Prehistoric Cave Art of Spain & France (land tour)

Dates: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 to Monday, September 30, 2019 (13 Days)
Tour Leader: Paul G. Bahn


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

    $7,845 (15-20 participants) per person double occupancy.
    $8,595 (10-14 participants) per person double occupancy.
    $1,145 single supplement (limited availability).




Wednesday & Thursday, September 18 & 19, 2019 ~ HOME / BILBAO, Spain / SANTILLANA DEL MAR
Saturday, September 21 ~ SANTILLANA DEL MAR / BILBAO
Sunday, September 22 ~ BILBAO / ATAPUERCA / BURGOS / BILBAO
Monday, September 23 ~ BILBAO / SAN SEBASTIAN / BORDEAUX, France
Tuesday, September 24 ~ BORDEAUX / LES EYZIES-DE-TAYAC
Wednesday, September 25 ~ LES EYZIES / THE PÉRIGORD REGION
Thursday, September 26 ~ THE PÉRIGORD REGION
Friday, September 27 ~ THE PÉRIGORD REGION​​​​​​​
Saturday, September 28 ~ LES EYZIES / TOULOUSE
Sunday, September 29 ~ TOULOUSE / NIAUX​​​​​​​
Monday, September 30 ~ TOULOUSE | HOME

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