Pech Merle Cave & St Cirq Lapopie Village Day Tour

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

Trip Details


150€ Per Person


From 9:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesdays Only. Not available in August.
1 April 2018 to 31 Oct 2018


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.


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.

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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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