Lascaux Cave Exploration from Bergerac
- Perigord: Enjoy the lovely countryside view of the Perigord region en route to Lascaux Cave. Take in the native foliage and breathe the pristine country air.
- Lascaux Cave: Explore the natural art galleries of this pre-historic enclosure with an English-speaking guide. Take a big step back in time and see how native people spent their time.
- Bergerac: Take time for shopping in this small, picturesque city. You’ll find all types of unique gifts and handmade products.
About this Bergerac tour
Lascaux Cave, located outside of Dordogne in the Perigord region of France, is evidence that long before recorded history, there were artists. The series of circular caves there contain primitive drawings that date back more than 17,500 years to the paleolithic era. Discovered by two farm boys in 1940, the interlocking caves contain several series of drawings of animals, such as bulls, deer, cats and horses. They offer a fascinating glimpse into everyday pre-historic life.
This half-day tour takes you from the tourist center in Bergerac through the lush landscape of Perigord. Once at the cave site, you'll have approximately 50 minutes to explore the area, both on your own and on a guided tour inside the galleries.
The Lascaux site is very fragile due to its age and certain restrictions are in place to help preserve to cave’s artwork for future visitors. That includes restrictions on photography around the cave and no food and drink allowed inside the galleries.
Back in Bergerac, you'll have a chance to explore the many shops in the city center. Be advised; however, that most shops in Bergerac (and much of France) are closed on Sundays.
Cave Artwork – You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This
Though the site was just uncovered in the mid-20th-century, the influx of visitors and the unsealing of the cave's sealed environment has led to some damage to the Lascaux Cave artwork. Fortunately, scientists and art preservationists have taken steps to keep the cave art beautiful for future viewers. Reproductions of many of the drawings have been created nearby in the "Great Hall of the Bulls" so that visitors can see these incredible and historic painting without causing damage.
Please make your way to the Bergerac Tourist Office at 97 Rue Neuve d'Argenson, 24100 Bergerac to meet our GoBe Representative.
Bring small local coins for the bathroom. Take a rain coat and/or umbrella in case of rain or excessive sun glare. Shops are often closed on Sundays and Monday mornings.
Tour involves roughly 1 hour (1.5 miles) over varying surfaces including wet fields and steps at the caves.
Cultural, Family Friendly
French, English, German, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older and accompanied by an adult to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour. Tour is not accessible for travelers with walking difficulties.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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