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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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  • Book early to ensure that you can get tickets as this place is an absolute must visit during your lifetime. 
    Book early to ensure that you can get tickets as this place is an absolute must visit during your lifetime.  more »
  • A really amazing cave with lakes, river, stalagmites 100 m under ground that was discovered in 1899. Well-lit and beautiful. The tickets are timed so it doesn’t feel too crowded. The audioguide is... 
    A really amazing cave with lakes, river, stalagmites 100 m under ground that was discovered in 1899. Well-lit and beautiful. The tickets are timed so it doesn’t feel too crowded. The audioguide is...  more »
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  • Absolutely amazing! Headphones supplies so tour fully explained. Going down the river just fantastic. Guides on the boat very friendly and knowledgeable. Caves are breathtaking. A must do!
  • 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.

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