Caves & Castles
Guided Archaeology Tours
Cave Art & Castles Tours, Dordogne, France
Frequently Asked Questions
(and some Occasionally Asked Questions too!)
Q: Will Lascaux 4 Open in 2016?
A: Until recently, the answer has been “we can’t be sure” but we now know it WILL OPEN on 15th December 2016! So just scraping into this year! By the 2017 season, it should be in full swing, with any teething problems ‘ironed out’.
Q: How do I know my Tour will run?
A: The minimum number to run a Tour at our published rates is 2 our maximum is normally 6. We will not cancel a Tour with only 2 people on it, so if you are first to book, you can confidently make your travel and accommodation plans. See Pricing of Tours. We will happily run a Tour for one person, but would have to charge extra. If we had to cancel your Tour for any reason, we would refund your payment(s) - request our Booking Conditions for further details.
Q: What is the maximum number of people on a Tour?
A: Our usual maximum number is 6 because some of the caves will only allow very limited numbers and we don’t want to split groups. Occasionally you may be joined on your Tour by non-residential guests, but only where we consider that it will work with a larger group
Q: What is the minimum number of people on a Tour?
A: One person, but it will cost a little more.
Q: I am travelling solo, can I book on one of your Tours?
A: We welcome solo travelers as you will see from our Visitors’ Comments. There is an extra cost, but we keep this to a minimum, to be fair to you and ourselves.
Q: How fit do I have to be?
A: Some sites involve fairly steep walks on rough tracks, it usually takes about 10 - 15 minutes at a gentle pace and extra time can be allowed. Stopping to look at the scenery is always a good way of taking a ‘breather’! Seriously, if you’re happy walking up and down stairs, you should be ok - but
contact us if you’re not sure, we’re happy to talk things through and advise you. To preserve them, t is important the cave walls are not touched, so you cannot rely on them for support, even wearing gloves.
Q: Where do I stay?
A: We make a booking on your behalf into one of our recommended hotels - you settle the bill during your stay which can be by credit card.
Q: Why aren’t the hotel costs included in the price?
A: To make it cheaper for you! If we pay on your behalf, due to the French taxation system, we would have to charge you more.
Q: How do I get to you?
A: There are various ways - the most favoured way is catching a train to Brive-la-Gaillarde rail station which works well from various directions.
Some people like to drive here as their time with us is part of a longer holiday and sometimes, travelling by car is simplest, depending on your plans.
Nearest airports are Limoges or Bergerac - plus there is the Brive/Dordogne Valley airport which opened in 2010. To find out more - How to Get Here
Q: Do you organise transfers?
A: Yes, from/to any location - cost depends on arrival/departure point. We usually offer a free transfer from Brive-la-Gaillarde rail station (we meet trains arriving around 14.00 and the usual departure is around 13.00/14.00 at the end of your stay). This allows easy travelling from/to Paris, for example.
Q: Do I need travel insurance?
A: We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance, but don’t insist on it - it is your decision. However, a good all risks policy will cover you for delays, lost luggage, cancellation and accident. It is well worth considering for the peace of mind it gives both yourselves and us. It is best to take out a policy early enough to cover the deposit payment which is non returnable. We always use travel insurance for our own trips and recommend you do too.