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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. Except August.

Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

DAY TOUR: PALEOLITHIC ART

The Dordogne area is known for the many intact prehistoric works of Art. The decorated caves and prehistoric spots are a testament of early human migration in Europe, dating from as far back as 400,000 B.C.

Around 15,000 years B.C. unknown prehistoric artists created astonishing cave paintings and this tour will allow you to see this fascinating art and to 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 artefacts in the world, displayed over 1500m². Not only does this UNESCO world heritage site attract hundreds of thousands of visitors, it also draws prehistorians from around the globe.

dordogne, troglodytic cave


You will then continue to Montignac to visit 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 whilst 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 set designs, 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 the restored cave is just like that of any cave: dark, humid and noiseless.


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


saint-emilion, dordogne



Return to Sarlat after this visit.


This tour includes

  • Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan for the day.
  • Free Wifi access on Board.
  • English speaking escort guide.
  • 8 passengers maximum per vehicle.
  • Entrance fee for Lascaux IV.
  • Entrance fee for Rouffignac cave.
  • Visit of the Prehistory museum in English.

This tour doesn't include

Personal insurance & expenses. Other meals and other drinks. Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions, Gratuities for the guide.

Meeting point

In Sarlat la Canéda: Place Pasteur - Bus stop.

Pick up information

Hotel pickup is not available. Tour returns to departure point.

 
Features
Duration of the tour1 day
Type of tourSmall 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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  • The exclusivity of a private expert English-speaking driver guide.
  • Private transportation in a full option minibus comfortable Mercedes minivan.
  • Complementary pick up and drop off at your hotel.

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