OPSE1 - Saint-Emilion Guided Walking Tour including Underground Monuments (2 hours) $311.08 per person (minimum 2 persons)
Departure from Saint-Emilion
Daily (except 25 December and 1 January)
Between 09.30 and 16.30
As you follow your guide on this private walking tour, you will also discover a very unusual place not to be missed: the underground monolithic Cathedral. 38 metres long, 20 metres wide and 11 metres high, all you can see from the exterior are a few windows on the one facade and the steeple, topped with a Gothic arrow 53 metres high. Benedictine monks were the inspiration for this church carved out of solid rock which is Europe’s largest monolithic cathedral! As you enter, following a long gallery, one comes across an altar oriented towards the west, rather than the east as is the Christian tradition. The sobriety of the ornamentation stands in stark contrast with the wealth of lessons to be learned from them.
Your 2 hour walking tour will also include some information about the world renowned wines of Saint Emilion through the history of the Jurade (the town council). When John ‘Lackland’ succeeded his brother, Richard Lionheart, to the throne of England in 1199, he signed the ‘Falaise Charter’ which accorded Saint Emilion the statute of a free and independent commune, with the right to be administered by a mayor, twelve members of the Jurade and twelve advisers elected by the town’s notables. These councilmen had vast power that included rendering justice. Wine growing was such an important part of the local economy that they also regulated the manufacturing process and the sale of wine, and even publicly announced the start and the end of the grape harvests.
- Guided walking tour of Saint Emilion
- Licensed English speaking guide
- Visit of the underground monuments
- Entrance fees to underground monuments unless mentioned in the program
- Meals and drinks
- Gratuities for the guide