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Address: Tarascon-sur-Ariege, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)5 61 05 10 10
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Seeing the prehistoric cave drawings is has been something I have always wanted to do. It is absolutely worth the 12 euro cost. You must arrange for your tickets in advance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Seeing the prehistoric cave drawings is has been something I have always wanted to do. It is absolutely worth the 12 euro cost. You must arrange for your tickets in advance (online or phone-see their website) and take care to get an English tour since they are only given in English twice a day. The tour is 90 minutes and... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

If you are 10-60 years old person in good physical and mental condition having good shoes and long-sleeve shirt and trousers who loves historic sites, this is definately your site! If all above does not apply to you or a member of your group, read more: - if you cannot value a cultural site of over 20 000 years old,... More 

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Helsinki
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The majesty of the cave, the history, the speculation, the paintings, the darkness. Nothing can fully express this place. It was... sublime.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Near the confluence of the rivers Ariège and Videssos, one kilometer in the depth of the mountain you are knocked when the guide suddenly lights the drawing works that our ancestors made on the walls of the cave. Bisons are in front of you there and you even feel the presence of the artists giving life to the buffalo with... More 

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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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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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