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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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Lots of cave art

Visited on a Wednesday afternoon, and booked on a tour which started only 15 minutes later. The tour was in French only, although we did pay €1.50 extra for an iPod which had an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Pudsey, United Kingdom
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Denver, Colorado
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222 reviews 222 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This tour is only offered in French but audioguides in English are available. You ride into the cave on a train and see carvings and some drawings on the way. Because we don't speak French we missed most of the most important info about this cave, and there were some really noisy kids that prevented us from hearing the audioguides... More 

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Pudsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited on a Wednesday afternoon, and booked on a tour which started only 15 minutes later. The tour was in French only, although we did pay €1.50 extra for an iPod which had an English translation of the key areas (albeit much less than the tour guide was speaking). You board a small train in the caves which slowly winds... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This cave is outstanding due to its number of beautiful prehistoric drawings and engravings of animals. It is wonderful because of its authenticity--it is the actual cave where the art was discovered and not a replica--and there is ample proof that the art dates back to prehistory. The guided visit is in French only, but there is an iPod guide... More 

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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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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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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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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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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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
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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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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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