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Grotte de Saint-Marcel-d'Ardeche

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hard to top as a wine-tasting venue

We were a fairly large group and wanted to both see the caves and enjoy a wine tasting. As has... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie R
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Nice, France
Good caves - if you can get the tickets

This would be a five star review if it were not for the ticketing. Having phoned ahead an hour... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
Tara G
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The cave of Saint Marcel d'Ardèche contains a vast network of underground galleries, amazing basins, eccentric formations, immense rooms with evocative names such as "the Fontain of the Virgin", "the hall of Kings", the "Painters Gallery"...
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Route des Gorges, 07700 Saint-Marcel-d'Ardeche, France
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We have been to this grotte twice now - and the visits are good (unfortunately we missed the English guide on the first visit - usually at 4,00pm - and the guide was off sick when we visited on the second occasion, frustrating!!) - you...More

2  Thank Resurgam20
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Like many in the area, beautiful cave. The "service" is terrible. You can only see the cave during a manditory guided tour, on their pace (they turn down all the other lights). The guide speaks only French, not a word English. If you complain they...More

6  Thank Pieter K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a fairly large group and wanted to both see the caves and enjoy a wine tasting. As has been mentioned in other reviews, it is a long way down to the actual caves, and good shoes are a must, plus a coat, as...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

This would be a five star review if it were not for the ticketing. Having phoned ahead an hour before arrival to check availability of tickets and being told they were in abundance, we arrived only to find the next available tour was an hour...More

Thank Tara G
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

It's a grand cave, and you walk down 80 meters before you walk down in the actual cave. It's enormous. They say the trail is now 57 km but the tours are limited and take one hour. They run tours every hour in high season....More

Thank segalarnold
Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

Took the kids here for a trip during our stay in the Rhône valley. It was very interesting however, the tour is in French & Dutch but not English even though the guide spoke perfectly good English! Thankfully we knew some French so not all...More

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Linda G, Responsable commercial at Grotte de Saint-Marcel-d'Ardeche, responded to this reviewResponded June 8, 2018

hello, Indeed our guide is multilingual, but it is not possible for her to speak three languages at the same time, visiting time does not allow it, we give our visitors translations into English. Cordialy

Reviewed November 10, 2017

My husband and I were visiting the rhone valley wine country and saw there was an opportunity to do wine tasting deep in the cave--we were very excited to try it! We booked through Jezabel Janvre who was our great guide. We tried two lovely...More

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Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

Impressive cave. Nice to visit. The light and sound show was not our cup of tea and it would be evenly good without

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Reviewed June 4, 2017

We recently visited the cave for the speleoenoology tour. My husband is a geologist so a cave visit was a must! The wine tasting experience was very unique and really did benefit from the no outside smells, no sight influences that are eliminated in the...More

1  Thank LS130
Reviewed January 12, 2017

This is a well lit easily accessible cave. The staircase down is also a long steep climb back up though. The guides are passionate about imparting their knowledge to all the visitors. They make the trip all the more worthwhile. If you would prefer a...More

Thank Barbara15A
Reviewed September 2, 2016

The Gorges de l'Ardeche is a beautiful place to visit with lots of possible activities to be enjoyed. On a somewhat rainy day, instead of canoeing as we had planned, we visited the Grotte de Saint Marcel. There are several caves in the region but...More

Thank Neil J
Reviewed August 27, 2016

We have been to this grotte twice now - and the visits are good (unfortunately we missed the English guide on the first visit - usually at 4,00pm - and the guide was off sick when we visited on the second occasion, frustrating!!) - you...More

2  Thank Resurgam20
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