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Paleolithic Art of Dordogne

Paleolithic Art of Dordogne

9 hours From
AU$242 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Dordogne
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-19-4650
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun
9 hours From
AU$242 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Dordogne
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-19-4650
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Mon, Thu, Fri, Sun
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Escorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransportationTransportation Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus/van

Summary

A full day dedicated to the origins of Art. Plunge back in time and discover fascinating drawings and paintings created more than 13 000 years ago. Introduction to this period of time will be made through a guided tour of the National Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies, followed by a visit to world renowned Lascaux IV cave. The tour also includes the visit of Rouffignac cave so as to admire original drawings.

This historical tour is available from April 1 to October 31 (except August).

Departure Time: 9:00 am. In July, tour departs at 8:30 am.

Meeting Point: Place Pasteur bus stop in Sarlat la Caneda. Hotel pick-up not available. Tour returns at departure point.

Itinerary

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 art 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 to Rouffignac Cave to admire 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 and period of personal discovery, you will return to Sarlat.

Inclusions

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

Exclusions

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

Important Notes

  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • 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.
  • Not suitable for infants under age of 4.
  • Children's price is available. Contact us for more information.



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