1,5€/pers, reduced fee for 4 pers. families : 5€, free of charge for children under 6).

 

Practical information :

* Length : 1h30 (can include climbing to one tower ; if you want to climb to the other tower, add 15min)

* Price : 134€*** (can include climbing to one tower ; if you want to climb to the other tower, add 15€)

* Starting point : place Bourgeoise (north) / place du marché (in front of the monolithic church)

This visit does not include the underground monuments. You can visit them through guided tours organised by the Tourism Office or with Tour n°3 underneath.

 

My advice after the tour :

Why not visit a winery ?

 

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TOUR N°3 : VILLAGE AND UNDERGROUND MONUMENTS :

During this guided tour in the narrow streets of the village and the underground monuments, I will tell you about the history of the place and show you the main monuments.

Outdoors and underground walking tour including : the Augustinian church and cloister (if open), a part of the medieval ditch, the two 19th century wash houses, the remains of the Dominican and the Ursuline abbeys, the Franciscan cloister (if open), the remains of the Cardinal castle, the only remaining gate in the town wall, the underground monuments...

For small groups only, it is possible to climb on top of the 13th century keep and/or the bell tower (for each monument : 1,5€/pers, reduced fee for 4 pers. families : 5€, free of charge for children under 6).

 

Practical information :

* Length : 2h (add15 min for each extra monument)

* Price : 162€**** + 8 to 9€/person to enter the underground monuments (add 15€ for each extra monument)

* Starting point : place Bourgeoise (north) / place du marché (in front of the monolithic church) (according the the hour of the reservation to enter the underground monuments, the visit either starts of ends with them)

I need to make a reservation for the underground monuments. Be careful to ask early enough or it may not be possible to enter.

 

My advice after the tour :

Why not visit a winery ?

 

 

 

** 45min guided tour  = 90€ ; travel expenses : 48 km x 2 = 24

*** 1h30 guided tour  = 110€ ; travel expenses : 48 km x 2 = 24

**** 2h guided tour = 138€ ; travel expenses : 48 km x 2 = 24