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Lascaux IV and Cave Art Full-Day Tour

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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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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
What’s Not Included
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, and attractions other than those mentioned in the program
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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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

From US$ 181.28 per person

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Product ID: 3331