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Pre-historic Rock Art in the Dordogne Escorted Tour

5 nights starting from
£1275

  • Lascaux 4 replica caves - some of the most famous prehistoric art in the world

  • Font-de-Gaume, one of the finest Palaeolithic sanctuaries in the world

  • Grotte de Rouffignac, over 8km long, home to over 250 images

  • Two talks from expert, David Saunders

This new tour marks a change in artistic and historic direction for our Art & History tours as we head back some 10-25,000 years to our ancient ancestors and the amazing rock art heritage in South West France. Rock art specialist David Saunders will highlight this fascinating and sometimes moving journey back in time, that shows how little the human race has changed in essence over millennia.

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Provisional Timings

Paris Montparnasse

Departing: 04th October 2018 at 13:56

Returning: 09th October 2018 at 15:35

25 - April - 2019 Limited Availability Travel Info On Request

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St Pancras

Departing: 25th April 2019 at 07:55

Returning: 30th April 2019 at 15:35

03 - October - 2019 £ 1295.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 03rd October 2019 at 07:55

Returning: 08th October 2019 at 15:35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris and onwards to Angoulême by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach (approx. two hours) to Les Eyzies and Hotel des Roches. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Abri Cap Blanc and Font-de-Gaume.
Morning visit to Abri Cap Blanc, a prehistoric rock shelter with a large frieze. Afternoon visit to Font-de-Gaume, one of the finest Palaeolithic sanctuaries in the world with more than 200 engraved or painted representations, including the famous kissing reindeer. Lecture at hotel, ‘The landscape of the prehistoric cave artists’ and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 3: Grotte de Cougnac and Pech Merle Cave.
First to the Grotte de Cougnac, two caves with spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations in one and spectacular pre-historic cave paintings in the other. Afternoon to the Pech Merle Cave, which runs for about two kilometres, including 300 metres of galleries and pre-historic footprints of children. Lecture at hotel, ‘A century of trying to understand prehistoric cave artists’ and dinner at local restaurant.

Day 4: Free day in Les Eyzies.

Day 5: Grotte de Rouffignac and Lascaux 4.
We start the day with a visit to the Grotte de Rouffignac, over eight kilometres long, is the home to over 250 images in total, including the “Great Ceiling” which is decorated with 65 animal figures including mammoths, horses, bison, ibex and even a rhinoceros, dating back some 15,000 years. Finally to the most famous cave of all, the replica caves at Lascaux 4 which have been recreated with extreme accuracy.

Day 6: Transfer back to Angoulême station to catch the return TGV to Lille and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet or St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion. 

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 23 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Angouleme via Paris/Lille
  • Five nights’ bed and breakfast at the three-star Hotel des Roches, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
  • Two lectures, and two further dinners with wine at a local restaurant
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • David Saunders and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities

HOTELS

Hotel des Roches, Les Eyzies
Comfortable and quiet three-star hotel located in the heart of the small, peaceful town of Les Eyzies, ideally situated for the famous sites of the region. Hotel facilities include a bar, breakfast room and outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens. Rooms all have private bathroom facilities with bath/shower, TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer and free wi-fi.

Hotel des Roches Website

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Your Lecturer - David Saunders
Studying for his PhD in Archaeology, David has an interest in all areas prehistoric. He undertakes archaeological excavations at Stonehenge and Marden Henge and has lectured throughout the UK. Currently publishing a book on animal movement across the Stonehenge landscape

We love to receive feedback from our customers. Their views help us to keep improving the ours we offer. If you have been on this tour and would like to submit a review, please log in to our client area here and fill in the short form.

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Vey interesting and enjoyable tour. The tour manager and lecturer were excellent and the caves we visited spectacular. The hotel was fine and the nearby restaurant gave us some good meals.

Review by Hardy who travelled 30-August-2018


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I agree with all the comments made so far by other travellers on this departure. Karen is a very friendly, approachable tour leader who added lots of info about the region in general. The caves were really fabulous and each quite different. The hotel was very comfortable with good communal space for the group to get together, and in a great location. There are things to do in the village on the free Sunday. I particularly enjoyed the visit to Abri Pataud, and others in the group walked to caves at Les Combarelles. I really enjoyed the holiday.

Review by Roper who travelled 30-August-2018


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I cannot praise this tour enough. Karen was friendly, efficient and knowledgble about the district in general. She put the area into its present day context. David gave an excellent overview of current thinking on the pre-historic era which put all our cave art visits in perspective. The tour was well planned by both our leaders who compememted each other. It was if they had already foreseen any hitches. I could do the tour all over again.

Review by Davies who travelled 30-August-2018


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I was very apprehensive about the amount and type of walking which would be necessary and found that all the trips were well within my capabilities, I would have welcomed a more specific itinerary outlining when buses would be used etc. I thought the hotel was charming and the local village an ideal place to stay with plenty of good restaurants and the excellent museum. I was glad to have a free day in the village to enjoy them. I also thought the itinerary was one of the most well balanced I had ever encountered, A very good variety of sites (loved them all) and not too much in one day, plenty of good information but no danger of overload. I cannot praise David and Karen enough for the care and attention to detail with which they planned and organised this trip. One last thing, thank you for the very well balanced meals in the local restaurant, something which I have come to expect from Travel Editions Tours.

Review by who travelled 30-August-2018


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Tour manager and expert lecturer were excellent. Hotel and location were very pleasant. Some of the bus travel was a bit lengthy, but necessary to see the cave art. Overall an interesting and worthwhile trip. Glad we made it. Will book with Travel Editions again.

Review by Unwin who travelled 30-August-2018


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Tour manager was very good at organising the journey in difficult conditions. Lectures were well prepared, and food and wine of a good standard.. The coach driver was careful and efficient. We would recommend this tour to anyone interested in cave art.

Review by Lowe who travelled 19-April-2018


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Excellent trip, full of interest. Although affected by the SNCF strike, the alternative time-tabling worked adequately although the scramble through Gare du Nord on the return leg was stressful. Our very experienced tour leader managed brilliantly. The variety of rock art sites visited was very well chosen. Our hotel, Des Roches, was a wonderful base - a friendly, very well cared for, homely hotel serving great breakfasts and with a comfortable bar. The restaurant where we had the included dinners was terrific. All-in-all, a great success.

Review by Grant who travelled 19-April-2018


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Karen was a delightful leader - always cheerful and helpful and calm when dealing with the train strike.The hotel was lovely - the only reason we did not rate it as excellent was the lack of kettle, etc in room. Strike made travel difficult.

Review by Parlett who travelled 19-April-2018


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Betty Denman and I already filled out your questionnaire and gave it to Karen. We were both extremely happy with the whole trip and all aspects of it. Full of appreciation that you managed to let the trip run so smoothly despite the rail strikes. Thanks for a brilliant new and unusual tour!

Review by Eaton who travelled 19-April-2018


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A brilliant trip with an outstanding tour leader. There were problems with the French rail strike but these were overcome by you with little inconvenience to us. The hotel was charming but the plumbing was extremely noisy,if anyone flushed their loo it sounded as if a lorry was going through my room! The meals provided in a local restaurant were delicious. The cave art was spectacular and very varied. The balance between the different caves was good and I felt we saw the right amount for those of us who are not cave art specialists! Beautiful countryside too. David our lecturer was very approachable and explained things well. I have been on quite a few Travel Edition tours but this has to be one of the best.

Review by who travelled 19-April-2018


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