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Prehistoric Cave Art of Spain & France 2020

Tour Dates: September 22-October 4, 2021 in the planning stages (13 Days)

Tour Leader(s): Paul G. Bahn ,

This tour is in the planning stages for the September 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

Investigate southwestern Europe’s most extraordinary prehistoric caves, including Lascaux IV, a new, exact reproduction of one of the most remarkable prehistoric sites ever discovered; Altamira II, a precise replica of the original that is often called the “Sistine Chapel of Prehistoric Art;” Atapuerca, the most significant early human site in western Europe; Las Monedas Cave and Cueva del Castillo, where 455 animal likenesses were painted and engraved some 22,000-14,000 years ago, but other motifs such as hand stencils and red dots have been dated to more than 40,000 years ago, meaning that they may well have been made by Neanderthals; 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.

Enjoy excellent accommodations in fine hotels and charming inns, as well as fine wine and cuisine.

$TBA per person double occupancy.
$TBA single supplement (limited availability).

Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required.  With fewer than 10 participants, a small group surcharge may be added.

Altamira doe

Altamira Bison © publicdomain

Giant Deer from Lascaux. ©HTO

Lascaux replica painting. © Jack Versloot

Bison at Altamira. © Thomas Quine

Font-de-Gaume, cave entrance, France © Jane Waldbaum


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 ~ Depart home for Spain
Thursday, September 23~ Arrive Bilbao |Santillana del Mar walking tour | Welcome dinner
Friday, September 24 ~ Altamira II | Altamira Museum | Las Monedas Caves & Cueva del Castillo | Santillana del Mar
Saturday, September 25 ~ Covalanas Cave | Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum
Sunday, September 26 ~ Atapuerca | Burgos: Cathedral, Museum of Human Evolution | Bilbao
Monday, September 27 ~ San Sebastian | Bordeaux, France: walking tour
Tuesday, September 28 ~ Bordeaux: Musée d’Aquitaine | Pair-non-Pair |  Les Eyzies-de-Tayac
Wednesday, September 29~ Museum of Les Eyzies | Cap Blanc | Font-de-Gaume | Les Eyzies
Thursday, September 30 ~ Cougnac | Sarlat | Rouffignac | Abri Pataud | Les Eyzies
Friday, October 1~ Lascaux IV | Le Thot | Lascaux II | Les Eyzies
Saturday, October 2 ~ Pech Merle | Vers | Toulouse: walking tour​​​​​​​
Sunday, October 3 ~ Niaux | Toulouse: Farewell dinner
Monday, October 4 ~ Fly home

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This tour is in the planning stages for the September 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


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

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