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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
28 helpful votes 28 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
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
7 attraction reviews
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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50 helpful votes 50 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
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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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Falls Church, VA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We only had time to visit one cave and were able to get into this one easily in late morning. It's a stunner. The open little train takes one deep inside the cave. I was shocked at how far the art was from the opening, and how it could have been created by the light of smokey fires . There... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We arrived just before 4pm and were afraid we would be too late to experience this tour as it closed at 5pm. However, a coach party had booked and were were asked if we would like to wait and get the last train at 5pm. This gave us ample time to read the ipod guide in English (cost 1.5 euro)... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was our first time seeing ancient cave drawings in Europe and we were impressed. We arrived, bought our tickets and were able to board the train through the cave within 10 minutes. The guides only speak French So if you need to listen in another language, purchase the electronic guide for 1.5 euros. It was very informative. It is... More 

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