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Grotte de Font de Gaume, Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil

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Grotte de Font de Gaume features some of the best examples of France's prehistoric cave paintings outside Lascaux, which is now closed to the public. Discovered by Denis Peyrony in 1901, the paintings date from 17,000 BCE. At least 230 polychrome (colored) figures have been found here. Most depict animals, including 80 bison, 40 horses, and 20 mammoths. The most famous is a frieze of five bison, accidently discovered during a cleaning in 1966. Plan trip to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • A friend of mine recommended this, calling it a peak experience. It was. It can be hard to get to the city, but the tour was not challenging physically. 
    A friend of mine recommended this, calling it a peak experience. It was. It can be hard to get to the city, but the tour was not challenging physically.  more »
  • Incredible cave with the original art. The guide was very informative. It’s worth a little patience to get the tickets. I got mine online on June 1 after months of trying (pretty much gave up for a... 
    Incredible cave with the original art. The guide was very informative. It’s worth a little patience to get the tickets. I got mine online on June 1 after months of trying (pretty much gave up for a...  more »
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  • Reservations are a must and nearly impossible to get because only 78 people a day can get in. It’s a tough walk up to the opening and a longer dark tunnel walk inside. For the first 30 minutes I took it on faith. The guide pointed out an image with a red laser pen and me it was bison. I did see a somewhat darker image which could have been anything. And on it went being told about amazing images that just hardly materialize. Then you move a little farther and see three big bison as clear as day and I was awestruck. But consider the three bison is all you get. And then you leave. That’s why only four stars. In the end you’re still wondering why.
  • Good tour, full of info. One of the last prehistoric cave paintings open to tourists and yet the booking system help it to avoid crowds. However you have to be aware what you are going to see it's a cave with prehistoric bison paintings. Nothing more nothing less.

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