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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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We had reserved in advance for a tour in English. Our guide was very good. Since our tour was at 11:15, we arrived early and had plenty of time for the museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Nogent-sur-Marne, France
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We had reserved in advance for a tour in English. Our guide was very good. Since our tour was at 11:15, we arrived early and had plenty of time for the museum.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

we were not allowed to go into the cave despite online réservation and being on Time. We were told that our places were sold to people arrived earlier . we were now on a three hours long waiting list....

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Excellent guided tour 80 meters into the cave. It's the real thing. Very profound when you realise someone struggled to leave you a message 35,000 years ago and you got it!! Beautiful! These are paintings not drawings or etchings.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We booked online for an English tour but got lost in the countryside with no signs at all until we were much closer. Delayed behind a rubbish truck, sheep crossing and narrow, uphill roads meant we were late collecting our tickets and they had been resold. We rebooked for two days later, learnt our lesson and got there on time.... More 

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Cabrerets, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

These caves are in the village where we live and they are really interesting. They were discovered by some boys in 1922 and the paintings are amazing, it is hard to comprehend how they can be 25,000 years old. As well as the paintings there are other interesting things to see there too. The guides are very knowledgeable and some... More 

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Swansea United kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We spent an interesting morning here on our canoeing holiday. The number of visitors per day is limited as too many would raise the temperature and humidity and damage the paintings Bring a jumper even if it is in the 40s outside. If you would like a tour in English or a few other languages h is best book a... More 

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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Sure ... visit the Louvre ... visit Orsay. Get your fill of Monet and Manet and the rest. But here the prehistoric art is 25,000 years old, give or take a century, and must have been done by torchlight. It would be a shame to miss the world heritage quality cave sites in France. Can't speak for the rest of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Our family, including 13 year-old granddaughter, visited the end of June during the European heat wave. It was an almost surreal experience to stand amongst the drawings and wonder about the artists. Our English-speaking guide was great and extremely well-versed about the cave and its history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

To me the most interesting is not necessarily the paintings. Ok, there is a bit of emotion thinking about our ancestors tripping in the cave. But the space is so beautiful, geology wise, so diverse you could get lost. Unfortunately the guided tour remains centered on the talking and less on the silence and observation. A good hint. Off-season, on... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We saw Font de Gaume, Roufignac, Lascaux II, and several others. We especially liked Pech Merle. It's a beautiful set of caverns, with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. And the art was the best we saw. Even more memorable is seeing a footprint that is at least 12,000 years old...

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