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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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Boulder, CO
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The first time we boated on the Lot River we didn't really read about Peche Merle, but this time we made reservations, and all 13 of us were totally impressed. The tour was in English, but ideally get there early and read a guide, tour the museum, watch the film, and leave your camera at home, because you won't be... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

We had a great time inside the caves,my young son is not interested in anything other than play parks and swimming pools but he really enjoyed it. He walked through the caves saying wow all the time. The tour guide although doing the tour in french would point out certain things in English which was really helpful. The tour is... More

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Culver City, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

The reception areas are outdated looking. But to discover this cave with its treasure of original prehistoric drawings, is fantastic. And the guide took his time to repeat his explanation, in order for all people to be able to see and understand properly. And this happened in English. English tours are available and reservations online are advised for July and... More

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Toulouse, France
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW via mobile

An absolute must see! Lively guided tour into the cave and then in the dark caverns the guide would turn on the light to illuminate the cave paintings. Mammoths, horses, people, all painted in the wall. My favorite was the outline of the artist's handprint surrounded by bright red paint from 20,000 years ago.

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Dallas, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
65 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Pech-Merle cave is the first time I saw hand prints made by the prehistoric people who decorated this cave with amazing animal drawings. In essence they signed their work with their hand prints and left behind a sign of their individuality. Also, Pech-Merle is a living cave with water dripping and lovely cave formations worthy of visiting for their own... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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248 reviews 248 reviews
59 attraction reviews
322 helpful votes 322 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I read somewhere that Pech-Merle is the "most impressive real-thing prehistoric cave that is open to the public in France." When this phrase jumped out at me from my research notes for our trip through Southwest France, I added Pech-Merle to my "must see" list. I was not disappointed. Drawings made by prehistoric ancestors in the cave include bison and... More

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Monterey, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It is a a rare honor to be able to view the prehistoric cave paintings at Pech-Merle. While Lascaux has been closed in order to preserve the paintings, Pech-Merle allows up to 700 visitors a day to see art that was created some 30,000 years ago. One can only view the caves in guided tours. There is 1 daily tour... More

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

In a secluded location, this grotte offers an amazing journey through time. In building this cave, nature did a great job and we have the pleasure of discovering it. The paintings and guide explanation were good and very useful, if you speak French.....

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Western New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Wow. If you have always wanted to see cave paintings, I don't think you could possibly be disappointed here. We easily made reservations online ahead of time. I chose the last tour of the day because we were driving in from another city and wanted to give ourselves enough time to get there. We don't speak French. I knew at... More

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Malvern,
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Recently we stayed in the beautiful Cele valley, mid-way between Cahors and Figeac. Although we had already visited the fabulous Gouffre de Padirac, near Rocamadour, a couple of days later, we decided to visit the 'local' Grotte du Peche Merle, only expecting a small cave. How wrong we were! It was an AMAZING experience with wonderful stalactites and stalagmites and... More

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