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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 online trip maker.
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  • One of the most impressive caves you can visit on this planet. Try to be there early, to avoid the crowds! 
    One of the most impressive caves you can visit on this planet. Try to be there early, to avoid the crowds!  more »
  • Long, steep walk up and down the stairway (the fainthearted or weak can use an elevator). Fun boat ride to and from the destination point. Interesting sights. A cave worth visiting! Hint; Make....  more
    Long, steep walk up and down the stairway (the fainthearted or weak can use an elevator). Fun boat ride to and from the destination point. Interesting sights. A cave worth visiting! Hint; Make....  more »
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  • Awesome! If you're into history, archeology, and exploring. Very fun. Bring comfy shoes with good grip! There are lifts if you don't want to take loads stairs up, but you still need to take them down and there's lots of walking.
  • Practical details first. It’s 14 degrees down at the bottom so wear something warm. You can take stairs or you can take an elevator so it’s partially accessible. We had a baby with us and used a baby carrier. Went down using the stairs and up in the elevator. Easy and accessible parking and a decent place to eat. Don’t arrive too early for your door and do book online before you go as it can get busy especially in the summer months. Now the attraction itself was amazing. It is unbelievable how something like that is a natural occurrence. Two hours drive from Toulouse it’s definitely a must see. You even take a boat for 500m on an underground river. Audio guides in many languages. Really fantastic day out.

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