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Cave of Font-de-Gaume

4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
+33 5 53 06 86 00
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Join the line 90 minutes before opening, or you will not get in

I did not. Font-de-Gaume was on my itinerary for touring Vezere Valley prehistoric sites, but it... read more

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IlyaBurlak
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Marlboro, New Jersey
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This is the the real thing. Not just copies for the tourist money. What you see here is tens of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Allan M
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Newhaven, United Kingdom
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The Font-de-Gaume cave is a marvellous example of prehistoric art from the Madgalenian period with a truly remarkable group of polychrome wall paintings and engravings. For reasons of conservation, the number of visitors is limited to 180 each day with a maximum of 12 people per group. Cave of the Vezere valley designated world heritage site by UNESCO. Open: > 15th May to 15th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. > 16th September to 14th May: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last visit at 4 p.m. Open in accordance with conservation necessities. Closed: > Saturdays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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4 avenue des Grottes, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France
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Reviewed today

I did not. Font-de-Gaume was on my itinerary for touring Vezere Valley prehistoric sites, but it turned out to be impossible to get into unless I was willing to come really early to get in line for tickets. The tickets are not sold online, and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is the the real thing. Not just copies for the tourist money. What you see here is tens of thousands of years old. OK, they do make it difficult, They could keep the number of visitors low by putting the admission price high, they...More

1  Thank Allan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the few Paleolithic caves with paintings still open to the public . Not to be missed . The bison and horses are inspiring . Note that all persons lining up fro tickets have to be present and seated on numbered seats at the...More

1  Thank nishRad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As with Les Combarelles and Le Cap Blanc, the Font de Gaume Cave has restricted access. Located just outside the town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac, the Cave allows only about 70 visitors per day, divided into groups of 11 or smaller. No reservations are accepted in...More

2  Thank Kathleen P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit in order to see actual cave paintings. The hype is real, as many other caves are limited in what they allow access to. But the stories of getting there early are real. They only hand out something like 52 tickets each...More

1  Thank ColoTravellers
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited at the end of May and getting to the line about 8:30am meant that we received tickets 48 and 49 out of 52 issued for the day. We actually enjoyed talking to the people in the line and met up with several of...More

2  Thank davisellu
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We got up at 6am to get online early to be assured of getting in. We got online at 7 and were the first people there but in the next 30 min another 30-40 people were inline behind us and this was on a Wednesday...More

5  Thank Gregory W
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Font de Gaume is one of the most significant painted caves in France still open to the public. I arrived at 7:20am for the Monday English tours and was number 10 when the office opened at 9:30. I got on the first tour of the...More

3  Thank cik201
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

This is a must see and do in the area but you must arrive 2.5 hours early to get a ticket into the cave. They only allow 52 people per day go in and it was sold out by 9am the ticket office doesn’t open...More

2  Thank Meghan C
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

The reproduction at Lascaux is great, but it is absolutely fascinating to see the "real thing." So worth the early morning rise to get tickets, although the only tour we could get was in French. Our guide very kindly pointed out important things for us...More

3  Thank Mary Beth B
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Laurie F
13 June 2018|
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Response from Deb D | Reviewed this property |
It is not possible to make reservations or purchase tickets in advance. Get there early the day you wish to view. I'd recommend that you get there a minimum of an hour before opening, more if you can.
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kathycondon4
6 June 2018|
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Response from Alex M | Reviewed this property |
Yes, but you should schedule your tour as far in advance as possible especially in the busy Summer season
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