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No taxis to the caves from Tarascon-sur-Ariège on a Sunday in January

My daughter and I took a train from Toulouse to Tarascon-sur-Ariège on a Sunday in January. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great prehistoric art, but tread lightly.

We made a special trip to France to see these paintings, as this is one of the few caves that still... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
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The Niaux cave: a giant of prehistory in Ariège Visit one of the most famous Palaeolithic sites in Europe! Enjoy the unique experience of a mysterious journey into the heart of prehistory ! Just like a pioneer, venture into the Niaux cave with a...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Vierge de Niaux | At the end of its own one lane access road above the hamlet of Niaux, 09400 Niaux, France
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All reviews in advance bison cave paintings open to the public english speaking tour unique experience long walk sturdy shoes awe inspiring mobility problems once in a lifetime high season warm clothes we arrived early special place well worth the effort walking stick
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I took a train from Toulouse to Tarascon-sur-Ariège on a Sunday in January. We knew we were taking a chance at finding a taxi to the caves from there, and we were right. Other than a handful of tour buses that had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

I read all the previous reviews which seemed to rave about their excellent tour guides so I had high expectations but unfortunately our English speaking guide was rude, abrupt and rushed the group through the caves over tricky and slippery surfaces which was quite stressful...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SESTA09, Responsable relations clients at Grotte de Niaux, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Dear Louise we are sorry for you disappointment when you visited the Niaux cave. As we mention our on website, the walk inside the cave is slippery and complicated and that's why we advise young children and people with mobility problems not to come in....More

Reviewed October 10, 2018 via mobile

We made a special trip to France to see these paintings, as this is one of the few caves that still allows visitors. We were not disappointed! The drawings show exceptional artistic skill dating back 14,000 years. Animals include bison, horses, and deer. Be very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

The Grotte de Nivaux is one of the best paleolithic painted caves open to the public. You have to walk 800 meters to the paintings an back, so get ready for a hike. Our guide, Marianne, spoke very good english and was very knowledgeable about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

We caught one of the last tours in 2018 and what an incredible experience. Walking into the caves by torchlight set the tension and when the paintings were revealed it was amazing. The guide was brilliant and caught us all with her enthusiasm, awe and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

We booked a tour in English well in advance. Our young guide was superb - she was very knowledgeable and very clear about what was known, what was hypothesised and what was unknown about the cave and its paintings. Walking through the cave by torchlight...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 9, 2018

We booked on a tour with an English speaking guide and took my 8-year old nephew. Under 5's are not allowed in the cave and I wonder how well most 5-7 year olds would get on, but despite being the youngest on our (fully booked)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

I can’t speak highly enough of our visit to the Grottes de Niaux. The drive up the mountain to the visitor centre revealed wonderful views over the mountains, special enough to justify the journey alone, and we enjoyed our picnic in the sunshine before our...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank FlatToppedHill
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Cave paintings here are stunning! Visitor experience so well planned and delivered. The visitor centre alone is architecturally designed to reflect the harsh cliff landscape and reflects its environment. For once no cafes, masses of marketable tat just some mostly French guides and a few...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

These caves were the reason for us traveling to this region of France - a bit of a wild goods chase to be honest. My son had heard of them, and we were relatively nearby, so it seemed like a fit. When trying to research...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Barbara S
November 12, 2018|
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Response from SESTA09 | Property representative |
Dear Barbara, from Toulouse if there is no traffic jam it is about one hour by the highway. Be careful on the weekends people go skiing... By train this is not practical because you have to take a cab to go from the train... More
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August 31, 2018|
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Sorry but no baby carriers are not allowed inside the cave.
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August 13, 2018|
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Melbourne, Australia
Base for Niaux & day hiking? (2 Replies)
I'm looking for a base for 3-4 days that provides good access to both Grotte de Niaux and day-walks in the Pyrenees that are suitable for an active 8YO. Can anyone recommend a suitable base and good walks in the area? I'll have a car & will be coming from Carcassonne and heading to Perpignan. Thanks in advance...
February 08, 2012|
Response fromGirl39|
You might consider Foix, about 10 miles from the caves. Nice little town to explore. We stayed at Chapeliers Bed and Breakfast, which is situated at the base of a castle. Our hosts made our reservations at the caves and had a lot of information on the area.
vancouver canada
grotte de niaux (2 Replies)
i am trying to find a way to book a reservation for July, 2005, preferabley online. Any suggestions?
March 08, 2005|
Response fromArras|
I think they only take phone reservations...and in French...