Pyrenees Rock Art
Created by our ancestors around 35-10,000 years ago, at a time when Europe lay in the grip of an Ice Age, cave art provides one of the most direct connections possible with our distant past. The astonishing feature of rock art is that, preserved by the temperature of their environment, these ancient images have remained both intact and in situ for millennia.
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Day 1 - London - Saint-Girons
Today we fly to Toulouse and transfer to the Hotel Eychenne, located in the gorgeous town of Saint-Girons.
Day 2 - Grotte de Bédeilhac
The day begins at the Parc de la Préhistoire. Primarily important for its facsimiles of the main decorated chamber of Niaux, it shows the figures as they would originally have looked. Here, we also find representations of parts of the cave that are not accessible to the public. Later, we visit the Grotte de Bédeilhac. Occupation here dates back at least 15,000 years, with a variety of cave art, drawings, engravings, and even clay moldings among the striking rock formations.
Day 3 - Grottes de Gargas
This morning, we take a drive out to the Grottes de Gargas, where we find cave art consisting of two different elements – both created in the Upper Palaeolithic period of approximately 25,000 BC. One is a collection of animal engravings and paintings, including fine depictions of horses, ibex and mammoths. The other is a dazzling group of some 200 hands stenciled in black, red, brown, ochre, and white. Next, we enjoy a visit to the rich Roman site of Lugdunum Convenarum, at the foot of St. Bertrand de Comminges. Here, we also visit the great church of St. Bertrand and the beautiful Basilique de St. Just.
Day 4 - La Vache - Niaux
The cave of La Vache awaits, where weapons and tools made from bone, flint and antler were found with an astonishing array of animals portrayed on them. Images included wolves, lions, fish, and – most unusually – humans. From here, we view the famous Niaux Cave itself – one of the greatest and most powerful collections of Ice Age drawings that can still be visited.
Day 5 - Mas d’Azil
We visit the cave of Mas d’Azil, where the evidence of human occupation dates back 30,000 years, and the site’s fantastic museum. Our afternoon is spent at leisure in this fascinating area and a farewell dinner follows later.
Day 6 - Saint-Girons - London
After breakfast, our tour comes to an end and we catch our flights to London.
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Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|7 June 2021||APYR210607||7 June 2021 (Monday)||12 June 2021 (Saturday)||Dr Rob Dinnis||£2,345