Paleolithic Art in the Dordogne

A Full Day of Dordogne’s History

Visit the Lascaux IV and Rouffignac Caves

Tour The National PreHistory Museum

Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts

Trip Details

Prices:

460€ Per Group from 2 to 8 persons


When:

Everyday, on request, from April to October included


Duration:

9 hours


Trip Style:

Private Cultural Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8.


Meeting Point:

Hotel pick up in Sarlat City Centre (when applicable).
Drop off at Hotel.


Inclusions:

English tour of Lascaux IV
Visit of Rouffignac cave
English visit of the Prehistory Museum
English speaking driver guide
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board


Exclusions:

Entrance fees to monuments, museums or attractions
Personal insurance and expenses
Meals and drinks
Gratuities for the driver/guide

Start with a Visit to the National Prehistory Museum

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”.

Visit the Incredible Lascaux IV Cave Complex

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.

Then, a Visit to the Famous Rouffignac Cave

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.

Good to Know

  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Warm clothing recommended for caves.
  • Good walking shoes recommended.
  • Prices are per minivan (not per person).
  • Currency is in Euro.
  • Possible languages: English, Español, Français.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

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