Dordogne Walking Tour - Lascaux and Prehistoric Caves
Including the world capital of prehistory Les Eyzies, the Vézère River reveals all its wonders from Limeuil to Montignac-Lascaux: prehistoric caves, inhabited cliffs, medieval castles, golden villages... Classified as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Vézère Valley is marked by the testimonies of mankind over more than 100 000 years, from the prehistoric era to the present day, passing through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Follow the footsteps of our ancestors and discover the unique ancient beauty of Dordogne.
A fascinating journey through time
Easy walks with more moderate options on days 3 & 4
Les Eyzies, the prehistoric capital
Exploring medieval and troglodyte villages
Local markets and sampling local delicacies
Swimming in the river and optional kayaking
There are the unavoidable ones of course: foie gras, truffles, Bergerac wines, strawberries, walnuts, ceps, but did you know that the Dordogne department also produces sturgeon, beer, sweets, jams, cheese, honey...
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Arrival in Les Eyzies
Your travel documents, tourist information will be already deliver to your place of departure. You could pick them up and one of our guides will contact you. As an expert of the region, you could ask him all the questions you have about your trip.
From Les Eyzies LOOP to St Cirq
It's the first day of hiking, you will leave for a loop around Les Eyzies. You will discover the prehistoric surroundings through the forests of Périgord. You will walk along the Vézère River where you can have a picnic. Then you return to your hotel in Les Eyzies.
Distance: 12 Km (7.5mi)
Elevation: 200 m
From Les Eyzies LOOP around Le Bugue or Limeuil
After a transfer, you will start your hike with two possible choices, short and long, either from Le Bugue or from Limeuil. You will cross the villages of Périgord Noir, while following the Vézère River.
Then you return to Les Eyzies at the end of your hike.
Distance: 13 Km (8 mi)
Elevation: 190 m
Distance: 23 Km (14 mi)
Elevation: 440 m
Notes: Transfer to the start of your walk in Limeuil or Le Bugue Please inform the driver.
From Les Eyzies to Montignac
You will leave Les Eyzies by taxi, where you will have two choices for hiking: A short one from Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère or a long one from Peyzac-le-Moustier. You will follow a path along the site of Roque Saint Christophe, a prehistoric troglodytic village before arriving at Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, where you will have the possibility to stop for lunch. Finally, you will take a path through forests and typical hamlets that will lead you to your destination, Montignac.
Distance: 14 Km (8 mi)
Elevation : 300 m
Distance: 20 Km (12 mi)
Elevation: 510 m
Note: Transfer to the start of your walk in Peyzac or St Léon Please inform the driver.
From Montignac LOOP around Lascaux
From Montignac, you will go for a short hike around the village, to discover the prehistoric caves of Lascaux. You also have the possibility to visit Lascaux IV (not included). Then you return to your hotel in Montignac.
if you wish to visit Lascaux please book in advance.
Distance: 7 Km (4 mi)
Elevation: 150 m
Departure from Montignac to Sarlat
It is the day of departure, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Sarlat-la-Canéda.
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
-Arrival: You will arrive by your own means at Les Eyzies de Tayac, in the heart of the Périgord Noir. You will settle into your hotel where you will receive your travel documents as well as an orientation by phone.
-Departure: From Montignac. It is the day of departure, after your breakfast, you will be transferred to Sarlat-la-Canéda.
5 nights in a 3 stars hotel
All lunches & dinners not noted/included in your itinerary
Day 5 : visit of the Lascaux IV caves
Entrance fees for all sites & castles not noted/included in your itinerary
Items of a personal nature
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