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    Adult ticket for Pech Merle cave. Ticket is for guests of 15 years and over.
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    Child entrance ticket for Pech Merle cave. Applies to children aged 5 to 14 years old. Please note that if you have children under the age of 5, Pech Merle will ask for a 1€ fee to be paid directly on site.
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Ophorus Tours - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat

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  • Cultural

  • 09 hours

  • Small Groups ( 2~8 )

  • Relaxed

  • Multi-languages

    English Français
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Combine Cave Drawings with Picturesque Scenery for this One Day Tour

Highlights

  • Visit the amazing Pech Merle Cave
  • Discover the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie
  • Enjoy a photo stop at Cahors Valentré Bridge
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region

Program & Itinerary

The Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Perch Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years B.C.). Someof the paintings and engravings, however, could ...

First, Fascinating Cave Drawings, Followed by St Cirq Lapopie

The Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Perch Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years B.C.). Someof the paintings and engravings, however, could date from the later Magdalenian era (16,000 years B.C.). The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have fresh, lifelike images of a woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single color horses, bovines, reindeer, hand prints, and some humans. Footprints of children, preserved in what was once clay, have been found more than half a mile underground.

After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river Lot has helped make the town one of the most well preserved in the area, almost as if it was an open air museum. After it was “discovered” by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.Finally, stop in Cahors to admire the only remaining medieval fortified bridge of Europe, the Valentré bridge.

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

  • Visit of Pech Merle Cave and its museum

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

  • 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 - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat
Ophorus Tours - Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Private Day Trip from Sarlat

Know before you book

  • 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
  • Currency is in Euros

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

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.

Included / excluded

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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