Memorable Day – We had an awesome day with Marion, our guide. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and was a joy to spend the day with. It was like taking a prehistoric history class with a professor that students work their schedule around just to be in her class. We hung on her every word. A bonus was that she took us to a tiny village for lunch and we bought some food to eat at a picnic table along the Dodorgne River on a perfect “bluebird day”.
Combine Cave Drawings with Picturesque Scenery for this One Day Tour
Explore St Cirq Lapopie, One of France’s Prettiest Villages
Take in the Cave Drawings of the Pech Merle Cave and Learn its Fascinating History
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
150€ Per Person
From 9:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesdays Only. Not available in August.
1 April 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
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.
In Sarlat la Caneda: Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop.
Hotel pick not available.
Tour returns at departure point.
Visit of Pech Merle cave
Free time in St Cirq Lapopie
Photo stop at Valentre bridge in Cahors
English speaking driver guide
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Personal insurance & expenses
Meals & drinks
Gratuities for the driver/guide
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.). Some of 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.
Good to Know
- Maximum 8 persons per tour.
- Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
- 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.
Fantastic tour company – We signed up for 2 tours. We went to see the Lascaux Caves and our guide was very knowledgable we liked the tour so much we decided to sign up for another tour. They do small tours in a van. We can’t recommend this tour company enough. If you are in Sarlat make sure to do a tour with them. Our guide also recommended restaurants and other interesting places to visit.
A great moment! – It was just a-ma-zing. A great moment with our very clever guide who learned us a lot of things. Thank you! Sarlat is a beautiful city and the castles are very interesting. We hope to come back very quickly because all the excursions seems to be amazing! I’m very lucky to chose this excursion and I say thank you to Ophorus!
Guide was great, best way to see the sights in this beautiful area. – We had no car while staying in Sarlat, but even if we had, it would be unlikely we would have seen all the sights our guide Marion drove us to in one day. The distances we covered were long, sometimes windy & very rural, so really needed to know the best route to squeeze in all the highlights. We would recommend considering the day tours Ophorus offers.
Perfect in every way! – Ophorus staff were helpful from the planning stage to the execution of our tours. We had a wonderful Guide (Florence). Her knowledge of history, local agriculture, politics, local issues and art was amazing. This area of France is so beautiful and a post card at every turn but coupled with an Ophorus tour it’s a wonderful experience. Thanks again Florence and Ophorus!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
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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