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Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Treasures: Private Tour to Pech Merle & Cougnac

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Prehistoric Treasures: Private Tour to Pech Merle & Cougnac

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Visit two Extraordinary Decorated Caves of the Quercy on this private full day trip from Sarlat. Both Pech Merle & Cougnac caves still bear original drawings & etchings dating back thousands of years. A stunning experience.

Highlights

  • Take in the Original Cave Drawings of the Pech Merle Cave
  • Admire rich parietal paintings as well as fascinating natural concretions
  • Visit one of the most intimate caves, Grotte de Cougnac
  • Dordogne Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region
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Quercy's Prehistoric Treasures: A Private Cave Art Adventure on this private, full-day tour from Sarlat and delve into the of Quercy. Immerse yourself in the world of our ancestors as you explore and , renowned for their stunning prehistoric art.Your Expert Companion:Meet your passionate , a local expert on Paleolithic art. They'll be your companion throughout the day, sharing insightful commentary ...

Quercy's Prehistoric Treasures: A Private Cave Art Adventure

Journey back in time on this private, full-day tour from Sarlat and delve into the breathtaking Paleolithic caves of Quercy. Immerse yourself in the world of our ancestors as you explore Pech Merle and Cougnac Cave, renowned for their stunning prehistoric art.

Your Expert Companion:

Meet your passionate English-speaking guide, a local expert on Paleolithic art. They'll be your companion throughout the day, sharing insightful commentary and ensuring an intimate cave experience.

Pech Merle: A Masterpiece of Prehistory

Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Pech Merle Cave. Nestled near charming villages, this cave boasts a remarkable combination of 25,000-year-old art and stunning natural formations. Prepare to be captivated by:

  • Black bison and mammoths in striking detail
  • Engraved bear heads and stencilled handprints
  • The iconic spotted horses, a prehistoric masterpiece

Unveiling Secrets Through Expert Guidance:

Join a specially arranged English tour to maximize your understanding of Pech Merle's significance. Your guide will answer any questions and ensure you don't miss a detail, even if a French tour is offered due to high visitor numbers.

Time for Replenishment (Lunch at Own Expense):

After exploring Pech Merle, we'll take you to a charming nearby village for a chance to recharge at your own pace and enjoy a delicious lunch (not included).

Cougnac Cave: Another Prehistoric Gem

In the afternoon, we venture to Cougnac Cave, a fascinating site discovered in 1949. Here, you'll encounter:

  • Intricate animal depictions including ibex and Megaloceros (giant deer)
  • 25,000-year-old art showcasing animals, handprints, and geometric signs
  • geological wonder adorned with countless stalactites and stalagmites

Embark on a guided tour to learn about the artistic techniques used by our prehistoric ancestors and their relationship with the cave environment.

Return to Sarlat with Lasting Memories

After this enriching journey through Quercy's prehistoric past, relax as we return you comfortably to Sarlat.

Don't miss your chance to explore the depths of history and artistry! Book your unforgettable private cave art adventure today.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accomodation in Sarlat

  • Visit stunning Pech Merle Cave and its museum

  • Free time for lunch near Pech Merle

  • In the afternoon visit of Cougnac Cave

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat

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Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Treasures: Private Tour to Pech Merle & Cougnac
Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Treasures: Private Tour to Pech Merle & Cougnac

Know before you book

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

Meeting point

Your Hotel or accommodation in Sarlat la Canéda 24200

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.

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 (2 reviews)
  • Sharon & Steven

    25, Apr 2023

    Our group or 4 adults schedulded 3 days of tours with Ophorus. Our two tour guides (Benoit and Martin) were well informed, funny and gave us a great experience....
  • orietta b

    04, Sep 2020

    Visita guidata della celebre grotta, molto interessante e "autentica" (mentre di alcune fra le più importanti come Lascaux e Chauvet in Francia e Altamira...
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Included

  • Reservations for Pech Merle and Cougnac Cave
  • 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 Caves 
  • 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 inside the Caves of Pech Merle and Cougnac?

    The tour inside the caves is not recommended for persons with walking issues. The ground is uneven and the lighting inside is quite dim. You will need to wear good walking shoes for the tours inside the caves. We strongly suggest that persons with walking disabilities do not book this tour.
  • Is it cold inside the Caves of Pech Merle & Cougnac?

    Inside the caves of the Dordogne in general the temperature is of 13° Celsius, 56° Fahrenheit. It is therefore recommended that you bring warm clothes for the visit.
  • 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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