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    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.
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Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux


Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux

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Hop Over to the History of the Dordogne On This Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux. Our Dordogne valley tours from Bordeaux includes visit of Dordogne Caves, Lascaux IV cave paintings, Sarlat & the best villages of the Dordogne Valley.


  • Mix and Match Prehistory, Architecture & Stunning landscapes
  • Discover the Charming small town of Sarlat
  • Experience the Magic of France in the Village of Beynac
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne Region
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in BordeauxMeet your English speaking private driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then board your fully equipped A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to one of the most authentic and stunning regions of France, the Dordogne. This private shore excursion ensures you enjoy full attention from ...

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux

Pick up at Your Cruise Ship in Bordeaux Cruise Port

Meet your English speaking private driver/guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then board your fully equipped A/C vehicle and begin to make your way to one of the most authentic and stunning regions of France, the Dordogne. This private shore excursion ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide can be flexible on the itinerary but will also suggest the best possible options.

Discover Lascaux IV International Center for Cave Art

Thousands of years ago, unknown artists created breathtaking etchings, drawings, and paintings on the walls of caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. On this private tour, cross Les Eyzies de Tayac before our first stop of the day that will be at the brand new Lascaux IV Museum where all of Lascaux cave paintings are now revealed.

This complete new replica, that has replaced Lascaux II, is a unique experience for all those that are interested in prehistory and prehistoric caves. Follow your guide for a better understanding of this period of time and enjoy some free time to go through this ultra-modern museum. After the visit, we will make our way towards Sarlat.

Sarlat, the Culinary Capital of the Dordogne

Welcome to the medieval town of Sarlat, one of the most fascinating small towns in France. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and is one of the towns most representative of 14th to 19th century France.

Located in the heart of the Perigord Noir, the town possesses an outstanding number of buildings and houses dating from the 13th to the 18th century. Sarlat is the perfect spot for lunch on this full-day tour. Let your guide suggest some great restaurant opportunities so that you may taste local delicacies such as Magret, Confit, Pommes de Terre Sarladaise and so much more.

Castles & Villages of the Dordogne Valley

After lunch, you will then be taken to the Dordogne Valley. Once you reach this area, your guide will stop in 1 or 2 typical villages classified as the most beautiful villages of France. Such villages can include La Roque Gageac, Domme of Beynac. All these medieval villages have kept their authenticity and it is just magical to stroll through the narrow streets that have preserved all their architectural wonders.

The region is also home to more than 1000 Castles and Manors that date back to the Hundred Years War as both English and French fought to possess the area. Most of the castles line the Dordogne River and are perfect examples of medieval military architecture. You will certainly spot a few as you travel on the winding Dordogne roads and if your guide stops in Beynac then the mighty fortress located there will be yours to storm!

Our other Shore Excursions From Bordeaux

We organize a large number of shore excursions departing from Bordeaux including wine tours to all the major wine regions of the area such as Saint Emilion or the Medoc. Our services also include walking tours, biking tours, gourmet guided tours as well as wine tasting workshops. If you are on a river cruise on the Garonne river then let us organize your day in Bordeaux or St Emilion.

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  • Depart from Bordeaux Cruise Port

  • Arrive in Montignac and Visit Lascaux IV Museum

  • Free time for lunch (at own expense) in Sarlat

  • Arrive in Beynac and visit the village

  • Arrive in Bordeaux, drop off at Cruise ship.


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Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux
Ophorus Tours - Prehistoric Art & Dordogne Charm: Private Shore Excursion from Bordeaux

Know before you book

English tours of the Caves of Lascaux IV 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.

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.

  • Tour available all year round (except May 1st, Dec 25th and Jan 1st)
  • 10 hour private Dordogne tour from Bordeaux
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Entrance fees for Lascaux can be added at booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible

Meeting point

Quai Louis XVIII Cruise Berth Bordeaux


Pick up at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call.
Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.


Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call

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  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Guided walking tour of Sarlat and Beynac
  • Reservation for Lascaux IV Cave
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium, spacious vehicles
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board


  • Entrance fees to Lascaux Cave 
  • Entrance to Beynac Castle
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide


  • What should I expect on a Shore Excursion with Ophorus?

    As a specialized France Tour Operator and tours & activities provider, we organize worry free shore excursions departing from all cruise ports in France. Our professional team of travel advisors, drivers and guides speak fluent English, are experts in the destination and all our shore excursions take place on board premium vehicles.

    All our shore excursions in France include pick up and drop off at your ship, once you have exited the Cruise Port terminal. We will always indicate where your driver/guide will be waiting for you. Our itineraries and programs are customized to suit your needs and never include side visits or stops that you had not confirmed. We guarantee your return to ship on time and have a very flexible cancellation policy. All tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the tour.

    All our shore excursions are for small groups only, we do not cater for groups larger than 20 persons. Typically, we use premium minivans that will take up to 7 or 8 persons maximum. If your group is larger, then we will provide a small minibus but no larger than 20 passenger seats.
  • Should I bring something specific for this Shore Excursion?

    Always check the weather before you follow one of our shore excursions. By doing so, adapt your clothing to the local weather conditions. On one of our shore excursions we will not require you to bring your passport but it is always better to have some type of ID just in case. We strongly recommend that you bring with you a photocopy of any ID. Good walking shoes are always recommended in France as you never know on what type of grounds you might be walking, especially in the Dordogne.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your Bordeaux private tours?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private Dordogne tours from Bordeaux?

    We only employ accredited and 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 museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments and so on. On this particular tour, your local guide is an expert in History and Paleolithic Art and will be happy to answer any questions that you might have on the subject.
  • Will we experience the Sarlat Market on this private tour from Bordeaux?

    It all depends on which day you are traveling. Sarlat Market is without a doubt one of the most popular markets in southwestern France. The market takes place twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday. The Wednesday market is a smaller market dedicated only to food - which in the Dordogne means a very large choice of fresh, local quality produce. On Saturday the market stretches all over the town and also includes clothing & general merchandise. The Saturday market can be very busy, especially during the summer months, so if you do choose to book a tour on that particular day then we will re-organize the tour so as to begin with the Market.
  • Is Lascaux IV cave visit Private?

    It is possible for us to organize a private tour of Lascaux IV cave for you and your party. Don't hesitate to contact us and our team of travel advisors will send you all the information. By default, you will be grouped with other guests but the size of the groups is limited as there is not so much space inside the cave. We always book the English speaking tours but on some dates and at certain period of times in the year, it might be that you will need to follow a French speaking tour. In case this arrives, your English speaking guide will make the appropriate translation.
  • What is the driving time from Bordeaux to the Dordogne?

    On this particular tour, you will depart from Bordeaux and your first stop is at Lascaux IV. So as to limit the number of hours spent in the minivan, your driver will take the highway directly to the Dordogne. This means that you will reach Lascaux in less than 2 hours. The distances for the next visits are quite small and the way back will also be done by taking the highway. Please note that this is a 10 hour tour.
  • What is the difference between Perigord & Dordogne?

    In reality, there is not much difference between Perigord and Dordogne. Historically, however, Perigord refers to a territory that was part of the Duchy of Aquitaine that was just about identical as Dordogne today with an additional territory to the south in what was the Quercy region of France. Dordogne refers to the name of the Departement that was created during the French Revolution and takes its name from the main River that crosses the area.

    The name Perigord could have disappeared with time but the values and identity of the name are so strong, bonding it with local History, Food & gastranomy, that it has become a 'brand' of its own. That is why, when traveling to the Dordogne, you will certainly encounter the names of the 4 tourist regions which are Perigord Vert (green for the prairies of Dordogne to the North), Perigord Blanc (White for the limestone area), Perigord Noir (Black for the color of the local oak trees) and Perigord Pourpre (purple for the vineyards towards Bergerac).

    For many travelers this is confusing but whatever the name of the area Perigord or Dordogne, you are in one of the most beautiful regions of France.
  • Is lunch included on this Shore Excursion from Bordeaux?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. If you would like to include lunch then just let us know and our team of travel designers will be happy to select a local restaurant for you and make the necessary arrangements. It is also possible for you to ask your guide for suggestions in the morning, on the day of the tour.
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