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Gouffre de Padirac

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Address: Padirac, France
Phone Number: 0565336456
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Sharon R
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43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Sharon R
Jackson, Wyoming
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank salseraviajera
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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48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank chillaxingliz
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This place is pretty amazing and really quite impressive. You go on a lake underground in the cave to where your guide awaits, then you're taken around some pretty specular rock formations all underground. Wrap up and wear good sturdy shoes/trainers. Not suitable in my opinion for small kids and people who get a bit claustrophobic.

Thank theBurch1
Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Very nice guided tour with beutifull sites. You go partly by boot what was fun. I've made a lot of pictures but you need a camera that is able to make pictures withou a flash (flash is forbidden). A lot of free parking space on walking distance. When we arrived ther was quit a que. If you get an e-ticket... More 

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los angeles, california
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This was far beyond my expectations. However, there is not warning as to how cold it is and how much walking and steps that are wet you are expected to take. I also felt some anxiety walking that far below the earth. We had to WAIT extra long to be put in an english speaking group after waiting for a... More 

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

Dear angelofmercy, Thanks for your comment. First, we are so sorry you lost your time waiting for an english group while the guide spoke French! We really try to offer English-speaking visits, but obviously our guides are not all fluent in English. Unfortunatly, we can’t make sure you get an english guide everytime, it depends on the guides availability when... More 

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