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Address: Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
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One of the few caves with prehistoric paintings still open to the public. Amazing experience. We managed to book the tickets one day before the tour but it might not be as easy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Saint-Lieux-Lafenasse, France
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Saint-Lieux-Lafenasse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

One of the few caves with prehistoric paintings still open to the public. Amazing experience. We managed to book the tickets one day before the tour but it might not be as easy come July & August so book well ahead (they only allow 20-25 people at one time). A tour is 90mins, and it's over 1.5km walk there and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We were staying in Andorra but had passed a sign to the caves en route and returned one warm June day having reserved two places by email on the English tour which takes place at 1330 every day. The cost was just €12 per adult, the guide was enthusiastic, spoke very good English and provided lots of useful information on... More 

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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The cave of Niaux was one of the highlights of our holiday in the south of France for four reasons : Niaux is one of the few places in the world where the general public can still admire original prehistoric drawings in their natural context, as opposed to replicas in a mock cave. Most images where made about thirteen thousand... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Niaux is one of France's amazing "painted caves," painted by prehistoric artists of the Magdalenian era about 14000 years ago. One must make a reservation, for they keep the numbers of visitors strictly regulated (and the CO2 emissions, too). Just the site itself, a great gaping arch in the high canyon wall, is impressive, with views over the Ariege valley,... More 

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pontypridd, wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Limited entry and only one English speaking tour per day at 1.30pm and takes one and half hours. 12 euro each. Very dark with only a torch each, floor is uneven and at times you have to duck, it's obviously quite cold but not wet. Our guide was very good an answered any questions also very strict on no touching... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Wear your hiking shoes and book a tour in your preferred language. Number and size of tours are limited to protect the paintings from heat. This is also why you walk the cave in darkness until you reach the actual paintings. But when the lights come on, you can't help but marvel that you are looking at art created by... More 

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Crook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is one for the older kids and adults. It is a little bit of a forced march in the dark across damp limestone floors which are highly uneven. This is because time with the paintings has to be limited to prevent degradation of the art. That said it is so worth it, and it has to be experienced, the... More 

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Pibrac, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This is a must for any travelling in this area.It is a guided tour and you can choose the language suited to you.The guides are first class,you are well equiped with torches and head wear.Sturdy footwear is a help.You travel over 1 kilometres into the cave which is stunning.You reach the Black Cavern where you see some stunning cave drawings... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

First, a few musts. It is essential to book in advance, to wear servicable shoes, waterproof if possible and an anorak. It is dark, wet and slippy in places and there is one quite steep slope to cope with. You will be given a lamp each but it is quite heavy to carry. We went on the English speaking tour... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Arrived at the caves just as the Accueil was shutting for lunch. Completely. No access to shop, even. We had to make do with the Exposition on the upper area outside, but would have loved to be able to go inside the caves on a tour, or at least buy an illustrated book as a souvenir. Come on, France, this... More 

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Address: Address: Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Midi-Pyrenees  >  Ariege  >  Tarascon-sur-Ariege

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