Paleolithic Art Tour in the Dordogne

A Full Day Exploration of This Historical Gem

This Deep-dive is Perfect for History Buffs

Visit the State-of-the-art Lascaux IV Complex

The Rouffignac Cave Visit Will Bring You Up Close with This Incredible History

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details

Prices:

140€ Per Person


When:

From 9:00am to 6:00pm, departures at 8:30am in July
Thur, Fri, Sun Only. Not available in August.
1 April 2018 to 31 Oct 2018


Duration:

9 hours


Trip Style:

Shared Cultural Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.

Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.


Meeting Point:

In Sarlat la Caneda: Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop.
Hotel pick not available.
Tour returns at departure point.


Inclusions:

Entrance to Lascaux IV
Entrance to Rouffignac cave
English visit of the Prehistory museum
English speaking driver guide
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
Free Wifi access on board


Exclusions:

Personal insurance & expenses
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals & drinks
Entrance fees to monuments or attractions other than those mentioned

A Full Day Exploring the Fascinating History of the Cave Paintings of the Dordogne

Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day tour you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who made it.

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Opened in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world.

Continue to Montignac where you will visit Lascaux IV cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Opened in 2016, Lascaux IV is a triumph of technology. Unlike any other cave visits, Lascaux IV employs different set designs, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology to bring it to life. In fact, the atmosphere inside the replica cave is just like that of a real cave: dark, damp and muffled.

Finally, end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave that 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 Henry 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. After the visit, return to Sarlat.

Good to Know

  • Maximum 8 persons per tour.
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • 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.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Prices are listed as a guide only.
  • Children aged 4 – 12 years: half price.
  • Not suitable for infants under age of 4.
  • Prices are per person.
  • Currency is in Euro.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

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