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  • LASCAUX IV CAVE IN MONTIGNAC - ADULT TICKET

    € 20.00

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    Please select this extra to obtain fast track entrance tickets to Lascaux IV

    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.
  • NATIONAL PREHISTORY MUSEUM - ADULT TICKET

    € 10.00

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    Adult entrance ticket to the National Prehistory Museum. Applies for the Full Day Private Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne tour.
  • ROUFFIGNAC CAVE VISIT - DORDOGNE REGION

    € 10.00

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    In the heart of the Dordogne, a few miles from the Vezere Valley, Rouffignac Cave is an immense cavern that was occupied by bears and paleolithic artists that have both left spectacular testimonies within the cave.
    Discover this unique cave on board a small electric train placed there to preserve the site. As you travel down deep inside, stop to witness some of the original Artwork left by ancestors some 17 000 years ago. A final stop will reveal some of the most fantastic drawings of multiple animals of which the Mammoth is the most represented.
  • FONT DE GAUME CAVE PRE-BOOKED ENTRANCE FEES

    € 15.00

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    Font De Gaume entrance tickets - Confirmation will be sent depending on availability at time of booking.
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Ophorus Tours - Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Private Day Trip from Sarlat for 2 persons

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Private Day Trip from Sarlat for 2 persons

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A full Day Dedicated to Prehistory in the Dordogne, guided by an Expert of the Paleolithic times

Highlights

  • Discover the most stunning caves of the Dordogne
  • Visit State of the Art Lascaux IV Museum
  • Private tour of the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies
  • English speaking guides, Experts in Prehistory
  • Tour can be fully customized to suit your interests

Program & Itinerary

Today we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat or vicinity. Today, meet your English speaking guide who is an expert of the Dordogne and who will go over the itinerary and program of this full day tour with you. Then, board your spacious, comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Vezere Valley. Your private Sarlat Sightseeing ...

Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat

Today we will come and pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat or vicinity. 

Meet your English speaking driver/guide who is an Expert in Prehistory 

Today, meet your English speaking guide who is an expert of the Dordogne and who will go over the itinerary and program of this full day tour with you. Then, board your spacious, comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Vezere Valley. 

Travel in a spacious Mercedes Minivan

Your private Sarlat Sightseeing Tour of Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons normally but on this occasion, the vehicle will only be for you. This allows you to choose the seat that you think best in terms of social distancing while still enjoying the information passed on by your guide.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

Begin with a private visit of the National Prehistory Museum

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.

Start 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 on a private tour 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”. 

Visit Innovative Lascaux IV Museum

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.

Discover brand-new Lascaux IV International Center of Parietal Art. The museum is a triumph of technology: unlike any other cave visits, Lascaux 4 employs different set designs, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology to bring it to life.

For the very first time, all of the Lascaux cave paintings are revealed. This new center features an interactive gallery experience that blends Art, History and Culture with intelligence and sensitivity. At the heart of the experience you will discover a life size, state of the art facsimile cave that reveals the wonders of Lascaux as they were first seen.

In 2018, the museum was listed on Time Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places to visit saying: “The Snohetta-designed complex features some 600 prehistoric paintings and 1,000 engravings, all painstakingly re-created by a team of two dozen artists working from physical castings and advanced 3-D digital scans or the original artwork”!

Finally, visit Font de Gaume or Rouffignac cave

Finally, end the tour with the visit of either Font de Gaume or Rouffignac Cave. The visit will depend on the availability of Font de Gaume cave at time of booking. This is our prefered cave as the Art Work is phenomenal and is the last remaining example of original polychrome paleolithic paintings of animals that can still be seen. However, the number of visitors being limited every day, the visit of this extraordinary cave will depend on how many tickets are still available at time of booking.

Font de Gaume cave reveals more than two hundred painted or engraved representations of bison, horses, mammoths and reindeer, of which many are polychrome. Grotte des Combarelles is a major site for the Magdalenian culture. Horses, bison, aurochs, lions, reindeer, and more: over 800 engravings and drawings of Quaternary Period fauna reveal themselves throughout the cave.

Rouffignac cave 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 Henri 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. The visit of Rouffignac cave is also less strenuous than that of Font de Gaume as most of the visit takes place on board an electric train.

After the visit of either one of these caves it will be time to return to Sarlat.

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  • Meet your guide at your hotel, accommodation or dedicated meeting point in Sarlat

  • Visit the National Prehistory Museum in les Eyzies de Tayac

  • Visit Rouffignac or Font de Gaume Cave (depending on availability)

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Visit Lascaux IV International Center for Parietal Art

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Ophorus Tours - Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Private Day Trip from Sarlat for 2 persons
Ophorus Tours - Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Private Day Trip from Sarlat for 2 persons
Ophorus Tours - Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Private Day Trip from Sarlat for 2 persons

Know before you book

  • Tour available from April to October
  • 9 hour Private Dordogne Prehistory Tour
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Entrance tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • 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 (57°F) inside the caves
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Price is per person. Tour is limited to 2 persons

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 la Canéda

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surrounding area 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.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum
  • Reservations for Lascaux and Rouffignac Caves
  • 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 
  • Entrance fees to Prehistory Museum
  • 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 day trips?

    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 day trips 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.
  • Is the tour of the National Prehistory Museum in English?

    Yes, absolutely. Your English speaking guide will be the one conducting the tour in the National Prehistory Museum. You can expect to see the most important aretefacts of the Museum. Your guide will explore with you the different periods of Prehistory and show you how the making of tools evolved over time.
  • How strenuous is this tour, can everyone visit the Caves?

    Both Lascaux IV cave and Rouffignac cave are easily accessible for all. Since Lascaux IV is the replica of the original cave, there is no issue concerning the flooring of the cave. It has been adapted for all public. 

    For Rouffignac cave, it is an electric train that takes you down deep inside the cave. No walking except for a few steps taken at the end of the train ride to admire the ceiling and all the animal representations.
  • Is it cold inside the caves?

    Inside the caves of the Dordogne in general the temperature is of 13° Celsius, 56° Fahrenheit. It is therefore strongly 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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