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Dordogne Day Tour
Small group

 
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All-inclusive Day Tour.
Registered Guide.

Available from April 1st to October 31st. Excepting August.

Thursday, Friday and Sunday

Pick-up is at 9:00 AM, except in July when pick-up is 8:30 AM.

PALEOLITHIC ART DAY TOUR 

The Dordogne area is known for its many intact prehistoric works of art. The decorated walls and caves are testimony to the early human migration in Europe dating back over 45,000 years!

Around 15,000 B.C. prehistoric peoples created astonishing cave paintings and this tour allows you to see this fascinating art with your own eyes and learn about early mankind.


mural painting, dordogne


The day begins in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Re-opened in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world, displayed over 1500m² (16,000 sq. ft.) Not only does this UNESCO world heritage site attract hundreds of thousands of inquisitive visitors, it also draws prehistorians and archeologists from around the globe.

dordogne, troglodytic cave


You will then continue to Montignac to visit the Lascaux IV Cave. This cave is a fully detailed restoration of a pre-existing prehistoric cave. Originally discovered by 18-year-old Marcel Ravidat in 1940 while walking his dog Robot, the restoration was finally completed in 2016.

Lascaux IV is a triumph of renovation technology. Unlike other cave visits, Lascaux IV comprises different stagings, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology in order to bring history back to life. The designers wished to replicate authenticity and the atmosphere within is just like that of many great caves: humid, dark, and very quiet.


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Then it's on to a visit of Rouffignac Cave, a wonderful prehistoric example containing authentic original engravings and depictions. This cave is mentioned by François de Belleforest in his 1575 publication Universal Cosmography, in which he refers to various paintings and animal remains. The cave became a tourist attraction in the early 19th century and in the early 20th century it was visited by a number of famous archaeologists of the day such as Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel. It would not be until 1956 that the cave art was reappraised by Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, who confirmed the prehistoric authenticity of the cave art.


saint-emilion, dordogne



We return to Sarlat after this visit.


This tour includes

  • Transportation in a comfortably appointed minivan for the day.
  • Free Wifi access on board.
  • An English-speaking Guide.
  • A maximum of eight passengers per vehicle.
  • Entrance fee for Lascaux IV Cave.
  • Entrance fee for Rouffignac Cave.
  • A visit of the Prehistory Museum in English.

This tour does not include:

Personal insurance & expenses. Meals and drinks. Entrance fees to other monuments, museums, attractions not listed above.  A Guide appreciation gratuity.

Meeting point:

9:00 AM in Sarlat la Canéda: the Place Pasteur bus-stop.

Pick up information:

Hotel pick-up is not available. Tour returns to the departure point.

 
Features
Duration of the tour1 day
Type of travelSmall group
LanguageEnglish only
MinivanSemi private or private tour. The transportation of this excursion is operated in a comfortable full options minibus. Maximum 8 passengers per minibus.
GuideThis tour is escorted by an official Guide Interpreter. The guide gives you a tour of the monuments and presents you the history and architecture of the visited sites and towns.
DestinationFR ABO | Amboise
 
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  • Private transportation in a full option minibus comfortable Mercedes minivan.
  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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