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Niaux Caves

Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
+33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Outdoors
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  • French first
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English first
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
7 helpful votes 7 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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
8 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

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
12 helpful votes 12 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Deep in the cave devoid of its stalagmites and stalactites which were sold as souvenirs over 100 years ago one finds 3 sets of cave paintings in the walls of the black chamber.These are spectacular and should be viewed if possible should one be in the area. There was a superb commentary by our guide.just enough but not too much... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I was first in the caves of France in 2006 and went back in May 2014 specifically to see some of the caves I missed the first time. Niaux, was one of those caves. All caves are different and all have a special place. But the Niaux cave is the whole package. There is no lighting and you must walk... More

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