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Grotte du Pech-Merle

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Address: Cabrerets, 46330 Cabrerets, France
Phone Number: 05 65 31 27 05
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Description: One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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Fascinating

This is not a re-creation, but the real thing, so we chose here, rather than Lascaux II. Prehistoric paintings (25,000) years old in a cave of multiple levels with stalagmites... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Bendigo
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125 reviews 125 reviews
39 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is not a re-creation, but the real thing, so we chose here, rather than Lascaux II. Prehistoric paintings (25,000) years old in a cave of multiple levels with stalagmites and areas of old stalactites make this a fascinating and genuine experience. Apparently at peak seasons, advance reservations are a must, since the number of visitors is limited daily. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Having visited the caves at Niaux previously, I was eager to see the cave painting here too. You have to book in advance. I doubt these caves will be open for ever as the contents are so fragile. These paintings are inconceivably old and put us in touch with the origins of Europe and the first men. You cannot go... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We were lucky to be able to see this cave. The prehistoric cave was amazing. It was wonderful to be able to see a site that was so important to our ancestors and we feel privileged to have been able to see it. Make a reservation to ensure you can get in. They have French and English tours.

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Los Gatos, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our tour was guided in French and English. Getting to the cave on the back roads is an interesting trip in itself. The cave is extensive and beautiful. The prehistoric art work is amazing. The tour was very informative. I recommend doing some homework before the tour. The guide handout is difficult to follow during the tour. The onsite museum... More 

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Kincardine, Canada
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I admit that I am not much of a cave person but this is really an outstanding place to go. We got there just begore 10:30 and joined the tour immediately. My husband was givien the English guilde sheet and I listened in French. There was a little pre explanation about the caves and about how they were found and... More 

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is not a re-creation, but the real thing. Prehistoric paintings (25,000) years old in a cave of multiple levels with some still-growing stalagmites and areas of old stalactites make this an authentic experience, unlike Lascaux II. Advance reservations are a must, since the number of visitors is limited daily. Fewer paintings than Lascaux, but most interesting and beautiful. Although... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Can you believe that they close the ticket office for 90 minutes in the middle of the day!! It takes hours to get there from anywhere and then you are told (well actually you have to guess) that "sorry, we are french and we need to take a siesta and we close the ticket office" The caves are still open... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Interesting if not spectacular apart from the very last cave drawings of two spotted horses and human hands. Worth the side trip from the tourist village of St Cirq Lapopie. Easy to forget these drawings are at least 25,000 years old!

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We went to this region of France to see cave art and our only disappointment was Lascaux II. Go see the real thing! I'll never forget those beautiful spotted horses.

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Waikanae, Waikato, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We booked online a few days before the visit and booked the one tour a day in English at 11.15am. Coffee and snacks, toilets and shop available onsite. Tour lasts an hour, caves themselves are really pretty impressive, the paintings themselves in some places require a lot of imagination to see what the guide says is there, The only really... More 

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