Full buffet breakfast in the restaurant of our hotel.
Private closing-day visit of the National Museum of Prehistory.
Welcome by Director followed by a guided highlights tour of the collection with a curator.
Temporary exhibition schedule TBC.
Set up against the limestone cliffs overlooking the town of Les Eyzies is the National Museum of Prehistory. The museum was greatly expanded, and reopened in 2004 with a truly innovative and fascinating series of exhibitions that explore the early prehistory of humanity. Besides displays of stone tools, there are also a number of exquisite objects carved in bone and ivory on display, as well as reconstructions of extinct animals from excavated remains.
Continue to the Madeleine shelter site in Tursac.
La Madeleine is a rock shelter located in the Vézère valley. In 1926 the skeleton of a three year old child was discovered, with exquisite shell jewelry, dating from the end of the Magdalenian period.
La Madeleine has three different levels of occupancy. The prehistoric rock shelter is at river level, the troglodyte medieval village half-way up the cliff and the medieval castle on the top of the cliff.
La Madeleine is the only site that has been inhabited for a period of 17,000 years without interruption.
Grand Roc Cave and Laugerie-Basse
The Grotte du Grand Roc is a marvelous natural cave found half way up a cliff face above the Vezere river. It is just a few kilometers from Les Eyzies and is right next to the Pre-historic shelter of Laugerie-Basse. Both the Grotte du Grand Roc and Laugerie Basse are classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites as part of the Vezere Valley classification.
Lunch in Laugerie-Basse.
Transfer 40 minutes to the The Pech de l’Azé Sites I, II and IV.
Visit with Project Director of excavations, Harold Dibble.
Pech de l’Azé (pronounced "pesh/de/lahz" as if the final accent was not present) is a cluster of four Lower and Middle Paleolithic sites. They are situated some 50 meters off of the floor of a small, usually dry, valley that runs into the Enéa, a small tributary of the Dordogne River.
After our in-depth visit we continue to Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Early evening guided tour of the picturesque center of Sarlat and medieval architecture before dinner.
Dinner at leisure in Sarlat.
Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the evening.
Overnight: Les Glycines, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac.