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Gouffre de Padirac

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Address: Padirac, France
Phone Number: 0565336456
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friendly, interesting cave tour in english only

Before we visited I had read some of the recent trip advisor reviews, and was a bit worried about whether we would get any information in English. French is not my strong... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Before we visited I had read some of the recent trip advisor reviews, and was a bit worried about whether we would get any information in English. French is not my strong point! When we fronted up to the ticket office at 11am we were given a basic brochure in English, and told that the tours run 'continuously' at the... More 

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Forster, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

This is an awesome experience for the whole family. We arrived around 10am - just before the crowds. The cave is huge and the rock formations are just stunning. our guide spoke excellent English. The boat trip through the cave is the highlight of the trip. Would thoroughly recommend this.

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Robertson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

In an area honeycombed with caves, this one is a gem. There are no prehistoric paintings here but a huge sinkhole leads down to an underground river carved deep into a winding cavern. The boat ride is lovely over 1km of the river. The walk at the other end through spectacular limestone formations is very good but has a lot... More 

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County Kilkenny, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Just after being to Gouffre de Padirac last week, june 2015, absolutely beautiful but eventhough it has a lifts down to where u get the boat, u are brought by boat to another section of the cave then there is over 300 steps both up and down around the next section before going back on the boat. Steps are very... More 

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Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A sudden collaps of the earth (years ago) leading to the discovery of a beautiful underground river. You can descend the hole and walk alongside the river. Then you take a boat trip to the beautiful underground lake.

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Dartford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

An incredible place to visit. Extremely good value - only downside, the commentary is in French. If you go read about it in advance.

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lichfield
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This place is spectacular but my visit was completely ruined by the 'can't do' attitude of the staff. We were told to board a particular boat so we would be with other English speakers but found that the rest of the English contingent were in a different boat. We were then assigned a guide for the caverns who said he... More 

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Loved the whole experience. You should take the stairs and not the lift if you can as I think it makes it more special. I didn't know where to look during the 2h we spent down there as everything deserves a "wow". The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. You have to go there if you're in the region, it's... More 

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This amazing cave is well worth seeing--the boat ride on the underground river is magnificent, and the walk around the cave formations was great, as was the cave-guide. However, there are A LOT of stairs to climb despite the elevators (one of the lifts was out of operation while we were there (the boats are very easy to get in... More 

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A great geological space spoiled by less than sympathetic 20th/21st century access arrangements and an attitude to foreigners (i.e. us Brits) more akin to the 19th century OK so how do you get your visitors down into this cavern to enjoy this magnificence? In 1889, these caverns were explored by Edouard-Alfred Martel as he descended by rope with a candle... More 

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Address: Padirac, France
Phone Number: 0565336456
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Midi-Pyrenees  >  Lot  >  Padirac

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