France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Lascaux II, Dordogne, France Guide
You can't visit the actual Lascaux caves, but you can visit Lascaux II, a faithful replica of several of the most significant chambers.




Lascaux, the most famous prehistoric cave dwelling in France, is next to the town of Montignac on the banks of the Vézère River, 26 km (16 miles, 26 minutes) northeast of France's center of prehistoric cave discoveries at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, and 26 km (16 miles, 26 minutes) north of Sarlat-la-Canéda (map).

The actual Lascaux caverns are closed to the public to preserve their prehistoric mural paintings from deterioration, but two of the most important chambers of Lascaux have been faithfully replicated in Lascaux II, which you can visit.

Most of the year there is little trouble obtaining tickets for the 40-minute guided tour of Lascaux II, though in high summer (July and August particularly) you may need to plan ahead to get your tickets and schedule your visit.

The pretty town of Montignac has a helpful Office de Tourisme as well as hotels, restaurants and shops.

Hotels in Montignac

Tourist Information





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Lascaux II, Montignac, Dordogne, France

Entrance to Lascaux II, up the hill
from the town of Montignac, France.

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