Grotte de Font de Gaume, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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Grotte de Font de Gaume features some of the best examples of France's prehistoric cave paintings outside Lascaux, which is now closed to the public. Discovered by Denis Peyrony in 1901, the paintings date from 17,000 BCE. At least 230 polychrome (colored) figures have been found here. Most depict animals, including 80 bison, 40 horses, and 20 mammoths. The most famous is a frieze of five bison, accidently discovered during a cleaning in 1966. Find out how to plan Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Get in while it is still possible! We got up early, we waited two hours... and we came out completely overwhelmed by this authentic cave... What time travel! What fabulous have legacy us our ancestors... Not to be missed... Attention limited places!
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  • To see even a brief glimpse of the cave paintings available to tourists evokes many emotions.We can only speculate about why the Paleolithic artists created these beautiful drawings and but we can't d...  more »
  • Why isn't the title 'Grotte de Font-de-Gaume' the French name? As advised my our hotel front desk, we got there early 7:30 am to be sure of a space. We were numbers 3 & 4 and thus got in the first gro...  more »
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  • One of the few places that can see original cave art from 16000 years ago. Absolutely amazing experience. Almost impossible to get tickets. Either book three months (minimum) in advance or wait half a hour before they open and hope to get one of 80 tickets for that day. Definitely worth the hassle of getting a ticket. This place is about 100x grater than Lascaux.
  • Amazing cave art! A little tricky to get tickets (especially during peak season) but nonetheless unforgettable experience. Also amazing and knowledgeable guide :) This is one of the biggest masterpieces of the human race and shouldn't be missed.
  • An amazing experience! The only polychromatic prehistoric paintings in Europe that you can actually see (and not as a reproduction). It was beautiful, and the guide was passionate, much fun and knowleadgeable. Access to the caves is very limited, nearly exclusive: only 80 people per day can access, of which 26 lucky ones manage to book online (VERY early in the year) and 54 are "walk ins". The system is easy: first to arrive get in, an the queueing method is that as you arrive you sit on the numbered seats (not covered, by the way). The time assigned for the visit doesn't seem to be a choice but depends on availability and if several caves are visited or just the one. If you are lucky/in low season you should be fine with arriving at 08.30, but in high season add at least an hour to make sure you enter! At the same counter you can also buy tickets for Les Combarelles (10€, same as Font de Gaume) and the Abri du Cap Blanc (8€).
  • Great paintings and amazing experience. We arrived at 7am and half of the seats were already taken. Come before 7.30 if you want to have a ticket in July!
  • What a wonderful experience to see cave art from 15,000 years ago. Excellent guide, very knowledgeable. We went today and were there by 8:45am and were lucky to be part if the first group to enter at 9am and it was in English! Only 52 people per day can enter the caves. We were the 22 & 23rd in line so get there early!!!

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