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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV & Rouffignac Cave tour

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV & Rouffignac Cave tour

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Day Trip from Sarlat Exploring the History of Cave Art in the Dordogne. Visit the National Museum of Prehistory les eyzies-de-tayac-sireuil followed by Rouffignac cave. End the day with the Center of Parietal Art & Lascaux Cave paintings.

Highlights

  • A Full Day Exploration of This Historical Gem
  • This deep-dive is perfect for history buffs
  • Visit the state-of-the-art Lascaux IV complex
  • The Rouffignac Cave visit will bring you up close with this incredible history
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of the Dordogne
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

Join us on a mesmerizing tour of Paleolithic art, accompanied by our knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide, who is a local expert in this field. Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, you will be warmly greeted by your guide, easily recognizable with a sign displaying the tour name and the Ophorus logo. Our guides also wear nominative badges for your convenience.Once you meet your guide, ...

Join us on a mesmerizing tour of Paleolithic art, accompanied by our knowledgeable English-speaking driver/guide, who is a local expert in this field. Upon arrival at the designated meeting point, you will be warmly greeted by your guide, easily recognizable with a sign displaying the tour name and the Ophorus logo. Our guides also wear nominative badges for your convenience.

Once you meet your guide, they will provide a detailed overview of the day's program and itinerary. Step into our comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and get ready to visit the renowned National Prehistory Museum. Enjoy comfort and engaging commentary throughout the driving time as all our vehicles are equipped with an onboard P/A system, ensuring that everyone, even those seated at the back of the van, can hear the guide's informative commentary.

Embark on a UNESCO World Heritage Adventure in the Vézère Valley

Delve into the breathtaking art created by unknown artists some 15,000 years ago in the caves of the Dordogne area. This day-long excursion introduces you to the fascinating artistry and the people behind these remarkable creations.

Guided Visit of the National Prehistory Museum of Les Eyzies de Tayac Sireuil

Immerse yourself in history as you explore the National Prehistory Museum. Established in 2004, this museum houses an impressive collection of 18,000 pieces and over six million artifacts. Trace the development of hominids through an anthropological frieze and delve into Africa's history, starting with the early Australopithecines. The museum's permanent exhibit galleries offer a captivating journey through the Paleolithic era, presenting seven sequences that depict an "ideal historiography."

Indulge in Local Cuisine During Lunch Break (at Your Own Expense)

Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant in Montignac or a charming village in the Dordogne region. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations to enhance your culinary experience.

Explore Rouffignac Cave

Continue your adventure to Rouffignac Cave, a treasure trove of authentic etchings and drawings. The cave's historical significance dates back to 1575, as mentioned by François de Belleforest. Renowned archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory, and Martel visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was in 1956 when prehistorians Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert rediscovered and confirmed the cave's exceptional cave art.

Visit the International Center of Parietal Art - Lascaux IV

Conclude your tour with a visit to the remarkable Lascaux IV cave, which opened its doors in December 2016. This extraordinary replica offers an immersive experience, retracing the discovery of the famous decorated cave. Moreover, the International Center for Cave Art provides an intriguing exploration of Lascaux's place in cave art history and its relationship to contemporary creation. Experience the merging of ancestral art and technological excellence as you embark on this captivating journey.

After the visit, we will return to Sarlat, concluding this unforgettable Paleolithic art adventure. Don't miss the opportunity to embark on a captivating journey through Paleolithic art with our expert guide. Reserve your place now and immerse yourself in this enriching and awe-inspiring experience.

*Please note the the order of visits can be modified depending on the Lascaux IV scheduled visit.

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  • 08:50 am

    Meet your Guide in front of the Bus Stop at Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Caneda

  • 09:00 am

    Depart for Prehistoric caves & museum tour from Sarlat

  • 09:30 am

    Visit the Prehistory museum in Les Eyzies de Tayac

  • 11:00 am

    Visit Rouffignac Cave

  • 01:00 pm

    Enjoy some free time for lunch in Montignac or a small village along the Vezere River

  • 03:30 pm

    Visit of Lascaux IV Cave

  • 06:00 pm

    Drop off at Place Pasteur in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV & Rouffignac Cave tour
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV & Rouffignac Cave tour
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV & Rouffignac Cave tour

Know before you book

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
English tours of the Caves are very limited in number, most of the visits are in French.
Your guide will explain the cave before and after the tour as simultaneous translation in the cave is strictly forbidden.

Please note that in regards to the protection of the environment, we will no longer provide plastic bottles of water during our tours. You are kindly advised to bring your own.

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  • Day trip from Sarlat France
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • In case minimum numbers are not reached we will offer to reschedule or refund your tour
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Children aged 4 - 12 years get reduced price 
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Electric train visit in Rouffignac, comments made in French during time of travel 
  • Guide will introduce cave beforehand and will make commentaries at the bottom of the cave in English
  • Warm jackets are highly recommended – 14°C (57F) inside the caves
  • Small group tour, maximum 8 persons
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euros

Meeting point

Place Pasteur - Bus Stop 24200 Sarlat la Caneda

Departure

Pick up in front of Bus Stop at Place Pasteur in Sarlat la Caneda. Guide will have a sign with company logo and tour name. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.9/5 (34 reviews)
  • Bruce Leidenberger

    21, Oct 2023

    I wanted to again say thank you for a great tour on not just one, not two, but all three occasions we had the opportunity to spend with you. We took other...
  • Marilyn Mull LCSW

    02, Oct 2023

    While it was an expensive tour it was totally worth it. Ben, our guide was wonderful and knowledgeable. It was so relaxing to not have to drive and be...
  • Carolyn Desfosses

    26, Sep 2023

    The tour provides a great introduction to the pre-historic caves by visiting the museum, Rouffignac and Lascaux IV and stopping at some significant sites...
  • Jim Roberts

    18, Sep 2023

    Ann was a great tour guide, and the tour was fair, just a little over priced, in my opinion. We did have a good time. Thanks.
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Included

  • Guided visit of the Prehistory Museum
  • Entrance fees to Prehistory Museum, Lascaux IV and Rouffignac Cave
  • English-speaking driver guide, Expert of the Dordogne
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks & wine tasting fees
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • How strenuous is this tour?

    This tour is completely fitted for any person traveling even if you have a small walking difficulties. 

    The National Prehistory Museum is a very modern building with all the required facilities for persons with small walking difficulties such as an elevator. 

    Rouffignac cave is also easily accessible as the tour takes place on board a small electric train that will take you right to the bottom of the cave, seeing the drawings as you move along. Once at the bottom, there is no walking involved except for a very short stroll to admire the ceiling with all its representations. 

    Lascaux IV is completely adapted to persons even with light walking difficulties. There are no stairs and everything has been designed in this recently opened museum to be adapted to persons with any type of walking disabilities. Elevators are present on site.
  • Do you pick up at hotels on your Dordogne shared tours?

    All our scheduled/shared tours have a precise departure location that is mentioned on your voucher in each city. If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Sarlat?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a shared tour from Sarlat?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Tourer Viano 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 shared 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 cities such as Sarlat, 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 cold is it in Rouffignac and Lascaux IV caves?

    It is quite cold in both caves: 14° Celsius, 56° Farenheit all year round. It is best advised to wear warm clothing (fleece, sweatshirt, cardigan or shawl). It is also quite damp inside, with high level of humidity which increases the feeling of being cold.
  • How does the National Prehistory Museum visit take place?

    First of all, your guide will be the one conducting the tour of the National Prehistory Museum in English. This information is important as there are no English tours other than ours and very little information is available in English. Moreover, your guide is a certified licensed guide that is qualified to conduct tours in National Museums and who is an expert in Paleolithic history and prehistory. During the visit, stop and admire the most stunning artefacts and listen to your guide while you take a leap back in time.
  • Where will we have time for lunch during this Dordogne full day trip?

    You will have plenty of time for lunch in Montignac or in a village locate along the Vézere Valley. This will depend on the weather conditions on the day of your tour. Both the town of Montignac and the village offer a number of options from small snacks, local restaurants to more high end semi-gastronomic venues.
  • How does the tour of Rouffignac cave take place?

    First of all, your guide will introduce you, during your driving time from the National Prehistory museum, to the visit of Rouffignac cave. Since the tour takes place on a small electric train, it is better to know before hand what to expect and where to look. Moreover, the comments of the guides on the train are made essentially in French and even though you will be given an ipod with English commentaries, because of the noise and comments of the guide, all previous information is important.

    Upon arrival, no need to wait in line we have already organized all pre-booking and tickets. Board the electric train and you will then start to make your way to the bottom of the cave. At the bottom of the cave, follow your guide who will show you and explain the different drawings present on the ceiling. This will be in English. Tour ends as you make your way back up to the entrance of the cave by electric train.
  • Do you need to do a Tour or can Lascaux IV be self guided?

    Whether you book the tour through us or independently, you have to take the tour of the cave. If you book the tour through our company, you will be introduced by one of our expert guides to the visit of the cave. More important, we pre-book the tour for our small groups and have a direct access to the main attraction. Booking with us means you do not wait in line.
    However, please note that English tours of the Caves are very limited in number, most of the visits are in French. 
    Your guide will explain the cave before and after the tour as simultaneous translation in the cave is strictly forbidden.
  • Where can we buy tickets for Lascaux IV?

    For the tickets, no problem, we have you covered. As the main tour operator of the Dordogne we have a partnership with Lascaux IV that enables us to offer our clients fast track access to the visits. 
  • Is this tour available in winter?

    Unfortunately, because a large number of sites close during the winter season, this tour is not available between the months of November to March included.
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