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From Sarlat-la-Canéda: Lascaux IV and Cave Art Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Ophorus

From Sarlat-la-Canéda: Lascaux IV and Cave Art Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: Ophorus

From US$ 156.22 per person

Explore the cave paintings of the Dordogne region on a full-day tour of the Lascaux Caves. Travel back 15,000 years to the discovery of the first skeletons of the Cro Magnons at Les Eyzies de Tayac, telling the prehistory of Homo sapiens.

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Duration 9 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Paleolithic cave art at Lascaux IV and Rouffignac
  • Visit the National Prehistory Museum at Les Eyzies and explore early Homo sapiens
  • See original cave art at Rouffignac Cave
  • Get skip the line access to the unique Lascaux IV Cave complex
Full description
Dordogne is the world capital of prehistory. Here, Cro Magnon, the first early modern humans, settled and left some of the most fascinating artwork inside caves created by thousands of years of erosion. This 8-hour tour will take you to the most famous caves at Lascaux, and to admire the drawings and etchings of Rouffignac Cave. The tour begins at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where the first 5 skeletons of the Cro-Magnons were discovered in 1868. You will take a guided tour of the National Prehistory Museum, which opened in 2004, and possesses the largest collection of prehistoric artifacts in the world. Continue to Montignac, where you will visit the famous Lascaux IV Cave. A perfect reproduction of the original cave and its cave art, Lascaux IV opened in 2016 as a triumph of technology, unique in the world. Rigorous scientific and artistic methods were used to recreate the incomparable atmosphere of the original cave. A reinforced concrete shell was created using shipbuilding techniques, and the relief of the cave was reconstituted down to the tiniest detail. The polychromatic paintings were executed just as the originals were 17, 000 years ago, using natural pigments. End your tour at Rouffignac Cave, to see original etchings and drawings. The Renaissance poet and author François de Belleforest mentioned the Rouffignac Cave as long ago as 1575 in his “Cosmographie Universelle.” The cave paintings proved a popular tourist attraction back in the 19th-Century. Famous archaeologists, such as Henry Breuil, André Glory, and Martel, had visited the cave in the early 20th-Century, but it was only in 1956 that 2 historians from the Pyrenees confirmed the cave art as from the Upper Paleolithic period. Rouffignac Cave, which had once served as a shelter for Resistance fighters in World War 2, was officially opened to the public in 1959, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
Includes
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Visit to Les Eyzies de Tayac and the National Prehistory Museum
  • Visit to Lascaux IV
  • Rouffignac Cave tour
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, and attractions other than those mentioned in the program
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Place Pasteur bus stop in Sarlat-la-Canéda.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that it is not possible to bring children under 4 years old on this tour
  • This activity operates rain or shine
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • This activity is not available in August
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 81 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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We had an excellent all day tour with Benoit! He was very informative, made the historical aspects so interesting and he was very easy going and helpful to answer our many questions. He made the day most interesting and we have many great memories to take home. Highly recommend this tour!

October 15, 2022

Mr. Benoit gave us and another couple an amazing tour with a lot of background info only a local guide would know. For example, Cro-Magnon man was so named because prehistoric bones were found on land owned by Mr. Magnon and cro is a term for a limestone hole in the local Occitan language. His English was fluent and he was friendly and helpful. For lunch he led us to a great restaurant and helped us get a good table.

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June 6, 2022

An informative and enjoyable tour

We had come to Dordogne especially to learn more about the Cromagnon caves, so when we arrived at our first activity of the day, we were disappointed to learn that a sudden employee strike had closed the facility for the day. Our guide, Emilien, didn’t miss a beat. He made some calls and soon had an alternative schedule for us that worked perfectly. In the end, we got into one authentic cave, toured the Lascaux IV facility, and visited other sites along the way that the guide knew from having worked there in the past. In the end, we couldn’t have been happier and felt we got good value for our money. I would definitely recommend this company, as they worked hard to ensure that the clients would be happy.

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May 10, 2019

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