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Caves of La Balme

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Address: Rue des Grottes, 38390 La Balme-les-Grottes, France
Phone Number:
+33 4 74 96 95 00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Dare indoor adventure...

Suspense, mystery, sensations and discovery of bats...

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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Large cave system.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 June 2016
Alan F
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 on the day I was there but it could become busy in full season. Some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 became a very tight squeeze with some of the passage only inches wide! Overall a... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 an activity but we were well over 2 hours and probably nearer three with all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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. You can spend your time in the village round trip or climb to a mount... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015 via mobile

Not for the claustrophobic or those who struggle with stairs. The caves are quite extensive and in places they paths are a tight squeeze. Definitely worth a visit. Wear sturdy shoes and remember the temperature inside is much cooler than outside.

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

We visited these caves while staying near Lyon. It was a very interesting tour through the caves, well marked track to follow and enough information in English on the various signs along the way. There were a lot of small and large pools of water and an underground lake that was 130m long. There were also a few spots along... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013

I went with my wife to visit the caves with her. The caves are beautiful and the light spectacle they gave at this time was wonderful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

These caves are incredible geologically and fun to explore. There is a chapel built into the walls near the entrance which is very beautiful.

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