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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private

Sarlat-la-Canéda

From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private

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Combine Cave Drawings with Picturesque Scenery on this small group privatre Day trip from Sarlat. Reach the Quercy region of France and visit unique Pech Merle cave. Then, visit charming Saint Cirq Lapopie Village with your guide.

Highlights

  • Visit the amazing Pech Merle Cave
  • Discover the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie
  • Lunch (at own expense) in a local restaurant
  • Enjoy a photo stop at Cahors Valentré Bridge
  • Dordogne Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region
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Program & Itinerary

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the Quercy region, as we unveil the captivating Pech Merle Cave. This remarkable cave still showcases authentic cave drawings, paintings, and etchings that have endured for thousands of years. Venture deep into the caverns, extending over a mile from the entrance, adorned with awe-inspiring murals dating back to the Gravettian culture around 25,000 years ...

Explore Pech Merle Cave: Ancient Wonders and Cave Art

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the Quercy region, as we unveil the captivating Pech Merle Cave. This remarkable cave still showcases authentic cave drawings, paintings, and etchings that have endured for thousands of years. Venture deep into the caverns, extending over a mile from the entrance, adorned with awe-inspiring murals dating back to the Gravettian culture around 25,000 years B.C. 

Some of these intricate artworks might even belong to the later Magdalenian era, approximately 16,000 years B.C. Adorned across the walls of seven chambers, you'll discover vibrant depictions of woolly mammoths, majestic horses, bovines, reindeer, handprints, and even human figures. Delve into the mysteries of the past and marvel at the preserved footprints of children, found more than half a mile underground, once trapped in clay.

Discover Saint Cirq Lapopie Village: A Picturesque Gem

After the awe-inspiring cave visit, we set off to explore the enchanting village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in France. This remarkable village, strategically perched on a steep cliff 100 meters above the meandering river Lot, exudes charm and architectural marvels at every turn. Originally chosen for its defensive position, Saint Cirq Lapopie now stands as a meticulously preserved open-air museum. 

Its picturesque allure captivated the renowned Post-Impressionist artist Henri Martin, attracting a host of other artists and even becoming the cherished home of writer André Breton. Immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of this captivating village, immersing yourself in its rich history and artistic heritage.

Enchanting Stop in Cahors: Valentré Bridge

If time permits, we make a stop in Cahors, allowing you to admire a true medieval marvel, the Valentré Bridge. This remarkable architectural masterpiece is the only remaining fortified bridge in Europe. Marvel at the impressive craftsmanship and engineering prowess that went into its construction. 

As you gaze upon this magnificent structure spanning the Lot River, you'll be transported back in time to the medieval era, where the bridge played a vital role in Cahors' defense. Let the allure of this historic landmark captivate your imagination before we conclude our remarkable journey through the Quercy region.

Join us on this captivating tour, delving into the depths of Pech Merle Cave, discovering the charm of Saint Cirq Lapopie, and witnessing the historical grandeur of the Valentré Bridge in Cahors.

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  • Pick up at your hotel or accommodation in Sarlat or surroundings

  • Visit of Pech Merle Cave and its museum

  • Visit, Free time for personal discovery and lunch in Saint Cirq Lapopie

  • Optional Stop at the famous 'Valentré Bridge' in Cahors

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Sarlat la Caneda or surroundings

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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private
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Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private
Ophorus Tours - From Sarlat to Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village tour private

Know before you book

  • Dordogne Tour available from April to October
  • 8 hour Private Sightseeing tour from Sarlat
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Pech Merle entrance tickets can be purchased during booking process
  • 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

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)
  • Michelle

    13, Sep 2017

    Marian was excellent and the caves were VERY COOL to see...carbon dated drawings that are 29,000 years old on top of drawings that cannot be carbon dated...
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Included

  • Guided visit of Pech Merle 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 Pech Merle Cave
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks & wine tasting fees
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is it cold inside Pech Merle Cave?

    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 the visit of Pech Merle strenuous?

    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 lunch included on this private tour from Sarlat?

    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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