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Pech Merle Cave & St Cirq Lapopie Village

Pech Merle Cave & St Cirq Lapopie Village

9 hours From
AU$260 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Dordogne
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-18-4652
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Tue
9 hours From
AU$260 Per Person
 
  • Tour Type
    Minivan TourMinivan Tour
  • France Region
    Dordogne
  • Duration
    9 hours
  • Tour Code
    OPH-18-4652
  • Capacity
    8 passengers
  • Operating Days
    Tue
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Escorted tourEscorted tour Experienced private English speaking guideTransportationTransportation Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus/van

Summary

Discover the authentic cave paintings of Pech Merle and enjoy some free time for lunch in St Cirq Lapopie, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Explore the town of Cahors on a guided walking tour including the town’s medieval bridge ‘Pont Valentre’.

The Quercy region is on your program for today. We first head towards the fascinating cave of Perch Merle that still bears some authentic cave drawings, paintings and etchings. Extending for more than a mile from the entrance are caverns, the walls of which are painted with dramatic murals dating from the Gravettian culture (some 25,000 years B.C.). Some of the paintings and engravings, however, could date from the later Magdalenian era (16,000 years B.C.). The walls of seven of the chambers at Pech Merle have fresh, lifelike images of a woolly mammoth, spotted horses, single color horses, bovines, reindeer, hand prints, and some humans. Footprints of children, preserved in what was once clay, have been found more than half a mile underground.

After the visit of the cave, we depart for the wonderful village of St Cirq Lapopie, known to be the most beautiful of all the beautiful villages of France. Its position, originally selected for defense, perched on a steep cliff 100 m above the river Lot has helped make the town one of the most well preserved in the area, almost as if it was an open air museum. After it was "discovered" by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin, it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.

Finally, stop in Cahors to admire the only remaining medieval fortified bridge of Europe, the Valentré bridge.

Inclusions

  • Visit of Pech Merle cave
  • Free time in St Cirq Lapopie
  • Visit of Valentre bridge in Cahors
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in a minivan

Exclusions

  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals and drinks
  • Eventual gratuities

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