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A week close to the world capital of prehistory!

Mode of transport : electric bike / car

Ideal season : Le Printemps

Recommended starting point : Les Eyzies

Leaving from Les Eyzies, the world capital of prehistory, you'll discover all the prehistoric riches of the Vézère valley on this itinerary. We'll take you on a tour of the most famous of the prehistoric caves, Montignac-Lascaux, and then on to Le Bugue for more prehistoric fun.

DAY 01

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📍Etape 1: The Prehistory Interpretation Centre

📍Etape 1: The Prehistory Interpretation Centre

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Located in Les Eyzies, the Prehistory Interpretation Centre welcomes you to the heart of the Vézère valley, occupied by man for 400,000 years. It's the ideal place to find out about and understand the valley's heritage, cultural and landscape resources.

📍Stage 2: National Prehistory Museum

National Museum of Prehistory

Situated in the heart of the Vézère valley in the Dordogne, between Le Bugue and the Lascaux cave at Montignac-Lascaux, the village of Les Eyzies well deserves its nickname of prehistory capital. An ideal introduction to any visit to the World Heritage sites, the National Prehistory Museum invites you to discover the oldest traces left by mankind.

📍Etape 3: Restaurant Le 1862

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The former coaching inn of Les Eyzies, a charming hostelry with character since 1862. Surrounded by greenery, a panoramic terrace overlooks a lush garden. You can enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared with vegetables from the garden.

DAY 02

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📍Etape 1: The Font-de-Gaume cave

📍Etape 1: The Font-de-Gaume cave

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Located in Les Eyzies, in the heart of the Périgord Noir region, the Font-de-Gaume cave is one of the finest Palaeolithic sanctuaries in the world. Famous for its polychrome paintings and engravings, it features animal figures and numerous "signs" dating back some 14,000 years.

📍Etape 2: Restaurant le Nosco

Nosco

Table locale - Wine bar located in the heart of Les Eyzies, the world capital of prehistory. Nosco is a convivial place where you can taste local products selected for their quality and drink French wines and local beverages.

📍 Stage 3: Canoeing on the Vézère river

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Enjoy an incredible adventure on the Vézère with a choice of different canoe trips, exploring this wild, family-friendly river that flows through the Périgord. Your journey will take you past majestic châteaux and historic villages, offering a unique experience in the heart of nature and heritage.

DAY 03

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📍Stage 1: The Prehistoric Labyrinth

📍Stage 1: The Prehistoric Labyrinth

Prehistoric maze

Come and see Cro-Magnon for real! Become explorers and set off on an expedition in search of the last surviving Cro-Magnon, discovered by the famous archaeologist Professor Jean Netessur. Over an area of more than 1,000 m2, you'll have to solve 35 riddles as you make your way through 7 different atmospheres...

📍Etape 2: Heading for the Beunes valley and picnic at Cap Blanc

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View of Château de Laussel from Commarque

On the way, take in the view of the unspoilt landscape and the Grand Site de France label. Go to theCap Blanc shelter for an intimate and fascinating tour. Then enjoy a picnic at one of the tables with a view of Commarque castle.

📍Etape 3: The Village of la Madeleine

THE VILLAGE OF LA MADELEINE

The troglodyte village of La Madeleine has been home to mankind for thousands of years. World-famous for its eponymous Magdalenian prehistoric site (17,000 BC - 12,000 BC), this large natural site is made up of caves that have been developed since the early Middle Ages and were inhabited until the end of the 19th century.

DAY 04

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📍Stage 1: The Rouffignac cave

📍Stage 1: The Rouffignac cave

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The Rouffignac cave is one of the largest known decorated caves, with eight kilometres of gallery. Initially frequented by cave bears, it was decorated around 15,000 years ago by prehistoric artists, who drew and engraved more than 250 representations of bison, horses, ibex...

📍Etape 2: Restaurant de Laugerie Basse

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Low Laugerie

Ask for a table in the troglodytic part of the restaurant for a complete change of scenery!

📍Etape 3: The Grotte du Grand Roc

DAN COURTICE

North of Les Eyzies in the Périgord Noir, travel back in time to discover the wonders of the Périgord region. Grotte du Grand Roc. Discovered in 1924 and opened to the public in 1927, this natural cave is nestled in a cliff overlooking the river Vézère, with a terrace on the side of the rock offering a panoramic view of the village of Les Eyzies and the river valley.

DAY 05

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Rest... and enjoy!

Short walks, markets, strolls, siestas... The choice is yours!

DAY 06

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📍Stage 1: Lascaux IV

📍Stage 1: Lascaux IV

Dan Courtice

The International Centre for Cave Art

In the Périgord Noir region, the Lascaux cave is a masterpiece of prehistoric art, with frescoes depicting around 600 animals (horses, bulls, deer, cats, etc.) and enigmatic signs. The site is now being rediscovered in the International Centre for Cave ArtThe Lascaux Museum, an area of over 8,000m² at the foot of Lascaux hill.

📍Etape 2: Walk around Montignac-Lascaux

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Town of Montignac

With the help of the "discovery trail" offered by the Tourist Office, you can enjoy the charm of the town. As you walk along the quays, you'll appreciate the houses on the right bank. This pleasant walk will take you on a tour of the town's middle-class, timber-framed and stilted dwellings.

📍Etape 3: Regourdou Neanderthal site

Michèle Constant

800 metres above the Lascaux cave, at Montignac-Lascaux in the Dordogne, the Regourdou Neanderthal Site is a major archaeological site. The story of its discovery is told on this exceptional site, which contains the oldest Neanderthal burial site in Western Europe.

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