Cro Magnon Tour

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16 Day(s)
Moderate
1244 Km
avg 104 Km
Guided

Tour operator:  Ride and Seek Bike Tours

Chauvet to Tautavel (or either of 2 stages)

Our Cro Magnon tour takes us on a journey into the prehistory as we join the dots between the cave art of Cro Magnon across Southern France. Cro-Magnon refers to the population of early Homo sapiens dating from the Upper Paleolithic Period (c. 40,000 to c. 10,000 years ago) in Europe and provides the primary focus for this tour. We start at the Chauvet cave in the Ardeche region whose painting have been carbon dated to 32,000 years ago. From here we head south along the Rhone River and through Provence and the Languedoc as we head to the ‘capital’ of pre -history – Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne. It was here that Édouard Lartet discovered the five archaeological layers in a shallow cave that demonstrated the evolutionary path of mankind. Rouffignac with it’s mammoth, Font de Gaume and Cap Blanc are just three of the amazing cave sites that we’ll visit here.

We then head westwards to perhaps the best known cave site at Lascaux (images from which are shown below). Discovered by four teenagers in 1940 this site is considered by many to be the most impressive example of pre-historic cave art. The original cave is now closed to the public due to the damaging impact of carbon dioxide in human breathe but the replica that is situated on the same site is a wonderful representation in its own right.

Further highlights of the tour include a meeting with  Monsieur Begouen who owns the  Grotte des 3 Frères and a visit the Gargas cave that is otherwise known as the ‘Hands Cave’. Our trip specialist – Vincent Reboul – has spent years planning this tour and has a network of contacts at all of these cave sites that adds a extra immersive dimension to the tour experience. The tour concludes on the Spanish border at Tautavel where we visit the Aragon Cave where the remains of the 450,000 year old ‘Homme de Tautavel’ have been found. Our Cro Magnon tour provides a wonderful chance to delve into the fascinating subject of human evolution whilst offering a wonderful sensory bike ride across Southern France.

Information

Tour Location

Country:
France
Region:
Dordogne and Lot, Languedoc and Garonne, Provence Côte d'Azur
From:
Chauvet
To:
Tautavel

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Bike Hire available
Duration:
16 Day(s)
Level:
Moderate
Terrain:
On-road only
Accommodation:
Double Occupancy
Cost From:
EUR 6400
Single Supplement:
Available

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
1244 Km
Riding Days:
12
Month(s):
April, May
Departure:
April 22, 2021

Additional Information

Inclusions

Accommodation
Meals
Two or more first class guides, van support, all shuttles, private tours and tastings, 2 picnic lunches, original itineraries on the road less travelled, trip literature, super snacks during the day and luggage transfers

Exclusions

One ‘Dinner on your Own’ when you are sent forth alone on your own culinary journey
Airfares
Insurance
Personal items when you are on the tour

Options

Stage 1 – Chauvet to Les Eyzies - 9 days - 700km - April 22- 30 2021 - €3600
Stage 2 – Les Eyzies to Tautavel - 7 days - 544km - April 30 - May 6 2021 - €2800
Bike hire
Wine kitty

Booking Conditions

Deposit of €1000 (or your local currency equivalent)

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