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Niaux Caves

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Address: Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
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Back in time - not to be missed!

Great visit - one of the best painted caves still open to the public in Southern France. The paintings are in a fantastic state of conservation. Be prepared for a time travel with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Toulouse, France
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Toulouse, France
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great visit - one of the best painted caves still open to the public in Southern France. The paintings are in a fantastic state of conservation. Be prepared for a time travel with solid shoes, as the path can be slippery at times. Our teenagers loved it! The guide was pleasant and quite knowledgeable. Reservation is mandatory as only three... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Like the caves at Peche Merle, the cave at Niaux contains some of the most extraordinary records of human history. Breathtaking and amazing that art has survived so long. You cannot visit the caves at Lascaux or Chevaut to see the art there, so Niaux is one of the only places to go! I went in 2007

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Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had planned on visiting La Grotte de Niaux on 9 October, but opted to go hiking in the Pyrenées instead in order to take advantage of a glorious day of sunshine. Switched our reservation for the English-speaking tour via email which was very easy and received a prompt reconfirmation for the 10 October tour. True to the weather report,... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We took the English language tour at 1:30 pm which had the advantage of being the smallest group - much larger groups before and after us. The 9 of us walked (pretty slowly and carefully) maybe 1/4 mile into the mountain, through caverns that were natural wonders on their own. And then you get to the "Salon Noir," where these... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We decided to book the English tour as we were passing throughout the area on our way to Lourdes. We were late and missed the tour but the guide said that since there were only to other people for the next tour and they also requested it in English, she would do the tour in English so we had basically... More 

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Grand Junction
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I loved this cave - it was one of my favorite things in France. It is not commercialized and they really work to protect the resource. The tours are about 90 min in length and you need to be able to walk about a km into the cave in poor light and on slippery surfaces. Dress warmly and wear shoes... More 

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I booked this tour in advance as this is one of the few substantial caves displaying paleolithic drawings that can still be visited. Tours are limited to 20 persons at a time and so it's better to book in advance, especially if you want an English-speaking tour. It wasn't disappointing, entailing an eight hundred meter walk over, at times, slippery... More 

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Wavre, Belgium
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Amazing place for anyone over 15 (ill-adapted to young kids in our opinion). An outer as well as inner voyage into our distant past. We had watched a BBC documentary on prehistoric art with Nigel Spivey describing the controversial theories of David Lewis-Williams (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvhDb4phhzY), and this greatly helped because, frankly, our guide (in English) seemed rather uninterested in transmitting... More 

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florida
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Took family (two teenagers). 30 min trek into cave with flashlights. Amazing cave paintings 13,000 years old. Go to mon gran de sel for lunch afterwords.

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Monpazier, France
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We visited the caves (Grotte de Niaux) today and were very thankful our B+B hostess recommended this fabulous experience. The caves are only open to small tour groups (25 maximum) and they do run English speaking tours during the day. We dressed warmly and with sensible shoes (it's cold, wet and slippery inside) and were provided with torches. The walk... More 

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