Paleolithic Art Of The Dordogne Full-Day Trip From Sarlat (private)

Highlights

  • This deep-dive is perfect for history buffs

  • Tour The National PreHistory Museum.

  • Rouffignac Cave visit will bring you up close with this incredible history

  • Visit the state-of-the-art Lascaux IV complex

Summary

Visit prehistoric sites in the Dordogne on a full-day tour that includes the replica Lascaux IV Cave and UNESCO-listed Rouffignac Cave. Since the tour also features the National Prehistory Museum (Musée Nationale de Préhistoire), see some of the magnificent artifacts found in the caves of the Vézère Valley in addition to visiting the sites themselves. Expedited entry at Lascaux IV lets you skip the line to the popular site.

Tour info

Duration
9 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (0-99 years)
€510.00
Commentary
English
Meeting Point
Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

8.50 am - Pick up at your accommodation in Sarlat or surrounding area.

9.00am - Depart from Sarlat
- Private Visit of the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies
- Visit Rouffignac Cave 
- Visit Lascaux IV Museum
6.00pm - Arrive in Sarlat

Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking paintings, drawings and etchings inside caves of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who created it.

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Established in July 2004, the museum houses some 18,000 pieces and a collection of six million artifacts. The museum’s collections were established as early as 1913, when indefatigable researcher Denis Peyrony convinced the French state to acquire the Château des Eyzies, built at the end of the 16th century, and to transform it into an excavation warehouse that could double up as a museum. Follow your guide and discover the main chapters of the Hominids’ development through an anthropological frieze and a brief reminder of Africa’s history, starting with the early Australopithecines. Many themes are explored, including the legendary “Lucy”, the small 3.5-million-year-old woman discovered in Ethiopia in 1974. You will then visit the permanent exhibit galleries that will plunge you into the mists of time, revealing seven sequences that cover the entire Paleolithic era through an “ideal historiography”.

Continue to Montignac where you will visit the brand new Lascaux IV cave – open December 2016. For the first time, all of Lascaux is revealed. A complete new replica retraces the discovery of the famous decorated cave. But that’s not the end of the adventure: the entire site inquires into the position that Lascaux occupies in cave art and its relation to contemporary creation. The opening of the International Center for Cave Art marks the beginning of a new adventure combining the emotion of ancestral art and an important technological achievement.

Finally, end the tour with the visit of Rouffignac Cave that possesses original and authentic etchings and drawings. The Rouffignac cave was already mentioned in 1575 by François de Belleforest. In his ” Cosmographie universelle” he cites “paintings and animal traces”. In the 19th century, the cave was known as a tourist attraction. Famous archaeologists like Henry Breuil, André Glory and Martel had visited the cave in the early 20th century, but it was only in 1956 when Louis-René Nougier and Romain Robert, two prehistorians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art. After the visit, return to Sarlat.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pick up or drop off.

  • Travel in air conditioned Mercedes minivan.

  • Small Group private tour of maximum 8 passengers.

  • English visit of the Prehistory Museum.

  • Visit of Rouffignac cave.

  • English tour of Lascaux IV.

  • English speaking in house licensed guide, Expert in Prehistory.

  • Bottled water in the minivan.

  • Free Wifi access on board.

  • Entrance fees to the Caves.

  • Entrance fee to Prehistory Museum.

  • Meals and drinks.

  • Personal insurance and expenses.

  • Gratuities for the driver/guide.

Things to know

Before you book

  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants (adults) applies.

  • This product is on request. We will confirm availability within the shortest possible time after we receive your order.

  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Prices are per minivan (not per person).

Before you go

  • Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time

  • Warm clothing is strongly recommended for the caves.

  • Good comfortable walking shoes recommended.

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 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund

Redemption information

    If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately.  Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.


    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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