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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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A very worthwhile visit

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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France
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

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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Colne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This little visited, remote, cave has some of the most brilliant cave paintings you can ever see because most equally wonderful ones are not open to the public. Booking is essential, most guides have no English and you use oil lamps (watch your head in many places) but it's all well worth while. We went off-season and were the only... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

an amazing cave; we went to Lascaux (II) and of course in spite of the fact that the cave is supposedly a very accurate copy - a copy it is; Niaux is different, in that after a 20 minute walk you end up in a huge cavern where the real cave paintings are right in front of you, and I... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I recommend coming here in you are in the neighborhood. this is a must see but you need to make reservations in advance. also the tourist guide only speaks in french so you must either learn french quickly or read the history in advance to understand what is going on. if you are claustrophobic no worries as I am, the... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We came to the Tarascon-sur-Ariege region to see this cave. My mother- thanks mom- booked a month in advance. I don't think that far out is necessary, but I would book well in advance. We also wanted the english tour. We dressed warmly with good shoes. It was a bit more treacherous than I expected- as I am a very... More 

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Toulouse, France
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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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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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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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