7 days

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Cave Art without the caves

As an immense open-air gallery, the Côa Valley is blessed with more than a thousand rock art depictions, identified in more than 80 different sites, with predominance of Paleolithic engravings, executed around 30,000 years ago. This is a rare opportunity to visit rock art away from the beaten tourist trail, across the Spanish/Portuguese border region, in unspoiled countryside. Set within the peaceful valley of the Côa river, surrounded by rolling hills, and vineyards, the engravings were only discovered 20 years ago when they were about to be drowned as part of a huge dam project. An international outcry saved the rock art for prosperity. It is not only the largest outdoor collection of Palaeolithic images, but also, the only known place where rock art from the Upper Paleolithic (c2400 BCE) through to historical times is found together. There is an interesting comparison with the Spanish site at Siega Verde just across the border.

Tour highlights:

  • Explore the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Palaeolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula
  • Stay two nights in Porto, enjoying its old-world charm and UNESCO heritage status
  • Enjoy a lovely rail trip along the valley of the Foz Coa on the MiraDuoro train

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Today's Price

Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £340

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Dr Paul Bahn

Andante Guide Lecturer

Dr Paul Bahn is the leading expert on prehistoric rock art worldwide, and is certainly one of our best-known archaeologists.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
20 May 2024 APOR240520 20 May 2024 (Monday) 26 May 2024 (Sunday) Dr Paul Bahn £3,670
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