Overview of our Cro Magnon Cycling Holiday in France

Our Cro Magnon bike trip through France takes us on a journey into prehistory as we join the dots between the cave art of Cro Magnon across Southern France. Cro-Magnon refers to the population of early Homo sapiens dating from the Upper Paleolithic Period (c. 40,000 to c. 10,000 years ago) in Europe and provides the primary focus for this tour. We start at the Chauvet cave in the Ardeche region; its painting has been carbon-dated to 32,000 years ago. From here we head south along the Rhone River and through Provence and the Languedoc as we head to the ‘capital’ of prehistory – Les Eyzies-de-Tayac in the Dordogne. It was here that Édouard Lartet discovered the five archaeological layers in a shallow cave that demonstrated the evolutionary path of mankind. Rouffignac with it’s mammoth, Font de Gaume and Cap Blanc are just three of the amazing cave sites that we’ll visit here. If you would prefer a cycling tour with a broader focus, you may prefer to browse our range of European Cycling Tours or perhaps head further afield to our Cycling Tours in the US.

We then cycle westwards to perhaps the best-known cave site at Lascaux (images from which are shown below). Discovered by four teenagers in 1940, this site is considered by many to be the most impressive example of pre-historic cave art. The original cave is now closed to the public due to the damaging impact of carbon dioxide in human breath but the replica that is situated on the same site is a wonderful representation in its own right.

Further highlights of this cycling holiday in France include a meeting with  Monsieur Begouen who owns the  Grotte des 3 Frères and a visit to the Gargas cave that is otherwise known as the ‘Hands Cave’. Our trip specialist – Vincent Reboul – has spent years planning this tour and has a network of contacts at all of these cave sites that adds an extra immersive dimension to the tour experience. This cycling tour concludes on the Spanish border at Tautavel where we visit the Aragon Cave where the remains of the 450,000 year old ‘Homme de Tautavel’ have been found. Our Cro Magnon tour provides a wonderful chance to delve into the fascinating subject of human evolution whilst offering a wonderful sensory bike ride across Southern France. If you have any questions about this bike tour through France, please feel free to reach out.

Lascaux style Petroglyph detail close up


Team Members on this Tour

Vincent Reboul
James Geen
Megan Lindsay
Dylan Reynolds



Cro Magnon Highlights

STAGE 1 – Chauvet to Sarlat

> Cycle down the majestic Gorges d’Ardeche

> View the amazing figurative images of the Chauvet cave

> Cross the wild and enchanting Cevennes region

> Discover the gigantic spotted horses of the Pech Merle cave

> Delight the gastronomy and medieval history of Sarlat

> Visit the extraordinary replica of the Lascaux cave

STAGE 2 – Sarlat to Perpignan

> Visit the enchanting town of Bergerac

> Sample the delights of the wonderful Monbazillac wine

> Discover the gruesome history of the Cathars and their fortresses

> View the remarkable Gargas cave which is known as the ‘hands cave’

> Cycle the road less travelled through the Languedoc region

> Meet ‘Tautavel man’ in the shadow of the Pyrenees

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Cro Magnon Bike Tour Dates 2022

Stage Start Date End Date Days Distance Cost (Euros)
Stage 1: Chauvet to Sarlat 10th May 17th May 8 Days / 7 Nights 478km / 297 miles €2860
Stage 2: Sarlat to Perpignan 17th May 28th May 12 Days / 11 Nights 766km / 476 miles €4520
The Epic: Chauvet to Perpignan 10th May 28th May 19 Days / 18 Nights 1,244km / 772 miles €6780

Cro Magnon Bike Tour Dates 2023

Stage Start Date End Date Days Distance Cost (Euros)
Stage 1: Chauvet to Sarlat 22nd April  28th April 7 Days / 6 Nights 478km / 297 miles €2860
Stage 2: Sarlat to Perpignan 28th April 8th May 11 Days / 10 Nights 766km / 476 miles €4520
The Epic: Chauvet to Perpignan 22nd April 8th May 17 Days / 16 Nights 1,244km / 772 miles €6780

Supplements

> Single supplement – Our prices are based on twin/double occupancy. If you wish to have your own room a supplement is applicable.
> Deposits – To reserve a place on a stage of this tour you need to pay a deposit of €1000 (or your local currency equivalent). We also accept payment in GB£ and AU$. The final invoice will include any applicable single supplements or bike hire costs.
> Bike hire – If you don’t bring your own bike we have a fleet of bikes that we are able to rent out. Please click here to visit Our Bikes page which shows the options we have available, including the pricing which varies according to the length of the hire.
> Wine kitty – On all of your tours we run a wine kitty system. This is very much an optional arrangement that ensures non-drinkers can be accommodated. The wine kitty is owned by the group and anything left over is divided up although this rarely happens!
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The Trip

This tour takes you on a journey into the prehistory joining the dots between the cave art of Cro-Magnon across Southern France.

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Tour at a Glance

    Cro Magnon – Chauvet to Perpignan
    Length: 19 days I 18 nights
    Distance: 1244km I 722 miles
    Elevation: 10,359m I 33,986 ft
    Dates: May 10th - May 28th 2022aa
    Price: €6780
    Grading: 

    Stage 1 – Chauvet to Sarlat

    Length: 8 days I 7 nights
    Distance: 478km / 297 miles
    Elevation: 4,532m I 14,868 ft
    Dates: May 10th - 17th 2022aa
    Price: €2860
    Grading: 

    Stage 2 – Sarlat to Perpignan

    Length: 12 days I 11 nights
    Distance: 544km I 338 miles
    Elevation: 5,827m I 19,117 ft
    Dates: May 17th - 28th 2022aa
    Price: €4520
    Grading: 

The Trip

This tour takes you on a journey into the prehistory joining the dots between the cave art of Cro-Magnon across Southern France.

Email me the Tour Overview
Book Now Schedule a Call

Tour at a Glance

    Cro Magnon – Chauvet to Perpignan
    Length: 19 days I 18 nights
    Distance: 1244km I 722 miles
    Elevation: 10,359m I 33,986 ft
    Dates: May 10th - May 28th 2022
    Price: €6780
    Grading: 

    Stage 1 – Chauvet to Sarlat

    Length: 8 days I 7 nights
    Distance: 478km / 297 miles
    Elevation: 4,532m I 14,868 ft
    Dates: May 10th - 17th 2022
    Price: €2860
    Grading: 

    Stage 2 – Sarlat to Perpignan

    Length: 12 days I 11 nights
    Distance: 544km I 338 miles
    Elevation: 5,827m I 19,117 ft
    Dates: May 17th - 28th 2022
    Price: €4520
    Grading: 

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