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Grotte du Pech-Merle

Cabrerets, 46330 Cabrerets, France
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Cabrerets
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Historic Sites
Description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.
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  • Dutch first
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  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Highland Park, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

my wife and i visited pech merle on our honeymoon this summer. we also journeyed to lascaux ii, rouffignac, and font-de-gaume. pech merele was, in my opinion, among the very best. quite simply put, the experience was breathtaking. the town of cabrerets was also very charming, and the locals were warm and helpful. a must see for every lover of... More

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Fredericia, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Went here in August, a very busy month, so better book a time on line or in advance or else your trip up the mountain might be a waste. A great 1 hour tour, and the tour guide could not be nicer. Some great paintings which you do not get the chance to see very often as most of the... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We booked an English tour online and we're glad we did. The caves are great and really interesting. Shame you can't take photos but understand why. Our guide spoke really good English.

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Figeac, France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

A visit to this underground series of grottos and caves allows you to view paintings made by people living 25,000 years ago, along with seeing footprints embedded in the clay, the claw marks of a cave bear, and cave pearls. It is a fascinating journey back into time. The cave remains at about 55°F (12.5°C) year round, so if you're... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect but found the caves fascinating. Bit chilly underground so bring a jumper or jacket. Only downside is that the tour is in French but just seeing the beauty of the caves and the paintings was enough.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is well worth a trip. If you are not fluent in French, book an English tour well in advance via their website. There are stone age paintings and lots of interesting geological things to entertain the kids. Drive to the top or if you are fit, or just ignorant of the fact that there is a road, you can... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you can, visit the Pech Merle cave, but be sure to book your reservations for a tour in advance, on-line or by phone. In the high season, it is very unlikely you will be able to join a tour without an advance reservation. The cave is huge, but only a small part is open to visitors. The paintings are... More

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Victoria, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The tour of these 25,000 yr old caves is small (the caverns themselves are huge), but it is a fascinating hour that both educates and intrigues. There are tours in French and English, so make sure to ask for your preference. Well worth a trip!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to able to see this wonder. We visited St Cirq Lapopie in mid-morning and then ventured to Pech-Merle in the afternoon. Watch your time because the site is remote and tours are limited by times/day and number of guests. Words cannot describe the breathtaking beauty of this subterranean gallery of paleolithic art painted and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Pech Merle cave is well worth half a day visit. 1h for the cave, 1-2h for the small but nice museum including the film about the place and 1h of picnic in the sun. The tour of the cave is obviously the highlight. Don't even think of taking any photos as the guides are very explicit about it being... More

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