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Caves of La Balme

Rue des Grottes, 38390 La Balme-les-Grottes, France
+33 4 74 96 95 00
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more than expected!

These caves are absolutely beautiful, and really something you must see. Entry in September was... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Brighton, United Kingdom
via mobile
Impressive cave

One of the largest caves I've ever visited. One can observe several different specimens of rocks... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Davide G
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Dare indoor adventure... Suspense, mystery, sensations and discovery of bats are waiting for you during a 75 minutes visit intended to the whole family. Come and discover Caves of La Balme during the self-guided tour ! Guided tours available on conditions (check our website) Caves of La Balme, c'est en Isere, at 40 minutes from Lyon ! (Highway A42 to Geneva, exit 7 : Perouges-Meximieux-Lagnieu)
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  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Rue des Grottes, 38390 La Balme-les-Grottes, France
+33 4 74 96 95 00
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

These caves are absolutely beautiful, and really something you must see. Entry in September was about 8€. The cave is much bigger than I thought it would be. There's a river inside, a camera to see bats, and tiny thin walls that you can go...More

Thank ebonyjameskent
Reviewed 7 September 2017

One of the largest caves I've ever visited. One can observe several different specimens of rocks and rock formations. We were the only people in the cave, and it was very pleasant -- could learn enough from the handout.

Thank Davide G
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

After the cave of Cerdon, we liked te visit another one. So we stumbled in our search onto the cave of La-Balme-Les-Grottes.. It was the hour driving more than worth. A huge entrance were you can see an old chapel and a scene with caveman...More

Thank RoeBut
Reviewed 23 August 2017

This was the first place we visited on our two weeks in France. We were the first people in on the day. Huge cave entrance - really spectacular. Well laid out trail through the caves. Just when you think it's over, you go through some...More

Thank lostintheirishsea
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice. Good trip for when it's very hot. Not for buggies or people who have problem with walking stairs. There are some stairs around.

Thank Lizan W
Reviewed 14 June 2016

You can park reasonably close to the entrance. A fair few steps to entrance and through out the caves. Lots of different areas to explore. Some very tight passage ways into various chambers, but signs warn you to take another path. Not too many people...More

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Went to the Caves of La Balme when visiting family and had a day free to sight see. The caves were bigger than expected and had fun wandering around the whole space. I wouldn't advise the larger person to go as some of the walkways...More

Thank 2good2miss
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Even if on theyr website I've seen that is opened to the poblic all the time and with free entrance, in fact is not. I put some pics to have an idea

Thank Mitrache F
Reviewed 14 January 2016

We went on a cold wet day before Christmas: seemed a perfect way to spend the afternoon, and we were right. It's a mixture of large cathedral type cavern a then small passageways and some watery pools. We read it was around an hour as...More

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

It is a beautiful cave. May be intresting for children who can be attracted with long light labirints. We spent about 50 min to see it, and 2 hours to wait for opening hours. We arrived at 12:00, but a cave was opening from 14:00....More

1  Thank Maxim P
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Response from Alexandre G | Reviewed this property |
Sadly, there is no public transit to this place. There is only one bus serving the town of La-Balme-les-Grottes, and at the very end of the day only. The closest you can get to by bus, is the neighbouring town of Lagnieu... More
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