I would like to book a tour of the Pech Merle caves in English however I cannot see how you can do this from the website as the drop down menu has all of the tours in French. How do I arrange a English tour please?
Thank you for all the helpful advice. I contacted the cave website and they do an English tour at 10:30 am Monday to Friday.
Hi - the trick is to arrive early enough to see the video at the upper level of the attraction. It is subtitled. Otherwise, frankly, the plastic hand out is pretty useless as your guide is pointing stuff out on the walls while your head is buried in the plastic guide!
The locals do the tours and speak little if any English. They give you a plastic coated tour guide in English which is adequate. There were a couple French tourists on our tour who spoke some English and were helpful to us. This is not a hi tech tour so just go and enjoy some amazing history.
I can only tell you my experience. On May 10 I was in Sarlat and went on the Peche Merle website to book a tour for the 12th. It showed that there was 1 English tour at 10:30. I bought two tickets online. That being said, for the price and the magic of being in this amazing cave I would have bought a ticket for a French tour if I had to. Also - many of the guides are reasonably bilingual and might be able to help if there are any real questions - even in English on a French tour.
If you can't see the English tour then it is already booked. We have taken the French tour. They are very nice and helpful. They have a booklet of the tour stops in English the guide G will give you then one he/she explains it in French hey will point it out to you as well. We felt like we had our own mini private tour. The staff are very proud to show the grotto. Advice: show up 30 min before the scheduled tour time or more to experience the museum but don't be late.
There are NO English tours. There are only 700 visitors allowed each day and hence any setting aside some of this number to other nationalities would be controversial. You do get an English booklet translating what is said and the guide who took our tour did use some English when he saw our booklet. It I very different from Lascaux. The café here is also not worth bothering with.
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