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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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One of the world's finest painted prehistoric caves.

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Excellent even though we were on a French speaking tour

We arrived too late to go on an English speaking tour so opted for a French one. The tour guide was delightful and explained several things in English for us. There is a short... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Trish M
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived too late to go on an English speaking tour so opted for a French one. The tour guide was delightful and explained several things in English for us. There is a short film to watch whilst waiting for the tour to start. We were given an English translation of the stops in the cave and set off with... More 

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Rye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

What amazing caves really worth going to. Fantastic cave art - a treasure! I cannot recommend these caves highly enough.

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Lacam-d'Ourcet, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Go before it is too late and they present you with facsimilies! There is something really special about seeing the original artwork, footprints, and other traces of a people who preceeded us by nearly 30,000 years! The guide took his time to explain things, and the tour did not have the 'rushed' feeling you might encounter elsewhere. We will certainly... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

To tell the truth, I didn't know whether I'd be that interested in prehistoric cave drawings... wow, was I wrong. This site is truly wonderful. The cave is amazing in itself, but the art is awe inspiring. When we got to the piece de resistance at the end, the spotted horses, there was an audible gasp from the group. So... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Outstanding prehistoric cave system open to the public in the Lot region of France. Better than Lascaux because this is real - not a mock-up and you are guided through a couple of sections of the cave. You won't see everything, some veins are closed to the public. But what you do see covers a good spectrum of what has... More 

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a world class cave with prehistoric cave paintings, one of the few where you can actually see the actual paintings and not reproductions. The visits are limited in number and time to not damage paintings and the guides are excellent. They do visits in English and other languages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Hard to beat this for a fascinating venture. Cave drawings made before the US was even inhabited. Contact web site to make sure you get an English speaking guide. There are several. The only down side is no pohotos to show your friends back home.

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Northallerton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

I had sort of assumed that these days it would be very difficult to get up close to cave drawings, such as has happened with Stonehenge etc., but when gazing at the Michelin map I saw this marked and decided to visit. We booked on line but off season others seem to just turn up although by the time we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

During our trip we visited some other prehistoric grottes, but I have to say that this was the most impressive. Contrary to for example Lascaux this grot is the real thing. It is here that the cavepeople made these drawings thousands of years ago. Because of this, the number of visitors each day is limited. Next to the drawings, also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Pech Merle is breath-taking. We had seen fantastic animal paintings elsewhere (see my review of Font-de-Gaume) but the thought of a person standing there 27,000 years ago and making a stencil of their hand was truly incredible and moving. I imagine that at some point this cave will be closed to the public so it was a privilege to be... More 

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