Prehistoric Cave Art of Spain & France (land tour)

Dates: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 to Monday, October 5, 2015 (13 Days)
Tour Leader: Paul G. Bahn

Lascaux II. Photo by Prof Saxx


  • Investigate southwestern Europe’s most extraordinary  prehistoric caves, including Altamira II, a precise replica of the original that is often called the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art;” Lascaux II, an exact reproduction of one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites ever discovered; Atapuerca, the most significant early human site in western Europe; Las Monedas Cave and Cueva del Castillo, where 180 animal likenesses were painted some 12,000-14,000 years ago; Cougnac,which features paintings of extinct megaloceros and mammoth; Pech Merle, known for its “negative handprints;” and others.
  • Travel with world-renowned archaeological author Paul Bahn, a gifted and popular lecturer who regularly leads tours to study the prehistory of Spain and France, including this program. Dr. Bahn will enhance your understanding of the sites with lectures and informal discussions.
  • Tour archaeological and ethnographic museums with superb exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, including the  Museum of Human Evolution in Burgos, Altamira Museum, Museum of Les Eyzies, and the Museé d’Aquitaine; plus the modern art collections of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum.
  • Explore charming villages and cities, including Santillana del Mar and San Sebastian; plus the medieval Château de Beynac, which offers a spectacular view of the fortress-dotted valley below.
  • Enjoy excellent accommodations in fine hotels and charming inns, as well as fine wine and cuisine.

    Pricing: TBA per person double occupancy
    Single Supplement: TBA

    ** NOTE ** 2014 brochure listed below (for reference only).

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** NOTE ** 2014 Itinerary listed below.

Wednesday & Thursday, September 3-4, 2014 ~  HOME / BILBAO, Spain / SANTILLANA DEL MAR
Saturday, September 6 ~ SANTILLANA DEL MAR / BILBAO
Sunday, September 7 ~ BILBAO / ATAPUERCA / BURGOS / BILBAO
Monday, September 8 ~ BILBAO / SAN SEBASTIAN / BORDEAUX, France
Tuesday, September 9 ~ BORDEAUX / LES EYZIES-DE-TAYAC
Wednesday, September 10 ~ LES EYZIES / THE PÉRIGORD REGION
Thursday, September 11 ~ THE PÉRIGORD REGION
Friday, September 12 ~ THE PÉRIGORD REGION
Saturday, September 13 ~ LES EYZIES / TOULOUSE
Sunday, September 14 ~ TOULOUSE / NIAUX
Monday, September 15 ~ TOULOUSE / HOME

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