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Rouffignac Cave

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Address: Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
Phone Number: 5 53 05 41 71

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Amazing carvings and drawings in this cave toured by mini train. Well worth the visit. Be sure to check on opening times.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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98 reviews 98 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Amazing carvings and drawings in this cave toured by mini train. Well worth the visit. Be sure to check on opening times.

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Well between lascaux and its replication and rouffignac, I'd take the first one. there's no other languages guided tours, I didn't feel the real atmosphere because couldn't understand a word. There's a good structure with a small train for the visitors which is good if you want to take children to the cave.

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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

We had just come from Lascaux II and thought that was great but this time we got to experience the real thing! The animal drawings were fabulous and we were so grateful we were on a train that took us into the bowels of the cave so we didn't have to walk over the rough floor. It was chilly, dark... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We arrived here 30 minutes before the first tour and easily got on. We were blown away by the actual paintings and the cave bear scratchings, made by bears filing their nails after hibernation. Was all easily reached by staying in the charming town of Montignac. Lascaux 2 was beautiful but this is the real thing. Do it!

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Greenwell Point, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
8 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We got off to a bad start here because we arrived just as they were closing for lunch. The cave sounded good, so we went away for lunch and came back for the afternoon tour....it was certainly worth it. The tour on the Gouffre Rouffignac starts off on a small railway system. The cave paintings and fabulous cave carvings and... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I'm very interested in history and love seeing the real thing, so I really enjoyed going deep into a cave and seeing actual prehistoric drawings done by ice-age hunters. The drawing themselves are quite impressive as artworks even if you ignore their age. While they are just black lines on light stone, but the animals have a sense of life... More 

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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This large decorated cave allows visitors to view the original drawings of pre-historic man. You travel into the cave via a small "railway" and the drawings are only illuminated as you approach them. This is to preserve the integrity of the drawings and minimize the impact of the many visitors who tour this cave. For this reason, as well, the... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

In beautiful countryside, the cave itself was awesome. Electric train takes you on tour deep underground, stopping at cave drawings. These looked ho-hum on the computer screen at home, but in person had a special feeling, like being close to someone from 13000 years ago. Our particular tour was all French, but the guide gave us an interesting quick explanation... More 

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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

I had wanted to visit a "real" cave to complement the visit to Lascaux II. We chose this as the least complicated and easiest to visit. (Others seemed to demand standing in line at an early hour on the chance you might get in.) It was interesting to see the line drawings created so many thousands of years ago by... More 

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Rehoboth, MA, USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I thought about giving this turkey two stars. However, there are some amazing 13,000-year-old drawings that are worth seeing. If there were a way to see these drawings in a 20 minute stretch, I would recommend it highly. Unfortunately the only way to see them is as part of an hour long train ride accompanied by a French monologue. There... More 

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