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“A great place to visit with friends or kids”
Review of Gouffre de Padirac

Gouffre de Padirac
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Padirac
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Gouffre de Padirac, the most famous cave in Europe, is considered as one of the most interesting geological sites in France. After a vertiginous descent, by lift or stairs, of 103 metres, you embark on a boat trip along the subterranean river with spectacular views on the galleries. That's when you discover the "Grande Pendeloque" - a gigantic stalactite of 60 metres high - hanging by a string, it appears to admire itself in the "Lac de la Pluie". You then walk towards the "Lac des Gours" or the "Salle du Grand Dôme" with its 94 metres high vault.
London, United Kingdom
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“A great place to visit with friends or kids”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

A great place to visit. Book in advance using the internet in peak season as queues can be enormous. You won't need to print your reservation, simply bring a passport and the reservation number. It is really worth the trip. Inside temperature chilly so bring a jumper or sweater.

Visited August 2013
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

We went to two gouffres in the region, and Padirac was way better! The other was Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac, which was good as well, but in comparison Padirac gives more bang for your buck. We took the stairs down, and walked to await the boat. We waited about 10 minutes for the boat. No photography allowed. When we got off the boat, a tour guide brought the group of us around. It's a very good cave. I've been to many caves and this is definitely one of the best. It was October when we went and we needed to have an umbrella or raincoat. The boat was a bit wet, and the walk through saw several 'rain' spots.

Visited October 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“It's All Been Said”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This was a truly great experience. We visited in October and can echo the previous reviewer's comments as we also didn't have to wait in any queues. Once down the stairs/lift there is a relatively level walk to the boats with some amazing rock formations to look at. The boatride was spectacular and although our guide didn't speak any English the views required little explanation. Once the boat has landed you meet up with another guide who takes you further along into the caves to see some more really impressive formations. Our guide made a huge effort to translate as much as she could into English. Note, you must wait for your original boat guide and return with them. We got into the wrong boat (trust us) but a lot of "Desolees" and "Nous sommes Anglais" seemed to amuse the French! Just before you get back there is a pause when a photograph is taken of you in the boat which you can buy for 8 euros - well worth it for a great memento of this very enjoyable attraction. (Clean, non communal toilets are available at the entrance/exit)

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Drove for 90 minutes to arrive at this recommended attraction - was well worth it especially as there was no queue to go in. Boat guide was excellent as was his english. The walking guide wasn't so good but thankfully we had a French speaker in the group that we were with that could translate for us. A very worthwhile trip - the sights down there are amazing

Visited October 2013
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“Slot canyon with a roof”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

If you were in the SouthWest of the USA and saw slot canyons or walked down the Zion River Gorge, well, this is what this place reminded me of, except it had a roof and a high one. It was the single most beautiful work of nature we saw on our trip and definitely worth the visit. What helped is that we came in mid October around lunch time and, with other visitors in single digits, had no wait whatsoever. We completed the entire boat/walk/boat trip and were back upstairs in about an hour and ten minutes. I heard about multi-hour waits during the high season so coming in October definitely made our experience better. The boatman spoke English, the walk guide - not so much, but he tried his best and, combining info in the brochure with his explanation, the group was able to get the gist of the explanations.

Visited October 2013
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