Private tour

Sarlat-la-Canéda: Cave and Castle Tour

Activity provider: EXPLOREO
Private tour

Sarlat-la-Canéda: Cave and Castle Tour

Activity provider: EXPLOREO

From US$ 160.61 per person

Travel back in time from the rugged stone age to the middle ages. Gaze at cave paintings dating back 30,000 years. Discover the best-preserved medieval castle in France.

About this activity

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French
Pickup included
Meet your guide at the bus stop at Place Pasteur in Sarlat.
Private group


  • Marvel at the oldest cave paintings in the area
  • Discover technologies used by early humans
  • Gaze at a vast array of stalactites
  • Explore a medieval castle
Full description
Get in touch with your primeval nature as you discover some of the oldest relics of prehistory. Your tour begins with a thorough demonstration of techniques used by Paleolithic humans to make fire, to illuminate the dark caves in which they lived, and to paint.  After getting a taste of prehistoric life, you’ll head in to the chilly, dark caves to gaze upon cave paintings that date back over 30,000 years. Marvel at the evidence of a bygone culture that existed before civilization began. Wander through the caves, gazing at the veritable forests of stalactites, stalagmites, and columns.  After viewing the cave, you’ll discover a beautiful, hilltop medieval castle, before heading back to the meeting point, enriched by millennia of history.
  • Transportation to the cave from the meeting point
  • Demonstration of prehistoric techniques
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fees for Beynac castle and Cougnac prehistoric cave - please prepare 20 €/ pers. in cash
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Video recording
  • Photography inside

Know before you go

  •  This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  •  Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  •  The temperature in the cave is approximately 55°F; please wear warm clothing
Customer reviews

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This was a highlight of our trip to France and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We were able to experience some history and places we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and it was appreciated to have our tour in English, as all the regular tours given at the cave are in French. We were also able to have extra time to examine the drawings alone without being in the big tour group. All I can say is book this tour, you will not regret it.

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September 28, 2022

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. The cave was magical and the castle was ferric with amazing views.

June 17, 2022

Product ID: 304948