Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat
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Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat

Lascaux IV and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat

1 day
About this activity
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 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 artefacts 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 4 is employing 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 pre-historians from the Pyrenees, rediscovered and confirmed the cave art. After the visit, return to Sarlat.
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Included
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Grotte de Rouffignac
  • Entry/Admission - Musee National de Prehistoire
  • Entry/Admission - Lascaux II
Not included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • It is cold in the caves (13°C / 56°F), warm clothing is strongly recommended
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Features
Cultural
85% Tourism
85% Original
60%
Reviews
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GSLANZ47
5 | 2018-06-21

Our tour of Lascaux and the caves of Rouffignac was just amazing. We were in a small group of 8 and our driver/guide Marion F. with Orphorus Excursions was professional, knowledgable, and made the experience one we'll never forget. Marion's communication skills were excellent as was the passion and respect she has for the area. Our visit to the National Prehistory Museum before going to the caves gave us the foundation for seeing the prehistoric works of art in perspective. We highly recommend this tour.

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Katherine c
5 | 2017-10-22

We had an amazing day visiting Rouffignac and Lascaux caves with our congenial and very knowledgeable guide, Florence, who spoke fluent English. The caves exceeded our expectations and the countryside was spectacular.

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Lolita A
5 | 2017-10-13

The combination of the Pre-history museum, the 'real' Rouffignac Cave and Lascaux iv was very informative and entertaining. The extra stops like for lunch at Saint Leon sur Vezere were a treat. Our driver/guide, Marianne, was knowledgeable, professional and fun at the same time. She even went the extra mile to arrange our taxi ride from Sarlat back to Bergerac after we learnt that the tour would be returning well after the last train had left. This is the first glowing review I have ever given. I highly recommend this tour and Marianne.

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Fernweh
5 | 2017-07-16

We had Ben ! He was sooo knowledgeable, intelligent, hilarious, engaging and wonderful. You can tell this is his passion and he is so kind and lovely we had such an amazing time, my husband and i and one other couple. It was a fabulous luxury exclusive experience the highlight of our vacation!!

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