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Grotte de Niaux, Niaux

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Grotte de Niaux are known for the high quality of their Magdalenian paintings, which were finished over 14,000 years ago. An 800 m (2,625 ft) route over wet, uneven ground brings you to the "Black Chamber,” where paintings of large Magdalenian mammals have an international reputation for their amazing quality. Over 100 highly detailed depictions in black outline ibex, bison, horses, and deer. Begin your trek by walking through narrow, dark passages to several impressive galleries before arriving in the Salon Noir, a massive rotunda with walls covered in paintings. Advance reservations are required. English tours are offered at certain times but slots fill up quickly. You can download or purchase a pamphlet with descriptions of each gallery. Using our world travel planner, Niaux attractions like Grotte de Niaux can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Fabulous tour if you want to see cave paintings made by humans 12000 years ago. No cafe on site. Not a criticism just an observation to help you plan your visit. 
    Fabulous tour if you want to see cave paintings made by humans 12000 years ago. No cafe on site. Not a criticism just an observation to help you plan your visit.  more »
  • The tour is amazing and the paintings are well worth seeing, but it is not recommended if you are afraid of the dark or small places. Appropriate shoes are a must as the ground is uneven and sleepery....  more
    The tour is amazing and the paintings are well worth seeing, but it is not recommended if you are afraid of the dark or small places. Appropriate shoes are a must as the ground is uneven and sleepery....  more »
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  • One of the most astonishing caves with its amazing art!
  • Excellent guide and well worth the trip. Amazingly well preserved cave paintings. One of our highlights of our time in the region.

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