Les Grottes Petrifiantes, Savonnieres

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#3 of 8 in Nature in Centre-Val de Loire
You can walk through the two caves at Les Grottes Petrifiantes that were mostly formed during the Middle Ages. The stone (tuffeau) was quarried to build a nearby château. Romans were present in the caves as evidenced by the discovery of their pottery, manual mills, and a graveyard with seven gravestones remaining. Centuries later, the caves flooded with water, slowly creating new passages. Objects placed under the grottoes' springs for six months to a year get covered in limestone, creating a petrified appearance. Plan your visit to Les Grottes Petrifiantes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Savonnieres travel itinerary maker.
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  • August 15, 2017
    First of all, the price is very affordable considering the extent of the cave and rich teaching explanations of the Guide. For an hour we really having a very nice time. I who was afraid of being cold finally it was soft. I was part of a group of 15 which is quite suitable to guarantee a good organization. And the icing on the cake, we got a small drink at the end of the visit. I do not regret to be spent there!
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  • August 14, 2017
    With children a one hour guided tour which has delights everyone simple explanations some annecdotes all underground
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  • August 11, 2017
    Caves which are not in my opinion great interest despite the entire guide successfully explain the history of these caves.
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  • July 9, 2017
    A little bit expensive for what it was. But it was an interesting hour. Even though the guide could speak English she only spoke French in the caves and it was difficult to read the guide in the dark. The wine tasting was cute but it was a bit slippery. . So wear good shoes. Also it is 14 degrees so take a jumper for the kids.
  • July 18, 2017
    Tour guide disappeared for lunch half way through tour... She also only gave talks in French despite being able to speak English and just handed us a written guide which was difficult to read in the dim lighting of the cave. EDIT: After about 30 minutes another tour guide came and offered her apologies. She continued the tour with English translations.
  • May 21, 2015
    A bit of a waste of time and too expensive for what it is.They cattled us through the caves to see objects being calcified by water. I would only do it if you have too much money to spend and have seen absolutely every castle in the valley.
  • August 21, 2017
    Quite interesting and curious figurines that you do, it's worth a stop for an hour if you're in the area. They give you a guide in Spanish at the entrance if you don't understand French allows you to understand everything a lot better.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Visit on 10/07/2017. BEAUTIFUL PLACE. great visit thanks to the guide who knows his craft and the history of these caves. Interesting to discover for adult and children (even in low age: 4 years). Hand to provide a big sweater or a coat because it's cold.
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