The whole ensemble is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After enjoying once again the comforts and gastronomic luxuries of CroisiEurope (this time it's leek quiche for dinner, Veal Bourguignon with bible kase sauce, accompanied by its fondant apples and carrot duo, Saint Nectaire cheese and peach and apricot hors d'oeuvres), a small musical party organised by the crew themselves and a restorative night, you have to get ready for the next day, with one of the highlights of the cruise: Saint-Émilion.
Majestic towers and troglodyte church
A delightful medieval village, full of charm, located in the heart of the famous Bordeaux vineyards, Saint-Emilion is unique for the importance of its wine-growing properties, the quality of its wines and the majesty of its architecture and monuments. A town steeped in history perched on a rocky promontory, with its steep streets lined with old houses. Saint-Emilion and its vineyards draw their originality from the limestone that has shaped its identity. The harmonious work of nature and man, the landscapes of Saint-Emilion are unique testimonies to history.
In 1999, for the first time in the world, its vineyard was inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco, which considers Saint-Emilion to be "a remarkable example of a historic wine-growing landscape that has survived intact" and continues its activity today. Saint-Emilion also owes its fame to its great diversity of wines, which is explained by a remarkable geological diversity (limestone, clay-limestone, gravel and sandy soil) and a microclimate perfectly adapted to viticulture. This combination, together with the meticulous care given to the vines by professionals, provides the ideal conditions for the nurturing and ripening of Merlot, the dominant grape variety.
The medieval village, full of charm, stands proudly on a rocky promontory, and will delight lovers of ancient stones, who can delight in wandering its steep streets lined with old houses and wine shops. From the top of the King's Tower, an imposing 13th century keep, there is a beautiful view over the rooftops and vineyards of Saint-Émilion. An unmissable visit is the exceptional 11th century troglodyte complex whose most original monument is undoubtedly the monolithic church. Entirely carved out of the limestone rock, it is the largest in Europe in terms of size.