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A Romanesque Masterpiece: Sauve Majeure Abbey

A Romanesque Masterpiece: Sauve Majeure Abbey

9 hours From
AU$675 Per Group
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Bordeaux
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-18-4638
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Daily
9 hours From
AU$675 Per Group
 
  • Tour Type
    Private tour Private tour
  • France Region
    Bordeaux
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-18-4638
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Escorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransportationTransportation Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus/van

Summary

Discover the beautiful, well-preserved Sauve-Majeure Abbey located in the village of La Sauve during this full-day private tour. You will also visit the medieval village of Saint Macaire.

The Sauve Majeure abbey is one of the most beautiful of the Aquitaine region, its majestic ruins laying 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, 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 full-day private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

Meeting Point: Your hotel in or cruise ship in Bordeaux/Bassens

Inclusions

  • Pick up and return at 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 full equipped Mercedes compact van
  • Bottled water in the minivan

Exclusions

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

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