Lascaux, Rouffignac, Font de Gaume caverns:the Oldest Paintings in the World
Private sightseeing tour with an American driver-guide (Expatriate in France since 1992)
Visiting the prehistoric caverns in the Dordogne Region - Lascaux, Rouffignac, Cognac. . . Pech Merle - is simply a phenomenal experience.
- Here you will discover; you'll realize & understand that these extremely old paintings, sculptures and etchings are veritable ART, produced by Artists - not scribbles or meaningless stick figures - but the work of skilled artisans.
The relics discovered in these caverns in Dordogne are amazingly detailed - and realistic.
The techniques used on these walls deep inside the caves (and accessible through tiny, claustrophobia - inducing passages) are not childish.
There's shading, 3-dimensional realism, clever usage of the natural wall contours and recesses, and other very advanced techniques.
Some of these techniques "disappeared" for centuries only to be "invented" later in history.
Depart from Bordeaux
=> Les Eyzies
=> Sarlat (optional)
Note: Font de Gaume and Les Combarelles are very difficult to get in : access is limited to 50 persons per day.
Another optional cavern to visit in this region is => Cougnac
. . . One of the greatest advantages to my tours is flexibility.
I may propose or start the day with an itinerary in mind, or list of places to visit, but from there the day will unfold according to your personal wishes.
My objective is to help you to maximize your time spent here in France - so that you will most comfortably enjoy all the beauty and history - that you return home filled with spectacular memories of a marvelous adventure.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux, Toulouse or nearby
End location: Point of depart unless otherwise specified
Duration: 8 hours
There is a 95.00 Euros per hour fee for every additional hour.
Citroen C8 Minivan with A/C
Can accommodate up to 6 passengers
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euros - If you want to take the time to enjoy a nice meal
Admission to Lascaux = 10 EU
Admission to Rouffignac Caves = 7 EU
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Picked up at our Apartment. We had an awesome day touring the Dordogne valley. We visited a cave and the museum at Lascaux 4. Christian was a great guide, he has great local knowledge. We learned a lot about the areas history and a language . Although a long trip in the van, lively conversation and interesting sites rounded out a great day. I would not hesitate to book future trips with Christian.