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Ophorus Tours - Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour Village: A Spellbinding Discovery

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour Village: A Spellbinding Discovery

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Discover 2 of the most emblematic sites of the Lot Region of France on this private day trip from Sarlat. Visit Padirac Chasm, one of the largest in Europe followed by the medieval village of Rocamadour and it's Sanctuary.

Highlights

  • One of the most stunning visits of the area: Padirac Chasm
  • Rocamadour: a castle set above a sanctuary set above a village
  • Tour the spectacularly perched Notre Dame chapel
  • Enjoy free time to wander and stroll the village of Rocamadour
  • Dordogne Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region
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Program & Itinerary

Discover the wonders of Padirac and Rocamadour with our expert English-speaking local guide on this full-day tour in the Dordogne region. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you board our spacious and comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes minivan.Our private Sarlat Sightseeing Tour ensures your comfort and safety in one of our luxurious Mercedes Minivans. Normally accommodating up to 8 persons, ...

Discover the wonders of Padirac and Rocamadour with our expert English-speaking local guide on this full-day tour in the Dordogne region. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you board our spacious and comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes minivan.

Travel in Style with our Mercedes Minivan

Our private Sarlat Sightseeing Tour ensures your comfort and safety in one of our luxurious Mercedes Minivans. Normally accommodating up to 8 persons, today the vehicle is exclusively reserved for you, allowing you to choose the seat that suits you best while maintaining social distancing. Enjoy the informative commentary of your guide through the onboard P/A system, accessible from every seat. 

Explore the Breathtaking Padirac Chasm

After a scenic drive of approximately one hour, we arrive at Padirac, where you'll witness one of the most extraordinary natural wonders of the region—the Gouffre de Padirac. Descend 75 meters via a lift into the 103-meter-deep chasm, and embark on a remarkable underground journey. 

Experience a serene boat ride along the subterranean River, surrounded by awe-inspiring caves adorned with magnificent limestone concretions. After the walk, we'll return by boat to the starting point and ascend using the lift, emerging back into the outside world. Prepare to be captivated by this unique geological marvel.

Rocamadour: A Sanctuary Above a Village

Continuing our tour, we'll head to the picturesque village of Rocamadour. Known as a sanctuary of legends and beliefs, Rocamadour is perched on a steep cliff overlooking the Alzou Canyon. Marvel at the medieval houses, towers, and fortifications that cascade along the cliff, culminating in the castle, its dungeon, and the seven sanctuaries. Your guide will ensure you have the perfect vantage point for breathtaking panoramic views and excellent photo opportunities.

Depending on the time of arrival, you'll either enjoy a guided walking tour of the village or have free time to explore at your own pace. Choose from a variety of local restaurants and snacks for a delightful lunch, with your guide providing recommendations based on your preferences.

Visit the Monastic Buildings in the Sanctuary

Upon arrival at the sanctuary, your guide will introduce you to the remarkable Notre Dame Chapel, a part of the extraordinary 13th-century chapel complex. Discover the Black Madonna statue, carved from a walnut tree in the 12th century, and search for the legendary sword of Roland embedded in the cliff. Inside the chapel, observe the ship models hanging from the ceiling, offered by grateful survivors who were saved from shipwrecks after invoking the Black Madonna. Admire the 12th-century frescoes depicting the Annunciation and Visitation.

Enjoy Personal Exploration in Rocamadour

After the sanctuary visit, take some time to explore Rocamadour at your leisure. Consider visiting the Castle located above the sanctuary, offering breathtaking views of the Alzou Canyon from its ramparts. Alternatively, stroll down to the village and explore the main street, where you'll find a variety of arts and crafts shops, perfect for finding unique souvenirs.

As the day comes to an end, we'll return to Sarlat. For more remarkable trips, we recommend our private tours to Saint Cirq Lapopie, Collonges-la-Rouge, or the charming villages of the Dordogne Valley.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • Visit of Padirac Chasm

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour and its sanctuary

  • Free time for lunch (at own expense) and personal discovery in Rocamadour

  • Depart from Rocamadour and enjoy a relaxing drive along the Dordogne valley

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour Village: A Spellbinding Discovery

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 8 hour Padirac & Rocamadour Private tour from Sarlat
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Entrance tickets to Padirac can be purchased during booking process
  • Warm jackets are highly recommended – 14°C (57F) inside the caves
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surrounding area, radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Sarlat at no extra cost.

Other possible pick up locations :
  • Montignac
  • Les Eyzies de Tayac
  • Beynac, La Roque Gageac, Domme

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

5.0/5 (1 reviews)
  • Patrick R

    20, May 2019

    An Excellent Way to See Dordogne My wife and I visited the Dordogne region and stayed in Sarlat. The region is beautiful, but it is difficult to see it...
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Included

  • Guided walking tour of Rocamadour
  • Reservations for Padirac Chasm
  • English-speaking driver guide, Expert of the Dordogne
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to the Padirac Chasm
  • Elevator in Rocamadour 
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks & wine tasting fees
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for Sarlat private tours?

    Yes, absolutely, we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat. We can also pick you up within a radius of 30kms (20 miles) around Sarlat at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your private tours from Sarlat?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.
  • Who conducts these Dordogne private tours from Sarlat?

    We only employ fully accredited, licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of the National Prehistory Museum, guided walking tours in villages such as Rocamadour, visit of historical monuments and so on. In the Dordogne, all our guides are experts in History & Culture. All have a large experience in Paleolithic Art and conduct tours in both Caves & Castles.
  • How strenuous is this tour to Padirac & Rocamadour?

    Concerning Padirac:Persons with mobility issues are advised to go down by lift. However, please note that there are a further 70 steps to reach the level of the Underground River - 103 metres underground. You will then need to board a small boat.

    The gallery tour includes several sets of steps. Access to the Salle du Grand Dôme involves 150 steps going up and 150 steps going down.

    Concerning Rocamadour: Rocamadour is a medieval village. This implies that there are cobblestone streets that can be difficult to walk on. Also, the sanctuary is located in the middle part of the village and to reach it implies that you will need to climb stairs. However, there is a possibility of taking an elevator but this will be at your own expense.

  • Is it cold inside Padirac Chasm?

    Yes, you will need to bring some warm clothing for the visit. Inside the chasm the temperature is of 13°C (55.5°F). We also advise that you wear comfortable walking shoes as there are uneven soils inside the chasm.
  • How long is the visit in Padirac Chasm?

    The tour as a whole, starting in the Reception Hall, lasts for about 1½ hours, depending on your pace of exploration; You will cover a distance (out and back) of about 2.2 km (1.5 miles) , including 500 metres in a boat.
  • Can I take photos during our tour in the Padirac Chasm

    Flash-free photography and filming are tolerated during your visit on foot but are prohibited during the boat trip for reasons of safety and comfort of visit.

    Warning: Selfie sticks are strictly forbidden everywhere on the site for safety reasons. 

  • How many steps will we have to climb in Rocamadour?

    Once you have visited the village, you will arrive in front of the Great Staircase. This is the main pilgramage way to arrive at the sanctuary. There are about 216 stairs to climb so this can be challanging for some persons. Howere, there is an option to take an elevator for those that have walking issues or that feel that the climb will be too strenuous. The return price for the elevator is under 4€ at time of writing (11/2020).
  • Is lunch included on this private tour from Sarlat?

    No, we never include lunch on our private full day tours from Sarlat. If you would like to include a lunch in a local restaurant don't hesitate to reach out and our travel advisors will take care of your restaurant reservation. Also, don't hesitate to ask your guide in the morning for recommendations.
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