Padirac Chasm & Rocamadour village full day trip from Sarlat (shared)

Highlights

  • Experience a unique visit of one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the region

  • Stop at the top of the Alzou Canyon for a breathtaking view of the whole area

  • Follow a guided walking tour of the village of Rocamadour

  • English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

Summary

Visit the most stunning sites of the Quercy region on this full day small group day trip from Sarlat. The tour includes the spectacular Gouffre de Padirac with its navigable river located more than 100 meters below ground. Your second stop will be in dramatic Rocamadour, a village set along a vertical cliffside where a castle dominates a religious sanctuary that, in turn, dominates the village.

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (13-64 years)
€150.00
Child: (4-12 years)
€75.00
Senior: (65-120 years)
€145.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

Sarlat-la-Canéda, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, 24200

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

8.50 am - Meeting point at Place Pasteur bus stop.

9.00am - Depart from Sarlat
- Visit Gouffre de Padirac
- Visit Rocamadour village
- Free time for lunch and personal discovery in Rocamadour
6.00pm - Arrive in Sarlat

Discover two of the most emblematic sites of the Lot Region of France
Follow our unique small group full day tour to the Gouffre de Padirac and the village of Rocamadour departing from Sarlat. At first, meet your English speaking expert tour guide at the central meeting point in Sarlat located Place Pasteur. Here, you will be first introduced to the days program. Then, it will be time to board your air-conditioned minivan and begin your day trip that will take you first to the Chasm of Padirac.

One of the most stunning visits of the area: Padirac Chasm
After a drive of just over an hour, arrive in Padirac. Experience a unique visit of one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the region as you plunge in an unexpected underground world. The chasm itself is 103 m (338 ft) deep, with a diameter of approximately 35 meters (115 ft). The flooded network of Padirac Chasm is the second longest in the world after those located in the Yucatan province of Mexico. The visit of this vertiginous chasm begins with a 75 meter descent via a lift before actually entering the cave system. Following the descent, enjoy a peaceful boat ride on the mysterious subterranean River. Then, disembark and walk along a path that will take you through large caves decorated with stunning gigantic limestone concretions. After the walk, you will return by boat to your original departure point and take the lift back up to reach the outside world.

Rocamadour: A castle set above a sanctuary set above a village
After the visit of Padirac, board the minivan and head to the nearby village of Rocamadour. Miraculous rock, collection of tales, legends and beliefs, sanctuary of the Black Virgin, pilgrimage site: the Village of Rocamadour is all of this at the same time. The old medieval houses, the towers and fortifications, the oratories all tumble along the steep cliff that dominates the Alzou Canyon. The whole site is topped off by the castle and its dungeon and the seven sanctuaries. Your guide will certainly stop here for a breathtaking view of the whole site that make for fantastic photo opportunities.

Depending on your time of arrival, you will either follow a guided walking tour of the village or enjoy some free time for lunch. The full-day tour will also include the short visit of a local farm including a goat cheese tasting.

Rocamadour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages of the area. Classified as a Unesco World Heritage site as it is located on the way to Santiago de Compostella (St James Way), the main attraction of the village lies in its sanctuaries especially that of Notre Dame that bears a statue of the Black Virgin. The visit of the village can be painful for those with walking problems but please note that there is a possibility of accessing the sanctuaries by lift (tickets not included in price). For lunch, there are many restaurants & snacks to be found in the village and your guide will make the adequate suggestions depending on what type of meal you are looking for.

What’s included?

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver

  • Live commentary during driving time

  • Visit of the Chasm of Padirac.

  • Visit of Rocamadour village

  • Short visit of a local farm including a goat cheese tasting

  • Free WiFi access on board

  • Bottled water

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Meals and drinks.

  • Entrance fees unless mentioned.

  • Lift tickets to sanctuaries (accessible by walking too)

  • Personal insurance & expenses.

  • Gratuities for the driver/guide.

Things to know

Before you book

  • Minimum number of 2 participants (adults) applies.

  • Tour is operated in English.

  • Prices are per person.

  • Hotel pick up not available.

  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • This tour is not available in August.

Before you go

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time at Place Pasteur

  • It is cold in Padirac (13°C / 56°F), warm clothing is strongly recommended.

  • You must wear good walking shoes for this tour.

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.

Redemption information

    Please meet your guide 10 minutes before departure time at the meeting point


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

Our multilingual office staff is made up of France Travel Experts that design unique itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their perfect knowledge of the destination allows them to suggest carefully crafted programs to professionals of the Travel Trade all over the world. 

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