Pech Merle & Cougnac Caves Full Day Trip from Sarlat (private)
Visit one of the most amazing caves, Grotte du Pech Merle
Admire rich parietal paintings as well as fascinating natural concretions
English-speaking, in house licensed guides, experts in Prehistory
Why take this tour?
9.00am - Depart from Sarlat
- Visit Pech Merle decorated cave
- Free time for lunch in Cabrerets
- Visit Cougnac decorated cave
6.00pm - Arrive in Sarlat
Completely isolated in a wooded area, the cave presents the unique particularity of possessing both rich parietal paintings as well as fascinating natural concretions. Amidst amazing stalactites and calcite pearls the guided tour of this very large cave prehistoric cave will have you admire art work that dates back to nearly 30 000 years. Highlights of the visit include bison and mammoths drawn in black, heads of bears engraved in the rock, negative hands painted as a stencil or the more than famous spotted horses, an exceptionally well preserved prehistoric masterpiece.
Upon arrival, follow your guide and visit the cave with a local guide. We will program the English tour for you so that you may take in a maximum of information. If ever the English tour was not available due to the high number of visitors, please note that a booklet will be handed out to you so that you may follow the tour. Your guide will also be with you in case you have questions as the tour takes place. After the visit, we will take you to Cabrerets village or another small village of the area so that you may have some free time for lunch.
Experience intimate Cougnac, one of the most stunning caves of the region
As in the cave of Pech Merle, Cougnac offers the visitor two treasures: A geological treasure as you will admire a rich density of concretions composed of thousands of stalactite and stalagmite falling from the ceiling or erecting themselves from the soil. A prehistoric treasure as everywhere our ancestors have left some traces along the columns and the walls of their cave art. Radiocarbon dates the cave to 25,000 years BP and most of the prehistoric cave paintings in Cougnac include animals, hand prints, geometrical signs. The guided tour of the cave with comments made about the prehistoric paintings and drawings will allow you to better comprehend how the artists who came to dialogue with the wall. The commented visit of Cougnac cave will last about one hour.
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
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 caves (13°C / 56°F), warm clothing is strongly recommended.
You must wear good walking shoes for this tour.
- 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
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
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
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