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Gouffre de Padirac

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Address: Padirac, France
Phone Number: 0565336456
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Magnificent abyss

A very organized touristic attraction, involving a massive steps or a lift descend, followed by an underground boat trip, and a guided tour by foot of the beautiful caves. An... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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En sarid
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En sarid
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very organized touristic attraction, involving a massive steps or a lift descend, followed by an underground boat trip, and a guided tour by foot of the beautiful caves. An impressive natural attraction.

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Henderson, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Outstanding cavern system in southwestern France. Apparently was inhabited many centuries earlier but re-discovered and explored in the late 1890's. Open to the public during the warmer months, you descend via a stairway or lift and then travel by an underground river to several spectacular settings. What you'll see are truly amazing limestone formations as well as cave pools. You... More 

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Alexandra C, Responsable commercial at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this review

Dear Zoom_Gotti, Many thanks for your comment ! That's true, the Gouffre de Padirac is open everyday from Easter to mid-November and online reservation is advised particularly during vacations; but keep in mind that it never was inhabited because people were afraid of this inaccessible and unknown place before the late 19th century. Hope to welcome you soon for an... More 

Angouleme, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

yes this an incredible experence to make the boat under the ground.It is incredibly large and deep. children will be delighted

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Alexandra C, Responsable commercial at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this review

Many Thanks TMallet16 for this great comment! We are pleased you and your kids enjoyed the experience! Hope to welcome you again at the Gouffre de Padirac. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful and amazing geological feature. Going near the end of season was beneficial as no lining up or waiting. The tour guides were pleasant and informative.

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Alexandra C, Responsable commercial at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this review

Many thanks for your great comment! We hope to see you soon at the Gouffre de Padirac for an other visit! Best wishes from Padirac! More 

Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

You want to find yourself in a Jules Verne novel... Then go to Padirac Chasm! Descent in a gigantic chasm, then a walk through a cave leading to an underground laguna... Do I need to say more. One has to go to comprehend the beauty of this place. Can't wait to go back!

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Alexandra C, Responsable relations clients at Gouffre de Padirac, responded to this review

Many thanks for your fantastic comment! Hope to see you soon for another visit! More 

York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Other reviewers have eloquently described how wonderful this cave network is, so I'll just add some tips! YOU ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED TO BOOK BEFORE YOU GO!!! We booked ahead in August, and are SO glad we did. The queue (in the sunshine) was incredibly long. Other tips: there are lots of steps especially at the other end of the boat... More 

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Massachusetts
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is definitely one of the most unique and interesting attractions in the Dordogne. You descend deep into what looks like a quarry either by stairs or by elevators through three successive descents followed by additional stairs. Visitors are then loaded onto small boats which the guides navigate by pole (as one would a gondola) through a narrow passage, to... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We went during the first week in October, 2015, and there were just no crowds of people. My husband and I were in a boat on our own and joined a group of 6 for the guided tour. The caves were so spectacular and the colours amazing. The water covered limestone glistened in the light. The caves just went on... More 

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United Kingdom
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83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We visited here expecting just to walk around some caves but were pleasantly surprised when we realised that is was more than that. You are given a guided tour which includes a boat ride on an underground river. We were very happy because they give tours in English and French. If your having the tour in English you might have... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We found this place in one of our guide books and thought it might be worth a visit. I'm so glad we did as it was something quite different with a very interesting history to it. Basically you go down approx 100 mtrs underground and walk through a large cave until you reach an underground river. You are then taken... More 

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