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Gouffre de Padirac

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Address: Padirac, France
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A whole new world!

The site in itself is fascinating and very impressive. It's hard to believe that nature can create something so beautiful out of limescale and rock! It really is a peaceful and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The site in itself is fascinating and very impressive. It's hard to believe that nature can create something so beautiful out of limescale and rock! It really is a peaceful and stunning place to visit. Only downside for me was the price. I thought that 10€50 was slightly overpriced. The guided tour wasn't anything special at all but boat ride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We tried to balance our stops throughout France with some outdoor and adventurous experiences and this giant chasm, or hole in the earth was amazing! It was a very different feeling from looking down to descending the nearly 20 flights of stairs and then looking up! Adding to the feeling of awe is the underground rain as the cavern drips... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Gouffre (=abyss) de Padirac is a must-see in the region. When did you visit a giant cave last time? It offers a fabulous experience that can't be described properly in a few words. Tip #1: Bring a sweater since the temperature down there is 12°C all year. Tip #2: Buy your tickets online so that you avoid the lineup... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The caves were amazing. Word of caution, take the steps down if you want to take pictures. DON'T take them Up to do it. Guides were friendly and knowledgable, and even if ithey only had "un peu anglaise", they tried to give info in English when they could. Take a waterproof jacket or poncho or you will get wet

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

just a lovely trip into a beautiful cave, with the added benefit of a boat ride on an underground river to go for your walk around this cave. I went here about 25 or so years ago, and came back with my wife, who was as amazed by this place as I'd expected her to be. It's worth the trip,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

A giant hole in the earth leads one to the most amazing series of limestone caves we have ever seen. To visit it feels like being on a movie set bathe sheer size and length is awe inspiring. Be prepared to either get wet or bring good walking shoes and a raincoat. In addition to descend one can either take... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

One of the largest and most amazing caves we visited. Be prepared to walk a lot and get wet. The gondola guide was very funny.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Unbelievable big hole on the ground, you can go all the way down using lifts or the stairs. Only try the stairs if you are in a good shape. The same if you want to go back to the surface. Down in there, reminded me a bit like Disneyland, for such a good infrastructure. I wonder if all those things... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Getting to Padirac was an hour and a half of driving from the cottage we stayed at. It was well worth the drive. Interesting stalactites and other geological formations are the special thing in this cave. It is quite big, with a boat ride in some parts of it. Going down is either by an elevator ride or by using... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

There are plenty of caves around Rocamdour, but if you are not interested to visit several you should go to Padirac. Here you get the best value for the fee (10,50 € for adults). I already visited several caves in Europe, but this one is by far the best. It is just wow!

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