Paleolithic Art of the Dordogne Full Day Tour

A Full Day Exploration of This Historical Gem

This deep-dive is perfect for history buffs

Visit the state-of-the-art Lascaux IV complex

The Rouffignac Cave visit will bring you up close with this incredible history

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details


150€ Per Adult (from 13 to 64 years old)

145€ Per Senior (from 65 years old)

75€ Per Child (from 4 to 12 years old)


Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Available from April 1 to October 31, 2020

Available from April 1 to October 31, 2021

Note: This tour departs at 8:30AM in July and is not available in August



9 hours

Trip style:

Shared cultural tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8

Meeting Point:

In Sarlat la Caneda: Pick up Place Pasteur Bus stop
Hotel pick not available
Tour returns at departure point


  • Entrance to Lascaux IV
  • Entrance to Rouffignac cave
  • English visit of the Prehistory museum
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Travel in recent, comfortable & fully equipped minivans
  • Free WiFi access on board


  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions other than those mentioned

A Full Day Exploring the Fascinating History of the Cave Paintings of the Dordogne

Some 15,000 years B.C. unknown artists created breathtaking cave paintings of which the most extraordinary examples are found in the Dordogne area. During this day tour you will be introduced to this fascinating art and to the people who made it.

Begin the day in Les Eyzies de Tayac for a guided visit of the National Prehistory Museum. Opened in 2004, this national museum possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world.

Continue to Montignac where you will visit 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 IV employs 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.

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

  • Maximum 8 persons per tour
  • Ophorus may reserve the right to cancel a customer’s booking for a full refund in case of not enough travelers
  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Tour is operated in English
  • Electric train visit in Rouffignac, comments made in French during time of travel
  • Guide will introduce cave beforehand and will make commentaries at the bottom of the cave in English
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Warm jackets are highly recommended – 14°C (57F) inside the caves
  • Children aged 4-12 years: half price
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Prices are per person
  • Currency is in Euro
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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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