Cultural walking tour of Saintes

Tour Number

Activity Level

449778


Categories

City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Suitable for kids from 6 years old

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

French (fluent), English (fluent)

Cultural walking tour to discover amazing historical vestiges of Saintes


On the banks of the Charente river, the town offers an exceptional architectural and religious heritage.

Saintes must sees:
* remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, now known as the"Saintes Arena" (the most important vestige of the ancient capital of the Roman province of Aquitaine)
* Germanicus Roman arch, once erected at the entrance of a Roman bridge, now disappeared
* The Abbaye-aux-Dames, founded in 1047 and its abbey church, in particular its exceptional Romanesque sculpted gate.
* St. Eutropius Basilica built from 1081 by the monks of Cluny around the St. Eutropius tomb

Let's have a walking tour together to reveal Saintes jewels !

Caution : an active walking tour as monuments are not close to each other.

Itinerary

Walking tour in the city of Saintes which was used to be the first Aquitaine roman capital. Founded in the 1st century, Saintes is today labelled "City of Art and History". On the banks of the Charente river, the town offers an exceptional architectural and religious heritage.

* remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre, now known as the"Saintes Arena" (the most important vestige of the ancient capital of the Roman province of Aquitaine) - Built in the 1st century AD, the amphitheatre was used for gladiator fights and other 'games'. Entrance fee 4 euros.

* Germanicus Roman arch, once erected at the entrance of a Roman bridge, now disappeared

* The Abbaye-aux-Dames, founded in 1047 and its abbey church, in particular its exceptional Romanesque sculpted gate.

* St. Eutropius Basilica built from 1081 by the monks of Cluny around the St. Eutropius tomb - listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the pilgrimage sites on the Route to Compostella

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

End Point Options: Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building

Duration: 2 hours 30 min.

Transportation

on foot

What’s Included

Other: Walking tour in the Saintes with a licensed tour guide to see major monuments

Estimated Local Cash Needed

5 euros - Entrance to the roman amphitheater

What’s Extra

Other: Entrance fees to roman amphitheater : 4€/pers.

Entrance fees to museums in general & abbaye aux Dames Museum

Transportation with 9-seater minivan : Just contact me for a quote if you prefer including a transportation

Private tour guide Marie

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