• View exceptional works of art preserved on the walls of the Pech Merle cave, featuring images of mammoths, bison and horses
• Enjoy a guided tour of the Lascaux caves, viewing reproductions of famous prehistoric paintings.
• Discover the bastide towns of Monpazier and Domme
author and art historian
Archaeologist with interests in Paleolithic and Mesolithic Europe
Depart London Heathrow 1400 on British Airways, arriving Toulouse 1650. Transfer to Sarlat for seven nights at Plaza Madeleine Hotel.
Morning lecture: Prehistoric Art – Method & Meaning followed by walking tour of Sarlat. Afternoon: Cave of Rouffignac.
Morning lecture: French Architecture – From Romanesque to Renaissance followed by Caves of Cougnac (prehistoric paintings and stalactites). Afternoon: Soulliac Abbey.
Morning: Cave of Pech Merle followed by Cahors. Afternoon: short walking tour of Monpazier (bastide town) followed by Cistercian abbey at Cadouin.
Whole day excursion to Les Eyzies: prehistoric site of Abri de Cap Blanc, Grotte du Sorcier, Abri Pataud and Font-de-Gaume (early animal paintings).
Morning: Lascaux caves (reproductions of famous prehistoric paintings). Afternoon: Périgueux (Church of St Etienne – subject to confirmation), Tour de Vésone and Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum.
Cénac (Romanesque church), bastide town of Domme (Prison des Templiers) and historical river port of La Roque Gageac for a scenic boat trip in a replica traditional gabare.
Morning: Musée de la Préhistoire, Les Eyzies. Depart Toulouse 1730, arriving Heathrow 1820.
20 Apr — 27 Apr 2020
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What made this tour special...
The chance to see and visit places and images that I was unable to do as a single person. To be shown and given information not always given to the general public on a tour.
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This tour will require a good level of fitness, and participants should be prepared for walking on uneven surfaces during the cave visits, two of which will require uphill walks of around 15 minutes. Our walking tour of Sarlat will involve approximately 45 minutes’ walking.
Cost of £2595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.
Own flight reduction: £180.