I was so excited to drive a little south so we could explore the Gouffre de Padirac. The Gouffre de Padirac is one of the largest cave systems in France, I saw a travel channel on YouTube visit and I knew I waned to add it to our list. It almost got cut but I am so glad it didn’t we loved touring the caves.
The opening is a giant circular sink hole where you climb down many flights of stairs.
We had purchased tickets online before arriving and there was a small line when we arrived. It was easy to park and navigate our way in. There was also an audio guide you can take with you and listen to as you go down into the cave.
Everything was so beautiful.
Walking down into the caves was really fun and we all loved it.
I didn’t take the time or have the equipment to take good pictures in the dark caves.
There are beautiful pools and cave structures to explore.
One of our favorite parts was that there is a river through the caves that you take a boat through. You have a guide on the boat that will tell you all about the caves and answer any questions.
You’re not allowed to take pictures while on the boats so here are some from the website
Riding a boat on an underground river was an amazing experience. We all loved this visit so much!
Our tickets to the caves were first thing in the morning so when we were done we had time to drive all the way to the French Alps to kick off the mountain section of our trip.
5.5 hours is a long(ish) drive but the views were amazing and we stopped in a lovely little French town for lunch at a park where we stretched our legs.
We arrived in Annecy after dark where all we had to do was park, and move the sleeping kids from their car seats to the beds. Traveling by RV is really my favorite.