AIA Tours: land

Decorated Caves of the Pyrenees & the Rhone Valley

Tour Dates: April 2021 in the planning stages (11 days)

Tour Leader(s): Ian Tattersall ,

This tour is in the planning stages for the April 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

Discover with acclaimed paleoanthropologist and popular trip leader Ian Tattersall a collection of magnificent but largely unheralded examples of Ice Age art. Admire unusual, elegant bas-relief animal images in Basque caves, a profusion of hand prints at Gargas, and the famous panels of line-drawn and subtly shaded bison, horse, and ibex at Niaux. The trip concludes with a visit to the newly-opened Chauvet cave replica at Vallon-Pont-d’Arc, which expertly re-creates the earliest, and perhaps most impressive, of the many masterpieces of Ice Age art dated to some 35,000 years ago. Enjoy fine food and delightful accommodations while an expert trip manager handles all the logistics.


Tour Pricing per person:
Double Occupancy (15-20 participants) $TBA
Double Occupancy (10-14 participants) $TBA
Single Supplement $TBA

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability). With fewer than 12 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.


Paintings of bison from the Salon Noir of Niaux cave. ©HTO

AIA lecturer/host Ian Tattersall (left) stands with Professor Henry de Lumley, excavator of the Arago cave and founder of the Tautavel museum, who is displaying the Arago 21 skull to AIA travelers during an unscheduled visit to the museum’s strong room in 2018. © Karen Raab

The entrance to Isturitz cave. © Krijun.

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain. © Nicolas Vigier.

The Ekainberri panel of horses, Spain. © Zaidiak.

Tautavel Man is a proposed subspecies of the hominid Homo erectus. Image © Rémih.

Painting of a Rhinoceros in the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, France. © Inocybe

A charcoal drawing from Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave, France. © Claude Valette

Decorated Caves of the Pyrenees & the Rhone Valley: May 21-31, 2020 with paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall

Itinerary


This tour is in the planning stages for the April 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.

Itinerary, lecturer and dates are subject to change.

Day 1: Home | Bilbao, Spain
Day 2: Bilbao | Welcome dinner
Day 3: Covalanas | Ramales | El Pendo | Bilbao
Day 4: Ekainberri | San Sebastian | Ainhoa, France
Day 5: Isturitz and Oxocelhaya | Bayonne | Ainhoa
Day 6: Gargas | Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Day 7: Niaux | La Vache | Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Day 8: Parc de la Prehistoire | Mas d’Azil | Tarascon-sur-Ariège
Day 9: Tarascon-sur-Ariège | Arago | Tautavel | Montpellier
Day 10: Montpellier | Vallon-Pont-d’Arc Cavern | Lyon | Farewell dinner
Day 11: Lyon | Home

 

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This tour is in the planning stages for the April 2021 departure.  To be notified before others when the tour is available and to receive a detailed brochure, contact us at 800-748-6262 or aia@studytours.org.


For reservations or questions, please email us at aia@studytours.org (and include your full name) or call us toll-free at (800) 748-6262 (toll: 603-756-2884).

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