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 &
Vezere Valleys Shared
The Perfect Way to See the Beautiful Dordogne and Experience Its History
Visit the delightful Beynac and La Roque Gageac villages
Enjoy a guided walk of historical Sarlat
Join us for a boat ride on the Dordogne River
Learn about the historical Cave Art paintings and the Cro-Magnon discovery
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
140€ Per Person
From 9:00am to 6:00pm
Mon, Thur Only. Not available in August.
1 April 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Shared Sightseeing Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.
Shared trips are available to be booked by different groups of people. For a tour to be confirmed, we need a minimum booking of 2 people.
In Sarlat la Caneda: Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop.
Hotel pickup not available.
Tour returns at departure point.
Guided visit of the International Center for Prehistory
Walking tour in Saint Léon sur Vézère village
Guided visit in La Roque St Christophe
Guided visit in Castelnaud Castle
English speaking driver guide
Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
Free WiFi access on board
Personal insurance & expenses
Meals & drinks
Gratuities for the driver / guide
Entrance fees to monuments and attractions other than mentioned
A Perfect Balance of Beautiful Villages and History
After a visit of the pretty village of Saint Léon sur Vézère, reach La Roque St Christophe, the largest troglodyte cliff in Europe, inhabited by men from Prehistoric times to Renaissance. The cave system is a large prehistoric settlement complex situated about 9 kilometers north of Les Eyzies, in a very scenic and attractive location. The cliff is almost a kilometer in length and
80 meters high and contained an entire prehistoric village above the river itself. It was approximately 55,000 years ago that man first started to inhabit these natural caves.
After the visit, arrive in Les Eyzies for a short stop at the International Center for Prehistory. Here, you will also have time for lunch. End your day with the visit of the mighty castle of Castelnaud. The fortress, overlooking the Dordogne River, was erected to face its rival, Château de Beynac. The oldest documents mentioning it date to the 13th century, when it figured in the
Albigensian Crusade. During the Hundred Years’ War, Castelnaud pledged allegiance to the Plantagenet, whereas the lords of Beynac across the river, to the king of France. In later times it was abandoned until it served as a quarry after the French Revolution. Today the picturesquely restored château houses a much-visited museum of medieval warfare, featuring reconstructions of siege engines such as the trebuchet.
Good to Know
- 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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