Europe & Baltic Cruises
There can be no better place to start a visit to this attractive region than UNESCO World Heritage Classified Saint Emilion region and village, heartland of the Merlot grape, which produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the "hill with a thousand châteaux" reach right up to Saint Emilion's 13th century town walls and surrounding moat dug out of solid rock. Members of the local wine brotherhood, the Jurats, proclaim the vintage banns in much the same way as their ancestors did during the reign of Richard the Lionheart. After pickup at the port by your private driver-guide, you will enjoy a short orientation tour of the main monuments of the town: the Collegiale church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the ramparts (12th Century), the market place, and the monolithic church. Consecrated to the holy hermit by the Benedictine monks, it is unique in Europe for its size and represents the ultimate Christian transformation of natural caves in the cliff-face used for religious purposes. Strolling in the streets, you will also see the Cadene gate and the King's Tower. Depending on timing, you can have some free time here or opt to visit one of the nearby wine Château estates for an explanation of the techniques of making wine, a visit of the cellars, and a wine tasting (payable on the spot if desired). Return transfer to port.
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