Memorable Day – We had an awesome day with Marion, our guide. She was so incredibly knowledgeable and was a joy to spend the day with. It was like taking a prehistoric history class with a professor that students work their schedule around just to be in her class. We hung on her every word. A bonus was that she took us to a tiny village for lunch and we bought some food to eat at a picnic table along the Dodorgne River on a perfect “bluebird day”.
Highlights of the Dordogne & Vézère Valleys Private
Take In the Best Villages and History on This Comprehensive Day Tour
This tour is a perfect mix of quaint villages and historical cave art
Visit the beautiful Beynac and La Roque Gageac villages
Tour the Lascaux IV cave complex and visit the National Prehistory Museum
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
460€ Per Group from 2 to 8 persons
Everyday, from 1 Apr 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Private Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.
Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable).
Drop off at Hotel.
Guided visit of Sarlat
English tour to Lascaux IV
National museum of Prehistory visit
Optional boat ride on the Dordogne
English speaking driver guide
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions, wine tasting fees
Meals and drinks
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Start With a Walking Tour of Sarlat
“Want to smile happily ever after? Linger in a fantasy land full of castles, cliff-top châteaux, and storybook villages? Join the club. Since the 1990s the Dordogne region has ranked among the hottest destinations in France” – Fodors.
You can still avoid the crowds and follow one of our tours to discover one of the most authentic and appealing regions of rural France.
This full day Dordogne tour has been carefully designed to bring you the best this region has to offer. Begin the tour with a guided walking tour of Sarlat. The town developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th to 16th century France. During this private guided tour you will discover the most famous monuments and buildings of the town including the mysterious “Lantern of the Dead”.
Visit Two Wonderful Villages
Your day will continue with a walking tour in two delightful villages: Beynac and La Roque Gageac. While in La Roque Gageac, enjoy a boat ride along the Dordogne River to admire all the mighty castles that line the River.
Tour the Natural History Museum
Your next stop will be in Les Eyzies de Tayac, the world capital of Prehistory as this is the town where Cro-Magnon was discovered. Here visit 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”.
Then, A Visit to Lascaux IV Cave
Finally, end the day with the visit of Lascaux IV cave, a perfect reproduction of the original cave. Opened in 2016, Lascaux IV is a triumph of technology. Unlike any other cave visits, Lascaux 4 is employing different set designs, displays, state-of-the-art interactive workshops and immersive technology to bring it to life. In fact, the atmosphere inside the replica cave is just like that of a real cave: dark, damp and muffled.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Program and Prices are listed as a guide only.
- Prices are per minivan (not per person).
- Currency is in Euro.
- Possible languages: English, Español, Français. Other languages, contact us.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Fantastic tour company – We signed up for 2 tours. We went to see the Lascaux Caves and our guide was very knowledgable we liked the tour so much we decided to sign up for another tour. They do small tours in a van. We can’t recommend this tour company enough. If you are in Sarlat make sure to do a tour with them. Our guide also recommended restaurants and other interesting places to visit.
A great moment! – It was just a-ma-zing. A great moment with our very clever guide who learned us a lot of things. Thank you! Sarlat is a beautiful city and the castles are very interesting. We hope to come back very quickly because all the excursions seems to be amazing! I’m very lucky to chose this excursion and I say thank you to Ophorus!
Guide was great, best way to see the sights in this beautiful area. – We had no car while staying in Sarlat, but even if we had, it would be unlikely we would have seen all the sights our guide Marion drove us to in one day. The distances we covered were long, sometimes windy & very rural, so really needed to know the best route to squeeze in all the highlights. We would recommend considering the day tours Ophorus offers.
Perfect in every way! – Ophorus staff were helpful from the planning stage to the execution of our tours. We had a wonderful Guide (Florence). Her knowledge of history, local agriculture, politics, local issues and art was amazing. This area of France is so beautiful and a post card at every turn but coupled with an Ophorus tour it’s a wonderful experience. Thanks again Florence and Ophorus!
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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