Pech Merle Cave & Saint Cirq Lapopie Village Full Day Trip from Sarlat (private)

Highlights

  • Visit the amazing Pech Merle Cave

  • Discover the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie

  • Enjoy a photo stop at Cahors Valentré Bridge

  • Local Tour Guide, Expert of the Dordogne & Lot Region

Summary

Combine Cave Drawings with Picturesque Scenery for this One Day Tour

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (18-64 years)
€510.00
Commentary
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
- Visit Pech Merle decorated cave
- Free time for lunch and personal discovery in Saint Cirq Lapopie
- Stop at the famous "Valentré Bridge" in Cahors 
6.00pm - Arrive in Sarlat

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.). Someof 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.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver

  • Live commentary during driving time

  • Free WiFi access on board

  • Bottled water

  • Meals and drinks.

  • Entrance tickets to the Caves

  • 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, other languages on request.

  • Price is per group, not per person.

  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Before you go

  • Please be ready 10 minutes before arrival time

  • It is cold in the cave (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 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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