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Gouffre de Padirac, Padirac

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Grab comfortable shoes and a warm sweater to explore Gouffre de Padirac, a 33-m (108-ft) wide natural chasm that's 13 C (55 F) all year long. After you descend 103 m (994 ft) using the elevator, lifts, and staircases, you'll board a boat on the the subterranean river for a 500 m (1,640 ft) ride. At Rain Lake, resume your tour of the Great Caves on foot, past formations wrought by a millennia of erosion from flowing water. The caves and surrounding parks are family friendly, with children's activities, a picnic site, a restaurant, a park, and a gift shop. To avoid long lines, book advanced tickets online for admission, the tour, and elevator access. Arrange your visit to Gouffre de Padirac and discover more family-friendly attractions in Padirac using our Padirac itinerary maker.
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  • You take full eyes: Attention you can book your tickets by internet, you will have a special line and save valuable time especially during high season.
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  • We heard about these cave's whilst in Limoges, continuing our road trip around Europe we made this one of our stops along the way. Totally worth the journey through the countryside, amazing views. Arr...  more »
  • After a long queue we discovered this wonder of nature. Impressive descent, tour boat very pleasant and well commented. It was a good time with your family.
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  • An incredible experience! Being paddled by boat though those amazing caves was really something I've never seen before. This is really a large-scale cave, very tall and fairly narrow, you really have the feeling of moving through a cathedral or forest path. Inform your boat driver/guide if you don't speak French, or you'll miss vital information.
  • nice scenery, but too crowded. Boatrourguide did his best for an English summary but only once. Walking guide was a bit on automatic pilot and didn't have the voice for an underground stone tour.
  • The caves of Padirac are an amazing sight, several kilometers of caves to explore on foot and by boat in a guided visit. The part open to the public is just a small sample of the huge network of caves that are still being explored and discovered. The visit costs 12E, tickets can be bought in advance to avoid queues and there are several lifts to convey you down to the caves. It's convenient to wear something warm as the caves are quite cool even if it's hot weather above.
  • Impressive cave system. There is a tour with a boat on the underground river. Beautiful rock formations are also part of these caves. The guides give information in a way everyone can understand it.
  • Simply one of the most beautiful and amazing places I've ever been.