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Address: Rouffignac Saint-Cernin, 24580, France
Phone Number: 5 53 05 41 71
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Lascaux II and The Art of the Caves in Sarlat
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Many visitors go to the Lascaux Caves to see the Paleolithic cave paintings. What they may not realize is that the cave you tour is a reproduction, to avoid damage to the real... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Henderson, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016

One thing I liked here was the evidence of bears using this cave probably 15,000 years ago. You can see their claw markings as you take the required electric train tour through a couple of the galleries. Most impressive of the drawings and engravings are those of the mammoths. There seemed to have been hundreds of them throughout the cave.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Many visitors go to the Lascaux Caves to see the Paleolithic cave paintings. What they may not realize is that the cave you tour is a reproduction, to avoid damage to the real paintings. At Rouffignac a limited number of visitors enter a cave on a small electric mine train where you get to see the real thing. 13,000 year... More 

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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We had a local tour guide for a day out of Sarlat. She suggested this cave. Glad she did. One of few places to see real art from pre-historic man. Cool electric train. Tour guide was excellent. Our entire group was blow away.

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This one of the few places that feature prehistoric art that is still open to the public. There are loads of drawings and etchings in the stone - Bison, mammoths, horses. These are not the painted scenes that are located elsewhere, but the carvings and drawings are still very impressive. In the depths of the cave, fat from the opening,... More 

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Rome
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

If Chauvet's cave is the best replica cave to go through the artistic life of prehistory, the Rouffignac Cave is the absolute experience of a real one. I will never forget the visit by the small train, and the amazing paintings. That's not science, is pure poetry and magic!

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Berchem, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

As said by others here: be on time. To make this tangible: we were there in August and arrived at the entrance at around 10:15 a.m. and the earliest available tickets were at 14:00. So we bought tickets for the 16:00 visit and went away to visit other caves and have lunch, etc. This is a spectacular place. It surpassed... More 

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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Check the opening hours before you go especially in the off season months. The trip was brilliant and when you see the drawings you can imagine some have just been completed.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We stopped at Rouffignac on our way to Les Eyzies. In early September we were there shortly after 2 p.m. when the ticket office opens for the afternoon and got on the next tour (20 minute wait). We were given an audioguide in English. While we waited, we viewed the audioguide, which was perfect for explaining what we would see.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We visited today, Saturday, Oct 3. Our decision to visit was last-minute, because the weather caused us to cancel a planned canoe trip. We arrived at 2 pm, and got tickets for a 2:20 pm tour. At a cost of 34E, we got admission for 4 people AND the IPods with the English translation of the guide's speech as well... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

See the art while you can. Each year, more and more of these caves close as art curators and experts realize that cave art and contemporary visitors don't mix. One of the disappointments of this cave is the amount of graffiti. As the tour started, I began to lose hope. The little train starts and stops abruptly and the "guide"... More 

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