Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche

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Grotte Chauvet 2 Ardèche
4.5
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Discover the first masterpiece of humanity from 36000 years ago: hundreds of hunting, running or fighting animals drawn from life. In a 20 hectare park, the grotte Chauvet 2 - Ardeche (largest cave replica in the world) recreates the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Chauvet cave. Who were our artistic ancestors? What world did they live in? What animals surrounded them? Explore the Aurignacian Gallery to find out! The entrance ticket includes a guided tour of the cave, a self-guided tour of the Aurignacian Gallery and access to activities and workshops for the whole family during school holidays. Have lunch at our restaurant and enjoy its panoramic view. And don’t forget to stop by the gift shop for unique souvenirs! Must-see in 2019 From April 6. To September 22., discover our major exhibition: OF LIONS AND MEN, Feline mythology: 400 centuries of fascination. Booking on : www.grottechauvet2ardeche.com Open all year round.
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2-3 hours
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jlm92260
Fontenay-aux-Roses, France19 contributions
You Have to GO
Aug 2021
A must in this area , to recognize that Earth do not need Human
and 28 000 years ago, some human being were already very good artist and maybe more clever than some guys today
Written 25 August 2021
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Daniel S
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Guide and headphones destroyed the moment
Aug 2021 • Couples
One of my dreams to see these paintings, but the moment was spoiled.
The headphones for English speakers/other was really bad. You could almost not hear anything because of the guide speaking french and other kinds of noise.
The old lady that was our guide was not helpful, mean and destroyed my moment on the cave.
It is quite expensive just to have 20 minutes in the reconstructed cave. We felt that we were rushed through the cave and the lights showing the paintings stopped soon after the guide was finished talking, so we were not able to look closely at the drawings.
The visit is not fitting people that doesn't speak french.
Written 22 August 2021
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DavideLux
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg59 contributions
Unexpected beauty
Sep 2020 • Family
Initially surprised that was not the original cave but only built up as a copy in a modern building. This was done to protect the original cave from tourists & natural elements that would ruin it. Once you are in the cave, your first impression is astonishment! And this continues all the way until you get out. It’s a wonderful experience. You discover and learn fantastic things of our ancestors! Really impressive!
Written 31 January 2021
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lanny l
France92 contributions
MUST SEE
Aug 2020
MUST SEE
Unique in Human History
Spectacular and so emotional
So great job in reconstituing the cave to save the original
individual audioguide, don't forget your heatset
Written 23 August 2020
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suzi04
Wirral, UK24 contributions
Very disappointing
Aug 2020 • Family
Having visited Chauvet a couple of years ago we were really excited to go back and brought some friends with us. However, instead of the engaging tour guide we were so impressed with on our last visit, we were told to download an app for the guided tour. The app wouldn’t download for everyone, so we ended up with 2 mobile phones between 8 of us. When I pointed this out to a member of staff he told me we should have downloaded it earlier, it was too late, and we would just have to all read the descriptions sharing a phone. Of course, that was virtually impossible, so we missed out on the story completely. Doing away with the guides seems to be to increase the capacity, which was also worrying at the current time.
Written 9 August 2020
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Dear suzi04, Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment. In view of the health context, we were forced to offer an alternative to guided tours. Usually, we give headsets to visitors to hear the guide's microphone. Avoiding the loan of equipment is a priority to avoid any risk of transmission of the virus. This organization is exceptional and effective only for the summer season. Guided tours will be back soon. We look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards The Chauvet 2 Cave team
Written 10 August 2020
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FritzD_dingen
Dudingen, Switzerland72 contributions
Absolutely unique
Jul 2020
Definitively worth the visit - reserve at least 1 hour. You will never see something similar. It is unbelieveable how people have reconstructed and made available to the public this 36000 year old cave while preserving the original one by completely closing it. And the tour is organized in a highly professional manner.
Written 25 July 2020
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Karen Hughes
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Great grotte but very poor sanitary conditions in COVID-19 times
Jul 2020
Really interesting grotte and museum. However, I have had to rate the experience as average because of the irresponsible attitude of those who run the Grotte towards COVID-19. We visited mid July 2020, were herded into the grotte with around 40 people where there was no possibility of social distancing. Even worse was the museum where about 40 people all headed straight to the first exhibition after watching a film. Most of the exhibits were interactive screens, people touching everything and no hand gel available anywhere and no sign of any staff cleaning down the screens. We ended up leaving as we felt so uncomfortable with it all. I appreciate that businesses need to make money at this time but really the number of people viewing things en masse needs to be cut down. The only precaution I could see was that masks were being worn. Sort it out folks!
Written 19 July 2020
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Dear Astipa, We are sorry that your visit didn't bring you complete satisfaction. Indeed, in this particular period, we have worked to the best to open in good conditions. For this, precautions have been taken : provision of hydroalcoholic gel, compulsory wearing of a mask, marking on the ground to allow social distancing, and the number of visitors in the cave is limited. In the gallery, gel is available at the entrance and at the exit. Also, cleaners clean all touchscreens several times a day to ensure optimal cleanliness. Despite everything, we take note of your comment and hope to welcome you again to Grotte Chauvet 2 Best regards, The Grotte Chauvet 2 team
Written 20 July 2020
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aa27
Lausanne, Switzerland545 contributions
Make sure to ask for audioguide
Jul 2020 • Friends
It didn't seem that crowdy, but still had to wait for a while, we were told to download the app on our smartphone, but that didn't work for everybody, and we were not proposed the audioguide instead, despite it did existwas. As a consequence, the visit was a walk in the dark corridor full of people, no explanation, no atmosphere whatsoever, a feeling of fake plastic, despite the surely incredible reproduction work. The nearby small gallery, with the prehistoric animal reproduction and explanation of the different painting technics, was more interesting. Nice walking in the park, in which the impressive building is placed. Nice view on the Ardeche as well.
Written 3 July 2020
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Antonis G
Athens, Greece113 contributions
A must to see
Jun 2020 • Couples
It is higly recomended !! One unique reproduction of one hole cave of 8.000 sm2 in amazing detail that you can be tranferred to the pro historical period.
Written 28 June 2020
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Kraken27
Nottingham, UK98 contributions
Amazing Cave (even if it's a re-creation). A must-do if in the area.
Jul 2019
Excellent place to visit (some amazing recreations of the Chauvet cave & it's paintings). The real cave is only a few kilometres away in the Ardeche gorge & has been sealed to preserve it for years to come.

I have a house in a nearby village (about 30mins drive away) and have visited this cave twice. The one big tip I would have is that if you are visiting in peak season when tours are available in different langue, then pre-book a tour in your "home language" - you'll get a FAR better experience.

As there are multiple tour groups in cave at any one time, everyone gets a headset and a remote receiver to pick up the tour guides commentary. If a tour is not in your language, you get a different remote receiver where you get a pre-recorded commentary in each section of the cave.

When I dis a tour in the off-season, tours were only available in French, so I had the pre-recorded receiver set to English. In each section the tour guide would speak for a good 4mins in French, whereas the pre-recorded English bit was about 1min in each section.

By contrast, pre-booked an English tour guide in July (so high-season) and the guide - Shirley - was completely fluent in English & had actually been into the real Chauvet cave. We got the 100% full details in each section of the cave - and some. This tour was completely different experience to the pre-recorded one. The guide Shirley even stayed at the cave exit in case any tour member had additional questions.

A final nice thing is there was no "Remerci de votre guide" sign (i.e. give us a tip) with an outstretched hand at the exit (there is at just about every other cave I've been down in the area - and I've done most of them). No tipping expected here.
Written 26 March 2020
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