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Vuelva a los tiempos prehistóricos en este tour de un día en grupo reducido por los lugares de interés histórico de Dlatogne desde Sarlat. Comience con una visita al Museo Nacional de Prehistoria en Les Eyzies de Tayac para admirar la mayor colección de artefactos paleolíticos del mundo. A continuación, disfrute de la entrada sin colas a la cueva de Lascaux IV, una notable reconstrucción de la cueva original de Lascaux, famosa por sus relieves prehistóricos. Finalmente, vea los dibujos originales que adornan la cueva Rouffignac, declarada por la UNESCO, que se remonta a más de 15,000 años.
This was a wonderful experience. We got to experience a prehistoric cave by a small tram. Few tourists are allowed at a time so it is well controlled.
The museum of Prehistory was also on the tour and it was clarifying and illuminating.
The Lascaux museum experience is so well done. It pus the 21st century human in touch with our forbears and explains techniques of how they painted in these caves. Mind boggling to be so in touch with the past.
Thank you for this 5-star review!
We are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your full-day tour in Dordogne. Indeed, Lascaux caves and the museum of Prehistory are very impressive and interesting.
Again, thank you for your recommendation, we look forward to your next visit in France.
Carole from Ophorus
After fabulous experiences with Viator tours in Europe, I signed up quickly for this trip--the major reason I came to SW France. I am a historian and wanted very much to immerse myself and my grandchildren in the cave art produced by people 15-30 thousand years ago. Reviews talked about the wonderful guides other travelers were given. Sadly, this tour went poorly for my family. The tour guide for Viator's local contractors (OPHORUS Excursions Tours in France) had no sign alerting us to their van, parked on the street instead of in the large parking lot adjacent. The meeting place the Viator confirmation had said was "Place Pasteur," which was that parking lot. The guide, Florence, was irritated that we had trouble finding her. She insisted that we should have known that the bus stop was the correct meeting place. Then we had a problem of our own making--just as I was looking for the tour guide, my son realized after reading the difficult French information that by the time we returned, the price would skyrocket for parking. He set off for the nearest free parking, which was a 10 minute walk back. There was no time-limited entry to the Prehistoric Museum, and the three other passengers in the van were quite willing to wait for him, but after 5 minutes, Florence announced that she would wait no longer, so my grandchildren, my daughter-in-law, and I were left standing on the street while Florence drove off. My son returned within 5 minutes, but, alas, it was too late. Florence also refused to let us catch up with them at the museum, nor would she provide the tickets we paid for for us to return the next day (we did return and purchased tickets on our own). We met her at the Roffignac cave, where we were handed tickets--no English information about the cave. The tour showed us the paintings, but since the tour was in French, we missed a great deal. The same situation obtained at Lascaux IV. Florence handed us tickets but provided no additional information. I had hoped for a guide like the ones in the reviews I read about this tour, someone who would make an effort to interest the grandchildren in paleolithic art. The initial mix up was our fault, no question, but in my previous experience with Viator tours, the guides bent over backwards to accommodate clients. Bottom line: expect no leeway if you meet for this tour in Sarlat. And know that Viator will not refund any portion of the fee you paid.
We have received your review and read it with great attention. Since 2012 we have been running tours from Sarlat and a very large majority of these are positive, so we were quite surprised when your rating was published. As you mention, it is the quality of our guides that have made the reputation of our tours in the Dordogne and Florence has been with us for several years and her professionalism and guide qualities are mentioned in many reviews.
The real issue concerning your tour, as you admit, is the fact that you arrived late. When this situation occurs, our guides have the possibility to wait for a certain amount of time but at some point, they do have to leave so it does not penalize the other participants – of whom you make no mention of but who did pay for their tour and are also entitled to expect a great service from us. Because of this, you and your family missed out on a perfectly organized tour that includes timed visits, live commentaries & an insider’s knowledge of the area. Our guides, including Florence, also go ‘out of their way’ to accommodate our clients in the best possible way when any unforeseen event occurs but this can happen only if the clients actually make it to the tour.
My suggestion when traveling with your family in a small group of more than 4 persons would be to book a private tour. For just about the same amount, you would have obtained a much more flexible option that is just not possible when booking a shared tour.
The Ophorus Team
Our driver was very friendly and knowledgeable. Museums can be overbearing. Florence pointed out the important info. The guide at Lascaux made the tour very enjoyable. I hadn't expected this tour to include this much. 9 hours is a long time, but the information was tremendous.
Our tour of Lascaux and the caves of Rouffignac was just amazing. We were in a small group of 8 and our driver/guide Marion F. with Orphorus Excursions was professional, knowledgable, and made the experience one we'll never forget. Marion's communication skills were excellent as was the passion and respect she has for the area. Our visit to the National Prehistory Museum before going to the caves gave us the foundation for seeing the prehistoric works of art in perspective. We highly recommend this tour.
We had an amazing day visiting Rouffignac and Lascaux caves with our congenial and very knowledgeable guide, Florence, who spoke fluent English. The caves exceeded our expectations and the countryside was spectacular.
The combination of the Pre-history museum, the 'real' Rouffignac Cave and Lascaux iv was very informative and entertaining. The extra stops like for lunch at Saint Leon sur Vezere were a treat.
Our driver/guide, Marianne, was knowledgeable, professional and fun at the same time. She even went the extra mile to arrange our taxi ride from Sarlat back to Bergerac after we learnt that the tour would be returning well after the last train had left.
This is the first glowing review I have ever given.
I highly recommend this tour and Marianne.
Wonderful Tour! My husband and I did the small group tour. We visited the National Museum of Prehistory for the perfect introduction to the region and what you will see on the tour. Then off to Grottee De Rouffignac going deep into the cave via small train to see amazing prehistoric etchings and art. We finished with a visit/tour of the Lasceaux IV the museum and reproduction of the original cave. Marion Ophorus Tours was an excellent guide. She is extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter. She directed us to the information and facts to give us a basis for what we saw, without overwhelming us. She stopped along the way to point out examples of communities built against the rock cliffs and dispelled many myths about Neanderthal people. Great education of the era and the area. I would highly recommend this tour.
We saw the caves at Grotte de Rouffignac and Lascaux IV. Also went first to the museum at Les Eyzies which put everything into perspective. Had a great day. Our guide Miriam was very friendly and knowledgeable.
We had Ben ! He was sooo knowledgeable, intelligent, hilarious, engaging and wonderful. You can tell this is his passion and he is so kind and lovely we had such an amazing time, my husband and i and one other couple. It was a fabulous luxury exclusive experience the highlight of our vacation!!
Normally, we do not sign up for tours but we are so glad that we took this one! Ben Benoît was a very knowledgeable guide whose enthusiasm for pre-historic art was infectious. He inspired us to visit even more caves! He guided us expertly through the museum in Les Eyzie - where we could easily have gotten bogged down and lost. The trip to Rouffignac was amazing, perhaps more amazing than Lascaux which we knew was a copy and which suffers from having so many people visiting. The stop in St. Léon and our lunch at Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe were also enjoyable. We even went back the next day. We would highly recommend this tour for the extra insight that you gain, for the way you don't have to worry about reservations or waiting in lines, and for the wonderful guides. If we return to the Dordogne, we plan to sign up for more tours!
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