The International Centre of Prehistory (the PIP) at Les Eyzies proposes, during the school holidays, activities for the children: initiation into archeology, stories, hands on experiments, expositions…. For the winter holidays 2016, click here to see the program.
The Black Périgord is home to more than 60 prehistoric sites many of which are registered UNESCO sites, including a number of the decorated caves in the Vézère valley where homo sapien man took refuge. Many have been restored and you can learn in a more light-hearted fashion about the dawn of humanity.
Another of the Périgord Noir’s world famous sights is the renowned prehistoric cave at Lascaux, near Montignac, nicknamed the Sistine Chapel of the Prehistory. Today, the original being no longer open to the public, the site of Lascaux II is home to an exact replica of the original paintings created by our ancestors.
A concentration of celebrated sites is found at Les Eyzies de Tayac, where the town and many surrounding villages are rich in prehistoric treasures: paintings in the caves of Font de Gaume , Bara-Bahauor the etchings of Combarelles, of l’Abri de Poisson, or also of thecave of Rouffignac St Cernin
At the heart of this historic region,, the National Prehistoric Museum reflects an ongoing archeological expansion. Re opened in 2004, this museum has the largest Palaeolithic collection in France.
To find out more : www.pole-prehistoire.com
Bergerac airport : numerous daily flights connecting to major cities such as London, Edinburgh, and Amsterdam.
Brive airport : daily flights from London and Paris
International airports of Bordeaux and Toulouse, for easy access to the Dordogne region – only 2 hours drive.
– A20 from Paris to Barcelona : exit at Souillac or at Brive
– A89 From Bordeaux to Lyon : exit at Périgueux
From Paris to Toulouse : stop at Brive (Corrèze) or Souillac (Lot). Bus connexion from Brive to Sarlat
From Paris to Agen : stop at Périgueux. Connexion by bus to Sarlat
From Bordeaux to Lyon : stop at Périgueux or at Brive railway stations
From Paris to Bordeaux : speed train to Libourne and local TER train from Libourne to Sarlat (crossing St Cyprien’s railway station)
You may find the SNCF website useful to plan your route.
Are you already planning next year’s holiday? To make things easier the Bergerac Airport opens three new lines flying to Nice, Amsterdam, and London City.
The company IG Avion will assure the connection for Nice from the 20th of June 2016.
The company Transavia will assure the connection to Amsterdam and will replace the connection with Rotterdam as from the 4th of April 2016.
The company British Airways will assure the connection with London City as from May 2016.