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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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We returned to Tarascon primarily to visit these caves and were not disappointed

We stayed in Tarascon earlier this year at the wonderful Hotel Confort. The owners told us about the caves and how wonderful they are so we just had to come back. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Judith B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in Tarascon earlier this year at the wonderful Hotel Confort. The owners told us about the caves and how wonderful they are so we just had to come back. It is imperative that you make a reservation. The 1.30pm tour is the only English speaking tour and today's tour was fully booked. Several families were turned away disappointed,... More 

Thank Judith B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We travelled for 23 days in northern Spain and southern France. We saw many amazing sights with the Niaux Caves the best of the best. We booked our tickets for the English tour (one weekly) three months prior to our arrival and recommend that you do so as well. You are provided with your own large flashlight and directed what... More 

Thank LMAKCalgary
Saratoga Springs NY
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165 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This was an hour and a half from our rental in Caunes but well worth the drive. We walked over a quarter of a mile over uneven ground, into the mountain. We had flashlights which were necessary to see your footing and at times had to deal with some openings not easily traversed. However, the whole experience was well worth... More 

Thank 22man
Maryland, USA
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46 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

When I read one review, specifying that if you were over 60 and/or not in great shape, you shouldn't undertake this cave, I decided not to go. I am well over 60, not in great shape, with a terrible sense of balance. However, my husband and cousin persuaded me to come along with them. I confess that I'm glad they... More 

1 Thank Annielp
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Fantastic tour by a well educated guide. The Niaux Caves are set in a stunning valley and are an incredible start in exploring prehistoric sites. The Salon Noir answers some questions but leaves you hungry for more answers... a good hungry.

Thank Mike H
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15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The caves are beautiful. The guide we had was really friendly and knowledgeable. Well worth the money. Looking at the artwork I felt a connection to our ancestors who drew them thousands of years before. It boggles the mind actually going into the cave as you realise how far the prehistoric people had to navigate before drawing their art, which... More 

Thank Willtraveller5
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Fantastic visit to see Prehistoric cave paintings. The visit takes 75 minutes and you need to book in advance as each tour is limited to 20 people. We managed to book the English speaking tour and the guide was excellent. Make sure you wear sensible shoes because most of the cave floor is rough and often wet and slippery. There... More 

3 Thank Jane A
Woking, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

This really is a trip worth making. The privilege of walking inside these caves to see 16,000 year old paintings is difficult to describe. My husband says it is the best tourist visit he has ever done. I agree: if you are used to walking, have stout/sturdy footwear, a coat and a passion to learn about other cultures, this is... More 

2 Thank Aimee S
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99 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

What an excellent tour- marvellous situation half way up a mountain on a track then a huge cave entrance with parking for over 30 cars. We reserved an English tour and the guide was both knowledgeable and a very good speaker. She ensured that we kept together and were safe during our 90min tour. Covering general issues and specifics about... More 

1 Thank Pete S
Dublin, Ireland
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Amazing trip back in time. The English language tour is excellent. Each participant should be physically able, and should definitely wear walking shoes, hiking shoes or trainers,

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