We took a tour to the Museum of Natural History in Les Eyzies, the Grotte de Ruffignac, and Lascaux IV. It was just our family, grandparents, children and grandchildren. Our driver and guide, Ben, was very helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable. And particularly good with our two grandsons, aged 7 and 5. They loved the tour and it was great to get them interested in prehistory. Thank you Ben! Not inexpensive, but definitely worth the cost.
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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€140 per person
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday @ 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Available from April 1st to October 31st 2019
Note: This tour departs at 8:30AM in July and is not available in August
Shared cultural tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
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
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”.
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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