Les Grottes de La Balme

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Les Grottes de La Balme
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Caverns & Caves
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Sunday
13:00 - 17:30
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Dare indoor adventure... Rare and exceptional natural site, The Caves of La Balme offer a great indoor activity made for the whole family ! Take some time to discover the underground world’s beauties and mysteries at your own pace ! You will walk 1 kilometer of subterranean networks during about 75 minutes self-guided tour. The Caves of La Balme, c'est en Isere, at 40 minutes from Lyon !
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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1 contribution
Jul 2019
My Girlfriend and I hiked the 10 Km from Vaux-en-Bugey to La Balme-les-Grottes and it was worth every step of the 2 hour trek! the natural grandeur of the cave was unlike any tourist location I have ever experienced. The marked path through the vast labyrinthine system highlights the natural beauty of the subterranean formations in a setting that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Written 17 July 2019
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Lesley A
Macclesfield, Australia210 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
These caves are easy to find & the entrance fee (low season) was not exorbitant €8/adult. Quite a few stairs, so a reasonable level of fitness required & a number of quite dark, slippery & narrow areas to negotiate. The cave system is quite large but does not have quite the expected number of stalactites & stalagmites as other caves I have visited. Nonetheless, it is interesting & there are a number of nice formations, pools & caverns to see & explore. It is self guided, so you can go at your own pace & re-visit areas that are of interest. Did not see any bats but overall the caves were worth the visit.
Written 5 September 2018
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Dougtm1
Reisterstown, MD34 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This was amazing. The price was great, time well spent. My whole family enjoyed it, including my elderly parents, special needs daughter and teenage children. Not a huge tourist area so not battling crowds. Self guided. Can do as much of as little as you want. Lovely caves. Even saw bats. I’d go her again. The drive from our camp site was lovely too.
Written 1 September 2018
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Ofir T
Matat, Israel95 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
The cave is beautiful and impressive. Go on all the tracks - each lane has a nice point of interest.
For us it was a great escape from the big heat of August.
Written 21 August 2018
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Paul J
37 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We have visited many caves (grottes) in France, UK and Italy. This was pretty nice. The entry is huge! With small cave systems coming off the main entry. Some are tight, it is written not to attempt to continue if you are claustrophobic or really seriously big. I'm no bean pole and it not just tight but very low.
The caves to me seemed very dry unlike many I have visited. And there were really no stalagtites/mites. But some formations are very nice. you will spend about an hour in the caves, and you are free to roam. Worth a visit
Written 19 August 2018
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Rach
Carrickfergus, UK100 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This attraction was recommended by our AirBnB hosts so I knew very little about it before arriving. It is very interesting and beautiful. The self guided tour means you can go round at our own pace and with children aged 12 and 14 this was a bonus as it meant we weren't waiting around. Many of the reviews I had read here referred to it not being suitable for claustrophobic people and I was worried about my son and chose to say nothing. The labyrinth 'sections' are not compulsory and can be avoided if you want. It also says they are not suitable for people with high body mass. My son explored one labyrinth area and was fine as it was well lit and it wasn't busy so there was no waiting in the tunnels. Don't let previous reviews put you off. It is a beautiful cave and a pleasant walk - go and enjoy
Written 15 July 2018
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Otto D
Amstelveen, The Netherlands18 contributions
May 2018 • Family
This is one of the most adventurous caves i have visited. It is quite large, and you can wander around the different branches by yourself. The labyrinths are a lot of fun and give a great sense of adventure. We had a lot of fun there!
Written 2 May 2018
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ebonyjameskent
Brighton, UK667 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
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 through and almost get lost in.
Written 29 September 2017
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Davide G
Peron6 contributions
Jun 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.
Written 7 September 2017
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Roel B
Antwerp, Belgium39 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
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 shows this site is known thousands of years. It is a cave where you can room around free after the entrance. This makes the visit even more interesting. You can visit the different branches of the cave, included a few labyrinths. Watch out, if you are claustrophobic or high body mass, don't even start.
It's a bid a petty there are "scary" sounds played through speakers hidden between the rocks. The small formations of stalactites and stalagmites are beautiful but not really impressive. The excavations by the water are beautiful and impressive. The terraces of calcite are unique and oh so beautiful. I'm happy I saw this cave too.
Written 26 August 2017
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