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Gouffre de Padirac

Padirac, France
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Padirac
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks

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Corrèze, Limousin, France
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It's probably different to any other commercial cave you've visited before (certainly in this area!). Take the stairs down, the boat along the underground river & soak it all up. An impressive setup. If you don't speak French well enough then please let them know - they have English speaking guides on the boats). The only downside is its popularity.... More 

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Creysse, France
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you are vacationing in this area, there are several choices of caves, though this was the most impressive of all and great value. Basically it's a river that runs underground and was discovered at a time when very little technical equipment was available, by a Mr. Martel. You actually get to see a hologram of the guy on the... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Padirac is a novel set up, the ride on the underground gondola is different and a bit of fun, but the downside, I was scolded like a small child for taking a photo, agreed there are signs but they are sparse. The visit was ok but there are other caves nearby that are less commercial and as a result much... More 

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Paris, France
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We went down the staiirs to better understand the heights. The trip with the small boat inside was really nice and the guide had good stories to share. I recommend the visit outside high season !

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The first view of this hole in the ground was as impressive as the underground tour. From a circular opening, the chasm is a 103 metre tubular hole which can be descended by elevator or stairs. The stairs certainly give a better appreciation of its depth and beauty - and you have the option of the elevator to go back... More 

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Los Angeles
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88 reviews 88 reviews
25 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Simply magical. This gigantic hole in the ground....discovered in the early 1900's, is a wonderful place to see this wonderous chasm. We went in October, after the crowds had left...and had a quiet, calm visit. The guides said that in prime season, the wait lines are hours-long, which would really put a crimp in the feeling of awe and silence,... More 

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Roseville, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Although this was not highly recommended by the guidebook I was using, we really enjoyed our visit to the Chasm. As we travel off season, we did not feel crowded or rushed, but I can imagine during high season, it might feel a little bit like a cattle drive. Yes, there are stairs, even if you take the elevators down... More 

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Kincardine, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This was a good cave experience. Fairly easy walking but ther are tairs. If I were to do it again, I would take the elevators gong down as well as coing up. The guildes on the boats are multi lingual, so just speak up if you want to hear another language. ours spoke Dutch, German, Franch and English and all... More 

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Franklin Ma
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you're interested in caves, Padirac Chasm can be part of fun day's outing ..... we we're located just on the eastern outskirts of the old city of Sarlat.....driving basically east for about an hour brought us to the chasm. As reported in other reviews you can get to the bottom mostly by elevators and a few stairs. We were... More 

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falmouth, maine
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296 reviews 296 reviews
89 attraction reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I love the new yorker....ho hum....stairs were too steep. This is a great attraction, apparently one of the most visited in France BY THE FRENCH. It's a massive hole in the ground which you enter through a typical gift shop/accueil, you can get English guides; there is a stair and elevator (we took the stairs; we're 53 and 59 y.o.... More 

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