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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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

we decided to visit the caves, but hadn't booked our tickets, luckily we arrived and managed to get on the 11.30 English spoken tour, first you get an introduction to the caves, then you start walking down the steps, not to many to go down, the rock formations were great, but the highlight has to be the cave paintings, its... More

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Taunton, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The sights to be seen underground are superb with massive stalagtites and stalagmites. The cave drawings are stunninly beautiful. Advised to book trip in advance as only set number of visitors allowed each day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Pech-Merle is a cave near the French town of Cabrerets that was discovered to have prehistoric cave drawings. Several of the drawings were found to be nearly 25,000 years old. Many of the drawings can be located online, but in person viewers are struck by both the size of the drawings (some over 20 feet long), and the display of... More

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noordwijk
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I wasn't too enthusiastic about visit a cave, but my family was and I am so pleased I went. What an experience, the cave itself is beautiful, incredible to discover such beauty under our feet. The drawings are amazing as well, to think that our ancestors who were supposed to be 'just cavemen' expressed themselves so artistically is incredible. On... More

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Irvine, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This a unique visit to the one of the ancient caves in the world a unique experience. Book your tickets in advance for the English tour

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Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The first time I visited Pech-Merle, I was awestruck! People just like us, stood on that same spot hundreds of thousands of years ago, and painted what I was looking at! How much more amazing could that be?? On this visit, I was sadly not as fit, and the tour was incredibly painful for me. A lot of stairs up... More

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Australia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We have visited a number of caves in the area and this may end up being one of our favourites. The site is well organised and these caves are a wonderful experience. The guide was very helpful and there are printed guides in other languages if you are on a French speaking tour. My favourite was the horse pairings (such... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We booked an English tour on line a couple of days ahead. This is recommended as there are a limited number of spaces and only a few English tours. The organization and facilities at the site are streets ahead of Rouffignac in that there is an interesting 20 minute film (French) and a nice museum in which to wander before... More

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Ontario
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were on our way towards Paris and stopped by Pech Merle. We didn't have reservations, but there were cancellations so we got in. The tour are only in French but they give you an English binder with description in English. It is cool in there so most people would want a light jacket. It was nice to see the... More

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Paris, France
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We hiked up the trail to Pech Merle from the little town of Cabreret. its 1Km instead of 5km ( on the road). Pretty easy hike and we found the organisation of the visit well thought out. Very Important! you need to reserve your visit ahead of time by internet. there is probably a way to call and reserve to... More

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