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Fantastic experience

We bought our tickets when we bought those for Font Du Guame. The ticket system is a first come... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
142amandan
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Canberra, Australia
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Amazing

To think the drawings, sculptures and painting in these caves are over 20,000 years old is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter C
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We bought our tickets when we bought those for Font Du Guame. The ticket system is a first come first served and all who are doing the tour must be in attendance. We were fortunate to be here in the off season and only three people on our tour. Tickets are very restricted for reasons of conservation. The afternoon tour for Les Combarelles is only offered in French, however our small group were all from English speaking nations and fortunately the guide does speak English thus we were fortunate. Given their age the carvings are not always immediately obvious, thus the assistance of the guide is important. The guide was very engaging and took lots of time to highlight the carvings on the walls.

Thank 142amandan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

To think the drawings, sculptures and painting in these caves are over 20,000 years old is something else. Great guides, informative and educational. Has to be seen.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought our tickets while visiting Font de Gaume and they were for 2:15 . There were 5 in our English tour. You will get real close to the engravings and it will last about an hour. This cave is well presented but very narrow. Could be an issue with people that are claustrophobic.

Thank fssutton1
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Even though we had to wait 2 hours in the cold rain (we were numbers 7 and 8); we were able to get tickets to both Font-de-Gaume and Combarelles in English. Both tours were well done. Our guide at Combarelles was truly outstanding! She was very knowledgeable about the cave and the exploration process, and was willing to take the time to make sure everyone in our small group saw and understood what we were seeing and why it was significant. After the tour, she spent another half hour or so, responding to more questions and going over the art we had seen. We appreciate the French government allowing us to enter and view this amazing cave. However, check out the process before you arrive so you know what to expect, or you won't have the great experience we did.

Thank thundering-pause
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Reviewed 5 October 2018

As with Font de Gaume, you have to arrive early at the ticket office if you want to visit this place. There are only about 30 people allowed in per day, so even more restricted the Font de Gaume. We had a great tour guide, Jean Marie, and he spoke excellent english (the six of us on the tour were all english speakers). He led us down the narrow cave, pointing out all the interesting engravings with his flashlight and laser pointer. He even had a red filter on his flashlight to simulate what it must have been like to the Cro Magnon and their candles. Very interesting. Don't miss it!

Thank Craig T
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Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Usually these tickets are gone pretty early in the day, as the quantity is very limited. This is done in order to protect the conditions of the cave, so it's a very good reason. Out of luck, we managed to get tickets at 11 for a tour at around 15! Note that you need to buy the ticket at another cave, Font de Gaume, which isn't far from this one.
The guide was nice, but has probably been doing this for a long time, so there wasn't the excitement I witnessed in other cave guides, which I guess is understandable. She showed us the paintings, but didn't say much more than that. She did answer any questions we had, though. The cave itself is fantastic, it's another experience again, if you compare it to Lascaux or Rouffignac.
Each group only has 7 visitors and still everyone needs to get very close together since the paintings are placed on spots you can't easily see standing further away.

Thank zombieoctopus
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

We were visiting the local caves and liked the look of this restaurant having checked reviews on line. This proved to be a good choice and one of our most enjoyable lunches during our recent break in the Dordoyne area. The food and service was first class and we loved the owners two dogs that were totally well behaved but were adorable. The chef came to the tables and we appreciated his enthusiasm and eagerness to ensure his food was enjoyed. The food overall was excellent and the deserts exquisite.

Thank deb290film
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

We were visiting the local caves and our research online showed this restaurant as a good prospect. It certainly was. From the amazing food to sharing our time with the owners 2 dogs that were impeccably behaved but real characters, to the chef coming out to check we had enjoyed our meal and explaining the ingredients of the deserts some of which he had developed himself. Clearly a very skilled chef that cares about his customers and we will certainly be back when in the area again.

Thank Stevei I
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

We visited Les Combarelles after Font de Gaume. Both were excellent but if I had to only visit one it would be Combarelles.

Our guide, Stephanie was the best guide we have had. She took the time to explain the engravings, making sure everyone had seen them and understood before moving on. Her knowledge was outstanding, she was funny and good humoured and she answered all the random questions about the engravings and how the people lived well.

The engravings themselves were fascinating. It’s interesting to see how the cave artists have used the shape of the rock and a few lines to so clearly depict a wide range of animals.

We are all better informed from our visit. A great afternoon out!

Thank Katandfamilyof5
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

The guide showed us many engravings of animals : bears , lions , female figures, horses, mammoths etc. Marvellouslly executed and jumping out at certain angles of light but not visible at other angles. Unexpected and magical . A real link to artists and hunters 14000 years ago .Not to be missed.

Thank nishRad
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