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Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne
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Departure from Sarlat

From April to October included


From 09:00 to 17:00



Total: 460


Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who created it.

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Established in July 2004, the museum houses some 18,000 pieces and a collection of six million artifacts. The museum’s collections were established as early as 1913, when indefatigable researcher Denis Peyrony convinced the French state to acquire the Château des Eyzies, built at the end of the 16th century, and to transform it into an excavation warehouse that could double up as a museum. Follow your guide and discover the main chapters of the Hominids’ development through an anthropological frieze and a brief reminder of Africa’s history, starting with the early Australopithecines. Many themes are explored, including the legendary “Lucy”, the small 3.5-million-year-old woman discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. You will then visit the permanent exhibit galleries that will plunge you into the mists of time, revealing seven sequences that cover the entire Paleolithic era through an “ideal historiography”.

After the visit, continue to Montignac where you will visit the brand new Lascaux IV cave - open december 2016. For the first time, all of Lascaux is revealed. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave. But that’s not the end of the adventure: the entire site inquires into the position that Lascaux occupies in cave art and its relation to contemporary creation. The opening of the International Center for Cave Art marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of ancestral art and an important technological achievement.

Finally, end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was already mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest. In his " Cosmographie universelle" he cites “paintings and animal traces”. In the 19th century, the cave was known as a tourist attraction. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art. After the visit, return to Sarlat.

Inclusions / Exclusions


1. English tour of Lascaux IV
2. Visit of Rouffignac cave
3. English visit of the Prehistory Museum
4. English speaking driver guide
5. Bottled water in the minivan
6. Free Wifi access on board


1. Personal expenses
2. Meals and drinks
3. Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
4. Gratuities for the driver/guide

Meeting point

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable)

Pick up information

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable)

Drop off at Hotel

Additional information

Additional information

- Tour unavailable on Tuesdays except in July and August
- Maximum of 8 passengers per tour
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible

Price information

- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only
- Prices are per minivan (not per person)
- Currency is in Euro

Possible languages: English, Español, Français