Days Out: Lot (46)

At the Parc dActivities, go-karting on a 800m circuit with a choice of karts from 120cc for children to 125cc and 270cc for adults. Individual or group bookings available. Open from 10:00-20:00. Cieurac (46).
Grottes de Cougnac
Mineral vegetation and prehistoric paintings of mammoths and human figures. Guided tours available. Payrignac, Gourdon (46).
Grottes de Lacave
Guided visit of about 1 hour 20 minutes to discover 12 fairy-like caves, one of 2,000m2 with concretisations of stalactities and stalagmites. Access to caves by train and lift. Open from mid-March to November. Lacave (46).
Accroliane and Paint-Ball
Tree climbing (accrobranche) adventure park with nine different routes of differing levels of ability suitable for all ages. 10:00-18:00 weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. 09:00-20:00 July and August. Figeac (46).
Les Jardins Secrets
Gardens with an educational, medieval theme. Located in the centre of Cahors. Guided visits available via the tourist office. (46).
Le Labyrinthe des Roses
Located at the foot of the Chateau de St-Dau in Figeac and built on a Roman site. More than 1,000 climbing roses chosen for their scent and colours. Also Iris, Clematis and a Carp pond. Le Chateau de St-Dau (46).
Discover the evolution of various species in this prehistoric park, the beginning of sea-life, dinosaurs, flying reptiles, the first birds and pre-historic mammals and the evolution of man. Daily life of Neolithic man. La Cave (46).
Le Valentre
1 hr 15 cruises around Cahors. Departing everyday at 11:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00 120 places, based in Quai Valentre. Cahors (46).
Petit Train Routier Souillac
1 hour tour through the old quarters of Souillac. Everyday from 1st July to 30th September, 10:00-19:00 with a night tour at 21:30. Contact the tourist office in Souillac (46).
Gouffre de Padirac
A giant cavern in the ground 103m below the surface, where visitors can take a boat on the underground river and discover stalactites and stalagmites. Padirac (46).
Over the years this reptile exhibition has become the largest in Europe. The reptiles are kept in calm natural surroundings and can be seen in daylight. Open all year. Martel (46).
Les Croisieres Fenelon
Discover the town of Cahors aboard the "Le Valentre" leaving from Pont Valentre. From April to November. Departure at 15:30. Allee des Soupirs, Cahors (46).
1 1/2 hour guided tour in a choice of 3 languages. Every day throughout the season . Reservations only. Contact: Office de Tourisme Rocamadour, Padirac, Souillac (46).
Passion Aventure
Activity centre offering sports including rock climbing, canoeing and pot-holing, all supervised by qualified staff. Open every day from 15th June to 15th September. Rte de St Chels, Marcilhac-sur-Cele (46).
Quercy Land
A water park open from May to September. Also includes karting, bouncy castles and a mini golf. Canoes can be hired for trips on the Dordogne river. Souillac (46).
Musee de Cahors Henri-Martin
A museum full of objects relating to the history of the Quercy including archeological finds, works of art and many temporary collections. Open all year round. 792 rue Emile Zola, Cahors (46).
Les Jardins du Grand Couvent
A relaxing haven with a 1.2 km walk. Colourful flowers, aromatic and medicinal plants, a large wood and a meadow with horses and donkeys. Museum, tea room shop and exhibition hall. 33, ave. Louis Mazet, Gramat. (46).
Grottes des Merveilles
Cristalline formations lining the caves. 20,000 year old drawings of horses, deer, cats. Guided visits. LHospitalet, Rocamadour (46).
Parc Malawi
A puzzle park where the young and not-so-young can test their levels of concentration, mental ability, agility and team spirit to solve problems. Balls, skittles and discs are all used. During summer afternoons a pool is also open. Durbans (46).
Bateaux Promenades - Le Zephir
Boat trips on the river Lot to discover vineyards and chateaux. Open from May 1st to 31st October and 1st July to 31st August. Discovery cruises depart at 13:30 and cruises with tastings on board depart at 14:30. Base de Caix, Luchez (46).
Grottes de Presque
All forms, colours and varieties of stalagmites, stalactites and pillars from 8 to 10 meters high. Open 15 February to 15 November. St-Cere (46).
Parc Animalier de Gramat
Animal park spread over 40 hectares. 3.5 km walk with enclosures of wild and domestic european animals including wolves, bears, otters and pigs. Picnic area with snack bar. Dogs allowed on leads. Handicap facilities. Open all year. Gramat (46).
Chateau de Cayrou
Guided tours of the 17th century chateau to discover the history of the wine of Cahors with explanations of the wine making process. Free wine tasting session at the end of the visit every day. Open from 10:00-19:00. Puy lEveque (46).
Grottes de Roland
400m2 of caves demonstrating the lives of wolves, small underground lakes and archeology dating to the Iron Age. Rte le Boulve, Montcuq (46).
La Grotte de Bellevue
Discovered in 1964, this 240m long cave has many stalactites and stalagmites in various forms. For groups of up to 20 people. Allow 40 minutes for the tour. Open from mid June to the end of August. Marcilhac-sur-Cele (46).
Croisieres Fenelon
Trips on the river Lot discovering well known villages, towns, vineyards and chateaux along the way. 75 passengers. Lunch on board. Also gourmet evenings and dances on board. Events catered for. 1 to 6 hour cruises available. Cahors (467).
Les Senteurs du Quercy
3 hectare park with 1,000 varietes of iris which flower in May and a further 150 varieties which flower in June and July. Located at the Mas de Freysse, Escamps (46).
Le Rocher des Aigles
The Eagles Rock is home to many birds of prey including eagles, vultures, falcons, condors as well as owls and parrots. Free flight shows and educational presentations. Rocamadour (46).
Le Jardin des Sens
This medieval vegetable garden in the heart of Castelfranc has been transformed into a restful place for all to visit. Rue des Jardiniers, Castelfranc (46).
Les Jardins Habitee
Three gardens from olden times with life size models from the Middle Ages in traditional costumes. Located at the Musee Rural de LAutrefois Quercynois, Route de la Gare, St-Pierre-Toirac-Bas. (46).
Domaine de Surgie
Leisure park with water park, games area, swimming pool with wave machine, pedalo, canoes, mini-golf, restaurant and bar. Open summer only. Figeac (46).
Lou Fijagol. Petit Train Routier.
40 minute commentated tour in the historical areas of the old town of Figeac. Everyday except Saturday from 27/06 to 05/09. Lot (46).
Grottes du Pech Merle
A rich and varied discovery of the underground world. 7 caves with natural, geological formations. Prehistoric engravings which are more than 20,000 years old. Mammoths, bisons and human footprints. Cabrerets (46).
Musee Cuzals
A hamlet preserved as a living museum with old dwellings and farm buildings showing ancient farm machinery and methods. Open all day every day July and August, afternoons only May, June and September. 46330 Sauliac-sur-Cele (46).
Le Truffadou. Circuit sur Rails
Discover the Dordogne Valley along the old railway line in a steam train. 1 hour trip from Martel to St-Denis, Lot (46).
Visite des Maisons du Moyen Age
Visit medieval houses in the centre of Cahors and discover the architecture of the day and how people lived 9 centuries ago. Open 09:00-12:00 Mon.-Sat. 14:00-18:00 Every day (46).
Le Petit Train de Cahors
45 minute commentated tour around Cahors, taking in the house of Henry IV, the barbican, Dianas Arc, the cathedrale and the Valente bridge. Open everyday from 1st April to 30th September, 10:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00. Cahors (46).
Quercy Tours
Excursions for individuals or small groups. Full or half day tour in an air-conditioned coach. St-Cirq-Lapopie, Pech Merle prehistoric cave, Rocamadour, Padirac Cave, Cahors wine route. Reservations only.
La Foret des Singes
The monkey forest is a park where barbary macaques roam freely in 50 acres. Picnic area, souvenir shop, free parking. Park accessible to pushchairs and wheelchairs. Open April to October. LHospitalet, Rocamadour (46).
Parcs et jardins de Cahors.
The tourist office of Cahors proposes tours of gardens and parks in and around Caohrs including Les Jardins Sercrets, Le Jardin dIvresse, LEnclos des Cordeliers and many more. Place Mitterand, Cahors (46).
Phosphatieres du Cloup dAural "Les Escaliers du Temps&q...
Discover mineral activity and formation from the 19th century. Tropical vegetation where tertiary animals lived. Guided tours available. Route de Varaire, Bach (46).